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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.

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.

'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.

Stiggy's Dogs

Stiggy's Dogs is a nonprofit organization that rescues and transforms shelter dogs into psychiatric service dogs for our military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no cost to them. Please join us as Stiggy's Dogs founder, Jennifer Petre, along with one of the agency's service dogs, shares details of the creation of this organization and the training and pairing of the dogs with their veterans. These dogs are taught specific tasks ranging from reminding veterans to take their medicine, waking them up from a nightmare or alarm clock ringing, to directing them through a crowd. All of the dogs are rescued from shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. By rescuing shelter dogs and providing our military veterans living with PTSD and TBI with psychiatric service animals, this organization is Rescuing One to Rescue Another. Ms Petre will be visiting us on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

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?

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]

Movie Mondays: Be Well & Back in Time

Bill and Ted's Excellent AdventureJoin 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 8, we will BE WELL with some healthy viewing and go BACK IN TIME with some time-traveling classics. We'll start our day with a collection of stories about our favorite aardvark and end with two totally excellent dudes who ace their history assignment with the help of a very special phone booth.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

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.

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.

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.

Ms Carissa Rocks!

Carissa Knoles has been strumming to the beat of her own guitar since the young age of 14. When a guitar playing crush said, “girls don’t really play guitar,” she went out and bought one the very next day and has been rocking happily ever after! Since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Children and Families from the University of Michigan in May 2010, Carissa has combined her knack for music and her passion for Early Childhood into the Music with Ms. Carissa program. Carissa has written her own original songs for the imaginative minds of the young and the young at heart. Join us in welcoming Ms. Carissa on July 30 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Although Ms Carissa generally plays to the 5 and under crowd, all ages are welcome to rock out!

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.

It's Dino-Might!

Attention all dinosaur lovers in grades K - 3. Come to the library and design your very own dino, dig for dino bones, play dino bingo, and enjoy a dino delight.

When: August 13, 2:00-3:00 PM
Registration begins: May 29

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, June 20 from 1 to 2:30 PM.

Lin the Face Reader

By focusing on your face for a few seconds, Lin Klaassen can tell your personality traits, habits, likes, tendencies, needs, expectations, and more. Lin will teach 10 facial traits that you can begin to read immediately. She will take questions and read random faces from the audience. Teens in grades 7-12, join us on Thursday, August 1 from 7:00-8:00 PM for an interesting and fun filled event.

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.

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.

Futuristic Fiction...or, If You Liked The Hunger Games

So you've finished the Hunger Games, and you're looking for more tales of grim future days? Look no further...

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

The stand by Stephen King

A canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood

The maze runner by James Dashner

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Real Life Time Travel

Will we ever be able to travel through time to different eras? These books tackle tough questions about "life, the universe, and everything."

About time: cosmology, time and culture at the twilight of the Big Bang by Adam Frank

Breaking the time barrier: the race to build the first time machine by Jenny Randles

Chronos: how time shapes our universe by Etienne Klein ; translated by Glenn Burney

Einstein's cosmos: how Albert Einstein's vision transformed our understanding of space and time by Michio Kaku

How it began: a time-traveler's guide to the universe by Chris Impey

How to build a time machine by Paul Davies