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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.

The ApocOlympics - POSTPONED

This program has been POSTPONED until the fall...stay tuned!!!
First there was The Hunger Games, next there came Divergent, now the ApocOlympics! Test your wits, skills and precision against your peers in a duel to the death in the ApocOlympics. Okay, so not to the death, BUT the winner will get bragging rights AND win a cool prize. No experience is necessary. Teens join us Saturday, June 29 from 1:00-3:00 PM for a fun filled challenge. Registration opens May 29.

Real Heroes Read Book Talk and Author Visit

On July 2, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Michigan authors David Anthony and Charles David Clasman will introduce us to their super fun and exciting chapter book series, Heroes A2Z. Set in Traverse City, Michigan, this series follows twins Abigail and Andrew and their baby sister, Zoe as they face exciting adventures, mind boggling mysteries and don't forget the aliens! Books will be available for purchase and authors will be available to sign them, but there will also be free book giveaways, too. So come on in to hear about Superhero kids fighting crime before bedtime.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, July 9 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.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM:
  • Saturday, July 13-CANCELED
  • Saturday, July 27-CANCELED

Sorry for any inconvenience. Join us in August when the group meets again!

Lunch & a Book July 2013

On Thursday, July 11 at noon, we will be discussing:

The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger — This classic coming of age story electrified the literary world when published in 1951. The New York Times wrote that the 'book's very first sentence, struck a brash new note in American literature': "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." Over sixty years later, Salinger's writing and his disaffected and cynical narrator, Holden Caulfield, not only have iconic stature in the literary world, but remain as fresh and exciting as they were when new.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out & Sleuth It

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, July 22, we will both GEEK OUT and SLEUTH IT. We'll start our day with a video game bad guy who wants to play the hero and end with a backwards tale about a man who can't remember much-and has the tattoos to prove it. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Summer Bike Safety Program

As part of our Connect Your Summer reading program Opening Day activities on June 17, we will be hosting a two hour Bike Safety drop in from 2:00-4:00 PM. A representative from the Canton Police department will be here to talk about the rules of the road and staff from the Trading Post will come in to talk helmet safety and fittings, bike inspection and other aspects of riding that will keep you safe this summer. This program will take place in the back parking lot of the library. Ride on in and be well!

Bicycle Rack by Theen Moy is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Movie Mondays: Be Creative

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, August 5, we will celebrate our final Movie Monday by with films about BEing CREATIVE. We will begin our day exploring the 2nd Dimension and end it with a look at London's most elusive and intriguing street artist. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Animal Lover & Love It

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, July 15, we will celebrate our furry friends with films that bring out the ANIMAL LOVER in you, and a romance so sweet we guarantee you will LOVE IT. We'll begin our day with the search for our favorite clown fish and end with a heartwarming and bittersweet tale of first love. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

July 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 July will be filled with paint and fun. We will meet on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 7:00-7:45 PM. Registration will begin Monday, June 24, 2013.

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

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.

We Love Clifford!

Come and meet Clifford, the BIG RED DOG! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Clifford Book. We will celebrate Clifford at our Big Red Program on June 27 from 7:00-7:45 PM. This program is for children ages 2-6. Supplies provided in the Clifford Celebration Program are limited to those children registered.

Arthur Hooray for Health

Come along and join America's favorite aardvark, Arthur, and learn about eating healthy food and staying fit on Monday, July 8 at 10:00 AM in the Community Room. Based on the best-selling children's books by Marc Brown, join the world's most famous aardvark, eight-year-old Arthur Read, and his family and friends on this great adventures, Arthur Hooray for Health! It's rated G for everyone.

'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.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out with The Princess Bride

After you've spent your day celebrating the launch of Connect Your Summer 2013, have fun storming the castle with this family-friendly fractured fairy tale! We'll show the movie. We'll provide the popcorn. All we need is your love for dread pirates, fireswamp adventures, battles (of strength, agility and wit), rodents of unusual size and "twue wuv"!

And don't forget to stop by the Geek Out table during the CYS kickoff and complete a Nerd Knowledge quiz! Completed quizzes can be put into a drawing for summer movie passes from Goodrich Theaters. We'll select and announce the winner just before the movie starts! Join us in the Community Room on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM for the first in our Movie Mondays summer film series!

How to Raise a Butterfly

On July 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM, local expert and butterfly lover, Stephanie Faust will share with us how to find eggs, nurture caterpillars and then once emerged from their cocoons, release butterflies back into the wild. We will also explore how to create the perfect butterfly garden to attract our beautiful fluttery friends.

Organize and Recycle in Your Garage

The experts from Perfectly Placed and the Wayne County Extension Service are back. They will guide us through cleaning out that garage - what to keep, what to get rid of and how to get rid of it safely. Join us on June 20 at 7:00 in the Community Room and you will be able to hold summer cookouts with the garage as a rain backup space without embarrassment.

Summer Tie Dye Fun!

Do you love swirling pops of color? Have you always wanted to make your own t-shirt? Well, come to our all ages Summer Tie Dye Event on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and have a blast tie dying your own clothes! You must bring your own shirts, socks, canvas bags, pillow cases, etc. that you want to dye. See you there!

June 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. For June, we will be making ways to feed our flying friends. Peanut Butter will be used in these projects. We will meet on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 7:00-7:45 PM. Registration begins Monday, May 24, 2013.

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

Walgreens BP Checks

Join us on the first day of Connect Your Summer, our summer reading program, for a free blood pressure check from our partners at the Canton Walgreens. Many activities will take place in our Community Room on June 17 to celebrate the beginning of summer. This one might actually save your life. Walgreens will be here from 2:00 to 3:00 PM so come get checked out.