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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.

Show Us What You Love

Fill out one of our LOVE IT hearts with your favorite book, movie, music, or program.  You can pick up a heart at the the Children's Help Desk and the Adult Help Desk.  After you fill out your heart, don't forget to claim your LOVE IT badge online.

Geek Power

Social media sites are great for catching up with people from high school or looking at photos of other peoples children. But did you know that sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also very powerful tools for business, marketing and even job hunting? Our collection is stocked with books to help you harness the power of the Internet and earn the Geek Out Badge all at the same time!

Murder Will Out June 2012

The burning edge by Rick Mofina

Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva

A dark anatomy: a mystery by Robin Blake

Death's door by Jim Kelly

Meet Mystery Author Linda Castillo

Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo.   Meet Linda Castillo author of the award winning Amish thriller series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder.  Ms. Castillo will talk about her series set in an Ohio Amish community on Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00pm at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor.             

Ultimate Contraption

On Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-8:00 PM help build a giant Rube Goldberg machine and film it. Don't know what one is? Take a look here. We'll have tons of wacky supplies. You bring your imagination.  This program is recommended for people aged ten and up.

[Domino Effect by Smabs Sputzer is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

Board Gaming League of Canton

Into board games like Settlers, Carcassonne, or Puerto Rico? Drop by Saturday, August 4 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!

CSI: Canton

Guy Nutter, forensic scientist at the Northville Michigan State Police Lab, will lead us to the scenes and ask our opinions on solving the crimes. Is it like watching CSI on TV? Come be the judge, follow the clues and have fun with forensic science. Teens and adults are welcome on Wednesday, June 20 at at 7:00 PM.

Books Teens Will Love

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Dreamland social club by Tara Altebrando

Close to famous by Joan Bauer

I am J by Cris Beam

It's a Cabaret, My Friend — Berlin in the 1930's

The era is pre World War II when Berlin was referred to as “the nightclub” capital of the world. Enjoy the “three ring circus atmosphere of the “Cabaret” with its singers and dancers from all over seen by the sarcastic host. Listen to the sounds of jazz and swing, imported from America and Britain, in smoke filled nightclubs as the German youth known as the “Swing Kids” dance. Germany and its youth are enjoying life. Personal freedom is still available to experience, it is a relaxed time, and an accepting time when race does not play a prominent role in day to day life.

Now travel forward to the time that Hitler has gained power the National Socialist Party is in place and the Hitler Youth is the group to join. Jazz is banned by the government, its melodic note instills a feeling of freedom and chaos and the artists are of questionable race based on the “Nuremberg Laws” of 1935.

Popular Hands On topics for Kids

Here are some of the most frequently requested "Hands On" topics in the Children's Library.

Drawing

D Is for doodle: a step-by-step drawing book: oodles of doodles from A to Z by Deborah Zemke

Draw Manga! by Christopher Hart

Ed Emberley's big green drawing book by Emberley, Ed

Southwest Storytime

Kids ages 5-8, with a caregiver, will hear some classic folktales that have been given a Southwestern spin, make a craft and enjoy a snack.

Program Date: Tuesday, July 31, 10:00-10:45 AM in the Community Room

Reading Assistance Dogs

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM and is on a first come, first serve basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.
Program Date: June 25, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Storytime at Canton Farmer's Market

On Sunday, June 24, CPL staff visits the Canton Farmer's Market to host a storytimes and crafts. The Canton Farmer's Market is open from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Storytimes are at 10:00 AM and Noon. For all ages.

Child ID Event

Western and Southern Financial will provide a free Child ID event. All children will be fingerprinted and photographed to create a "Protect Your Child" booklet for your own personal records. This event takes place on June 19 from 6:30-8:30 PM.
[fingerprints by mollykiely is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

CPL at Liberty Fest

Come out and visit the Canton Public Library tent during the Canton Liberty Fesitval on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-8:00 PM. We will have information about our Connect Your Summer reading program and there will be lots of fun stuff to see and do all around Heritage Park including live music, great food and craft tables. Hope to see you there!

Summer Blooms

The knowledgeable and talented ladies from Sparr's Florist and Greenhouses in Plymouth Township are back for a new program.  See how to best use those summer garden beauties in a lovely arrangement for a special event or to brighten your home.  You may even win a beautiful floral arrangement created right before your eyes.    Please join us on Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 PM and take a deep breath of summer.  

Who Are Your Ancestors?

Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will show us the tools and data bases available to Canton Public Library users to find our long, lost relatives.  Find out why you are especially handy in the kitchen, have a burning passion for politics or can create beautiful art pieces from virtually nothing.  Was it because of your great, great grandparent?  Join us on Thursday, June 28 at 7:00 PM and learn how to find your answers. 

Teen Creative Writing

Beginning June 23rd and every other Saturday ending August 18th, teens going into grades 7-12 can hone their creative writing skills.  This five-week course (you must attend all weeks) will be taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University Of Detroit Mercy.

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on Saturday, June 23 from 2:00-3:00 PM.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the Community Room while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game.  Beginners are welcome on June 10 and 24th at 1:00 PM.  The fourth Sunday of each month also includes a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs."  For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com