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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.

Great Craft Challenge

Put your crafting ability to the test. Participants will be given a random bag of craft supplies and the challenge to create something awesome and original. Prizes will be given for most creative and original creations. All ages welcome and registration is required. Join us July 14 at 6:30 PM.

Nonfiction Book Group June 2015

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — When Link and her husband of 19 years call it quits, she is left with cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. She makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her in northern Michigan farm and continue raising her three boys on well water and wood chopping. Armed with a sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride to preserve the life she wants. Join us Saturday, June 13.

Adult Coloring Party

Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and crayons will be provide. Join us Monday July 6th at 7:00 PM

Connect Your Summer 2015 Swag Station

Attention 2015 Connect Your Summer Participants! Stop by the library on one of the dates listed below to support our community partners and reward yourself for your summer reading participation. The CYS Swag Station will feature coupons and other treats donated to the library in support of the CYS program. The Swag Station will be available during library hours on the following dates:

  • Thursday and Friday,  July 23 and 24
  • Monday and Tuesday,  July 27 and 28
  • Wednesday and Thursday, August 5 and 6

All items are available on a first come first serve basis while supplies last. Limit one reward per CYS participant.

2015 Summer Movie Madness

Join us as we show fun movies throughout the summer.  You may bring your own pillows, snacks, and/or blankets to cozy up. Plus, we have air conditioning for those hot summer days :) Show times and films will be as follows...
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2:00PM - Penguins of Madagascar - Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.   (rated PG)
  • Friday, July 24, 2:00PM - Big Hero 6 -  The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. (rated PG
  • Thursday, August 13, 2:00PM - Home - Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own. (rated PG)
     

Homemade Pet Toy Program

Dog ToyDo you ever feel exasperated when you buy your pet a brand new, expensive, toy and they’d rather play with the box it came in? Join us on July 22 at 7:00pm as we show you how to make awesome homemade pet toys out of things lying around your home. Durable, inexpensive and brain-teasing toys that will be sure to delight any pet. Registration is required.

Target Family Reading Night: Painting!

Celebrate your inner artist at our Target Family Reading Night on Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:00 PM. Attendees, ages 4-8, will hear art themed stories, participate in a series of activities, and receive a free book to add to their own personal library. Participants are encouraged to dress for a mess.  Registration begins May 19.
This program is sponsored by the Target Early Literacy Grant.

Now LIVE: Connect Your Summer 2015!

Summer is coming, and #cysisawesome!

Connect Your Summer, the Canton Public Library's summer reading program, kicks off on June 1! Whenever you read, attend a library program, or do an activity in the library, you can claim badges online. The more badges you earn, the more chances you have for winning prizes! For more information, check out a refresher on how to participate in Connect Your Summer.

Get ready to have a super mega ultra summer!

Amazing Artists: Jackson Pollock

Tweens ages 11-13 are invited to get messy making art on Tuesday, June 16, 2:00-3:00 PM. Learn about the artist Jackson Pollock in the Community Room. Then head outside and make your own masterpieces by flinging, dripping, and splashing paint. Dress for a mess, and registration is required.

Image: Number 1 by Jackson Pollack, 1948

Saturday STEM Science -- Magnets

Mix up a little science, technology, engineering and math and what do you get? STEM! A fun way for kids aged 7-10 to learn new things. Join us on Saturday, June 6, 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room as we learn about magnets. Registration is required.

Teen Instagram Short Film Contest

Show your creative side and win a prize!  Create a short film using Instagram with the theme of "Summer Is". 

Official Contest Rules:

  • Entries must be submitted July 1, 2015- August 1, 2015.
  • One entry per person.
  • Participants must be aged 12-17.
  • Films must use the following theme: "Summer Is."
  • Films must be 15 seconds or shorter.
  • Films must be appropriate for all ages — no gore or swearing.
  • All material — including music and visuals — must be within the public domain or have copyrights held by the film director.
  • Upload films to Instagram using tags #CYS15teenshortfilm & @CantonPublicLibrary
  • Winners will be notified by August 15, 2015.
  • Prizes will be available for pick-up August 15 at the CYS final party and August 16- August 31 at the Children's reference desk. 

[Fly Away by 55Laney69 is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmer's 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, interesting varied vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday, from 9:00AM-1:00PM, through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Intro to Cultured Foods, Fermented Vegtables

Learn the history and health benefits of fermented vegetables and nutrient-rich kefir, and learn how you can make your own cultured foods at home. This class will be taught by Cheryl Geraty, owner of Cultured Life. June 30. 2015 at 6:30 PM

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 25, 2015

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 25 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure. Request a copy from the librarian at the Information Desk.

The Paris architect: a novel by Charles Belfoure

Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting Monday, January 5 thru Friday, February 13. Registration is online and begins Tuesday, December 23. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 AM
Fridays, 1:00 - 1:30 PM

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 5. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. ABC Activity Times will still take place, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Target Family Reading Night: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is almost here!  Kids ages 4-8 can come gobble up some fun at our Target Family Reading Night on Monday, November 24, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Stories and crafts will all be a part of the fun, as well as a special book to take home. Registration is online and begins October 27. 

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get?  A fun way for families and children in grades K-4 to learn new things.  Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results.  Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration is required.


Dr. Science by J D Hancock is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Fine Art for Tweens: Sketching and Shading

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach how to sketch the objects placed in front of you. Next, you will learn how to shade the drawing with different blending and shading techniques. Adding shadows to an art work is an art in itself. With the help of shading, your work will be more realistic. Shading is an important part of drawing that can be used to create a strong sense of space and form and makes the object look solid and 3 dimensional.  Join us on Saturday, November 1 from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[ARTT110 Project One Sketch by BnBGobo99 in licensed under CC by-SA 2.0]

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, October 25 at 4:00-4:30 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for younger children (ages 12 and under) with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.