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

Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest

Love Harry Potter? Enter our Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest! There will be prizes for grades 6-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, and adults. Last day to enter is November 21. Winners will be announced at the final reception, held on November 30 at 4:00 PM.

To Enter

You may enter by uploading your story below, or by sending it as an attachemnt to harrypotter@cantonpl.org.
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Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest

Love Harry Potter? Why not enter our Harry Potter Fan Fiction Contest.  Write about your favorite characters, objects, spells or any other aspect from the wonderful Harry Potter series.  Prizes will be given for the top pieces in the following age categories: 6th-8th grade, 9th-10th grade, 11th-12th grade, and even for adults.  We will begin taking submissions on November 1 and will receive entries no later than November 21. See rules and how to enter here.  One entry per person, please.  Join us on November 30 at 4:00 PM when we will host a Final Reception to announce the winners.

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're 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! There will be no tutoring on November 22nd.

Portraits of Service with Robert H. Miller

Portraits of Service is a moving, emotional book by local author Robert H. Miller.  It is also an award-winning record of the stories and faces of veterans of many different wars.  In 2012, it was awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year.  Miller is currently traveling the country and the world as his book is creating a stir worldwide.  Join us to celebrate our local veterans (some of whom are included in the book) on November 15 at 7:00 PM in the library's Community Room.  Bring your American pride and a hanky. 

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.