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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!

NHS Homework Help Ends May 31st

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! The last day for tutoring is May 31st.

Going Green!

Join us Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM as we explore the act of Going Green! We will have the chance to learn about the plants that are all around us and get to plant a flower of your very own to take home and nurture. This program is open to kids in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade accompanied by a caregiver. See you there!  Registration will begin April 26, 9:00 AM. 

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, May 16, 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.

The Adventures of Tintin: Movie and Comic

In honor of Free Comic Book Day, we'll show the movie The Adventures of Tintin (PG) on Saturday, May 5th, 1:00-3:30 PM.  Bring your popcorn!  Plus, get a quick 10 minute (beginner's) lesson on how to draw your very own Tintin to celebrate the beloved comic.

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, May 5 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!

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on Sunday, May 13 at 1:00 PM  in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners welcome.
The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@woway.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, May 14 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.

Singing the Good Old Songs Again

Jackie Davidson, formerly of The New Christy Minstrels, and her partner Gary Brandt perform classic and original folk songs in an energetic and fun show filled with excellent music, fun patter and a lot of toe-tapping memories. This is one you have to hear on Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Step Gently Out

In celebration of Canton's Acts of Culture Week, we are pleased to present photographer Rick Lieder as he shares his beautiful book, Step Gently Out. Lieder worked with award-winning poet, Helen Frost to create an amazing 'picture' of what we can find in our own backyards if we just step gently and keep our eyes and minds wide open. You will be stunned by what you see on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.