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

First Grade Round-Up

During the month of March, Canton First Graders visit the library with their classes for an exciting program.  They enjoy a puppet show, hear a super story and get a tour of the Children's Library.  This year will mark our 18th Annual First Grade Round-Up.

African American Cultural Celebration!

La'Ron WilliamsCelebrate Black History Month with interactive stories and songs. Storyteller La'Ron Williams returns to the library, Saturday, February 28th from 2-3pm in the Community Room, with a bag of tales and instruments from the African American tradition. This program is for ages 5 and up.

$20 million allocated for Senior Services

The Senior Alliance is requesting your input for the 2010-2012 Multi-Year Plan. A community forum  for input on how  $20 million in state and federal funds should be used for senior services will be held on Monday, March 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Summit on the Park (46000 Summit Parkway, Canton). If you are unable to attend, please complete the survey available on The Senior Alliance website.  Submit the completed survey to the Planning Specialist at The Senior Alliance by April 30, 2009.

Calling All Seniors & Caregivers!

Are you providing care for someone elderly?  Or are you a senior citizen wanting to learn more about laws that impact on your life?  Neighborhood Legal Services of Michigan Elder Law & Advocacy is presenting a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 25 (6-8 p.m.) at the Cherry Hill Village Theater.  Topics covered are current events in elder law, tips on caregiving, and preventing elder abuse. This event is sponsored by Canton Leisure Services, Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle and Waltonwood.  For more information call 313/937-8291.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Boy!  I can’t wait for March to get here.  Why?  Because March is Reading Month!  And Reading Month means First Grade Round Up!    This is the 18th year the  Children’s Tween and Teen Services Librarians will host first grade classes from local schools.  And I haven’t missed one yet!    Kids get a tour of the library and meet my Giraffe friends Caribou and Rafiki.  Then they make a craft and see a really funny puppet show.  The best part of First Grade Round Up is that each First Grader gets a library card and checks out a book that day

February Tween Book & Pizza Club

If you're interested in discussing a great book with other Tweens over a pizza lunch, look no further than our monthly Tween Book & Pizza Club! February's selection is The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This month's program is scheduled for 1pm on February 28, and registration begins at 9am this Saturday (February 14). Hope to see you there!

Calling All Wimpy Kids!

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid Party

Tweens are invited to join us for a party based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.   We’ll have wimpy snacks, play wimpy games and make a wimpy craft.  Registration begins on January 29th.  Thursd

Family Storytime

Family Storytime

We invite families with children ages 1-5 years old to join us for a half hour program to share some great books and fingerplays. Registration not required.

Saturdays at 11am through February 21st

Book Buddies

Book Buddies is for 3rd and 4th graders.
Get together with other kids and talk about a fantastic book. Online registration begins February 5 or February 7. After you’re registered, visit the Children’s Information Desk to check out a copy of the book. Please register for only one book club per month.
February 19, 5pm: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
February 21, 1pm: Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes

Knit Night

Join us at 7pm every second Monday of the month for Knit Night in the Community Room.
All handcrafters of all skill levels are welcome. If you'd like to learn how, bring some needles and yarn and chances are someone will be happy to teach you. Bring your works-in-progress and your finished objects to show off! Knit Night is a casual, friendly evening, so drop in for some good conversation and handcrafting.

Family Reading and Science Program

Family Reading and Science Program is for children age 6-11 with a caregiver
Workshop 2: Did you know that Earth is a planet, and that we share our Sun with neighboring planets? Find out what makes something a planet, and learn all about the planets in our Solar System. Online registration begins January 24.
Saturday, February 7 at 3pm

Talk About Books

Talk About Books is for 1st and 2nd graders.
Read a book and then get together with other kids to talk about it and to do some fun activities. Register online beginning January 24 or January 29, then come to the Children’s Desk to check out a copy of the book.
February 7, 1pm: My Dog the Dinosaur by Jackie French
February 12, 5pm: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling

Family Storytime

Family Storytime
We invite families with children ages 1-5 years old to join us for a half hour program to share some great books and fingerplays. Registration not required.
Saturdays at 11am through February 21st

Grandparent Fun

Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on February 12, 2009 from 10-11am.  We meet monthly to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and play!  This months theme is Love so be prepared to make some special Valentine crafts and have a lot of fun!  Registration is now open, use your own library card or your grandchild's. 

Decorative Pillows - February 6

February 6 - 4:00- 5:00
This is a perfect opportunity to give your bedroom a personal touch with a decorated pillow.  Bring all your great ideas, we will supply the materials.  Registration is required.

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time is a drop-in play program for children ages birth to five and their caregivers.

Join us every Tuesday at 7pm and Wednesday at 10am through February 18.

February Tween Book & Pizza

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
It's not too late to sign up for this month's Tween Book and Pizza!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
February 12, 7 p.m.

If you enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney, you’ll love this program.

Create Handcrafted Cards

Looking for a fun way to spend a winter evening?  Why not join me on Thursday February 5th & learn to make handmade greeting cards.   I will provide the materials and basic instruction for you to create several simple card designs.  This program starts promptly at 7 PM.  Registration is limited call today to r

Lunch & a Book - April 9

Loving Frank (Nancy Horan): Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between seminal architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, Illinois, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.

Download Digital Books

February 27 (10:00-11:00)

Master downloading an eBook or eAudiobook from the library’s growing digital collection. Prerequisite: Web navigation skills.