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Citizenship and You

Have you been living in the US and wondering how to become a full-fledged citizen of this great country?
Attorney Ruby Robinson and the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will provide information and access to materials to get the process started for you. Come hear how you can become a citizen of the United States of America. Join us on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 PM to get answers and help.

Your 2014 Investment Outlook

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management is back by popular demand.  Mr. Bloom, recognized as one of the premier money managers in the country, will share the information we need to make our 2014 investments grow.  Bloom is often heard on radio, has a newspaper column and is seen on TV giving sound advise on investing and projecting the climate on Wall Street.  Please join us on January 23 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room to get your fiscal year started off on the right foot. 

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion January 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, January 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The storyteller: a novel by Jodi Picoult — Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined-- to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

Adult Writers' Group January 2014

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 on:
  • Saturday, January 11
  • Saturday, January 25

Lunch & a Book January 2014

On Thursday January 9 at noon, we will be discussing:

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking by Susan Cain — At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. People who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh's Sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

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 in the Purple Room to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

Upcoming themes:
December 28 — New years resolutions
January 4 — New Beginnings
January 11 — Healing through meditation
January 18 — Positive thinking
January 25 — The real you

*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.

Gluten-Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. We will meet in the Purple Room on the second Tuesday of every month and discuss a variety of topics relating to this. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: January 14, 7:00-8:00 PM

[gluten free nut bread by Elana Amsterdam is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Starfish Family Services: CANCELLED

On Tuesday, February 18, from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Terrific Twos: Staying a Step Ahead of Conflict.
Participants will learn supportive ideas and interactions, developed specifically for toddlers, that keep conflicts to a minimum when working with this age group. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Choosing the Right eReader

We Love eReaders Ready to make the leap into the world of eBooks, but not sure how to choose the right one for you? Join us for one of our two sessions to learn more about the current world of eBooks and eReaders, what features are common in today's eReader market, and the difference between popular models and brands. We'll also talk a bit about how the Library can help you make the most of your eReader.
Registration required!

December Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of 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 Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please be prompt!

Babymouse Book Group

BabymouseHey, kids in the third and fourth grades! Come to the library during your winter break to enjoy a lively discussion on Babymouse, Vol. 10: The Musical. We'll talk about the book, do some Babymouse activities, and even enjoy a snack or two.

Register online beginning November 25, then come to the Children's Help Desk to pick up a copy of the book. The book discussion will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2:00 PM.

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-K or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have great stories, a snack and a craft centered around a Christmas theme. Come join us for this fun time at the library on Monday, December 23, 11:00-11:45 AM.

December Creatapillars!

caterpillarAre you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 5 to 9 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our next program will meet on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Registration begins Monday, November 25, 2013.


[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Games Kids Play: Enhancing Language and Literacy Development through Games

Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, Dr. Lauren Katz and Dr. Joanne Pierson of the Literacy, Language, and Learning Institute (3LI - www.3-li.org) will discuss the role that everyday board and card games, including some of the classics, play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. Drs. Katz and Pierson, speech-language pathologists with advanced degrees in education and a specialty in dyslexia, will highlight games for preschoolers to young adults that the family can enjoy together while supporting and building skills in vocabulary, memory, social language, comprehension, reading, and spelling. So come in on December 11 from 7:00-8:00 PM and get great ideas to round out your holiday shopping list!

Teen Lock-In

Register for our special, after-hours, teen only lock-in at the library December 14 from 6:00-9:00 PM. Or come to one of our planning sessions, and help decide what we'll do (you can even get volunteer hours for doing it!). Planning will be held in the Purple Room.

Starfish Family Services: Let's Pretend

On December 17, from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Let's Pretend. Participants will identify and use everyday elements and strategies for supporting pretend play with their children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Target Family Reading Night: Frosty's Birthday

On December 19 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Target presents a wonderful, winter reading celebration! Find out about the frolicking of "Snowmen at Night", sample a tasty, snowy treat and most importantly celebrate the birthday of one of the most famous of snow friends... Frosty! It's Frosty's birthday party, you see--but where is he? Rick Morse Puppets will share a fast-paced romp with audience participation, side-splitting comedy magic, and an appearance by the guest of honor himself, Frosty the Snowman, live and in person! This program is open to kids ages 4 to 8 years old with their grown-ups. Registration begins November 25.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us to dance out the old year. This freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons gets everyone movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Hummingbirds Music Together: Holiday Music Celebration

On Wednesday December 18 from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, babies-5 years old, will help bring the holidays to life with music and dance as we ring in the season with music from The Nutcracker, as well as other musical classics that are part of winter holiday celebrations across the world. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.

[Nutcracker-19 by Michael O'Brien is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

Canton Seniors Book Discussion December 2013

Happy Holidays!  Our next book discussion is Thursday, January 23, 2014 and we'll be discussing Steve Luxenberg's ANNIE'S GHOST.  Copies will be available for pickup beginning Friday, December 20.  Ask for it at the Adult Help Desk.