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Family Music Fest '15

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 17 from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM we will host a day's worth of fantastic, energetic, diverse musical acts including the return of national act Gustafer Yellowgold! 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... Don't forget that Canton Public Library has a fantastic music collection for all ages, in all styles and genres. Library card holders can also access thousands of full length albums using the digital service, Hoopla.

Cartooning in the Digital Age

Cartooning in the Digital Age is a two-hour program by veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here).
The first part, The Basics of Cartooning, is a fast and fun workshop for middle schoolers through adult, covering every step in creating a comic strip: creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, pencilling, inking, and coloring.
The second part, The Technology and Business of Cartooning, is oriented towards mature teens and adults. Bill demonstrates how to use computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and how to make money doing it.
Join us on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-8:30 for one or both parts of this smart and information workshop!

New Music - Get It Now with Hoopla!

Did you know that some of our most popular music is also available through Hoopla? Hoopla content is always available, so there's no wait!  Every Friday you'll find new music on Hoopla. Skip the hold list and check out new albums by Lana Del Rey, Ben Folds, or Alabama today!

Not in Our Town Art Contest

In partnership with the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition and Canton Police Department, the library is sponsoring an art contest. Students are invited to submit artwork around the theme of inclusion, unity and peace to be displayed during the Community Unity & Peace Rally on September 26 in Heritage Park. Art work entries should be turned in at the Children's Desk.

  1. Submissions accepted beginning September 1 and ending September 18 at 6:00 PM.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be confined to a 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own original work. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but do not copy someone else's art.
  5. First place and second place prizes will be awarded in three different age categories: Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade. The decision of the judges is final.
  6. Winners will be announced September 26 at the Community Unity & Peace Rally.
  7. All entries will be displayed at Heritage Park during the rally.
  8. A completed contest entry form must accompany each submission.

For questions or clarification, email Laurie Golden, community relations department head.

Art On the Scene

Everyone's an artist! No matter your age or talent, take a moment this summer to create something special. Check out our easels in the main lobby area, and make some art to leave here or take with you. Whatever you do, don’t forget to claim your Be Creative On the Scene badge online and fill out a ticket in the CYS Command Center near the Self Service Area for the chance to win a prize.

Creative Writing for Teens

The Artists: Picture Book Biographies

Read about your favorite artists and creative types. Get inspired this summer to be creative yourself!

Gordon Parks: how the photographer captured black and white America by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrations by Jamey Christoph

Draw what you see: the life and art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson ; illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews

A home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Edward Hopper paints his world by Robert Burleigh ; paintings by Wendell Minor

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Geek Out at the CYS Selfie Station

Take a selfie with Thorndyke to earn your Geek Out badge. Up the geek factor by wearing something geeky or holding up your favorite science book while you snap your photo. To be eligible for prize opportunities, share your selfie on social media with the #cysisawesome hashtag, and don’t forget to claim your Geek Out badge online and submit a ticket at the CYS Command Center near the Self Service Area. (Don’t have a camera? See someone at the children’s desk.)

Who Painted That?

Have you ever seen a beautiful painting and wanted to know who painted it? Well, look no further than the Canton Public Library! Earn your Be Creative eLectrified Badge by checking out these great resources on some fantastic artists.

Who was Claude Monet? [electronic resource] by Ann Waldron ; illustrated by Stephen Marchesi

Pablo Picasso [videodisc] by a film by Didier Baussy- Oulianoff

In the footsteps of Van Gogh [videodisc] by directed by Dominik Rimbault

The life and times of Frida Kahlo [videodisc] by a production of Daylight Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with Latino Public Broadcasting ; a film by Amy Stechler

Henri Matisse [videodisc] by Kultur International Films

Michigan Architecture

Shakespeare Adaptations for Kids

Brick Shakespeare: the tragedies— Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar by as told and illustrated by John McCann, Monica Sweeney, and Becky Thomas

Macbeth by a graphic novel adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds ; based on the play by William Shakespeare

The merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Stratford Zoo midnight revue presents: Macbeth by written by Ian Lendler ; art by Zack Giallongo ; colors by Alisa Harris

Artists on Film

The best offer [videodisc] by produced by Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia ; written & directed by Giuseppe Tornatore

My mother's smile [videodisc] by New Yorker Films presents a film with Filmalbatros and Rai Cinema

Lust for life [videodisc] by Metro Goldwyn Mayer

The mill & the cross [videodisc] by Kino Lorber presents ; an Angelus Silesius production ; written by Michael Francis Gibson & Lech Majewski ; directed and produced by Lech Majewski

Frida [videodisc] by Miramax Films presents in association with Margaret Rose Perenchio a Ventanarose production in association with Lions Gate Films, a film by Julie Taymor

Crafty Adults

Artist Biographies

A life of Picasso. Volume 3, 1917-1932 by John Richardson ; with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully

Van Gogh: the life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Andy Warhol by Wayne Koestenbaum

Leonardo da Vinci: flights of the mind by Charles Nicholl

Michelangelo: a biography by George Bull

The unknown Matisse: a life of Henri Matisse, the early years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling

Ms Carissa ROCKS!

Hey everyone, it's Ms Carissa Knoles! Carissa has been strumming to the beat of her own guitar since the young age of 14. When a guitar playing crush said, “girls don’t really play guitar,” she went out and bought one the very next day and has been rocking happily ever after. Since graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Children and Families from the University of Michigan in May 2010, Carissa has combined her knack for music and her passion for Early Childhood into the Music with Ms. Carissa program. Carissa has written her own original songs for the imaginative minds of the young and the young at heart. Join us in welcoming Ms. Carissa on July 7 from 10:00-11:00 AM. Although Ms Carissa generally plays to the 5 and under crowd, all ages are welcome to rock out.

Battle Bunny Book Transformation

Battle Bunny coverWho says you shouldn't write in a book?  Come to our Book Transformation program on, Monday, July 13, 2:00-3:00 PM, and -- in the spirit of Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett's Battle Bunny -- we'll take ordinary children's books and make them extraordinary by changing text, adding visuals, and making other alterations.  This program is for ages 9-12.  Registration for this program is required and begins June 25.

Amazing Artists: M.C. Escher

Tweens ages 11-13, try your hand at making tessellations, similar to M.C. Escher's mind-bending designs. We'll meet in the Purple Room on Tuesday, August 11, 2:00-3:00 PM to learn about the artist and the art form. Registration is required and begins on July27.

Image: Cycle by M.C.Escher, 1938

Amazing Artists: Andy Warhol

Tweens ages 11-13 can hear about Andy Warhol's life and work, and then take home your own imitation of his famous Marilyn Monroe silkscreen, featuring you! We'll meet in the iLab on Tuesday, July 21, 2:00-3:00 PM. Registration is required and begins June 25.

Image: Marilyn by Andy Warhol, 1967

Amazing Artists: Jackson Pollock

Tweens ages 11-13 are invited to get messy making art on Tuesday, June 16, 2:00-3:00 PM. Learn about the artist Jackson Pollock in the Community Room. Then head outside and make your own masterpieces by flinging, dripping, and splashing paint. Dress for a mess, and registration is required.

Image: Number 1 by Jackson Pollack, 1948

May the 4th Be With You

Boba FettSee sights from a galaxy far, far away when Chris Trevas -- an official Star Wars artist who has provided illustrations for a variety of books, games, guidebooks and other products -- drops out of hyper-space and into CPL on May 4, 7:00-8:00 PM.  No registration is required.

Boba Fett by Chris Trevas