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

Learn to Use PCCS MIStar

Do you have a student in the Plymouth Canton Community Schools? Learn how to use MIStar, formerly called Zangle, to track your student's school progress, absences, assignments and grades. Maria Panek, IT expert from PCCS, guides you through a hands-on class where you'll learn how to log in and use all the features available so you can help your student stay on track. These sessions take place in the Canton Public Library's Internet Lab. Two sessions are available: Space is limited. Register online with your library card or by calling Laurie Golden at 734-397-0999 x1078.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver, these storytimes feature simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These Tuesday morning sessions are held in the Purple Room. Online registration opens October 25. 

The 5 session series begins November 13, 10:00 AM and runs through December 11.

Your Dream Library LEGO contest winners

Congratulations to Kylie Morton, who won the Popular Vote in our Dream Library Contest with her "Above the Surface" Library. Kylie won two tickets to the LEGO KidFest happening at the Novi Showplace October 12th-14th. Congratulations to all the winners and participants on your amazing and wonderful LEGO creations.

Beginning Microsoft Word

An introduction to word processing. Learn basic Word skills including creating and formatting test, printing and saving. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us on Saturday, November 17 at 10:00 am

Snack Tales

Kids in grades K-4, join us for Snack Tales on Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM. We will read some Halloween stories, and you will get to make a special spooky treat. Registration begins Monday, September 24. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.

To see the other fun treats we've made in Snack Tales, check out our Flickr page!

Issues and Challenges in Caregiving for Mature Adults

In recognition of Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we are pleased to bring Dr. David M. Sengstock of Oakwood Hospital to the Canton Public Library. Dr. Sengstock, a geriatrician specializing in internal medicine and hopice and palliative care, will share the best ways for loving family and friends to be alert to signs of change and how to make sure our loved ones live in a safe environment, fulfill their needs for care, and help them live independent, healthy lives as long as possible. This is a must program for anyone with aging parents, friends or spouses. Join us on November 8 at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served and brain-teaser games will be available to take home and tease your loved-ones' brains.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the library Community Room, while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game.  Beginners are welcome.  The 4th Sundays include a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs."  For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning.  All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, November 12 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.
Bring your own project, yarn and needles. 

Beginning Microsoft Word

An introduction to word processing. Learn basic Word skills including creating and formatting test, printing and saving. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. Join us on Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 am

Reading Assistance Dogs Program

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM and is on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.

Program Date: November 26, 6:30-8:30 PM

Being Sikh in Canton

Post 9/11, and even prior, Sikhs have been the victims of multiple hate crimes, most recently a vicious shooting at a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the cause of most of these crimes is a lack of understanding about the Sikh identity. Come learn about the history of Sikhs in America, about their identity and beliefs, and their large presence in and contribution to the metro Detroit community. Meet your neighbors on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 PM.

Halloween Family Fun Night

Calling all boos and ghouls! Join us Monday, October 29th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for a night of creepy crafts, ghostly games, and spooky stories. Wear your costume and participate in our trick-or-treat parade around the library. Recommended for children age 4-9 years old. Registration begins Sept 25.
This program is sponsored by The Friends of Canton Public Library.

Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt

The perennially popular children's book Where's Waldo celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Kids have spent hours looking for the bespeckled explorer in his candy cane striped sweater and his friends. Now they can hunt for Waldo here at the Children's Library on Thursday, October 11th starting at 7:00 PM. This program is recommended for ages 7 to 10. No registration required.

[Waldo looks for himself courtesy of flickr user hcplebranch by a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license]

MS Word for Students

Learn about advanced MS Word tools useful to high school and college students, including citation and bibliography tools, footnotes and styles.
Prerequisites: MS Word I or equivalent.
Date: October 18, 2012 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Internet Lab. Registration is required.

eBook Basics

Join us Friday, October 12 from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM to learn the basics of how to check out free library eBooks and read them on your Kindle, Sony Wifi, iPad or other device. Watch a live demo and try a few of the eReaders on the market today. Registration is required.

Starfish Family Services: Talk to Me

On Thursday, October 25 at 9:30-11:30 AM Starfish Family Services will be educating parents, grandparents and caregivers on the art of using conversation to develop launguage skills with the five years old and under set. They will be presenting support strategies for sharing intentional conversations and introducing new words into your child's vocabulary. Attendees are encouraged to bring their children into the Purple Room to play with Starfish's licensed daycare providers while the caregiver's program takes place in the Community Room.

Origami Expert, Charles Esseltine

Join origami expert, Charles Esseltine, on Thursday, October 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM to learn about basic folds and shapes. Charles will demontrate a variety of origami models, including some fun, Halloween designs. All materials will be provided. All ages and experience levels welcome. Registration is required and will open on September 25. Little hands will need assistance from big hands. Warning: All attendants must arrive willing to have fun!
Photo used with permission by origamiguy1971

Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan

On Saturday, October 20 from 2:00-3:00 PM, the Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan will be sharing with us their photos, recordings of "spirit voices" (or EVPs) and stories of their various paranormal investigations throughout the Southern Michigan region. Creepy and fun, this presentation is not for the faint of heart. Recommended audience age of 12 years old and up.

Creatapillars

Are you a creative kid? Are you in 2nd through 6th grade? Let your creative side flow in our new monthly program, Creatapillars. This exciting program will alternate between art themed and writing themed activities each month starting with an art themed activity on Monday, October 8, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM. Registration begins September 25, 2012. See you there!

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

Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

CPL is pleased to host Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine. This fantastic travelling exhibit, curated by the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine, explores the world of Harry Potter and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine. In 1997, British author J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science and medicine. Come to CPL from October 22 to November 30 and read all about the potions, immortality, monsters and more written within the pages of the incredible, ground-breaking series.