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Animals

Hey Kids! Are you a lover of animals? If so, check out these awesome animal books and get your Animal Lover Badge.

Picture Books

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Summer Library Programs About Animals

Children's programs

Tween programs

Adult programs

Canton Dog Park

On Friday, May 20, Canton's new dog park opened at Preservation Park in Cherry Hill Village. The park provides a safe off-leash environment for dogs and their owners.

Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated, and entrance to the park is $25 annually for Canton residents or $50 per year for non-residents. There are separate sections of the park for small and large dogs.

A grand opening celebration is planned for later in the Summer. Find out even more about the park at the Canton Patch.
[Photo courtesy of Canton Patch]

Babies, Pets, & Allergies

A recent study of 565 children  by Ganesa Wegienka, an epidemiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit indicates if during their first year, children (birth through 12 months) are exposed to pets, they are less likely to develop pet allergies.  

According to Dr. Wegienka, exposure to pets after that first year of growth has little impact on a child's proclivity towards pet allergies.

Best in Show Dog Show on August 6th

Canton Library will host our own special "Best in Show" Dog Show on August 6th from 10:00AM-Noon. Pets must register ahead of time starting July 6th at 9:00AM — but all humans are welcome! A signed waiver form and other information about your pet is required if you wish to be in the show. You must present your homeowners insurance and dog's shot records to participate. Dogs will be judged on various criteria including appearance, behavior, best trick, and best costume. Many prizes will be awarded with an overall special "Best in Show" Grand Prize for the winner. Make sure to sign up your furry best friend on July 6th, then bring family, friends and relatives to watch on August 6th!

Best in Show

Best in show : knit your own dog by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne — Looking for a low-maintenance pet with an extremely high cute factor? Look no further - this book has it covered. Whether you're looking for an Afghan Hound or an English Bull Terrier, a French Bulldog or a Siberian Husky, all of these breeds and many more are included. Even if you don't end up making any of these plush pets, the photos are fun to look at and may just satisfy your cute quotient.

Lefty's K-9 Service Honored

After working with the Canton Police K-9 unit for 8 years, Lefty was honored on Tuesday along with his partner, Offical Daniel Traylor, as police officers from neighboring communities attended. Lefty, a German Shepherd, has helped control crowds at Liberty Fest and was involved in other crime-fighting activities. He's making the transition from working to retired dog and will continue to live with Officer Traylor and his family. To learn more about German Shepherds, check this book out.

Before You Buy That Bunny for Easter

Bunnies are so adorable and Easter is right around the corner. Before you make that impulsive buy for a new family pet, please do your research. Learn about rabbits by checking out of of our books from the pet collection, The Rabbit Handbook, or consider talking to someone at The Michigan Rabbit Rescue.

Rescue Dogs in Japan

American and British search-and-rescue canine teams have been busy in the quake and tsunami devastated areas in Japan looking for survivors. These teams also helped find the missing in Haiti after that earthquake struck near its capitol in 2010. Rescue dogs are specifically trained to find the scent of people who are still alive and trapped in rubble after a disaster. To learn more, check out Scent of the Missing.

New Dog Park Opening in Canton

A new Dog Park, located in Cherry Hill Village at Preservation Park, will open on Friday, May 20th. Dogs can run and play freely in a fenced, six-acre outdoor space. The park is divided into two sections: one for large dogs (over 20 pounds) and one for smaller dogs (under 20 pounds). Membership fee for the park is $25 for Canton residents and $50 for non-Canton residents. Current dog licenses are required.

Best in Show

Hickory, a 5-year old Scottish deerhound from Virginia, won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. She is also the first of her breed ever to win America's top dog prize. The other final contestants were: a Pekingese, Portuguese water dog, Chinese shar-pei, smooth fox terrier, bearded collie, and a black cocker spaniel.

Loving our Pets

February is not just for Valentine's Day. It's also Responsible pet owners month. All those squeaky guinea pigs and fluffy kittens our relying on you, their owners, to take good care of them. You can also learn about different kinds of pets to have from library books like, Extreme Pets or The House of a Million Pets. Are you taking good care of your special pet?

Cleo the Cat who Mended a Family

Cleo the Cat who Mended a Family is Helen Brown's memoir of loss and recovery. Cleo, a black kitten with emerald eyes, launches a charming offensive on her unsuspecting and grieving family. Through many endings and new beginnings, Cleo manages to be the glue that holds them together.

Choosing the Perfect Pet

Choosing the Perfect Pet can be a daunting task. You're inviting a new member of the family into your home. Let veterinarians Mark Alsager and Judi Fleischaker steer you in the right direction. Should it be cat or dog, big or little, young or old? What would fit your family's lifestyle best and be best for the pet? The doctors from Alsager's Animal Clinic in Canton will guide you on the path to a long, happy relationship with your pet on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00PM in the library Community Room.

Pet-Friendly Dorms

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Stephens College is no longer just an all-girls school anymore. Pets are welcome too! The school has recently added their first pet-only dorm. It's one of many pet-friendly colleges. The library has the latest college directories for you to check out.

Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

New Improved Dog Park Opened

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ceremonial leash to officially open the park, located at Hawthorne Ridge along Hines Drive west of Merriman in Westland. Wayne County Parks requires registration for the new park. The cost is $5 to register and proof of vaccinations and current dog license is mandatory.

Why Pets are Good for You

In Sunday's Free Press USA Weekend section, researchers reported what pet owners have know all along; that having pets helps reduce the stress in our lives. When we are around our pets, the "feel-good" hormone level in our brains rises thus lowering our anxiety and less stress means a longer life. So reading a book about pets with our pet is all good. Check one of our newest books in the pet collection, It's a Dog's Life.