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Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These sessions are held in the Purple Room.

There are two separate Baby Storytime sessions, beginning Tuesday, September 10, 10:00 AM and Tuesday, September 10, 11:00 AM. Please register for one half-hour timeslot.

Canton Public Library's 2013 LEGO contest

Canton Public Library's second annual LEGO contest will be held September 28-29. This year, participants are asked to think creatively and build a Family Dream House. Please read all contest rules and register before hand to ensure space for display. There will be one winner for each grade division, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th as well as one popular-vote winner decided by library patrons. Winners will be announced at a reception at the close of the contest on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO compatible plastic brick.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO designed kit, project found online/in a book or magazine.
  3. Your creation must fit on one 10" by 10" LEGO baseplate. Your completed project may be no taller than 2 feet tall.
  4. Participants must register to ensure a space for display. One entry per registrant.
  5. Entries may be submitted by a team of up to 3 builders. Team entries should be registered under the name of the oldest participant. They will be judged in that age division. If you choose to submit a project as a team you will not be able to also submit an individual creation.
  6. Please provide a sign/label with your first name and age, the title of your project, and a short description highlighting what makes your "Dream Home" special. This will help voters make their decisions.
  7. Participants can begin to drop off projects on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00AM.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 9. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

Sessions September 9-October 19


NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

September Tween Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. This month we will be making greeting cards for senior citizens with the Snail Mail for Seniors group. Please be prompt.

Starfish presents: Sensory Issues in Early Childhood

On Thursday, September 26 from 6:30-8:00 PM a speaker from Starfish Family Services will present Sensory Issues in Early Childhood. Come learn about the different sensory motor activities that can improve focus and attention in early childhood. Find out how sensory input can improve function and play. Presented by Melissa Gray, a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 9. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Weekday sessions are held in the Community Room. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, September 9-October 19:


* Wednesday evening sessions will be PJ Family Storytime. Kids are welcome to attend in their PJs and will enjoy quieter stories, activities and music to calm them into bedtime. There will be no ABC Activity time following this storytime.

NOTE: The library is closed on Monday, October 14 and there will be no programming that day.

Lunch & a Book September 2013

On Thursday, September 12 at noon, we will be discussing:

Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser — The author will be joining us via Skype as we discuss this compelling urban portrait and touching love story. In a racially polarized, economically collapsing city a man struggles with the double shooting death of a high school classmate and her brother while still mourning the death of his own teenage son and coping with his mother's dementia. A starred review Booklist suggests: "Forget the grime and crime, political corruption and economic decay. Lasser's Detroit may be a troubled city, but it is one whose vibrant soul is writ large in the small actions of its loyal citizens. With a serene and steady hand, Lasser's spare but intense tale is a smart, intimate homage to the power of second chances."

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:

Beginning Excel 2010

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

Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us Saturday, September 21 from 10:00-11:30 AM.

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, September 25, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, September 7 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, September 9 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own projects, yarn and needles.

ACA by AARP

Learn how the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act affects you and your family on Thursday, September 12 at 7:00 PM. Barbara Spreitzer-Berent of AARP will host this informational program, geared toward those ages 21-54. Registration is full, however, limited walk-ins are acceptable.

Medicare 101

Are you thinking of retiring? How will you cover your health care needs once you do retire? Learn the basics of Medicare and how the Affordable Care Act will work with Medicare. Find out about the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) from the experts at The Senior Alliance. Please join us on Thursday, September 5 at 7:00 PM for this informative presentation.

Listen @ the Library

The Chamber Music Society of Detroit presents the first in a series of music presentations at the Canton Public Library. The goal of the Society is to "strengthen families through musical outreach in the heart of the community." We will be treated to delightful chamber music performed by very talented musicians. The performance will include interactive demonstrations and lecture which will engage and entertain the audience of all ages. This presentation will be given by Stephen Wogaman, a pianist with the group. Stephen has been a part of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra and Canton (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and has his doctorate in music from Indiana University School of Music.

Please bring the entire family for an amazing afternoon of memorable music on Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 PM in our Community Room.

Starfish Family Services: Organize Your Playroom

On September 4 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Organizing Your Playroom. Participants will learn strategies for equipping their play space to encourage easy clean up. They will also learn how to label and store materials so children can find and return them after play. These programs are developed for parents, grandparents, daycare providers and any other adults who care for children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 16

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, September 16 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Rin Tin Tin by Susan Orlean tells the powerful tale of Rin Tin Tin's journey from an orphaned pup to a Hollywood celebrity and international icon. It begins on a battlefield in France in World War I, when a young American soldier discovers a German Shepherd puppy among the ruins of a bombed out dog kennel. Not only did he see a survivor, but something very special that also captured the attention of Warner Brothers in Hollywood. The rest is Hollywood history, but if you want to know more, come join our group for an interesting discussion!

Islamic Presentation

mosqueCome join us as Dr. Palmer and Dr. Siddiqui talk about Islam and its history on Thursday September 19 at 7 PM. Dr. Siddiqui is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan and Dr. Palmer is a medical doctor in our community. They will be available afterward for questions and comments.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the Library Chess Clubs on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. Open and tournament chess are open to ages 10 and up. See you on September 22 at 1:00 PM.

Computer Basics for Seniors

Do computers confound you? We can help!
Get a personalized introduction to the world of computers and technology. We'll talk about what a computer is and how it works, and how to tell it to do what you want. We'll start with the very basics, such as turning it on and using the mouse, and prepare you for more advanced uses such as word processing and Internet browsing. No experience required!

Registration is required! There are limited appointments available from 1-3pm on August 19th - August 21st in the I-Lab. To register, please visit the Canton Leisure Services Seniors Program, located in the Parkview Room of Summit on the Park or call 734-394-5485.