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Child ID Event

Western and Southern Financial will provide a free Child ID event. All children will be fingerprinted and photographed to create a "Protect Your Child" booklet for your own personal records. This event takes place on June 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM.
[fingerprints by mollykiely is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Summer Blooms

The knowledgeable and talented ladies from Sparr's Florist and Greenhouses in Plymouth Township are back for a new program.  See how to best use those summer garden beauties in a lovely arrangement for a special event or to brighten your home.  You may even win a beautiful floral arrangement created right before your eyes.    Please join us on Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 PM and take a deep breath of summer.  

Who Are Your Ancestors?

Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will show us the tools and data bases available to Canton Public Library users to find our long, lost relatives.  Find out why you are especially handy in the kitchen, have a burning passion for politics or can create beautiful art pieces from virtually nothing.  Was it because of your great, great grandparent?  Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM and learn how to find your answers. 

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.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on Saturday, June 23 from 2:00-3:00 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 on June 10 and 24th at 1:00 PM.  The fourth Sunday of each month also includes 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, June 11 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Starlab Indoor Planetarium

Since the dawn of time, man has dreamed of traveling through the heavens. Today's students are tomorrow's astronauts! Explore the wonders of the night skies on Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  In the comfort of their large inflatable Starlab Dome, Dynamic West Assemblies bring the star-filled presentation to you. An awe-inspiring program that is fully interactive, this one is not to be missed!
We will repeat the same show several times within the two hour program time beginning at 10:00 AM.  Please be aware that space is limited. 

Battle of the Cupcakes

On Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, test your baking skills in our Battle of the Cupcakes. Bring three delicious cupcakes for our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation.

Your cupcakes should be from the same recipe so our three judges are all tasting the same thing. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in the following three age categories:
  • Tweens (Ages 11-12)
  • Teens (Ages 13-18)
  • Adults (above age 18)

[cupcakes with a reading list by shimelle is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Sylvan Saturday: Celebrate Summer Learning

Join the folks from Sylvan Learning Center on May 19th from 2:00-3:00 PM for a fun, inspiring, idea packed event to help students come up with activities to maintain their learning skills all summer long. Summer is the perfect time for a different kind of learning. This event will feature lots of resources and "giveaways" to keep tweens and teens motivated and excited about learning even once school is out. Register now!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Fun

On Saturday, May 26th at 2:00PM in the Community Room, families with children ages 2 to 5 are invited to join us for a program filled with activities focused on the well loved children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will hear the story, make a craft and even eat like the caterpillar in the story. Registration is required and begins on Thursday April 26th at 9:00 AM.

Program Date: Saturday, May 26th at 2:00 PM in the Community Room.

Local Author Event

Join us on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM as we welcome local authors to share their craft, their insights and their books. We have everything from children's to fitness to romance, real-life adventure, a novel and self-help books to satisfy everyone's interest. Refreshments will be provided as you peruse the individual authors' tables and discuss their books with them. This event is made possible in part from a grant from the Michigan Center for the Book.

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 enjoy helping out in the library? Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 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!

Starfish Family Services: Word Play - Rhymes and Reading Acitivities

Join the Starfish Family Services on Thursday, June 7 from 9:45-11:30 AM as they show how to make nursery rhymes interactive and engaging all the while stressing the importance of phonological awareness in preschoolers.  This program is developed for parents, day care providers, and family caregivers and will take place in conjunction with our Thursday morning Family Storytime/ABC Activity time.  Free childcare is offered during this program by Starfish's licensed day care providers. 

Target Family Reading Night: Merry May Music

Children ages 4-9 with a caregiver are invited to join us Thursday, May 10 from 7:00-8:00 PM for an evening concert featuring local musicians, New Horizons. Experience the wonder of hearing music, learn about the joys of making music, and see different musical instruments. Refreshments will be served and each family will receive one book to take home. This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Registration begins April 26 at 9:00 AM.

Great Michigan Read 2012

To wrap up this year’s Great Michigan Read, the Michigan Humanities Council will host a grand finale event on Monday, June 25 in Traverse City. This finale will be held at the Dennos Museum Center and feature Arc of Justice author Kevin Boyle. This will be an amazing event, providing an opportunity to reflect on the conversations and discussions generated by the Great Michigan Read throughout Michigan.

Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 27, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing:

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship that blooms between Joe, an irascible 72-year-old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for both his fiction and non-fiction works.

Lunch & a Book — June 2012

On Thursday June 14 at noon we'll be discussing:

Blood, bones, & butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Blood, Bones & Butter is an unflinching and lyrical work.

Starfish Family Services: Schedules and Routines

Parents, grandparents and caregivers, join the professionals from Starfish Family Services as they discuss the benefits to keeping a daily routine and providing a predictable social frame for your young children. The program takes place on Monday, May 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM. Starfish Family Services also provides licensed daycare providers to watch over your children as you attend the workshop.

May 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 Sunday, May 13, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. 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!