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Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.

Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals

Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom as the library goes wild! GLZS animal programs are designed to inspire and connect kids with the natural world by providing up-close animal experiences with some special friends from all corners of the Earth. Help us celebrate Earth Day by learning about the many creatures including a blue-tongued skink, spiny-tailed lizard, pancake tortoise, Brazilian rainbow boa (pictured above), Honduran milk snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches who all call our planet home. Space is limited and both children and adults who wish to attend are required to register. Registration begins on March 25.

Program times are as follows: Please register for only one of the two sessions.

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Cellography Portraits and Cell Phone Photos

On Monday, April 28, 3:30-5:00 PM, work with professional photographers Jack Kenny and Bob Mosher to learn about composition and light when taking photos. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school students will focus on taking portraits. Students should bring a digital camera or cell phone camera.

Jack Kenny is a professional photographer best known for his extensive knowledge and photographs of Cuba and is a specialist in portraiture and studio photography. This program is presented in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Online registration is required.

Lunch & a Book April 2014

On Thursday, April 10 at noon we will be discussing:

The dog stars by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion April 21

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

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini -  From the bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. Hosseini explores the many way in which families interact at the times that matter the most.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles

Target Family Reading Night: Garden Party

Children ages 4-8 with a caregiver are invited to join us April 14, 7:00-8:00 PM for crafts, games and a snack at this fun program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. You'll also get a free book for your home library! Registration begins March 25.

Starfish Family Services: Social-Emotional Development

On Wednesday, April 9 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Be Friends: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development. Participants will identify how a young child's thinking and reasoning impacts their social relationships as well as ways to help children learn about others.  They will also explore environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

K Club

Big ears are welcome at our K Club program this spring! Children ages 4-6 will enjoy stories, a snack and a craft centered around a rabbit theme. Hop on over to this fun program on April 19, 2:00-2:45 PM.

Earth Week Poetry Fun



Find some inspiration in Earth Week while celebrating National Poetry Month. Drop in to make and share your own poetry.

Folding Paper Mini Book

minibookKids, ages 8-11 years old, will learn to take a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a mini book under the guidance of paper artist Cecilia Escobar. Join us on Saturday, April 26, 3:30-5:00 PM to learn the magic of folding paper to create a book that you can decorate, fill with special messages or create as a special gift for Mother's Day.

Cecilia Escobar is a bookbinder artist who loves to play with paper and the endless possibilities that this media offers. A Canton resident, she is an advocate of the arts in all forms. This program is presented through a partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. Registration is required.

Rick Lieder Nature Photography Workshop

DamselflyRick Lieder, award-winning nature photographer and author of Step Gently Out, will present a workshop for middle and high school students on Tuesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00 PM. Students should bring their own cell or digital camera and will learn to use photography to connect with nature by taking outdoor photos on the grounds of the library.

Students will learn techniques to grow their photography skills, including design and composition concepts and available light to help tell a story. Registration is required.

This program is offered in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on April 27 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on April 27 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old

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, April 4th and 18th.

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, April Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University every Sunday from 2:45-5:45 PM to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

*2:45-4:00 PM class is for registrants only. You may register with Brahma Kumaris in Michigan by calling 248.987.2687 or emailing farmingtonhills@us.brahmakumaris.org
*4:00-5:45 PM class is open to any and all participants. No registration is necessary.

April Themes are as follows:
April 6th Gifts of meditation
April 13th CANCELLED
April 20 - NO YOGA - CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
April 27th Inherent Virtues

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 Thursday, April 3 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: March 31
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.
Join us on Friday, March 7 from 10 to 11:30 AM

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers, March Thursdays and Fridays,  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in Group Study Room A.