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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.

Children's Books to Love

From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?

Battle of the Cupcakes

On Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 AM, test your baking skills in our Battle of the Cupcakes. Bring three delicious cupcakes for our panel of judges to evaluate on both taste and presentation.

Your cupcakes should be from the same recipe so our three judges are all tasting the same thing. Prizes will be awarded for the winners in the following three age categories:
  • Tweens (Ages 11-12)
  • Teens (Ages 13-18)
  • Adults (above age 18)

[cupcakes with a reading list by shimelle is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Teens Conquer It

Be Well For Teens

You: the owner's manual for teens: a guide to a healthy body and happy life by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, and Ellen Rome ; with Ted Spiker ...

Great Ghost Adventure (Youth Book)

Ghost knight by Cornelia Funke ; translated by Oliver Latsch ; [illustrated by Andrea Offermann] will keep you in rapt suspense with terrifying ghosts, an ancient mystery, and present day conflicts. Eleven-year-old Jon is shipped off to Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school, in part because he loathes his soon-to-be dentist stepfather. Vengeful ghosts begin attacking Jon almost immediately, but luckily he finds help from the lovely, albeit mysterious, Ella whose grandmother is a reputed ghost expert. She insists that Jon's only hope is to summon the ghost of the late knight Longspee. Will Longspee help? Can he be trusted? Why are the time-traveling ghosts of Lord Stourton and his servants so intent on killing Jon anyway?

Three Weeks with My Brother Book Discussion

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, June 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Three weeks with my brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks — Nicholas Sparks chronicles his life-affirming journey with his brother, Micah, on a three-week trip around the world in this memoir. Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world, the brothers recall their rambunctious childhoods and tragedies that tested their faith.

Tween Service Corps

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Do you enjoy helping out in the library? Join us on Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn 1 hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. We look forward to seeing you!

Connect Your Summer Teaser

Leo Papa, head of Information Technology, tells us about what we can expect from this year's engaging summer program at CPL.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 27, 2012

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, June 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. This month we are discussing:

Old friends by Tracy Kidder — What is it like to grow old in America? Two men, strangers to each other, are assigned to share a room upon moving into a western Massachusetts nursing home. Kidder spotlights the friendship that blooms between Joe, an irascible 72-year-old stroke victim, and gentle Lou, 90 and almost blind, who grieves for his deceased wife, tells rambling stories about his past and worries about Joe. Author Tracy Kidder has won Pulitzer Prizes for both his fiction and non-fiction works.

Connect Your Summer 2012 Staff Evaluation

Log in to your staff website account to take the survey. This survey will close at the end of the day on September 7. Identities will be kept confidential, and responses will be reported in aggregate. Please answer the questions from your perspective as an employee of the library.

Creative Writing Short Stories

This Summer, Teen Creative Writing students were asked to write a story based on a selected list of genres. Each story developed over the course of the six week class, beginning with gathering ideas, a rough draft, and the final product represented in the audio recordings of the finished products below.

The Mirror World

by Arsh Kaiser

Synopsis: When his parents purchase a strange mirror as a gift for his sister, Sam discovers that there's more to a reflection than he ever imagined.


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The Normal Ghost Tracer

by Kriya Shah

Synopsis: A young girl befriends an interesting boy who teaches her how to understand ghosts. Together they begin a quest to help the dead and the living understand and accept each other.


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Clown Mania

by Nabeel Baig

Synopsis: Imagine a world run exclusively by clowns. This funny account of a world gone crazy offers a silly overview of a year in the life of President Daffy the Clown.


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They Wouldn't Believe Me

by Abdulhafeez Peracha

Synopsis: An out-of-this-world visit to Canton Public Library


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Ghost Keeper

by Sravya Emmadi

Synopsis: A teenage girl alone in an old house discovers the unexpected and goes on an adventure.


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Mystery / Thrillers for Teens

Want action? Want mystery? Try these books out:

Sure fire by Jack Higgins; with Justin Richards

The last thing I remember by Andrew Klavan

Fake ID by Walter Sorrells

Evil genius by Catherine Jinks

Thank you to our Creative Writing Instructor, Linda Papa!

The Canton Public Library would like to thank Linda Papa for 3 years of excellence in teaching. Linda, an instructor at University of Detroit Mercy, has been teaching our creative writing class for teens for the past 3 Summers. This class emphasizes free expression with a focus on artistic creation. Linda's patience and love for writing and teaching makes this a very popular program each summer. Over the next few weeks look for audio recordings of stories the students created in the class.

Tamil Storytime

All ages may enjoy a storytime program in Tamil presented by Sivakami Rajendran.
Program Dates: Thursday, September 1, 7:00-7:45 PM

Connect Your Summer Feedback

Our new Connect Your Summer program reinvented the Canton Public Library's traditional summer reading program. Connect Your Summer simplified and streamlined participation by creating one program for all ages that could be completed singly or as a group, team, or family. While we continue to offer a paper-based format, Connect Your Summer was primarily designed to be completed online—so you could complete your log at anytime, from anywhere—and allowed library staff to provide more meaningful interactions with you through our increased programming and events. Badges could be earned by reading as well as other means. Our overarching mission is "Connecting Your Community," and Connect Your Summer focused on community partners, community events, and shared experiences, with the library serving as the hub.

Because Connect Your Summer is a new approach to summer library programming, we are asking you to provide feedback to help us learn from and improve it:

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us!

Sincerely,

Eva Davis, Director

Deadline has Arrived for MESP 2011

Good luck to everyone to entered the Destination College Savings sweepstakes! All entries had to postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. Therefore, the entry forms will no longer be available in the library. Thank you to all who participated. Let's hope this awesome education program will be offered again next summer.

Reading with Preschoolers

Starfish Family Services will present a workshop on the importance of reading with preschoolers.  Childcare will be provided by Starfish Family Services. Registration begins Tuesday, August 2.
Program Date: Tuesday, August 16 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Summer Celebration

Celebrate the end of summer with some fun in the sun. Activities include games, music, magic, farm animals and ice cream. All activities will take place behind the library.
Program Date: Saturday, August 13, Noon-2:00 PM

Adult Animanga Club

Adults have asked for it, so here it is — your very own anime club! Saturday August 20th, 2:00-4:00PM. Watch the hottest new shows/films and enjoy japanophilia together.

Reading Assistance Dogs

Kids and Tweens going into grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog. Sign up for a 10 minute session. Space is limited, on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at 6:25PM.
Program Date: August 10, 6:30-8:30PM