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Perform a Puppet Show

Got a little Theatrical side to you? Make up your own puppet show in the Children's Library. Or check out a couple puppets and put one on for your family at home.

Summer Poet-Tree

Tree in the Children's LibraryFor CYS this summer, the tree in the center of the Children's Library is becoming a Poet-Tree. Stop by and enjoy the new poem posted each week. Read three poems, and you qualify to claim the Curtains Up badge, for celebrating the fine art of poetry.

Get Well/Be Well with Health Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can achieve this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started? Check out these online resources:

Top Three Things To Love About Canton

Tell us what you love the most about the Canton Community. Reply to this blog with your top three things in Canton and earn your Love It badge. You can sneak a few more than three in if you really want!

CPL Loves Comic Books...Do You?

We love comic books so much, we couldn't have them in just one place. In the Children's Library our collection includes classics such as Archie, Scooby-Doo, where are you? and Sonic the Hedgehog. In the Teen Room titles include Doctor Who, Hulk and Superman. Whether you already love comics, or think you would love trying one, read a comic to earn your Love It badge.

Visit Michigan Gardens

This summer take in the beauty of a garden and earn your Green Thumb Badge at the same time! Did you know that our state is home to more than 50 public gardens? Whether you're planning a day trip to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor or heading north to Mackinac Island to explore the beautiful grounds of the Grand Hotel, the wonder and beauty of plants, both native and exotic await you.

Who do you love? Share your favorite author.

Who is the writer you love the most? Share your very favorite author to earn your Love It badge. You can reply to this blog and tell us your best-loved scribe (and perhaps your top book by that author, too), or you can come in to the library and scribble the name down on a big heart for all the library to see. Or, you could do both!

Where Do You Love to Read?

Do you love to read so much that you will read almost anywhere? Where are you reading this summer? On the golf course? In a tent? On a boat? On vacation in some exotic locale? Or in your own tree fort? When you claim your Love It badge, upload a picture of you (or your family) reading. Not only will you earn your Love It badge, you will be entered in a random drawing for a prize! 

Green Thumb Flower Matching June 23 to 29, 2013

Have you earned your Green Thumb Badge yet? No? Good! Come to the library anytime during the week of June 23 to 29, 2013 and earn your badge by entering our Name the State Flower contest. Entry forms and state flower pictures will be at the Children's Reference Desk and one lucky winner will be drawn from the correct answers. Good luck and see you soon!

Read Digital Books and Magazines

Here at the Canton Public Library we love reading in any form—and for those of you with an eReader, smartphone or tablet computer we have a world of tech-savvy options! OverDrive offers thousands of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Our newest addition, Zinio, allows you to read new magazines on your smartphone or tablet. Once you finish, don't forget to log on and claim your Geek Out badge!

Read a TumbleBook

Read a story in a new way. Tumblebooks is an online database that contains hundreds of well loved children's books told in an animated, interactive format. Many contain games, quizzes or other activities at the conclusion of the story. You can access it from your home computer or iPad or here in the library. If you are reading here in the library don't forget to bring your headphones so you'll be able to listen to the story.

Animal Lover Scavenger Hunt

Animals have scattered throughout the library! Can you find them all? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from one of the Help desks.
  2. Read each clue and search the library to find a picture of the animal described.
  3. Write down the name and location of each animal you find.
  4. Put your completed activity log in the box on the reception desk for a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your ANIMAL LOVER badge online, too!

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

Girl and dogGot a four-legged friend? Need to be more active? Want to lose weight this summer? Earn the Be Well Badge or Animal Lover Badge by walking around Heritage Park. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound is the Canton Public Library's Summer Walking Program. Do three laps around the lake or 30 minutes with your dog. It's fun for you and your pet!

Medical Quiz Show

Earn your Be Well or Curtains Up badge and test your knowledge of a medical TV series on dvd by playing the Medical Quiz Show trivia contest! It's as easy as choose, watch, quiz! Choose a medical TV series on dvd owned by Canton Public Library that interests you. Watch and then take the corresponding quiz. Submit your trivia form and your name will be entered in a drawing for a prize!

Family Fun Day

Family Fun DayDon't forget about Building Bridges Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 22nd from 11am-1:30pm at the Canton Mosque located at 40440 Palmer Rd. Face painting, sports activities, henna, mosque tours, ethnic food, Arab Calligraphy and Q and A with the Imam are some of the highlights of this day. Please RSVP by June 20th. Stop in to pick up a free flyer for more information.

Back in Time Word Search Game

This is Week One of our "Back in Time Word Search" series challenge. Throughout the course of six weeks, we'll feature three games. They will focus on different aspects of going back in time. The Back in Time: Historical Events is for this week and the next (until June 2.) Pick one up from the Help Desk, and have fun figuring out the word puzzle. Return it to the Help Desk and you earn yourself a chance for prize drawing!

50 Summer Crafts for Kids

Try one of these 50 summer crafts (courtesy of thelongthread.com) from building a fairy house to making homemade playdough. Nothing to do on those long summer days? Get crafty and impress all your friends.

[Scissor Kit by LollyKnit is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

Recipe Exchange Kiosk

Calling all cooks! We're bringing back last summer's popular recipe exchange kiosk. It's a great way to share your favorite recipes, discover some new ones and earn your Chow Down badge. Use our recipe card or just print out your recipes and deliver them, paper clipped together, to the recipe exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk. If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

For more great cooking (and eating) inspiration, visit our Chow Down Pinterest page.

Bon Appetit!

Apron Day

apronParticipate in CPL's Apron Day on July 31, earn your Chow Down badge and you could win a prize! We will have prizes for the following categories:
  • Themed Apron: an apron that expresses a theme, like a holiday or flowers.
  • Craziest Apron: Original and wacky-- that's what we are looking for here.
  • My Story Apron: Submit a story or memory surrounding your apron, like baking cookies with Grandma.

To enter the contest, claim your Chow Down badge by uploading a photo of yourself wearing your apron (or just a photo of your apron if you are camera shy) and write the category in the comments. Or come in to the library on July 31 between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, fill out an entry form and get your picture taken. Photos will be posted online for public voting. May the best apron win!

[Photo by Kristen Valenti is licensed under CC BY 3.0]

Canton Grub Crawl

Grub CrawlHere's a tasty way to earn your Chow Down badge-- join the Canton Grub Crawl and taste your way through some of Canton's best restaurants.

Grub Crawl tickets are $35 and include a shuttle ride between restaurants. For a list of this year's participating restaurants and information on how to get your ticket, visit the Canton Chamber of Commerce website.