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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.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,   I don't know about you, but right around February, I'd thought we'd never get here.  But now, the trees are green, the Ducklings are hatched, we've Relayed for Life out in Heritage Park, and pretty soon it will be Liberty Fest.  And then...school will be out, summer will hit full blast and it will be Connect Your Summer time once again.   I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite parts of the year. The library is hopping, books and other items are flying off the shelves, and you can find something fun to do at the library pretty much every day.  There's a little bit of info about Connect Your Summer on the library website right now, and the librarians and other staff are working hard to finalize last minute details to make sure CYS is extra fun this year.  If you can't wait until Monday, June 16th to sign up, there are some things you can do right now. Make sure you have a "My Account" with a user name and password all ready to go.  Talk about it with your grown-ups so they know that you really really want to participate this year.  And get started on your reading.  It's never too early to pick up a good book!
 Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke  

Teen Creative Writing Series

Geared toward teens going into grades 7-12, participants will develop techniques to create their own stories and hone their general creative writing skills. This four week course (you must attend all weeks) will be taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University of Detroit Mercy.  Registration is required. Meeting dates are as follows:


[Writing by Jeffrey James Paces in licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Kids' Art Studio


Let your creativity flow! On July 24th, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM, come in to listen to a story and try out different art techniques at our creation stations. 

This program is intended for children ages 4-8 with a caregiver. Registration begins on May 29.

Ancient Egypt Unearthed

"It was a thrilling moment for an excavator, quite alone save his native staff of workmen, to suddenly find himself, after so many years of toilsome work, on the verge of what looked like a magnificent discovery - an untouched tomb." -Howard Carter, Egyptologist

Canton Public Library wants to transport you to Ancient Egypt to explore some of history's greatest mysteries. Who knows what clues you'll dig up!

This program takes place on Wednesday, August 6 from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Kids ages 8 -11 can sign up starting May 26th.

Play with Your Food

Liven up your lunch! July 8th, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, CPL invites patrons ages 9 - 12 to add a pinch of creativity to their palate with some fun food art. Registration begins May 26th.

[Onigiris Charuca by doctor muerte is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Family Tie Dye Fun!

Do you love swirling pops of color? Have you always wanted to make your own t-shirt, socks, or canvas bag? Well, come to our all ages Family Fun Tie Dye Program on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and have a blast tie dying your own clothes! You must bring your own shirts, socks, canvas bags, pillow cases, etc. that you want to dye. Be sure to wear old clothes because the dye will stain! See you there!

Rain date for this program will be Thursday, July 31, 2014.

National Book Lover's Day Program

Do you love books? Join us on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to celebrate National Book Lover's Day! We'll have fun book related crafts, read some stories, and have a delightful snack.  This program is open to children ages 3 to 5 years old and their caregivers.

Around the World Storytime and Craft Program

Would you love to travel Around the World but just don't have time? No problem.
Join usglobe for our Around the World Storytime and Craft Program on Thursday, June 26 from 10:00-11:00 AM.  We will read some travel tales and do a fun craft. This program is open to children ages 0 to 5 years old and their caregiver. Registration begins on Monday, May 26.


[Globe by www.clipartbest.com is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Batman's 75th Anniversary Celebration

Let's celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Batman! Come to our awesome
program on batman coverWednesday, July 23 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM where we will celebrate all things Batman.  We'll have a batty birthday snack, make a craft, and watch an episode of the Batman cartoon show. Costumes welcome!  This program is open to kids ages 5-9 years old with a caregiver. Registration opens May 26, 2014.

Movie Madness: The Lego Movie

Start your summer break off right with a viewing of The Lego Movie! On Tuesday June 17 starting at 2:00PM watch as Emmett Brickowski and his rag tag group of Lego friends find their creativity and battle the evil Lord Business.
You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like. And remember...Everything is AWESOME!

Board Gaming League of Canton (June)

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Ticket To Ride? Drop by Saturday, June 7 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!

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.

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.

Teen Animanga Club (June)

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, June 18, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, delicious food vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Cirque Amongus

A Cirque Amongus Show is a surprising combination of comedy, circus skills and audience participation as 2 or more daring and skillful performers put on a display of teamwork and perseverance guaranteed to amaze and delight all who watch.  Join us in welcoming the Cirque performers on August 4 from 2:00-2:45 PM

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.

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]

Lunch & a Book July 2014

On Thursday, July 10 at noon, we will be discussing:

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour bookstore by Robin Sloan — A gleeful tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his job as a Web-design drone--and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests.

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Friday, June 20 from 10 to 11:30 AM.