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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.  Registration for this program is required and begins June 25.

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.

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

Enchanted Fairy Tales Musical Theater Performance

After many weeks of practice and hard work the attendees, aged 7-10, of this musical theater workshop present their final performance for the public - Enchanted Fairy Tales! The young performers were trained in the basics of theater including projection, stage direction, set design and much more by two PCCS Arts Academy Students.
Hot on the heels of the theatrical release of "Into the Woods" and the current release of "Cinderella", this show is made up of short scenes from many popular musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz and more. Please join us in watching the magic unfold on Friday, May 1 from 4:30-5:30PM in the Community Room...Be Our Guest!

Astute Artistry PROM Prep

Prom season is upon us!  In order to get ready for the big day, we are bringing in one of the leading local authorities in beauty and makeup, Astute Artistry, LLC, to get you those tips and tricks to look your best on Prom night! Registration required. May 9, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM

[Devin & Hayato by SeanMolln is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Stop in at the Main or Children's Reference desks and pick up a poem for your pocket.  Share the poem with friends, family, or any and everyone you meet.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry because poetry is best when shared.

STEAM Sites

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

Fraboom
(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

Wonderopolis
(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY sites

Code.org
(Elementary - High School) Gain coding skills through guided activities.

CryptoKids

Holiday Fun with a Michigan Activities Pass

Looking for family activities during the holiday break? Library patrons can use their library card online to print a pass allowing them complimentary or reduced cost access to arts and cultural organizations across the state. Canton Public Library card holders may login to print a pass at the MAP website.

Musical Theater Workshop- "Enchanted Fairy Tales"

Presented by two PCCS Arts Academy students, this multi-session, musical theater workshop will teach attendees, aged 7-10 years old, the basics of theater. They will cover many topics including projection, stage direction, set design all which will culminate in a fabulous performance by the young performers titled, “Enchanted Fairy Tales.” Hot on the heels of the theatrical release of "Into the Woods" and during this spring's theatrical release of "Cinderella", this show is made up of short scenes from popular musicals such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, and the Wizard of Oz. Scripts will be designed and dances choreographed based on the number of children registered.  This workshop will take place every Friday, from 4:30-5:30 PM, starting January 9 and ending on April 24. Registrants will be expected to attend most sessions. Registration begins December 23.
The children will showcase their talent and hard work to their loved ones with a final performance on Friday, May 1, at 4:30 PM!

Fine Art for Kids: Drawing & Coloring

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach, step by step, how to improve your drawing skills and uncover your hidden artistic talent. You will begin by sketching the basic shapes and lines and then will combine these pieces to create a more realistic drawing. You will also apply coloring and shading to make it a finished piece of art. This class is designed for kids aged 5-8 years old.  Join us on Saturday, Nov 1 from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room.  Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[colored pencils by Mark Lehigh is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Astute Artistry: Halloween Make-up How-to

Have you ever wanted to look like a zombie?  How about a witch or a princess? What about a beautiful Mexican sugar skull?  Join the highly skilled professionals from Astute Artistry Studios as they help you prepare for Halloween and beyond!  On Saturday, October 25 from 12:30-3:00 PM participants will learn the ins and outs of many different kinds of make up application.  Bring your creativity! This program is designed for patrons aged 10 through adults.  Registration is required and begins on September 25

Movie Madness HORROR edition: Locked in a Room

Locked in a Room is a story about three teenagers that are trapped in three separate rooms. They are monitored and watched by a masked man who "takes notes" as to their every move and emotion. They are further tormented by an eerie voice of someone outside of the room and are visited by strange characters that are part of the outfit that have them trapped. Throughout, they try to discern why they are there. As time elapses... the stakes and chances for survival are slim, but the question remains: who is behind this - the end reveals a startling answer.
On Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM Plymouth film maker and CEO of At Risk Entertainment, Larry Simmons, will screen his haunting tale. Locked in a Room has been featured at the San Diego Black Film Festival, has been distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland looks forward to distribution in Spanish speaking countries such as Brazil and Mexico. Stick around afterward the screening for a rousing Q&A with the film maker himself. Check out the official trailer here and be spooked out just in time for Halloween! This film is not rated but does include mature language and themes and is recommended for people ages 13 and up.

Celebrate Teen Read Week: Book Page Necklace

October 18, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Make a cool book page necklace to celebrate Teen Read Week.  We'll supply everything you need.  For Teens.  Registration required.

Fiction about artists, artisans, and more

The goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Loving Frank: a novel by Nancy Horan


Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier


Frida: a novel by Bárbara Mujica


Lust for life by Irving Stone


The amazing adventures of Kavalier & Clay: a novel by Michael Chabon


Sons and lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Michigan Art & Architecture

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski

Art in Detroit public places by text by Dennis Nawrocki ; photographs by David Clements

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Artists of early Michigan: a biographical dictionary of artists native to or active in Michigan, 1701-1900 by compiled by Arthur Hopkin Gibson ; research assistants, Beverly Bassett and Jean Spang

Informational Books for Preschoolers

Plymouth Canton Community Schools Early Childhood staff developed this list of recommended information books for Preschoolers looking for something factual and fun. For the original list of 100 books, open the attachment at the bottom of this post. Items currently included in the library catalog are listed below. Click on the titles for availability.

ALL ABOUT ME

Bread comes to life: a garden of wheat and a loaf to eat by George Levenson ; photography by Shmuel Thaler

Eyes, nose, fingers and toes: a first book about you by Judy Hindley ; illustrated by Brita Granström

Families by Ann Morris

The little brainwaves investigate— human body by [written and edited by Caroline Bingham] ; illustrated by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

The Smarter iPhone: Tips and Secrets You’re Going to Love!

Can your iPhone make you smarter and more productive, save you money, make your life easier and help you sleep better at night? Yes, yes, yes and yes!
On Wednesday, July 30, 6:30-8 PM, discover lesser-known features built right into your iPhone as well as several apps that can do some pretty amazing and useful things. This program is appropriate for users of the iPhone 4 or later models (running iOS 7 or 7.1) Join us for this fun and informative class and earn a Geek Out Badge!
(NOTE: Android-based phones will not be covered during the session.)

Digital Photo Project Session -CANCELED-

Do you have photos you’d like to share with friends and family? Want to turn some of your best pics into a creative project like customized note cards or a photo book? Whatever your skill level, join us Wednesday June 25, 6:30-8:00 PM in the Internet Lab for this hands-on help and work session. A library staff member will be on hand to offer help, advice and tips, including scanning prints and snapshots, creating a photo book, making customized photo gifts, editing and cleaning up digital images, posting pictures to social media sites or blogs, and transferring pictures from your phone or digital camera to a computer and more. Registration required.

NOTE: Support will be available only for photo editing applications installed on the library's public computers (such as MS Office, Paint and Paint.net, but NOT Photoshop or Photoshop Elements) or programs and services accessible from the internet. Come prepared to start or continue your own digital photo project. If you’re starting with printed snapshots, bring them with you. If you have digital photos, bring them on a portable device such as a USB drive or a camera memory card (such as an SD card).

Building Bridges Family Fun Day

Building Bridges Family Fun DayFamily Fun Day will once again be brought to you by the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs Outreach Committee. It will be held at the Canton Mosque at 40440 Palmer Rd. in Canton on April 12th from 11am-2pm. This will feature face paining, henna, ethnic foods, sports, arab calligraphy, mosque tours and Q and A with the Imam. Please RSVP to www.mcws.org/outreach if you wish to attend so they will have an idea of how many will come.  This Family Fun Day should be fun for everyone!