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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Connect Your Summer Feedback

Canton Public Library’s mission is Connecting Your Community. Connect Your Summer aims to be an exciting way to bring the community together to share their summer experiences and their summer reading, and to emphasize the library as an important resource for all.

Because Connect Your Summer is the mainstay of our summer library programming, we are asking you to help us learn and improve by sharing feedback about your Connect Your Summer experience. The survey will take about five minutes to complete:

The surveys will remain available until August 31, so tell your friends! Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us. As a token of our appreciation, there may even be something badge-y in it for you.

Connect Your Summer 2014 Non-participant Survey

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, September 27 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a fun, interactive, and sensory-friendly storytime especially designed for younger children (ages 12 and under) with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome when registration process is complete.  Registration begins August 25.

Connect Your Summer 2014 Survey

If you participated as/for an individual other than yourself, select "Individual"; we'll ask you a quick question on the next page.

Connect Your Summer Final Celebration

This year you have read books, completed activity sheets, attended programs and made this summer truly awesome!  But there is one final event you can't miss!  On August 16 we invite you to attend our Connect Your Summer Final Celebration from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back yard by the pond and there will be a number of amazing features including:


We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to PARTY!

Say Nice Things About Detroit!

Detroit turns 313 this year! The city was founded on July 24, 1701 by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac. Originally named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, its name was shortened by the British after they had gained control of the settlement during the French and Indian War. The city is known throughout the world as both an automotive center and the birthplace of some of the world's best known musical talent. Several nicknames have been attached to Detroit throughout its long history: Motown, Hockeytown, the Motor City, the City of Champions, and the Arsenal of Democracy all reflect the city's acheivements. Although the city has undergone some tough times in recent years, Detroit can be proud of its contributions to both the country - and the world. For a taste of the city's history, as well as a picture of its present, check out some of the titles below:

Before Motown: a history of jazz in Detroit, 1920-60 by Lars Bjorn with Jim Gallert

Say Nice Things About Detroit!

Detroit turns 313 this year! The city was founded on July 24, 1701 by the French explorer Antoine Laumet de Lamothe Cadillac. Originally named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, its name was shortened by the British after they had gained control of the settlement during the French and Indian War. The city is known throughout the world as both an automotive center and the birthplace of some of the world's best known musical talent. Several nicknames have been attached to Detroit throughout its long history: Motown, Hockeytown, the Motor City, the City of Champions, and the Arsenal of Democracy all reflect the city's acheivements. Although the city has undergone some tough times in recent years, Detroit can be proud of its contributions to both the country - and the world. Several new books and films have been produced recently about the city's current problems, but there is much to celebrate as well. For a taste of the city's history, as well as a picture of its present, check out some of the titles below:

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.

Celebrate National Dance Day

Join us to celebrate National Dance Day on the last Saturday in July. To promote dance as a great way to have fun and be healthy, we'll learn a beginner dance routine. As part of the national celebration, we'll create and share a video of our group dancing. 

Visit the Dizzy Feet Foundation Events page to watch the routines. No dance experience is necessary, please just wear comfortable clothes and bring your enthusiasm.

Dancers of all ages welcome: recommended for ages 8 and up. No registration required.

Look What's In Large Print: July 2014

The focus is on Mystery. The Agatha Christie Estate has authorized release of the complete Agatha Christie crime novels in Large Print. If you haven't read the Queen of Mystery start with her first book, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES which introduces Hercules Poirot. THE PAWNBROKER is the first Charlie Henry book in Aimee and David Thurlo's new series.

The mysterious affair at Styles [large print]: Poirot's first case by Agatha Christie

No man's nightingale [large print] by Ruth Rendell

Pursuit [large print] by Gene Hackman

The pawnbroker [large print] by David and Aimee Thurlo

That old black magic [large print] by Mary Jane Clark

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

hoopla App for Kindle Fire HDX

hoopla Digital now has a mobile app for the Kindle Fire HDX 7" and 8.9" models! Open the browser on your Kindle Fire device, type slideme.org in the URL, select go to install SlideMe. Sign up for a SlideMe account. You can then search for hoopla app within SlideMe. Detailed downloading and step-by-step installation instructions can be found on hoopladigital.com/support. You can install hoopla without installing SlideMe, but you will not be prompted when hoopla has an app update.

John Green Read Alikes

If you just can't get enough of John Green's books you may want to try some of these similar titles:

If you love The Fault in Our Stars try:

If I stay: a novel by Gayle Forman

Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel by Jesse Andrews

Bitter sweet by LaVyrle Spencer

Deadline by Chris Crutcher


Before I die
by Jenny Downham







If you love Looking For Alaska try:

Thirteen reasons why: a novel by Jay Asher

Please ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Murder Will Out: July 2014

Carol Carr's India Black,  Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde, and Karen Keskinen's Jaymie Zarling are back. Reed Farrell Coleman is wrapping up Moe Praeger's stories so this book is a flashback to Moe's first detecting job. Looking for something new, try Ian Hamilton's or Ingrid Thoft's debut novels.


Black current by Karen Keskinen


India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr

Seven for a secret by Lyndsay Faye

Onion Street: a Moe Prager mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman

The wild beasts of Wuhan: an Ava Lee novel by Ian Hamilton

Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft

Summer Style Storytime change

Mother Nature is serving up some pretty iffy weather today and the ground is still wet from last night's storms. As a result, the Summer Style Storytime will be held in the Community Room this morning. See you there!

TV shows coming to hoopla!

Starting on July 1st, the library will be adding TV episodes to its hoopla offering. Thousands of movies, TV programs, music and audiobooks are available to library patrons to stream or download on their PCs or mobile devices. Borrowing and returning items is quick and easy. Once the lending period has expired (3 days for movies and TV, 7 days for music, and 21 days for audiobooks), titles are automatically returned to the library. Use your CPL card to open a hoopla account. You can check out up to 20 items per month from your hoopla account.

Updated CYS Printable Program and Event Listing

Here's an updated printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL this summer!

REPEAT PROGRAM - Make and Take a Hair Flower

Due to popular demand we are repeating this program on July 22 from 2:00-2:45 PM in the Community Room.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  Supplies are limited.  All ages welcome.

eBooks for travelling Around the World

Are you looking for a way to earn your Around the World Super Bookworm Badge and your Around the World eLectrified badge? Check out this list for some great suggestions we have in our ebook collection on Overdrive. Enjoy!

Starcross, or The coming of the moobs!, or Our adventures in the fourth dimension! [electronic resource]: a stirring adventure of spies, time travel and curious hats by as narrated by Art Mumby, (& Miss Myrtle Mumby) to their amanuensis, Philip Reeve ; and illuminated throughout by David Wyatt


The freedom maze [electronic resource]: a novel by Delia Sherman


A crazy day with cobras [electronic resource] by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca


Car trouble [electronic resource]: a novel by Jeanne DuPrau


Going bovine [electronic resource] by Libba Bray

Get your Game On!

Here are some great titles to get you on the path to earning your Game On Badge!

Running loose by Chris Crutcher


Screaming quietly by Evan Jacobs


Dairy queen [sound recording]: a novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


The game of triumphs by Laura Powell


The killing woods by Lucy Christopher


Panic by Lauren Oliver


Z by Michael Thomas Ford