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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.

Easy Fiction to Love

Here is a list of Easy Fiction for kids to Love this summer. Many of them have other books in a series:

Clara Lee and the apple pie dream by Jenny Han ; with pictures by Julia Kuo

Mallory on the move by Laurie B. Friedman ; illustrations by Tamara Schmitz

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper

Waiting for the magic by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Amy June Bates

Horrible Harry and the stolen cookie by Suzy Kline ; pictures by Amy Wummer

Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins ; illustrations by Harry Bliss

Canton 2013 Sounds of Summer

Attend a free concert!  Canton Leisure Services has a concert at three times a week.  Times and Locations are on their website.

CPL Loves May We Suggest on Facebook...Do You?

Are you always looking for a new book to read? Do you enjoy fun quotes about books? Like our May We Suggest Page on Facebook. Earn your Love It badge--and enhance your Faceboook feed with our librarians' suggestions for that all-important question: What do I read next?

Find the Geocache

Gone are the days of the wrinkled map marked with an X but treasures can still be found using the modern-day method of geocaching. Like the old-fashioned treasure hunt, participants seek out hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices or smart phone applications, then report their experiences online. In fact, there are two active caches right here at the library (one inside and one outside)! According to Geocaching.com, there are 1,188,372 active caches and between 4-5 million geocachers worldwide. For more information on geocaching in Michigan, visit the MiGo website and look for a hunt in your area.

New to geocaching? These books will help!

The geocaching handbook by Layne Cameron ; with a foreword by Dave Ulmer

The complete idiot's guide to geocaching by the editors and staff of Geocaching.com

Game On/Green Thumb Flower Tournament: Week 2

As part of Connect Your Summer, the Game On and Green Thumb badges have teamed up to do a flower tournament! Only one flower can be crowned the best flower of summer, and it's up to you to decide.

Each week during Connect Your Summer, two flowers will duke it out for your votes. The flower with the most votes will continue on in the tournament. Last week, dandelions couldn't tough it out against violets. This week, roses and carnations go leaf to leaf!

Sign in to vote for your favorite flower:

Rose
75% (6 votes)
Carnation
25% (2 votes)
Total votes: 8

Go West [Michigan], Young Man!

When your family is debating their upcoming summer vacation, don't forget to consider the often overlooked Michigan beachtowns along the southwest Michigan shoreline. The areas along this shoreline offer many amenities and family fun, are quite affordable and travel-friendly. Follow the link above for additional information on these possible vacation spots.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done III

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Thirteenth night: a medieval mystery by Alan Gordon

The Bughouse affair: a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

What angels fear by C.S. Harris

The inspector and Mrs. Jeffries by Emily Brightwell

Venus in copper by Lindsey Davis

Back in Time Word Search Game

This is the second game of our "Back in Time Word Search" series challenge. Throughout the course of six weeks, we'll feature three games. They focus on different aspects of going back in time. The Back in Time: Entertainment is for this week and the next (until July 15.) Pick one up from the Help Desk, and have fun figuring out the word puzzle. Return it to the Help Desk and you earn yourself a chance for prize drawing!

Pudding Food Art For Teens

Pudding, fruit, whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate. Combine it all together to create an artistic display you can eat. For Teens. August 13 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM. Registration required.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July 25, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, July 25 at 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Pat Conroy's South of Broad. Copies of the book are distributed at the meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk. No registration required.

South of Broad: a novel by Pat Conroy

Chow Down at One of Canton's International Restaurants

Make this an adventuresome summer. Earn your Chow Down badge by dining at one of the dozens of ethnically diverse restaurants in Canton:

Chinese: Best China
Canton China
Chin Express
China Garden
China Gold
China House
Chopstick House

Starfish Family Services: Kitchen Art Fun

Parents, grand parents, preschool teachers and daycare providers, come to Starfish Family Services workshop, Kitchen Art Fun. On July 18 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Starfish's trained presenters will describe art development in young children and strategies to talk children's art. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's licensed daycare professionals.

CPL loves Connections...Do You?

Connections, our monthly online newsletter can keep you updated on all the fantastic programs, events and new services offered at the Canton Public Library. Subscribe to Connections to earn your Love It badge--and have news about your library delivered right to your e-mailbox.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done II

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

A free man of color by Barbara Hambly

A test of wills by Charles Todd

Crocodile on the sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Hawkwood: a Regency crime thriller by James McGee

Murphy's law: a Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen

Game On/Green Thumb Flower Tournament: Week 1

As part of Connect Your Summer, the Game On and Green Thumb badges have teamed up to do a flower tournament! Only one flower can be crowned the best flower of summer, and it's up to you to decide.

Each week during Connect Your Summer, two flowers will duke it out for your votes. The flower with the most votes will continue on in the tournament. This week, we're pitting dandelions against violets!

Sign in to vote for your favorite flower:

Dandelion
31% (5 votes)
Violet
69% (11 votes)
Total votes: 16

Cooking From Your Garden

Kristi Zebrowski will share tips on cooking from your garden. You have a ton of tomatoes, a zillion zucchini, a plethora of peppers - what do you do with all that great, fresh food? Kristi will share delicious secrets for using everything up with little or no waste, and you don't have to sneak your produce on your neighbor's porch in the dead of night. Join us on Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 PM for this helpful evening and to earn your Chow Down badge too!

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #1

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #1", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #1 - Didn't go far to have a lesson about Canton's past.

Green Egg Grilling

biggreenegg_grill.jpgDean Barell, owner of Canton’s Heat & Sweep on Lilley Road will share his expertise on grilling and particularly the amazing and healthy new Green Egg style of outdoor cooking. Join us on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM.
This one is for all the guys who love to barbeque and the women who love to watch! You can also earn your Chow Down badge.

Read the Book and Watch the Movie

Be a Track Detective!

Can you tell us who made these tracks? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from one of the Help Desks.
  2. Locate the animal tracks and photos on the window of the Purple room in the Children’s department or along the bottom part of the New Book shelf in the Adult department.
  3. Look at an animal track and read the attached hint. Do you know which animal made the track or can you recognize the animal from the added description?
  4. Now look at all the animal photos displayed. Do you see the animal you think was described and could have made the track? If so...
  5. Find the letter next to the track. Write that letter next to the correct animal on the activity log.
  6. Put your completed activity log in the box on the reception desk for a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your ANIMAL LOVER badge online, too!