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Family Fun Night: Caldecott Celebration

Caldecott BooksThe 75th Caldecott Medal was awarded this January to This Is Not My Hat. We're celebrating 75 years of amazing picture book art with a party at the library. Families with kids ages 5 to 9 years old are invited to join us for games, crafts and a story or two. Registration required.
Program Date: Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

Lunch & a Book May 2013

On Thursday, May 9 at noon we will be discussing:

The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht — Natalia, a young doctor, arrives in a Balkan country on a mission of mercy. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. But Natalia is also confronting a private mystery of her own: the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. After telling her grandmother that he was on his way to meet Natalia, he instead set off for a ramshackle settlement none of their family had ever heard of and died there alone. Why he left home becomes a riddle Natalia is compelled to unravel. Searching for clues, she turns to the stories he told her when she was a child. But the most extraordinary story of all is the one her grandfather never told her, the one Natalia must discover for herself. One winter during the Second World War, his childhood village was snowbound, cut off even from the encroaching German invaders but haunted by another, fierce presence: a tiger who comes ever closer under cover of darkness. "These stories," Natalia comes to understand, "run like secret rivers through all the other stories" of her grandfather's life. And it is ultimately within these rich, luminous narratives that she will find the answer she is looking for.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, May 25

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, May 22, 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.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, May 4 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!

Savvy Seniors: Wellness on Wednesday @ The Summit

On Wednesday, May 8 from 9:15AM to 2:00PM at the Summit on the Park Canton Senior Center, individuals 55 and older can participate in a variety of fitness classes and social activities such as Gentle or Intense Aqua, Best of Health and bingo. Registration required. Cost: $1 Summit Members, $3 Canton residents and $5 for non-residents.  To register call the Senior Center at 734-394-5485.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday,  May 7 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on April 25.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion May 20

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, May 20 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

In the presence of my enemies by Gracia Burnham, with Dean Merrill — A gripping true story of American missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham’s year as hostages in the Philippine jungle, was a New York Times best seller and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. Now releasing in trade softcover for the first time, this updated edition has a new look and contains never-before-published information on the capture and trial of the Burnhams’ captors; Gracia’s secret return trip to the Philippines; and updates on recent events in Gracia’s life, ministry, and family.

Reading Assistance Dog 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 served basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.

Date: May 20, 6:30-8:30 PM

WNBA YA Writers' Panel

The Women's National Book Association's third annual writers' panel is this April 24 at the Novi Public Library. The theme is young adult literature and how it spans generations of readers, with four award-winning Michigan YA authors on the panel. And, it's absolutely free!

Annual Local Author Event

Our 2013 local author guests cover nearly every genre from children's to tweens, mystery and history, nonfiction and inspirational. We are pleased to welcome an interesting and successful group of authors to the Canton Public Library on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 PM. Join us to hear their stories of how they are making their way in the book world, to purchase their books and to get the books signed. This is a great opportunity to buy signed, first-edition books for your collection.

Our guest authors include:
  • Diana Barnes Patillo, children's
  • Gordon Briley, children's
  • Leis Dauzet-Miller, history
  • Jody Lamb, tween
  • Stephanie Neilan, children's
  • Elaine Pereira, nonfiction
  • Linda Svacha, inspirational
  • Angil Tarach-Ritchey, nonfiction
  • Ed Wendover, mystery
  • Sean Williams, children's
  • Kris Yankee, tween/teen

Intermediate Word 2007

Learn about advanced formatting options useful in creating  
larger documents, including headers and footers, page 
numbers and footnotes. 
Prerequisite: Beginning Word 2007 or previous experience with Word. 
Join us Friday, May 31 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Beginning Word 2007

An introduction to word processing. Learn basic Word skills 
including creating and formatting text, printing and saving. 
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills. 
Join us on Friday, May 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

Big Band Swing Fling

Paul Keller QuartetThe Canton Public Library is proud to welcome Michigan's premier big band group, The Paul Keller Quartet, for a night of swing music from the fabulous 40s on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. So put on your jitterbug shoes and get ready to jam to some boogie-woogie beats under the twinkling lights. This program is funded through the Savvy Seniors/Providence Community Relations Grant. Refreshments provided. No registration required.

Earth Week Programs for the Whole Family

Earth Day 2013Once again, the library is celebrating Earth Day with an extended week's worth of programs for all ages. Join us for the following programs:

  • Meatless Mondays: April 22, 7:00 PM. One meatless day per week helps take a big strain off the environment. Door to Door Organics explains.
  • Michigan Made: April 23, 7:00 PM. Taste and experience Michigan made products from Heart of Michigan.
  • Rain Gardens and Live Walls: April 25, 7:00 PM. Learn to create eco-friendly rain gardens and living plant walls with landscaper Jeremy Christianson.
  • Native American Dancers for Mother Earth: April 27, 2:00 PM. Enjoy the rhythmic sounds and beautiful dance that celebrates Mother Earth.

Social Security - Find Out What's At Stake for You and Your Spouse

Are you or a loved one considering retirement?  What is the best way to take your Social Security benefit?  Did you even know there were options?  Are you going to have a big tax burden?  Will it be enough to support a comfortable lifestyle?   Tom LaBeau will share insight and answers as we celebrate Older Americans Month on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 PM, both in our Purple Room.

Mother's Day Stories

Storyteller Alfreda Harris shares tender, heart-warming, humorous tales of mothers and motherhood. Please join us to share a laugh or a tear as we celebrate our mothers.  All ages are welcome on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

 There is no meeting in May due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  See you June 23rd.

Knit Night

knitJoin other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning.  All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.  Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

May Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th 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 date will be Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 7:00-8:00 PM. We will meet in the Children's Department but we will also be going outdoors.  Please be prompt.