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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.

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

Cooking Summer's Harvest

Join popular local chef Mary Spencer as she returns to the library and shares her delicious ideas for serving up summer's fresh produce. Chef Mary will demonstrate recipes designed to take advantage of all the wonderful goodies from your garden or the local farmer's market. Monday August 11, 2014 7:00 PM

Curious George Celebration

There will be a plenty of "monkey business" at our Curious George program on Tuesday, June 24, 7:00-7:45 .We will celebrate our favorite monkey with a story, games and crafts. This program is designed for children ages 3-7. Supplies provided in this program are limited to those children registered.

Teen Animanga Club (July)

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, July 23, 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.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on June  22 in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on June 22 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old.

RJ Spangler Trio Plus Larry Smith

Join us for a concert featuring the RJ Spangler Trio with special guest Detroit jazz sax great Larry Smith. Learn the history of Detroit's jazz & blues roots and listen to musical examples performed by this all star band. Tuesday July 15 7:00 PM.

Family Book Talk Night

Summer is a great time to have fun together as a family, and you can join us with your family by reading a book by (or about) Roald Dahl, then come to our Family Book Talk Night. Families with a child in elementary school can join us, and we'll have a snack and chat about the books we've read. 

Please register at least one member of your family and let us know how many people you will be bringing in the Note.


*You can also use this experience to earn badges in our CYS program: claim a Bookworm Badge when you read your Roald Dahl book, claim an eLectrified Badge if you also watch a Roald Dahl-related movie, and claim a related On-the-Scene Badge after you attend the program.

Meet a Horse

This program will be held outside. Please dress for the weather.

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday June 18th from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Family History Sleuth: Getting Started with Genealogy

With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will highlight the tools available to help sleuth out your long, lost relatives. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors. Join us July 24th at 7:00 PM.

Zumba from Around the World

Zumba is a fitness class that combines dance and fitness. It is all the rage nowadays. This dance mingles Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Dance routines like Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Mambo, Bhangra, Hip-Hop and Flamenco are used in this class. The fusion of Latin dance rhythms and moves provides an excellent group exercise experience.
Join us for a lively, fun session of Zumba on Saturday, July 19 at 10:00 AM.

De-stress with Kundalini Yoga

In this class we will become aware of stressors and how they  influence our communication, our relationships and our performance. Kundalini Yoga instructor Rajwant Kaur Khalsa will teach you to do Yoga and meditation to release the stress so we can put up with life's challenges without losing ourselves.
Join us for an hour and a half class of Kundalini Yoga on July 2, 7:00 PM to add peace into your everyday life. Wear comfortable clothing and do not eat before class. Please bring a bottle of water.

Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History

Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery, the Great Lakes State is often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty.” Add to that a growing industry focused on locally-sourced products such as cheese, poultry, sauces, jams, breads, chocolates and SO much more, and you have a feast just waiting to be devoured.  This program will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!  Tuesday July 8 2014 7:00 PM

Live Love Juice

Join Tiesha Becker from Beyond Blends Juices to learn about the health benefits of juicing. Enjoy a live demo and a sample or two. Thursday July 10 at 7:00 PM

STEM: Science for Tomorrow Workshops

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History will be presenting their Science for Tomorrow: STEM Career Workshops here at Canton Public Library. These programs are designed to introduce middle school students to STEM careers, show them who scientists really are and what they do, and provide them with practical tools for navigating high school, applying for college and achieving those careers. 
Through a series of four interactive workshops, students will get to meet the U-M faculty or alumni who work in the STEM related fields every day.  They are also given tools to help them take charge of their educational future and given assistance in setting realistic goals to get them into STEM fields in college. 
The program begins with a U-M campus visit in Ann Arbor for each student and one caregiver.  A bus will leave from Canton Public Library at 9 AM on Saturday, April 26. After a visit to a working science lab, campus tour, lunch with faculty and students and presentations by U-M admissions staff, the bus will return to the library around 3:00 PM. 

Beautiful Cookbooks

If you read cooking blogs, you know the best of them have the most  delicious photos of food. The authors of the following cookbooks were bloggers first, and, if their books reflect their blogs, they will be gorgeous.

Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten- free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars and Cupcakes by Von Euw, Emily — Blogging at This Rawsome Vegan Life, Emily Von Euw's new cookbook is not only vegan, but also raw and gluten-free. Who knew all that healthy could look so good?


The oh she glows cookbook: over 100 vegan recipes to glow from the inside out by Angela Liddon — Another vegan book and blog. Oh She Glows is filled with healthy, vibrant recipes and the book promises more of the same.


Handmade Gatherings: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties by English, Ashley/ Altman, Jen (PHT) — Ashley English's blog, Small Measures covers more than food. Homesteading, sustainable living and the joy of life might just about cover it, but her newest book focuses on recipes and crafts.

Food from All Over the World

New and delightful cookbooks and memoirs highlighting cuisines from many cultures.

Mastering the art of Soviet cooking: a memoir of love and longing by Anya von Bremzen — This witty memoir captures the feasts and famines of three generations of Russian women.


Japanese soul cooking: ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat ; photography by Todd Coleman — Comfort food Japanese-style.


Mastering the art of French eating: lessons in food and love from a year in Paris by Ann Mah — When her diplomat husband is assigned to Paris, Ann plots gastronomic adventures à deux. But when he is called to Iraq on a year-long post, Ann must stay alone in the City of Light.


Notes from the larder: a kitchen diary with recipes by Nigel Slater ; photographs by Jonathan Lovekin — British food writer Slater muses on a year in the kitchen--including a personal selection of simple and seasonal recipes.

Paleo Diet

One of the hottest new trends in diets and cooking is the Paleo Diet. Popularly known as the 'caveman diet' it focuses mainly on fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

Paleo cookbook for dummies by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

Paleo fitness: primal training and nutrition to get lean, strong and healthy by Darryl Edwards with Brett Stewart and Jason Warner

Quick & easy paleo comfort foods: 150 delicious gluten- free recipes by Julie and Charles Mayfield ; foreword by New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf ; photography by Mark Adams

Living paleo for dummies by Melissa Joulwan and Kellyann Petrucci

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body by Ballantyne, Sarah

Lily of the Valley--Bracket Winner!

lily of the valleyThank you to everyone who voted in our CYS Flower Bracket Game. Lily of the Valley was our big winner! Yea! If you want more information on our fragrant and beautiful winner, along with the many other flowers you can plant here in the mitten state, be sure to check out our gardening collection in both the children's and adult departments. Enjoy the rest of your summer and when you see a Lily of the Valley, think of us!

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? Answers

LB and Clarke thank everyone who helped identify the pictures they took around Canton.
LB and Clarke closeup
  1. Canton Historical Museum. Corner of Canton Center and Heritage Park Rd
  2. The rock in front of Salem High School
  3. Morning Glory Whisper bench in front of Family Christian Bookstore, Ford and Sheldon
  4. Cherry Hill Village Theater
  5. Canton Township Administration Building
  6. Center of Canton at intersection of Canton Center & Cherry Hill roads
  7. Front of Canton Public Library

Zinio Helps You Decorate!

Is it time to redecorate the house? Is it time to pull out the old shrub and add some new plantings? You might find help in the home and garden magazines in our Zinio online magazine database which renders magazines in their full color and glory. You can read them page by page on your computer or tablet. Use your Canton Library card to access and open free accounts to view over 200 magazines.