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Tween Service Corps July 2012

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th 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 service date will be July 21 at 2:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

Family Storytime Picnic

Families with children ages five and under are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy a storytime outside behind the library. All storytimes will be at Noon. Rain location will be in the Community Room. Program Dates:

Snack Tales

What happens when you combine great stories with an easy-to-make treat? You get "Snack Tales!" This program is for kids in grades K-4 with a caregiver. Join us Tuesday, June 26, from 7:00-7:45 PM to enjoy a story and make a fun, edible treat based on that story. Registration begins May 24 at 9:00 AM.

DIA Inside|Out


We are pleased to be part of the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA's collection to the streets. There are six pieces displayed in Canton, including Young Woman with a Violin by Italian painter Orazio Gentileschi, on display at the library. The painting, circa 1612, depicts the patron saint of musicians, Cecelia.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsors this program.

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Paper Airplanes and Jet Engines

On Friday, June 29 starting at 10:00 AM, join us in the Community Room to learn how to create a number of awesome paper airplanes, but it doesn't stop there. The kind folks at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT) will discuss how and why we fly and fire up one of their real jet engines in the west side parking lot. How cool is that? This program is recommended for patrons aged eight and up. In case of rain, the program will remain in the Community Room.

[Paper Airplanes by Stuck in Costoms is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Mitch Ryder at Ypsilanti District Library

Devils & Blue Dresses by Mitch Ryder.    Detroit's own, Mitch Ryder will discuss and sign his autobiography on Thursday, June 21 at 7:00p.m. at Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti, MI.  Ryder will be interviewed by Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor 107.  A Question and Answer session will follow the interview. Copies of Devils and Blue Dresses will be available for purchase.  The event is free, seating is on a first come, first serve basis.  For more information contact the Ypsilanti District Library.

Quilt Exhibition and Show


See the lovely display of quilts created by the Canton Poke and Stab quilt club. You will have the opportunity to vote for your favorites and prizes qill be awarded based on your votes. Visit the display in the Community Room on:
  • Monday, July 23 from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 25 from 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 26 from 10:00-12:00 PM
  • Friday, July 27 from 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 28 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Don't miss these beautiful works of art.

Family Lego Day: Space

Join us Friday, July 27, 2:00-3:00 PM. Space station, shuttle, terraforming colony. Help us build the best in the galaxy and later we’ll catalogue your entries online for future scientists — complete with your descriptions. Registration required.

80's Braided Ribbon Barrettes

Remember these fun hair accessories? These adorable barrettes were once a fashion craze and are enjoying a return to popularity. Join us Saturday July 14 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room for a flashback craft program. All ages are welcome, but registration is required.

Giant Scrabble


July 18, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library. All ages. Scrabble on our insane 10x10-foot board.

Plush Pets Sleepover

Did you know that your favorite stuffed animal can enjoy the library too? Kids, ages four-six, and their caregiver can bring their furry friend to a special storytime on Thursday, July 19 from 7:00-7:45 PM. But it doesn't end there. Your stuffed animal can then stay at the library for a super fun sleepover. Don't worry, you can pick up your animal at the children's desk the next day. We will take pictures of all the animals' fun activities and post them on the library web site.

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, July 11, 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.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion July 26, 2012

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, July 26 in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00 PM to discuss Jamie Ford's haunting novel. Copies of this book will be available on Thursday, June 28.

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford

Board Gaming League of Canton

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

A Thousand Letters Home

A Thousand Letters Home is the result of a treasurer-trove of left-behind letters. Author Teresa Irish compiles her father's personal stories as a WWII solider serving in Europe. These thoughtful, charming letters tell the story of war, love and life. Join us for this very special evening of sharing memories onThursday, July 12 at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

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

Road to the Olympics with the Shibutanis

Maia and Alex Shibutani are ice dancers with dreams of attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2011, the Shibutanis were the first ice dance team in U.S. history to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships in their debut senior season. They also took the silver at the U.S. championships and at Four Continents Championships behind their training mates, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. While we are all still steeped in the London Olympics, hear what dedication and drive are needed to aspire to the Olympics and perform at championship levels from brother and sister team, Maia (18) and Alex (21) on Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM.

Teen Creative Writing

Beginning June 23rd and every other Saturday ending August 18th, teens going into grades 7-12 can hone their creative writing skills. This five-week course (you must attend all weeks) will be taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University of Detroit Mercy.

Lanyard Making

Saturday July 7, 2:00 to 3:00 PM make a colorful, attractive, fun beaded necklace or Lanyard to hold your work ID badge.

Lunch & a Book July 2012

On Thursday, July 12 at Noon we'll be discussing:

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — According to the publisher, Random House, the book can be described as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history in a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.