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

First and Second Grade Book Group Registration

Guess what kids? Registration for the First and Second Grade Book discussion starts Thursday, August 4, 2011! Seats are limited so be sure to sign up. This month we are reading Uh-oh Cleo by Jessica Harper. Don't forget to pick up your book at the Children's Reference Desk after you register. Book group will meet on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

Third and Fourth Grade Book Discussion

If you had a mean old principal, what would you do? George and Harold take matters into their own hands, and the results is the Epic Novels of Captain Underpants. On August 17th at 2:00PM, third and fourth graders are invited to join us as we read and discuss The Adventures of Captain Underpants. And probably laugh a lot too. Registration begins August 3rd. Don't forget to pick up your book at the Children's Reference Desk!

Fly Fishing with James DiStefanis

Local author James DiStefanis shares his knowledge and passion for fly fishing on Wednesday, August 3rd from 7:00-8:30PM. Learn how to tie a fly and perhaps cast a line or two. No registration necessary.

Teen Mario Kart Tournament

Note: This event has been canceled.

Are you a master driver or pro mushroom thrower? On August 11 from 2:00-4:00PM, teens going into grades 7-12 can prove your driving skills at our Mario Kart Tournament.

Backyard Games for the Whole Family

Join us Thursday, July 28, 1:00-3:00PM for Backyard Games! We'll have badminton, bocce ball, croquet, lawn bowling, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, and a bunch more. Bring back the joy of summer with this all ages event!

[Photo by Rachel Monroe on flickr]

Best in Show Dog Show

Which will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours?
  1. Register your dog (starting Saturday, July 23) and
  2. Fill out and return the waiver form by 9:00PM Friday, August 5th
Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for:
  • Best Costume
  • Best Trick
  • Best Behaved
  • Best Looking
  • Best Largest
  • Best Smallest
  • Best in Show
Winners will receive fabulous prizes.

Get American Kennel Club information and freebies from many local dog organizations. Meet Scoop the Newshound. Watch demonstrations from our Canton Police K-9 Unit and Canton's Pro K-9 Dog Trainer. Enjoy a free hot dog and pop. Don't miss Canton Public Library's event of the summer! No registration is required for people to attend — only dogs! See you on August 6 at 10 AM behind the library in tents.

Kanzashi Flower Class

Join us Saturday July 30th at 2:00PM as CPL librarian and local artist Laura Fawcett teaches the Japanese art of kanzashi flowers. Kanzashi are beautiful folded fabric-petal flowers you can wear in your hair or as a pin. Class participants will learn basic fabric folding techniques and make a hair clip to take home. All materials will be supplied and no experience is necessary. Ages 12 and up — Registration required. Don't forget, joining us for this program would be a great way to earn the Artist Badge for Connect Your Summer!

Manga Drawing Contest, World Cultures Edition

This year’s Manga Drawing Contest theme is "world cultures". For a chance to win great prizes, visit the entry form and instructions. Last day to enter is July 31.

Adventures in Masks

Kids, have you ever seen a mask that made you laugh, or scared you, or made you think, "What is that?" Masks are a tradition in many cultures. They are used in ceremonies, for celebrations, or for decoration. Here's your chance to make your very own scary, funny or adventurous mask.

Who: Children, ages 5-9, with a caregiver
When: Monday, August 8, 1:00-1:45PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, July 25.

International Cook-off and Demo

Note: This event has been canceled.

Do you make Grandma's pierogi recipe or Aunt Maria's spaghetti sauce? Cook up your cultural specialties and enter our international cooking contest. Bring your dish and 10 copies of the recipe to share. Here is a cool way to sample other dishes and win prizes too. Prizes will be awarded based on audience voting. Also watch an Indian cooking demonstration and sampling. Join us on August 9th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

Marshmallow Madness

Kids, Tweens, ages 7-11, bring your creativity, clever fingers and sense of fun to this program. Explore the many marvels and makings of marshmallows, play a game and enjoy a mallowy snack.

When: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2:00-2:45PM
Where: Purple room
Registration begins July 20th

International Games

Kids around the world like to have fun just like you. They just do it a little differently. Come learn some new games at our International Games Day on July 26th at 1:00PM. If it is nice and sunny, we'll meet out behind the library. The rain location is the Community Room inside the library. If you haven't earned your Multicultural Badge yet, this is a fun, easy way to claim it!

Summer Flower Arranging

Summer flowers are in abundance right now. Come see floral designer Collette Bielat of Sparr's Florist (at 42510 Joy Road, Plymouth) share the secrets to a spectacular arrangement. See the dressier look for those summer bridal showers and the more casual BBQ picnic table look. Collette will take us through all the steps and a lucky winner or two will go home with the finished arrangements. Saturday, July 23 at 2:00PM — no registration is required.

Canton Cricket

Wicket, gully, bowler, batsman… learn all about the game of cricket from the Michigan Cricket Association on Thursday July 21st from 7:00-8:30PM. A major sport in England and India, cricket is becoming more popular here in the United States. In fact, Canton recently unveiled the Township's first cricket field in Heritage Park. Find out more about this game of fierce competition and skill while earning a Connect Your Summer Sports Fan Badge! No registration necessary.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

ABC Activity Time

Drop-in play including sensory activities, puzzles and games for children, ages 5 and under, with caregiver.

Family Storytime

Storytimes are half-hour programs of activities, songs and stories for children, ages 5 and under, with caregiver.

Tween Advisory Board

Are you in fifth or sixth grade and interested in helping your library and making a difference in your community? If so, the Tween Advisory Board is for you!
Program Date: Tuesday, July 19 from 2:00-3:00PM

Make Your Own Memory In A Box

There's still plenty of space available in our Make Your Own Memory In a Box program for tweens. Fifth and sixth graders — do you like scrapbooking? Then come and decorate a box to hold a special memory, just like a scrapbook page. Bring a few photos to glue on; we will provide boxes and crafting supplies. Register online beginning July 14th
Program Date: Thursday, July 28, 10:00-10:45AM
[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]

Want To Taste Some Yumm-O Food?!

Teens going into grades 7-12 can sign up to be a judge in our International Cook-off. Contestants will bring samples of their homemade cultural dishes for you to taste. If you signed up as a cook, you may not sign up as a judge. The International Cook-off will take place Monday, July 18th at 2:00PM. Registration opens July 4th.
[Photo courtesy of sxc.hu]

Teen International Cook-Off

Do you want to show off your culinary skills? Monday, July 18, at 2:00PM teens going into grades 7-12 can bring 25 samples of your best homemade cultural dish for our judges to sample and rate on creativity and taste. Dishes must be homemade and you must include the recipe. If you sign up as a cook, you may not sign up as a judge. Registration begins July 4th.
[photo courtesy of sxc.hu]