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Celebrate The Mitten State

Do you love living in Michigan? Kids ages 5-9 can register online to join us at the library on Wednesday, July 9 from 2:00-2:45 PM for a fun Mitten State celebration. We'll read some stories that take place in the Great Lakes State, and have fun creating a Michigan-themed craft.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - July

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, July 26 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the A.R.T. of Healing (Awareness Realization and Transformation). This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Board Gaming League of Canton (August)

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, August 2 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!

Lego Club: Stop Motion Animation

Friday July 11, 2:00-5:00 PM. Learn how to make awesome stop-motion movies with Legos, a camera, and free software (all materials supplied). 11 & up. Registration required.

Summertime Dance Your Fanny Off


Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - August

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, August 30 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the theme of Be Well, Stay Well and Go Well. This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Summer Style Storytimes

We've decided to take our family storytime fun OUTSIDE!  Bring a blanket, snack and listening ears under the canopy in the back yard by the pond.  Join us for stories, music and fun in the sun activities on the following days:

Giant Games: Life Sized Scrabble

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Join us July 8, 3:00-5:00 PM to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board.

3D Storyboxes

On August 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM, local artist and writer, Christina Smith, will teach kids aged 7-11 years old her technique for writing a story, building vocabulary and then using around-the-house items to create a 3D Storybox to visually show their story. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 27.

Stories Spun Around the World

Run, run as fast as you can, can you catch a gingerbread man? What about a rolling rice cake? What about a speeding gordita? How about a matzo ball boy? Join us on July 29 from 7:00-8:00 PM and enjoy a classic tale as it spins around the world, create some crafts, and share some snacks.

This program is for kids ages 4-8 with their caregivers. Registration begins on May 26.  

Hummingbird Music Together Presents: The Zoo

On Wednesday, August 6 from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, 0-5 years old, will love taking a musical trip to the Zoo together starting with a train ride with This Train,  seeing different animals including Two Little Blackbirds, and cuddling together under the big night sky with Great Big Stars. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.
[Detroit Zoo Train by WyanPhoto is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Climb Your Family Tree

Kids age 9-12, have you ever been curious about your family's past? Register online to join us at the library Thursday, August 7 from 2:00-2:45 PM for a kid-friendly introduction to the world of genealogy. We'll talk about how to start your family tree and share some tips for beginning your genealogy research.

STEM Science: Lead the way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on June 27 and the last is on August 15. Registration begins May 26 and space is limited!

Starfish Family Services: Schedules and Routines

On Tuesday, June 24 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present What's Next: Schedules and Routines. Participants will learn the benefits of keeping a daily routine and the importance of providing a predictable social frame for their children and/or the children they care for. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Robotics Information Session

Parents and kids grades 4-8 (for 2014-15) are welcome and encouraged to attend an information and demonstration session about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. East Middle School robotics teams and student built robots will be available for demonstration.

FIRST – For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Come and learn how you can participate in these FIRST fun and educational activities.

Event Information: Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Community Room

Astute Artistry: Transform Yourself

On Thursday, July 17 from 1:00-4:00 PM, come join the professionals from Astute Artistry as they share their extensive knowledge of transformation. Learn about the broad field of theatrical makeup including zombie looks, face painting, Mexican sugar skulls, to special effects makeup including cuts and bruises, prosthetics and much more. When the tables turn particpants will work with the professionals to try their hand at many of these cool techniques.  This program requires registration and is recommended for children aged 8 years old and up.
   

Parenting Seminar: Excellent Education during Early Childhood

On July 26 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM we are welcoming Sr. Leonor J Esnard, Principal of Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (http://www.admtei.org/) for an informative session covering a variety of important topics including:

  • Ages and stages of a child's brain development and early cognitive development
  • Building concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and order
  • Tenets of the Montessori philosophy
  • Using the Montessori philosophy at home to encourage positive brain development

And much, much more.

There will also be a Q & A session with our esteemed presenter. This program is developed for parents, teachers and student teachers o ALL teaching philosophies. Register today!

This program is presented in cooperation with Banyan Montessori of Canton

[Material Montessori by Colegio Andolina in licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Lunch & a Book June 2014

On Thursday, June 12 at noon, we will be discussing:

The housekeeper and the professor by Yoko Ogawa ; translated by Stephen Snyder — A beautiful story about family, memory, and math. Yes, math. Ever since a traumatic head injury, a brilliant math professor has had only eighty minutes of short-term memory.  The housekeeper hired to care for the Professor returns to her job every morning to find that the Professor has forgotten her. Though he cannot create new memories, the Professor's mind is alive with elegant equations from his past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a new and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son.

Lunch & a Book August 2014

 On Thursday, August 14 at noon, we will be discussing:

The light between oceans: a novel by M.L. Stedman — After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and becomes the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings his young wife Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. Returning to the mainland when she is two, Tom and Isabel are reminded that there are other people in the world and discover that their choice has devastated one of them.

Food Fighters Club: Cupcake Wars

June 25, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. We'll supply the cupcakes and tons of toppings. Decorate them in creative ways to appease our judges. Teens grades 7th-12th. Registration required.

Cupcake by Federic Bisson (CC by 2.0)