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Check our Program Calendar for all upcoming events, and see our tutorial for step-by-step registration instructions.

Lunch and a Book 2014 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — January 9th


Defending Jacob: a novel by William Landay — February 13th





Before you know kindness: a novel by Chris Bohjalian — March 13th

The dog stars by Peter Heller — April 10th


The round house by Louise Erdrich — May 8th

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, August 8th and 22nd.

Computer Skills Lab for Beginners

If you or someone you know needs assistance with basic computer skills, including Internet use and setting up an email account, please stop in to CPL's iLab between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Monday, August 18 for our first drop-in skills lab. We will have guided activities for practice with mouse skills, copying/pasting, and more.  A librarian will be on hand to answer any questions you may have or direct you to activities and tutorials to help build basic computer skills.

*This lab is restricted to basic computer skills, as listed above. Staff will not be able to assist with the diagnosis or repair of computer equipment, or with online financial transactions.

Beginning Excel 2010


Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Friday, August 22 from 10-11:30

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us on Wednesday August 20 at 6:30 PM in the Internet Lab.

Drop In eBook Help

Have you hit a snag with your eReader? Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00am to 11:00am to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device. No registration required

Connect Your Summer Final Celebration

This year you have read books, completed activity sheets, attended programs and made this summer truly awesome!  But there is one final event you can't miss!  On August 16 we invite you to attend our Connect Your Summer Final Celebration from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back yard by the pond and there will be a number of amazing features including:


We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to PARTY!

Women's Small Business Expo

The Canton Public Library is hosting a Women’s Small Business Expo on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. This event will provide a venue for local entrepreneurs, artisans and small business owners to market themselves, paired with educational sessions on topics like finance, marketing and the library's Business Resource Center.

To be considered for the Women's EXPO, complete and return the vendor application by Monday October 6, 2014. Space is limited. For questions, contact Business Resource Librarian Amy Lee.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Cecilia Fitzpatrick lives to be perfect: a perfect marriage, three perfect daughters, and a perfectly organized life. Then she finds a letter from her husband, John-Paul, to be opened only in the event of his death. She opens it anyway, and everything she believed is thrown into doubt.

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.

Celebrate National Dance Day

Join us to celebrate National Dance Day on the last Saturday in July. To promote dance as a great way to have fun and be healthy, we'll learn a beginner dance routine. As part of the national celebration, we'll create and share a video of our group dancing. 

Visit the Dizzy Feet Foundation Events page to watch the routines. No dance experience is necessary, please just wear comfortable clothes and bring your enthusiasm.

Dancers of all ages welcome: recommended for ages 8 and up. No registration required.

REPEAT PROGRAM - Make and Take a Hair Flower

Due to popular demand we are repeating this program on July 22 from 2:00-2:45 PM in the Community Room.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  Supplies are limited.  All ages welcome.

ELL Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, July Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.  No meeting Thursday, July 3rd or Friday, July 4th. 

Coffee with a Cop

Stop in the library on Tuesday, June 24 from 10:00 AM to noon and have a cup of coffee and conversation with an officer from the Canton Township Public Safety.

The Coffee with a Cop program provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Canton’s neighborhoods and business districts.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” says Deputy Chief Scott Hilden. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Summer Movie Madness

Join us as we show this summer's hottest new dvd releases right here at the libary! You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs. All showings may earn you the On the scene: Curtains Up badge.

Showings are as follows:

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Home front by Kristin Hannah — After 12 years of marriage, Michael and Joleen appear to be unhappy with their marriage. They edge their way closer towards divorce when the Iraq war begins, sending one away into a dangerous war zone while leaving the other at home waiting for news.

Connect Your Summer 2014

Join us Monday June 16 for our 2014 Connect Your Summer reading program Opening Day! Patrons of all ages are encouraged to stop in and learn about this year's badges and all of the exciting ways to earn them. Staff will be on hand to help you get started and explain all the ways to win exciting prizes. Fun activities will also be happening throughout the day:
  • Decorate your own tote bag to carry your summer reading library haul.
  • Try to guess the number of lollipops in our jumbo guessing case. 
  • Make and take your very own bookmark.
  • Have your picture taken in our special CYS photo booth.
  • Enjoy a cookie compliments of Max & Erma's (while supplies last)

All activities will take place from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm in the Community Room WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. 

Teen Creative Writing Series

Geared toward teens going into grades 7-12, participants will develop techniques to create their own stories and hone their general creative writing skills. This four week course (you must attend all weeks) will be taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University of Detroit Mercy.  Registration is required. Meeting dates are as follows:


[Writing by Jeffrey James Paces in licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

ELL Book Club

Advanced English Language Learners — join us to read and discuss books in English. Books will be discussed until finished. Meets at 1:00 PM in Group Study Room A Friday, June 13th and 27th.

Ancient Egypt Unearthed

"It was a thrilling moment for an excavator, quite alone save his native staff of workmen, to suddenly find himself, after so many years of toilsome work, on the verge of what looked like a magnificent discovery - an untouched tomb." -Howard Carter, Egyptologist

Canton Public Library wants to transport you to Ancient Egypt to explore some of history's greatest mysteries. Who knows what clues you'll dig up!

This program takes place on Wednesday, August 6 from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Kids ages 8 -11 can sign up starting May 26th.