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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.

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2010.
Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Oldies, but Goodies: Backyard Games

Join us for some old-fashioned backyard games! We'll be behind the library (weather permitting) so kids of all ages can come have some fun. Should we run into bad weather, we'll still have games in the Community Room, so stop by.

Tuesday, June 25 from 7-8:30 PM

Dance Your Fanny Off

Hey all of you little folk, come to our library and get your dance on! This program is an open dance party for our littlest patrons to get movin' and groovin' with their grownups. This program is designed for new walkers up to 5 years old and is a great way to have some fun!

Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY SA-2.0

Lunch & a Book August 2013

On Thursday, August 8 at noon, we will be discussing:

Lots of candles, plenty of cake by Anna Quindlen — From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own in this humorous memoir. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen's status as America's laureate of real life.

Made in Detroit Movie Night

To coincide with the 312th anniversary of the founding of Detroit, the library will be screening the 2012 documentary, Detropia, on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room. The documentary, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, focuses on Detroit's economic decline and its impact on the city and its residents. Join us on July 24 for Detroit-made refreshments and an eye-opening look at the city of Detroit.

Baby Drive-In Movie

Baby playing in a boxChildren ages 2 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us for a special drive in movie... but first you'll have to make something you can drive. We'll spend the first part of our program turning the perfect child's play thing — a cardboard box — into a kiddie friendly vehicle. Then we'll all watch a short movie. And then you'll get to take your newly created cardboard car home! Registration begins Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00 AM.

Program Date: Monday, July 22nd at 10:00 AM in the Community Room

Photo courtesy of flickr user brungrrl by a cc by-nc-sa 2.0

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, August 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

'My Mitten' Kids Craft Day

K-5th Graders: Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room for a special Michigan-themed craft day! There will be a variety of Michigan crafts to choose from that celebrate many of the great things, from birds to lighthouses, that our state has to offer.

Puppets and Craft

Families with kids ages 5 and under are invited to join us for a funny puppet show and a special craft. No registration required.
Program date: Friday, July 19 at 10:00 AM in the Community Room.

Movie Mondays: Green Thumb & Game On

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, June 24, we'll give give our planet a GREEN THUMBs up and get our GAME ON with these fun summer films. We will start our day with fairies in the rainforest who are about to meet their first humans and end with the story of a football team that embraced challenges and change to triumph with a perfect season. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

August Creatapillars

Are you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 7 to 10 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our project for August will be crafty and summery. We will meet on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 7:00-7:45 PM. Registration begins Monday, July 29, 2013.

[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

3D Storytelling

On August 7 from 2:00-4:00 PM, local artist and writer, Christina Smith, will teach kids aged 9-12 years old her technique for writing a story, building vocabulary and then using around-the-house items to create a 3D Storybox to show their story visually. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 29.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 15

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 15 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn tells a masterful mystery of a deceptively perfect marriage that has gone terribly awry. On a warm summer morning and their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick discovers his wife, Amy is missing. What should have been a romantic occasion celebrating a happy life together, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. But did Amy set him up and why?

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion August 19

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, August 19 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

The Buddha in the attic by Julie Otsuka tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” nearly a century ago. The book traces their extraordinary lives from the arduous journey across the Pacific Ocean to a country where they don't speak the language or understand the culture and to husbands they never met.

MSU Extension Service: All About Soil Tests

Our MSU Extension Service Soil Testing Informational Program will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  Learn about the positive impacts soil testing can have on your yard and garden and how to go about doing it. Also bring a plant or some seeds for our concurrent program Summer Seed and Plant Exchange! No registration required.

Zombie Survival Boot Camp

What would you do if zombies were everywhere? Would you know how to stay alive and save your family? You will be well equipped after participating in the Zombie Survival Boot Camp. You will learn real first aid skills that can be applied to everyday life, or a zombie take over. Teens, join us on July 29 from 2:00-3:30 PM for a thrilling first aid lesson.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion June 17

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo — Winner of the Pulitzer-Prize and National Book Award, The New Yorker writer Katherine Boo, tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the twenty-first century’s great, unequal cities of Mumbai, India.

Storytime at Canton Farmer's Market

Canton Farmers MarketThis summer, CPL staff will once again be visiting our local Canton Farmers Market to host special storytime and craft sessions. The farmers market is open from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and storytimes will take place at 10:30 AM and noon. We hope to see you there on the following dates (all ages welcome):

Six Little Ducks Storytime

Kids ages 3-5, with a caregiver, register online to join us for a fun duck-themed program with ducky stories, a simple craft and a tasty snack.

Program Date: July 10, 10:00 AM