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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.

Curtains Up Movie Ballots

What movies do you like to watch when you beat the heat? Vote for your favorite films, and we’ll tally the votes to determine what to show on our Movie Madness Day, Monday 8-26-2015. Don’t forget to claim your Curtains Up badge online!

Things Could Be Worse

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (anorexia)— Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.



Thirteen reasons why: a novel by Jay Asher (suicide) — When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.


Hate List by Jennifer Brown (school shooting) — Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

Medicine on TV

Camp Out with Your Favorite Characters: Easy Readers

The camping trip by Catherine Hapka ; pictures by Anne Kennedy

Flat Stanley goes camping by created by Jeff Brown ; by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

Rocky and Daisy go camping by Melinda Melton Crow ; illustrated by Mike Brownlow

Bert and Ernie go camping by illustrated by Ernie Kwiat

Olivia goes camping by adapted by Alex Harvey ; based on the screenplay written by Patrick [sic] Resnick ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

My Pure Michigan Mitten

What is your favorite thing about Michigan? Write it down on a paper Michigan, and drop it off in the CYS Command Center! Don’t forget to claim your My Mitten badge online!

Shakespeare Adaptations for Kids

Brick Shakespeare: the tragedies— Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar by as told and illustrated by John McCann, Monica Sweeney, and Becky Thomas

Macbeth by a graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds ; based on the play by William Shakespeare

The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Stratford Zoo midnight revue presents: Macbeth by written by Ian Lendler ; art by Zack Giallongo ; colors by Alisa Harris

Cryptids: Crazy, Mysterious Animals

Tales of the cryptids: mysterious creatures that may or may not exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young

Sea monsters by Melissa Higgins ; content consultant Joseph Nigg, author of Wonder Beasts and other books on mythical animals

Mysteries unwrapped: mutants & monsters by written by Oliver Ho ; illustrated by Josh Cochran

Biggest, baddest book of monsters by Anders Hanson & Elissa Mann

Teach Your Dog New Tricks

<3 for Teens

The law of loving others by Kate Axelrod

Love & other theories by Alexis Bass

We can work it out by Elizabeth Eulberg

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Love on the lifts by Jill Santopolo

Jekel loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Artist Biographies

A life of Picasso. Volume 3, 1917-1932 by John Richardson ; with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully

Van Gogh: the life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Andy Warhol by Wayne Koestenbaum

Leonardo da Vinci: flights of the mind by Charles Nicholl

Michelangelo: a biography by George Bull

The unknown Matisse: a life of Henri Matisse, the early years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling

Sports Fiction

Brunettes strike back by Kieran Scott

Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Game on by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

Hardball by Steven Barwin

Hit count: a novel by Chris Lynch

The outside shot by Walter Dean Myers

Payback time by Carl Deuker

Press play by Eric Devine

Chow Down at Chez CPL

Have you been here for a bit and find yourself getting hungry?
Come to Chez CPL located treeat the Tree in the Children's Department and enjoy a real or pretend snack. We'll have fake food available for your pretend picnic, or bring a snack and book of your own to enjoy under the leafy green tree. Be sure to hop online and claim your Chow Down On the Scene Badge while you are here! Enjoy!

History of Toys and Games

Birth of the chess queen: a history by Marilyn Yalom — Everyone knows that the queen is the most powerful piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. Not until the year 1000, two hundred years after Arab conquerors brought chess to southern Europe, did a chess queen appear on the board.Initially she was the weakest piece, not the formidable force she is today. How and why did this transformation take place? Examine the five-hundred-year period between the chess queens timid emergence and her elevation into the games mightiest piece.


Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground by Williams, John D — Now Word Nerd takes readers inside the byzantine, dog-eat-dog world of top tournament players, creating a piquant (seven-letter word, 68 points!) work that is part pop-cultural history, part anthropological study.

Geek Out with Zinio Digital Magazines

Are you a big nerd at heart? Do you love technology? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet. Use your Canton Library card to access and open a free account. 

Dog Days of Summer: Canine Fiction

Curl up with a book or two featuring significant appearances by man's best friend.

Dog stories by edited by Diana Secker Tesdell



A dog's journey by W. Bruce Cameron

Seize the storm by Michael Cadnum

Inubaka: crazy for dogs. Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi



Nothing but Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough



Dancing dogs: stories by Jon Katz

I love my family

No ordinary family by Ute Krause ; [translated by Nicholas Miller]

Family and friends by Kathy Thornborough ; illustrations by Kathleen Petelinsek

What makes a family? by Diana Kenney, M.A.Ed., NBCT

Love is a family by Roma Downey ; illus. by Justine Gasquet

Stella brings the family by Miriam B. Schiffer ; illustrations by Holly Clifton-Brown

Remember, Grandma? by Laura Langston ; illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner

Welcome to the family by written by Mary Hoffman ; illustrated by Ros Asquith

True Stories Take a Creative Turn: Graphic Novels

Some of these graphic novels describe true events outright, and others are based on real stories, but all of them turn history into a visual treat.

Hidden: a child's story of the Holocaust by written by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrated by Marc Lizano ; color by Greg Salsedo ; translated by Alexis Siege

Houdini: the life of the great escape artist by Agnieszka Biskup ; illustrated by Pat Kinsella

To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel ; with artwork by Mark Siegel

The great American dust bowl by written & illustrated by Don Brown

El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky

Inside the World of Video Games

Learn about the video game industry and the creators and designers behind your favorite games.

The history of video games by Lydia Bjornlund



Video games: from concept to consumer by Kevin Cunningham



The epic evolution of video games by Arie Kaplan



The awesome inner workings of video games by Arie Kaplan



Video game designer by Alix Wood



Video game developer by Chris Jozefowicz

Computer game and film graphics by Paul Byrne

Starfish Family Services: Preschool Social Studies

On Tuesday, July 21, from 6:30-8:30 PM the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Preschool Social Studies. Preschoolers are learning social studies everyday. In this workshop, participants will explore what social studies looks like in our classrooms and homes.  It's so much more than states and countries! Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Starfish Family Services: Babysitting Class - CANCELLED

Summer is here! Babysitting is an excellent way to spend your time and possibly make a few extra bucks in the process. On Saturday, July 11th from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM the staff from Starfish Family Services will teach young men and women from 6th-8th grade the basics of babysitting, including safety in the home and caring for infants. Participants will receive training in first aid. This is an all day event, so don't forget to bring a sack lunch. Registration begins on June 15th.