United for Libraries celebrates National Friends of Libraries Week October 16-22, 2016. The Friends of the Canton Public Library was established in 1988 with the goal of advocating and fundraising to improve library services. Today, nearly 28 years later, the Friends continue to support the library by selling used books at the Second Hand Prose bookstore and holding fundraisers throughout the year.

These dedicated Friends volunteers have donated their time as well as books, furniture, equipment, and art to the library. Since 2003, they have given more than $500,000 in these categories, as well as funds specifically for library programming, such as our Connect Your Summer program; the library's endowment fund; and spaces such as the Friends' Activity Room and the Wings of Wonder Butterfly Garden.

Their efforts have made our library the award-winning library it is today, and I hope you will join me in thanking the Friends, their board, and their volunteers for all of their contributions and hard work!

Do you want to get involved? Please consider purchasing a membership with the Friends, volunteering in Second Hand Prose, or making a donation.

Great Friends groups make great libraries, and the Canton Public Library is lucky to have ours. Happy National Friends of Libraries week!

The CPL team has curated events for all types of interests as a way to connect with the community with what they love.

Trivia Night at the Library

Teams will compete to win gift cards and other items by answering questions related to famous paintings, geography, science, pop culture, literature and much more. Light refreshments served. Monday, November 14 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Gilmore Girls Celebration

The Gilmore Girls revival has been long awaited and with its release, CPL invites fans to celebrate with Gilmore Girl trivia, a Stars Hollow photo booth and a cup of coffee. Wednesday, November 16 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

International Games Day

International Games Day will be celebrated at CPL with a variety of board and card games on hand and patrons are also invited to bring their own to share. This event is for all ages and family participation is encouraged. Saturday, November 19 - 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Muggles, Music, and Mayhem

This celebration of all things Harry Potter includes wizard rock band Tonks & the Aurors, Potter-themed treats, butterbeer, games and wizard trivia. Guests will also have a chance to win movie passes. All ages are welcome. Sunday, November 20 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Enjoy these spooky chapter books in a range recommended for ages 8-14. Feel free to ask a librarian for more recommendations if this doesn't quench your thirst for fright!

The witching game by Annette Cascone

When Lindsey and her friends play the wishing game "Bloody Mary" in front of a strange antique mirror, one by one their wishes start coming true, with horrifying results.

The graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Thirty-five creepy stories about pigeons, ancient predators, Girl Scouts, and other terrifying things. Includes author's notes on how he got his ideas for these stories.

Muggles, Music, and Mayhem

Join us in a magical celebration of all things Harry Potter! Wizard Rock band Tonks & the Aurors will give a live performance at 1:00pm. Sip butterbeer, enjoy Potter-themed treats, play games, and try your hand at Wizard Trivia beginning at 1:45pm. You'll also have a chance to win movie passes to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

Muggles of all ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Harry Potter by Halle Stoutzenberger is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

Sunday, November 20 -
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Community Room

International Games Day

International Games Day 2016 image

Get your game(s) on at International Games Day!  We’ll have a variety of board and card games on hand for you to sample, or feel free to bring your own to share. All ages are welcome, and family participation is encouraged. No registration is required.  Just drop in anytime during program hours and join in the fun!

Curious to see how popular International Games Day is?  Check out a map of participating libraries around the globe here.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, November 19 -
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room

2016 Family Music Fest!

Music creates a soundtrack for our lives. It can enliven and enrich the lives of kids and the people who care for them from infancy and beyond. On Saturday, October 15 from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM we will host a day's worth of fantastic, energetic, diverse musical acts. Come and celebrate the beat within all of us. This program is designed for families and patrons of all ages. The schedule is as follows...

10:00AM - Music with Ms Carissa - Ms Carissa unleashes her tot rock for all to hear. She will be playing both her originals as well as some tried and true classics. Come and join her already huge local following. Recommended for families with kids birth thru 8 yrs old.

11:30AM - Detroit Pleasure Society - Traditional Jazz has never sounded so fresh and new. Check out Detroit Pleasure Society's bombastic and swingin' good tunes. Recommended for patrons young, old and everyone in between.

2:00PM - Drummunity - Lori Fithian lives to the beat of her own drum and challenges you to do the same. Experience the creation of and contribute to a real life, huge drum circle made up of all who wish to join the beat. All ages welcome. No previous experience required.  

4:00PM - Istvan & his Imaginary Band - Istvan used to play in rock bands. Then, inspired by the birth of his own daughter, he decided to start to write his own rock songs and share them with elementary school aged kids and their families all around Chicago. Now he's branching out even further to rock the socks off of families all over the place and he's even won a Parent's Choice "Fun Stuff" Award for his most recent album, Playtime. The music he creates is super fun and highly interactive. Don't miss it!

The Family Music Fest is made possible by the Friend's of the Canton Public Library and Vibe Credit Union.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Chess Plus

Build your strategic thinking skills while enjoying fun gameplay with the classic boardgames chess, checkers, and mancala.  Info about how to play will be provided, or just find a partner and get started playing.  No registration required, just drop in!  For ages 7 and up.

Dilemma” by stanua (CC BY 2.0)


Upcoming sessions

Saturday, December 10 -
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room

You love Raina Telgemeier, but are looking for something for a slightly older reader? Try these.

Tomboy by Liz Prince

Eschewing female stereotypes throughout her early years and failing to gain acceptance on the boys' baseball team, Liz learns to embrace her own views on gender as she comes of age, in an anecdotal graphic novel memoir.

The unlikely friendship between basketball team captain Charlie and robotics club president Nate is challenged when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders over funding that will either pay for new uniforms or a robotics competition.

This one summer by Mariko Tamaki

Rose's latest summer at a beach lake house is overshadowed by her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens.

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