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The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012 is drawing to a close. This year's selection has inspired displays and discussions across the states in public libraries and schools. The author, Kevin Boyle, received his undergraduate degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and his doctorate from University of Michigan. He is presently teaching at Ohio State University. Arc of Justice won the National Book Award in 2004 and was named Michigan Notable Book in 2005.

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: Monday, April 23rd, 6:30-8:30 PM

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

April Tween Service Corps

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Do you miss being on the Tween Advisory Board? Join us on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn 1 hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. We look forward to seeing you!

Sylvan Saturdays: Writing Workshop

Saturday, March 17th from 1:00-2:00 PM, Sylvan teachers will help teens become more comfortable using the steps of the writing process. Brighten up your writing and engage your audience by learning the techniques used by successful writers.

Science Wonders — Science Everywhere

There's more to a candle than just a simple flame, but what? When you pluck a guitar string, why does it create a sound?

Join Dominic Crea of Science Wonders on Thursday, March 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM as he answers these and many other questions of a scientific nature. You will learn how electricity and magnetism, sound, heat, mechanics and chemistry permeate our everyday lives. This program is designed for kids aged 8 and up. Parents welcome.

Kiwanis Club of Canton Storytime

On Wednesday, March 7 from 7:00-7:45 PM, members of the Kiwanis Club of Canton will read stories and offer other fun activities. Don't forget to bring your listening ears! All ages welcome.

Bollyfit

BollyFit classes synthesize artistic elements of high-energy dances from what is commonly referred to as Bollywood dance with classical and folk styles in a high-powered cardiovascular exercise. Come shed weight within and without with BollyFit. Anuja Rajendra, founder of Bollyfit, a program of fitness through Indian dance, teaches it all over Metro Detroit. Come join our program on Saturday, March 10 at Noon to find out if this dance and fitness form is for you. Registration required.

Starkweather Bookclub Pick: The Burn Journals

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant a couple years ago. The book club was such a success we decided to continue meeting.

The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon — Presents the true story of Brent Runyon who at fourteen set himself on fire and sustained burns over eighty percent of his body, and describes the months of physical and mental rehabilitation that followed as he attempted to pull his life together.

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, April 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.

Publisher

This program has been canceled.

Learn how to create greeting cards, certificates or brochures with Microsoft Publisher and volunteer instructor Asha on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30-8:30 PM. Registration begins April 4. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

What is the Truth About Islam?

The Muslim Community of Western Suburbs returns for a visit to educate, inform and connect with the Canton community while answering your questions about Islam. Join us for an informational evening with your neighbors on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM.

Autism Awareness Month with Author Ryan Ennis

Since the early 1990s, the number of individuals diagnosed with autism has risen at an astonishing rate. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, local author Ryan Ennis will present key information for understanding and strategies for supporting children with autism. With 16 years of experience as a school teacher and a media specialist, Ryan has developed programs and written two books on the subject, The Thursday Surprise: A Story About Kids and Autism and The September Surprise: a Story Helping Kids Understand Autism and Co-Teaching, which will be available to purchase. Please join us on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM for an important evening.

Making Minis

Hey Tweens! If looking at Turner Town has left you inspired, come join us as we make some fun mini things — like food, books and other accessories — to start your own collection! Registration is required and begins Tuesday, February 21st at 9:00 AM.

Program Date: Tuesday, March 6th from 4:00-4:45 PM in the Purple Room

Vital Signs: How Health Works

The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three fun family workshops about science. This year, to tie in with their temporary exhibition at the Museum called Evolution and Health (February 2012-January 2013), they are focusing on showing families what doctors mean when they talk about health, and how factors in our daily lives may affect our health.

We invite you to register for the final workshop in the series titled Build the $6 Million You: Making the most of your health. The event takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will learn what you can do to improve and maintain your health. You will examine how your environment, healthy eating and exercise influence your health and well-being. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins February 25 at 9:00 AM.

Target Family Reading: St. Patrick's Day Fun

Children, ages 4-9 with a caregiver, join us Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00-8:00 PM to celebrate all things green. We will sing some festive songs, share some lucky tales, create some golden crafts and enjoy some green treats. This St. Patrick's Day themed program is supported by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library and each family will receive a special St. Patrick's Day book to add to your home collection. Registration begins Tuesday, February 28, 2012.

Author Colleen Gleason Visits

This program has been canceled.

Internationally best-selling author Colleen Gleason will discuss her books and her writing process. Gleason's books include the popular Gardella Vampire Chronicles and the Regency Draculia Series that starts with The Vampire Voss. She also penned a short story, Northanger Castle, for the anthology Bespelling Jane Austen.

In addition to her works under her own name, she writes an exciting post-apocalyptic romance series under the pseudonym of Joss Ware. Gleason's publishing plans include a steampunk young adult series. Please join us on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 PM for a great evening about reading and writing.

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials
Days and Times: *Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

eReaders Users Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 PM.