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

English Language Learner's Evening Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers September 5th and 19th or the first and third Wednesdays of September from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Purple Room.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver, these storytimes feature simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Six-week session begins September 11, 10:00 AM

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 10. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Storytimes are held in the Community Room and do not require registration. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

September 10-October 20

  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM and 1:00-1:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM and 7:00-7:30 AM
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Fridays 10:00-10:30 AM

Snack Tales

What happens when you combine great stories with an easy-to-make treat? You get "Snack Tales!" Join us Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 PM to enjoy a sweet mid-day snack based on a fun story.

Registration begins August 27th at 9:00 AM. Please indicate any food allergies in the notes field when registering. CPL librarians worked hard to tailor this program for a specific age group, so Snack Tales is for kids in grades K-4 only, with a caregiver.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin September 10. 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.

September 10-October 20

  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM and 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Fridays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM in the Purple Room

Your Dream Library LEGO contest

Kids in 1st through 6th grade are invited to take part in CPL's very first LEGO contest. Participants will build their dream library out of LEGO and have it displayed in the Children's Library during the month of September. Please read all contest rules and register beforehand. There will be one winner for each age division, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, as well as one popular-vote winner decided by library patrons. Winners will be announced at the Family LEGO day on Saturday, September 29th.

Lunch & a Book September 2012

On Thursday, September 13 at Noon we'll be discussing:

Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell — After the violent death of her father, in which she is complicit, Margo Crane takes to the Stark River in her boat, with only a few supplies and a biography of Annie Oakley, in search of her vanished mother. Her river odyssey through rural Michigan becomes a defining journey, one that leads her beyond self-preservation and to the decision of what price she is willing to pay for her choices. The New York Times called this book "an excellent American parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom."

Excel Basics

This class has been canceled.


Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us Friday, September 14th from 10:30 AM to Noon.

Adult Writers' Group

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

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, September 1 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!

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, September 12, 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.

LEGO Contest Reception

Calling all LEGO lovers! Join us Monday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the Purple Room for a special viewing reception of our LEGO contest participants' creations. Participants will be showing off their 'Dream Library' to the Canton community.

CPL at The Canton Farmer's Market

On Sunday, August 19, CPL staff visits the Canton Farmer's Market to host storytimes and crafts. On this Sunday, Canton Leisure Service will also be holding a book exchange. All are invited to bring their gently used books to the market where you may exchange with other book lovers for some fresh titles to add to your home library. The Canton Farmer's Market is open from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Storytimes are at 10:00 AM and Noon. Open to all ages.

Sylvan Saturday: Back To School Boot Camp

This event has been canceled.


On Saturday, September 22 from 2:00-3:30 PM, Sylvan Learning Center will present a Back To Basics Boot Camp. Make sure your child is "fit" for the challenge of a new school year. This program is designed for students aged 12 years old and up. Register today!

Congratulate Allison Schmitt

Canton is very proud of Olympic Gold Medal Winner Allison Schmitt, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. If you would like to help celebrate this hometown champion there will be a celebration rally on Tuesday, August 14 at 6:00 PM at Heritage Park Amphitheater. Congratulations Allison!
[Allison Schmitt by Jdalasica is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Children's Traditional Yoga Basics

On Wednesday, September 5 from 7:00-7:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach children five-nine years old the basic asanas building up to intermediate poses. If attending, please wear loose fitted clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel on which to learn. Registration for this program begins on August 24 at 9:00 AM.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carol)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Starfish Family Services: Problem Solving I

On Thursday September 13, from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present the first part of their informative parenting workshop on Problem Solving with your child. Titled "Turning Conflicts into Learning", they will present strategies for using conflict situations to develop important social skills as well as methods of using natural or logical consequences for setting limits. This program is developed for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children birth to five years old. Children are welcome as Starfish provides licensed daycare in the Purple Room during the workshop.

English Language Learner's Day Conversation Group

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteer Judy Elliott, September Fridays from 9:30 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room.

Faiths of the Postwar Presidents: From Truman to Obama

Dr. David L. Holmes, Professor Emeritus of religious studies at The College of William and Mary, shows how our last twelve presidents' decisions were influenced by their faiths. Learn about Nixon's betrayal of Billy Graham, JFK's philandering, Eisenhower's attempt to conceal his parents' Jehovah's Witness backgrounds and much more. This is a must for history buffs and the politically aware. Join us on Wednesday, September 12 at 2:30 PM for this thoroughly researched, unbiased account.

Balancing Earth Sing-a-long

Tune up your vocal chords — we are having a sing-a-long led by area artists, Balanced Earth. Join us on Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 PM for a blend of old favorites and newer music that will have you harmonizing along. Bring your friends and come home to the Canton Public Library for a fun evening.