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Advanced Sudoku Workshop

Dave Pandit is back to show us some advanced Sudoku techniques. You can take the most difficult Sudoku puzzles and solve them with ease to the delight of your family and friends. The author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, Mr. Pandit will show us some unique puzzles and solving techniques. Please join us on October 15 at 7:00 PM for puzzle-solving challenges and fun. Mr. Pandit's book will be available for purchase at this program.

Sudoku Basics Workshop

Divyang (Dave) Pandit used to find Sudoku puzzles difficult, even though he was a General Motors engineer. That is until his mother showed him the connection between sudoku and east Indian dance. His mom, without the ability to speak English and with only a seventh-grade education, could easily solve the Sudoku puzzles. Mr. Pandit, author of Sudoku Puzzles Guru, will share the secrets for keeping your mind sharp and solving the puzzles using his mother's teachings. Please join us for a fun, informative evening on October 8 at 7:00 PM.

October 29: Everyone's Reading Author Bruce Feiler

Bruce FeilerCPL is excited to host author Bruce Feiler on October 29 at 7:00 PM at the Hindu Temple of Canton.

Feiler's book, The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play and Much More, is this year's Everyone's Reading selection. He is a columnist for the Sunday New York Times and the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads and Walking the Bible, and hosts the PBS series of the same name.

Canton Public Library cardholders in good standing may receive free tickets to this event by presenting their card at the library Help Desk. some tickets available at the door.

The Art of Roughhousing

Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD speaks regionally and nationally on play, health, and parenting topics. He was a featured speaker at TEDxDetroit 2011 for his talk Playing For Our Future and at TEDxEMU 2012 for his talk Playing For Our Health. He is also coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It (Quirk Books, 2011), a parenting book about the importance of parent–child physical play. The Art of Roughhousing has received hundreds of media mentions and been translated into four foreign languages. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI where he stamps out gastrointestinal disease with a colonscope, and enjoys embarking on make-believe pirate-princess adventures with his wife and three daughters, learning new magic tricks and shooting hoops.
Join Dr. DeBendet on October 10, from 7:00-8:00 PM as he discusses his book and gives tips on fun, physical, healthy ways to connect with our children.

How to Raise a Healthy Family

Families must work together to get things done, whether it’s taking on household chores or tackling a busy school year. But do you ever think about how your family can work together to stay healthy? From proper nutrition to safe exercise, Richard Grucz, MD, of Oakwood Healthcare System, will share important health tips and demonstrate how families can join together to maintain good health. Join us on October 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this informative event.

Dr. Grucz is a board certified family medicine physician at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton. He provides care for patients of all ages at the office, which is located at 7330 N. Canton Center Road.

Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.

Savvy Seniors September, 2013

Monday, September 16, 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. Seniors, 55 years or older are invited to the Senior Summit 2013 at the Summit on the Park for a day filled with fun, food and knowledge. Look for the Canton Public Library's table for information on upcoming library events.

Lunch & a Book October 2013

On Thursday October 10 at noon, we will be discussing the Everyone's Reading 2013 selection:

The secrets of happy families: improve your mornings, rethink family dinner, fight smarter, go out and play, and much more by Bruce Feiler — Squeezed between caring for aging parents and raising his children, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler set out on a three-year journey to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families. Instead of the usual family "experts," he sought out the most creative minds--from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets--and asked them what team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques they use with their families. A timely, counterintuitive book that answers the questions countless parents are asking: How do we manage the chaos of our lives? How do we teach our kids values? How do we make our family happier?

Prevent Colds and Flu

While cold & flu season may be a few months away, it’s never too early to talk about prevention. Taking a proactive approach is the best way to avoid germs and maintain good health. On September 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Arsala Bakhtyar, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician from Oakwood Healthcare System, will be sharing important tips and tricks for keeping children and adults healthy and thriving during peak cold and flu season.

Dr. Bakhtyar is a board certified pediatrician who completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She provides care for patients from infancy to adolescence at an office located in Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton, at 7330 N. Canton Center Road.

Flu shots will NOT be available at this program but WILL be available at our Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, October 1 from 12:00-4:00 PM. Brought to us by Walgreens.

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Target Family Fun Night Pirate Party

ARRRR, mateys! Join us for our September Target Family Fun Night! We'll have a swashbuckling good time at our Pirate Party. Games, crafts, snack... maybe even some walking of the plank. Dock your ship with us Monday September 9, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Open to pirates ages 4 to 8 years old with their Captains (grown-ups). Parrot optional. Registration begins Monday August 26, 2013.

Understanding Financial Statements

If you are a small business owner or manager, financial statements can be a constant source of stress if you are not financially literate. Join us on Thursday, September 26 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM as we invite SCORE to explain what financial statements are, understand what they say and mean, and how to use them to start, manage, and grow your business. No registration required.

Snail Mail for Seniors Card Making Extravaganza

Support Cathy Donaldson and her incredible organization Snail Mail for Seniors by creating cards for senior citizens. Cathy has been making and sending cards year round to over 750 senior citizens in assisted living and nursing homes since 2007. On Saturday September 14, from 2:00-4:00 PM she needs your help. Join her and her volunteers as they make cards celebrating Fall. We will provide the supplies, you bring your creativity!

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.

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.

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.

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: