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Board Gaming League of Canton

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

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Program: Tuesday, April 8. 7:00-8:00 PM  

April Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of 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 Monday, April 14, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please be prompt!

Budgeting 101: A Balancing Act

Created by the Federal Reserve in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year, during the first week of April, organizations across the country will be providing free programs to address financial concerns. This year we are joining forces with the Financial Planning Association of Michigan to present this great program. Local FPA member Russ Jones will cover the basics of creating and maintaining a household or personal budget, including why to create one, how to create one and, most importantly, how to stick to one. Our presenter will also addresses the issue of debt – how to manage it and ways to begin eliminating it. Join us on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this fabulous and informational program!

Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, April 23, 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.

Save the Whales

Do you love whales? Want to learn more about these amazing creatures? Come to our Save the Whales program on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll hear a smashing whale tale, make a craft, and enjoy an ocean snack. Registration begins Tuesday, March 25th. This program is open to kids ages 4 years to 9 years old and their caregivers.

Sylvan Presents: Educational and Financial Planning

MoneySmart2014Join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM as we welcome Sylvan Learning Center and financial adviser, Kristina Wittner (Edward Jones Investments) for a conversation about financial and academic strategies to adopt now as you plan ahead for your child. A question and answer period will be included.

Folding Paper Mini Book

minibookKids, ages 8-11 years old, will learn to take a simple sheet of paper and turn it into a mini book under the guidance of paper artist Cecilia Escobar. Join us on Saturday, April 26, 3:30-5:00 PM to learn the magic of folding paper to create a book that you can decorate, fill with special messages or create as a special gift for Mother's Day.

Cecilia Escobar is a bookbinder artist who loves to play with paper and the endless possibilities that this media offers. A Canton resident, she is an advocate of the arts in all forms. This program is presented through a partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. Registration is required.

Rick Lieder Nature Photography Workshop

DamselflyRick Lieder, award-winning nature photographer and author of Step Gently Out, will present a workshop for middle and high school students on Tuesday, April 29, 3:30-5:00 PM. Students should bring their own cell or digital camera and will learn to use photography to connect with nature by taking outdoor photos on the grounds of the library.

Students will learn techniques to grow their photography skills, including design and composition concepts and available light to help tell a story. Registration is required.

This program is offered in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on April 27 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on April 27 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old

Sylvan Saturday: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Teens are invited to attend this introductory ACT Prep course, that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Understanding Financial Statements

If you are a small business owner or manager, financial statements can be a constant source of stress if you are not financially literate. Join us on Monday April 7 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we invite SCORE to explain what financial statements are, understand what they say and mean, and how to use them to start, manage, and grow your business. No registration required.

Money Smart Storytime

Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their finances, takes place during the week of April 5-12. Join us for a special Money Smart storytime for kids ages 3-5. We'll read some money-themed stories and have a free book giveaway.

Program Date: April 10, 10:00 AM

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins Tuesday, March 25
Session begins Tuesday, April 15, 10:00 AM.

Greetings and Invitations with MS Publisher

Looking for an easy but affordable way to create greetings or invitations to all your spring and summer functions (think graduations and showers)? Learn how MS Publisher can help you make them! We'll also talk about how you can use the Mail Merge function to print out personally addressed envelopes. Prerequisite: Some experience with MS Word and Excel.

Join us in the I-Lab on Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. Registration required.

Adult Writers' Group April 2014

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 on:
  • Saturday, April 12
  • Saturday, April 26

Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.

Great Lakes Zoological Society: Meet the Animals

Have you ever been ‘sniffed’ by a snake? Or tickled by a tortoise? Here’s your chance to meet and learn about new animal friends visiting from the Great Lakes Zoological Society! Come explore the different colors, textures and behaviors found in the animal kingdom as the library goes wild! GLZS animal programs are designed to inspire and connect kids with the natural world by providing up-close animal experiences with some special friends from all corners of the Earth. Help us celebrate Earth Day by learning about the many creatures including a blue-tongued skink, spiny-tailed lizard, pancake tortoise, Brazilian rainbow boa (pictured above), Honduran milk snake and Madagascar hissing cockroaches who all call our planet home. Space is limited and both children and adults who wish to attend are required to register. Registration begins on March 25.

Program times are as follows: Please register for only one of the two sessions.

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Cellography Portraits and Cell Phone Photos

On Monday, April 28, 3:30-5:00 PM, work with professional photographers Jack Kenny and Bob Mosher to learn about composition and light when taking photos. This hands-on workshop for middle and high school students will focus on taking portraits. Students should bring a digital camera or cell phone camera.

Jack Kenny is a professional photographer best known for his extensive knowledge and photographs of Cuba and is a specialist in portraiture and studio photography. This program is presented in partnership with the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Online registration is required.

Lunch & a Book April 2014

On Thursday, April 10 at noon we will be discussing:

The dog stars by Peter Heller — Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. He lives in the hangar of an abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Knowing he will not have fuel to fly home, he follows the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio.