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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]

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]

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.

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.

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]

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]

Worlds of Wonder

Exoplanets are being discovered at an astounding rate. Truly amazing worlds with incredible compositions roam our cosmos. Join us on August 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM as we learn some astonishing facts about exoplanets, design your own exo-world, savor a snack, and have some astronomical fun. This program is for tweens going into grades 5 through 7. Registration begins on May 26.    
[Exoplanet HD 189733b Eclipses Parent Star (NASA Cahndra 07/29/13) by NASA's Marshal Space Flight Center is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Giant Games: Life Sized Pac-Man

Friday June 27, 3:00-5:00 PM. Play life sized Pac-Man inside our huge maze (we'll supply the sheets for the ghosts).

Binky by Joe Shlabotnik (CC by 2.0)

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.

Giant Games: Life Sized Scrabble

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

Food Fighters Club: Marshmallow Challenge

Teens (grades 7th-12th) join us July 16, 7:00-8:00 PM to make artistic, yummy creations out of marshmallows and all the fixings. Registration required.

Marshmallow icosahedron, part I by Todd Stadler (CC by 2.0)

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!

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.

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
  • Tenents of the MontessorI philosophy
  • Using the Montessori philosophy at home to encourage positive brain development.

And much, much more.

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: