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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.

Summer Reads

In case the forecasted inclement weather keeps you away from Liberty Fest this weekend, why not stay home and curl up with a fun read about other folks' summer vacations? A couple of my favorites are The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (by E. L. Konigsburg) and A Corner of the Universe (by Ann M. Martin). These books are fun to read even when the weather isn't overcast and rainy.

Master the Art of...Education

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Master the Art of Reading 2009

Adult Summer Reading is in full swing and we have compiled many resources to help you figure out what to read next. On the Books & More page you will find links to the NYT Bestseller Lists, Staff Recommendations, as well as lists of New Materials. Our Bookmarks page has all the recommended reading lists you will need to, "Master the Art of Reading." Still can't find what you are looking for? Then don't hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk and ask a Librarian for a suggestion!

Win Money for College @ the Library

Get Creative @ Saving for College at the Canton Public Library, now through August 21. Just fill out the entry card (available when you sign up your child for the 2009 summer reading program) and return it to a library staff member. Six parents will win $1,500 toward their child's college education, and six libraries will each receive $1,000 for future programming. Additional prizes will also be awarded to entrants. Get Creative @ Saving for College is made possible by a partnership of the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), and the Michigan Education Trust (MET).

You could WIN staff art!

Your library would like to give back to you this summer! In honor of the Summer Reading theme, Be Creative @ Your Library, the Canton Public Library staff decided to make works of art for you to win. We've got quilters, knitters, woodworkers, photographers and many other creative people here. For a view of our craftsy items, check out our Flickr page.

Are you a creative writer? Do you want to be?

Teens going into seventh through twelfth grades can hone your creative writing skills with this five week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at the University of Detroit Mercy. Click here to register.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Bonjour petits enfants! Zis iz Thorndyke zee Arteest Bear! I am Getting Creative @ My Library. Can you tell I am excited for Summer Reading? Signs of summer reading are popping up all over CPL. The Summer Reading bulletin board is up, the reading logs have been printed, the prizes are hidden in a secure location in the library, and I am wearing my summer reading t-shirt. For a bear who lives in the library, the first day of Summer Reading is almost better than Christmas. Will I see YOU here on Monday? I hope so! Until then,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Audio Ready for Summer Reading?

I don't know about you, but I'm very ready for Summer Reading!  I'm getting ready for a long car trip out to the East Coast by checking out some of our awesome audio books.  Right now I'm listening to Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine - it's read by an entire cast of vocal artists.  I highly recommend it.

Teen Book Discussion : Glass

Read Glass by Ellen Hopkins then join us to discuss your favorite chapter or character. Teens going into grades seven through twelve can register online. Pick up a book to check out at the East Reference Desk.

Gear Up For Getting Creative!

Gear up for this year's summer reading theme (Get Creative @ Your Library) by checking out Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer or The Calder Game. These art-inspired mysteries are a lot of fun and when you finish you can check out the related games on Scholastic's website.

Duct Tape Mania

If you think duct tape is just for fixing things, you are wrong! You can make a wallet, bag, or bouquet of roses out of our many colored rolls of duct tape. All materials will be supplied.  Register today
Grades: Tween/Teen (going into 5th - 12th)
Program Date: Monday, June 22 at 1 - 1:45pm

Summer Reading @ the Canton Public Library

Summer Reading sign up for all ages, babies to adults, begins June 15 at the library.  Complete your reading log by August 12 and receive a free book, courtesy of the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Summer is Just Around the Corner!

It's hard to believe, but Summer Reading is just a few weeks away (and so is the end of school). This summer is all about being creative, so get inspired by reading about some of the writers who create the stories we have in our library. Or learn more about becoming a creative writer yourself!

Summer Reading Only a Month Away!?

It's hard to believe that Summer Reading starts just over a month from now.  Did you know that EVERYONE can sign up this year and join the fun?  And we'll have another fantastic selection of prizes and programs all summer long.  While you're waiting for all the summer fun to begin, try exercising your creativity through music - read a story or check out our amazing CD collection for kids!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! As of today it’s less than 50 days until Summer Reading (and summer vacation—hint hint!). It’s even starting to feel like summer! Thankfully the library is nice and air conditioned. Very important for someone who wears a big fur coat like me!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi Kids! It’s Thorndyke. Did you know that today is Administrative Assistants day? Administrative assistants is a big word for people who work really hard making sure things run smoothly and orderly. The Canton Public Library has lots of great administrative assistants. One of them works in the Children’s Library. Her name is Miss Erin. She does lots of great stuff for the children’s librarians. She makes all our Summer Reading Logs look so cool. You might also see her feeding the fish, or just generally being helpful. So if you see Miss Erin today, make sure you tell her thank you! We love you Miss Erin!

Bear hugs!
Thorndyke

100 Days Until Summer Reading!

Can’t wait for Summer Reading season? Artist.preview.png It's not that far away!

This year’s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library. Get inspired to do something imaginative by reading about artists and inventors. Remind your parents they can have some fun, too, since all ages are welcome to join Summer Reading.

Let us know what you’re doing to prepare for Summer Reading by commenting on this post!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! Guess What? Today it is only 100 days until Summer Reading! Aren’t you excited? This year the theme is Get Creative @ Your Library—but I can’t tell you any more because that would spoil all the surprises we have planned! All I can tell you is that it will be FUN! And guess what? Today also means it’s only 100 days until summer vacation. Good times. So if it gets cold later next week, just repeat this to yourself “Summer Reading’s Coming! Summer Reading’s Coming!” and the day will be a whole lot sunnier.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan MIles

Sometimes the planes don't fly on time. Bennie Ford, a fifty-three-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter. But what begins as a hilariously excoriating demand for a refund soon becomes a lament for a life gone awry, for years misspent, talent wasted, and happiness lost. A margarita blend of outrage, wicked humor, vulnerability, intelligence, and regret, Dear American Airlines gives new meaning to the term "airport novel" and announces the emergence of major new talent in American fiction.