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Michigan Rocks!

Here in the Mitten State, we have so many wonderful things to do with your family over the summer! Check out these great websites and earn your My Mitten eLectrified Badge while having a good time too!

Animals Online

We offer a whole lot of online resources for animal lovers on our Kids Page (just scroll down to the Databases section).

Accessible in the library or from home with a Canton Library Card are: 


Explore our online resources to claim your eLectrified badge.

Learn with Mango Languages this Summer!

School's out and the heat is spiking. Stay cool in more than one way by learning a new language this summer.

Learn a language with Mango this Summer!

Michigan Activity Pass 2015 (Including State Park Passes) Now Available!

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program is back, and better than ever! In addition to providing free or discounted admission to cultural and historical attractions across the state, this year the MAP program has added access to Michigan State recreation areas, parks, historic sites and campgrounds as well!

Library patrons can use their card online to print a pass, either at home or the library, to one of the almost 400 participating institutions on the MAP website. The MAP program is designed to enhance the learning experience for users of all ages through books and other library materials. Each pass will offer complimentary or reduced price admission, discounts in the museum gift shops or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders, for the duration of one week from the date printed.

Participating cultural partners include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Howell Nature Center, Sea Life Aquarium, the Michigan Philharmonic, Yankee Air Museum and many others. For a complete list, visit the MAP website.

Murder Will Out

The killing game by Iris Johansen — If you are a fan of Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series and have access to Netflix, the Eve Duncan movie THE KILLING GAME starring ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Laura Prepon) is now available on Netflix streaming.

Rouge Rescue 2015

Rouge River clean upEach spring Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward the common goal of improving the Rouge River for generations to come. This annual river clean up event, known as Rouge Rescue, began in 1986 with volunteers removing large quantities of trash from the river. If you are interested in spending a few hours with your friends and neighbors cleaning up the Rouge River on Saturday May 30 (a few sites are working earlier in May and on June 6) visit their website for the most up to date list of sites or call 313-792-9621.

Facts About Animals

Does your child have an animal report due in the next couple days? The Canton Public Library has plenty of books about a wide assortment of animals, but when a school project is due sometimes it's hard to find a book on a particular animal. Our online databases, which have digital versions of print resources, are here to help. The databases provide citation information, such as when and where it was originally printed, and allows users to print the article to bring in to their teacher. All these links are available through the Kids Homepage, just scroll down until you find the list of Databases. You may have to enter your library card information to gain access from home.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia: Previously a printed encyclopedia, Grzimek's has articles, often with a picture, that typically contain an animal's physical characteristics, geographic range, habitat, diet, behavior and reproduction. Broader categories will occasionally feature a specific species, like the article on hares and rabbits features snowshoe hares, mountain hares, and desert cottontails. This database offers an e-mail article feature, which allows you to send the article to yourself as a PDF or text file for quick future reference.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: April 23, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, April 23 from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  We will be discussing SIGHT READING by Daphne Kalotay. Request a copy from a librarian at the Information Desk.

Sight reading: a novel by Daphne Kalotay

Ooh La La! Romance languages with Mango

Learn the languages of love with the Mango speciality course on Romance Languages by enrolling in this specialty course. All free with your Canton Public Library Card!  Mango Languages provides access to 64 different languages (including English for non-native speakers) and includes foreign films and specialty lessons.

Murder Will Out: Harry Bosch Returns

Look for the return of Bosch to amazon.com's streaming series on February 13.  Featuring the character from Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series, amazon.com Prime tested the waters last Fall with a one hour Bosch videocast.  If you haven't read this award-winning series try it now.

The black echo by Michael Connelly

Michigan Virtual Career Fair - February 11

Pure Michigan Talent Connect is hosting a Virtual Career Fair from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 11. Connect with employers and other job seekers online and interact with resources to help with your job search.

Click here to register.

