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

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

Congratulations to the Worst Opening Sentence Contest Winner!

Snoopy from PeanutsThe results are in and the judges have determined the winner in our National Library Week's Worst Opening Sentence Contest. Congratulations to the author of the winning sentence:

"There once was a fellow named Larry, who sat like a quaint little fairy, his wings and his wand, he posed by our pond, an exemplar of great topiary."

Thank you to everyone who participated in the celebration of National Library Week with the Canton Public Library!

"When Asia Was the World" by Stewart Gordon

Stewart Gordon has fashioned a fascinating and unique look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500; a time when Asia was dominant; by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers-the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture. Come join us on June 18 at 7:00 PM as he talks about When Asia Was the World. Earn your Back in Time badge by attending this informative look back in history. The book When Asia Was the World will be available for purchase and signing.

Sylvan Saturdays: Study Strategies Workshop

Sylvan Learning Center LogoMake your mom happy on Mother's Day weekend and bring her to Sylvan Learning Center's make it/take it study strategies workshop. This is a fun interactive workshop where moms* AND middle school students will work together to create study aids to use during upcoming tests and final exams. This could be the best present you ever gave your mom! Join us on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00-11:30 AM. There will be door prizes at this event. Registration begins April 25.
*Moms need not attend for student to benefit from this program.

Happy Birthday Pigeon Party!

pigeon puppyI never get to drive the bus. I always want to stay up late and have a cookie. Who am I? The Pigeon of course! If you love me and my books by Mo Willems, come to my Happy Birthday Pigeon Party. The party goes from 2:00 to 2:45 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2013. This program is for kids ages 3 to 5 years old and their caregiver. Registration will begin Thursday, April 25th. See you there!

Starfish Family Services: Activity Times

Starfish Family Services LogoOn Thursday, May 23 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services presents Activity Times to Support Learning and Development. Trained staff will explain how to support all children's learning and development during activity times. They will also explain the importance of active learning. Bring your children, free daycare is provided by Starfish's licensed daycare providers.

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.