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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.

Paper Airplanes and Jet Engines

On Friday, June 29 starting at 10:00 AM, join us in the Community Room to learn how to create a number of awesome paper airplanes, but it doesn't stop there. The kind folks at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT) will discuss how and why we fly and fire up one of their real jet engines in the west side parking lot. How cool is that? This program is recommended for patrons aged eight and up. In case of rain, the program will remain in the Community Room.

[Paper Airplanes by Stuck in Costoms is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Steampunk for Teens

Enjoy steampunk? Try these books out:

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Cinder by written by Marissa Meyer

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Healthy Kids

Active kids by Kathryn Smithyman & Bobbie Kalman ; photographs by Marc Crabtree

Be healthy! it's a girl thing: food fitness and feeling great by Mavis Jukes, Lilian Cheung

Exercising for good health by Shirley W.

Books by Bloggers

Earn your Geek Out badge with one of these books from some of the Internet's most popular bloggers:

Let's pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson


Sleep is for the weak: the best of the mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more!: a blogHer book by edited by Rita Arens ; forward by Stacy Morrison

Show Off Your Pets

Bring photos of your pets to any of the library help desks, email them to davisonk@cantonpl.org, or use the form below, and we'll showcase your pets on our flatscreen TVs, computer monitors in the library, and elsewhere in the library!

[Cat Studying by flickr user raider of gin is used under a CC BY 2.0 license]

Sports Fiction for Teens

Here's some great sports books for teens:

Gym candy by Carl Deuker


Athletic shorts: six short stories by Chris Crutcher


Hoops of steel by John Foley


Kick by Walter Dean Myers, Ross Workman

Quilt Exhibition and Show


See the lovely display of quilts created by the Canton Poke and Stab quilt club. You will have the opportunity to vote for your favorites and prizes qill be awarded based on your votes. Visit the display in the Community Room on:
  • Monday, July 23 from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 25 from 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 26 from 10:00-12:00 PM
  • Friday, July 27 from 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 28 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Don't miss these beautiful works of art.

Family Lego Day: Space

Join us Friday, July 27, 2:00-3:00 PM. Space station, shuttle, terraforming colony. Help us build the best in the galaxy and later we’ll catalogue your entries online for future scientists — complete with your descriptions. Registration required.

80's Braided Ribbon Barrettes

Remember these fun hair accessories? These adorable barrettes were once a fashion craze and are enjoying a return to popularity. Join us Saturday July 14 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Purple Room for a flashback craft program. All ages are welcome, but registration is required.

History is Not Boring!

Giant Scrabble


July 18, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library. All ages. Scrabble on our insane 10x10-foot board.

Plush Pets Sleepover

Did you know that your favorite stuffed animal can enjoy the library too? Kids, ages four-six, and their caregiver can bring their furry friend to a special storytime on Thursday, July 19 from 7:00-7:45 PM. But it doesn't end there. Your stuffed animal can then stay at the library for a super fun sleepover. Don't worry, you can pick up your animal at the children's desk the next day. We will take pictures of all the animals' fun activities and post them on the library web site.

Tweens Conquer the World

From evil masterminds to enthusiastic minions, wicked plots and the ordinary people who fight against them, conquer one of these reads this summer.

Cold cereal by Adam Rex

Despicable me [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents a Chris Meledandri production

Whales on stilts by M.T. Anderson; illustrations by Kurt Cyrus

Teen Animanga Club

Wednesday, July 11, 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.

Embrace Your Geekness Day

You heard it here first. Friday, July 13th is Embrace Your Geekness day. If there were ever a day to earn the Geek Out badge, this would be it. To add to the fun, get your geek on and come to the library rocking your best geek outfit. There might just be a prize in it for the best costume.

Movie Challenge 1: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 1: watch two (or more) movies/tv shows involving… Robin Hood. There have been a gazillion remakes. Make a comment to this post ranking what you watched to earn a secret badge besides your Curtains Up (see comment example below).

The story of Robin Hood [videodisc] by Walt Disney

Robin Hood [videodisc]: men in tights by Twentieth Century Fox ; a Brooksfilms production ; in association with Gaumont

The adventures of Robin Hood [videodisc] by a First National picture

Wishbone [videodisc]: Paw prints of thieves by written by Adam Felber ; produced by Betty Buckley ; directed by Ben Vaughn

Great Outdoors Month

Did you know that June is the Great Outdoors Month. Blue skies, cool breezes and blue lakes abound in Michigan, so take advantage of this and take a long walk, ride a bike, or go swimming or golfing. The opportunities are endless. Share your experience on CYS and earn an appropriate badge.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion July 26, 2012

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, July 26 in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00 PM to discuss Jamie Ford's haunting novel. Copies of this book will be available on Thursday, June 28.

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet: a novel by Jamie Ford

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, July 7 between Noon and 5:45 PM for our monthly Board Gaming League of Canton meeting. Play some of the hottest games and meet some new folks!

A Thousand Letters Home

A Thousand Letters Home is the result of a treasurer-trove of left-behind letters. Author Teresa Irish compiles her father's personal stories as a WWII solider serving in Europe. These thoughtful, charming letters tell the story of war, love and life. Join us for this very special evening of sharing memories onThursday, July 12 at 7:00 PM.