Questions? Send a note to mivirtualcareerfair@svesupport.com. Looking for more information on local and online events for job seekers? Check out Pure Michigan Talent Connect's Career Event Calendar to learn more about upcoming job fairs and other events.

SAT not ACT for 2016

The Michigan Department of Education announced the SAT will be the state-required free college entrance exam starting in spring of 2016. Since 2007, the ACT was the state's free test. Current students preparing to take the ACT this spring will do so as planned, but changes go into effect starting next year. The College Board, which administers the SAT, won its competitive bid which will be a cost-savings to taxpayers in the long run. To learn more, click here. The Library offers free ACT or SAT test preparation from the LearningExpress Library on our databases page with a Canton library card.

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY sites

Code.org
(Elementary - High School) Gain coding skills through guided activities.

CryptoKids

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join CODE.org in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.
 

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.



There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit CODE.org to sign up and try a lesson today!

December is a Time to Celebrate!

The month of December is filled with many different holiday celebrations — Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are just some of the special observances this month. Learn more about all these holidays through the many resources at the Canton Public Library. This Special Collection can help get you started!

General

The American book of days by Christianson, Stephen G — A day-by-day record of American history from January 1 through December 31. For each of the 366 days of the year (including February 29), several substantial essays explore significant events of military, scientific, ethnic, or cultural significance.

The book of the year : a brief history of our seasonal holidays by Anthony F. Aveni — Discusses the origins and modern development of our holidays and provides an entertainng glimpse into their evolution.

Savvy Seniors: Pass It On

The Federal Trade Commission (aka FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. They have created PASS IT ON  an FTC website containing articles, presentations, video, and activities — with information about scams and pass on some information that could help someone you know.  Health, finances, privacy are just some of the issues they focus on.  There is a link to the FTC for individuals wanting to report a scam.

Savvy Seniors: October 2014

October Is National Audiology Awareness Month & National Protect Your Hearing Month. Over 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss. The statistics are shocking and even more so knowing that over half of those 36 million Americans are younger than age 65 . Hearing loss is an increasing health concern in this nation that is often preventable. Taking time to see an audiologist for regular hearing screenings and knowing the signs of hearing loss can protect your hearing.

Shouting won't help: why I—and 50 million other Americans—can't hear you by Katherine Bouton

Mystery of the senses. Hearing [videodisc] by produced by Green Umbrella Ltd. for WETA/Washington, D.C., and WGBH /Boston in association with Gemini Productions, Germany

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Are you doing all you can to stay safe online? Visit the National Cyber Security Alliance's StaySafeOnline.org website to learn more about what you can do to keep your information, your computer, and your money safe as you use the internet. There are also great tips for parents and business owners on avoiding online threats.

Savvy Seniors

The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day will be observed on Tuesday, September 23, 2014—the first day of fall. This year’s theme, Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow, seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.  Go4Life has several instructional videos featuring strength building exercises.  Canton Public Library offers these DVDs. 

Discover tai chi for fitness [videodisc] by Created and produced by Scott Cole

How to stay fit as you age [videodisc] by Kimberlee Bethany Bonura

Age of champions [videodisc] by Documentary Foundation presents a film by Christopher Rufo & Keith Ochwat

Gliding. For the active older adult [videodisc]

Easy does it! [videodisc]: staying active, staying fit: no-impact fitness video

Savvy Seniors: September 2014

Did you know that knee replacement is the most common joint surgery, and that it’s becoming more widespread among boomers and adults over 75? A new topic from NIHSeniorHealth.gov, Knee Replacement, offers videos, quizzes, FAQs and more for older adults who may be considering knee replacement or who just want to know more.  Or check out these alternatives.

Gentle yoga arthritis by featuring contributions by Laurie Sanford and Nancy Forstbauer

Arthritis RX [videodisc]: exercises to keep you active and pain-free by director, Ernie Schultz

The complete guide to healing arthritis by Deborah Mitchell

Yoga for the rest of us [videodisc]: easy yoga for arthritis by Cappy, Peggy