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Butterfly Wings and Musical Things

This unique program combines interactive storytelling, beautiful music, full audience participation and hands-on fun with musical instruments. From 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 13, The Storytellers present music and instruments from the Caribbean, West Africa, North America, Brazil, Australia and other countries. Children will be invited to play various instruments at this memorable storytelling concert.

[BW music by buttons.butterflies is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0]

Chalk CPL

Great art can happen in any medium and to prove that, artists from D&M Art Studio will be here on July 9 at 6:00 PM to create chalk art versions of our Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out masterpieces. See what they create, and then cover the CPL sidewalks with your own chalk work of art in this all-ages activity. Artists will also be at Cherry Hill Village so be sure to stop out there and see the Inside|Out art and chalk recreations.

DIA Free Admission for Canton Residents

Now in its third year, Inside|Out brings reproductions of great treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts into the community.  After discovering these pieces around Canton, visit the real thing at the DIA on July 15 when Canton residents receive free museum admission. Present your driver’s license or state ID and receive four complimentary general admissions to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Does not include admission to special exhibitions.

Copper Tom: Music, Comedy and Storytelling

Copper Tom incorporates cool, sometimes arcane, rhythms into accessible songs.  He draws inspiration from American roots music, including old time country, blues and roots rock and roll.  He might even throw in a little New Orleans funk, Trinidadian calypso, reggae and some fun tales to boot.  Join us on Wednesday, July 25 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we sing and dance to Copper Tom's eclectic music. 

Tea, Biscuits and Sherlock Holmes

Relax with a biscuit and a cup of proper tea and help the one-and-only Sherlock Holmes solve mysteries. We will show classic Sherlock Holmes movies for your pleasure throughout the afternoon and evening on July 30 beginning at 2:00 PM.

Tuesday's Child

Enjoy an afternoon of great traditional and folk music from local band, Tuesday's Child. The group includes two library staff members. Stick around at the end for a special instrument petting zoo of unusual instruments like a dulcimer, mandolin and more. All ages are welcome onSunday, July 15 at 3:00 PM.

Who do you Love? Craft

Kids in grades two-six, join us Tuesday, July 10 from 7:00-8:00 PM and make a special book, card or other craft for someone you love. We will have everything you need, but if there is something special you want to include on your craft, bring it with you.

DIA Inside|Out

We are pleased to be part of the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out program, which brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA's collection to the streets. There are six pieces displayed in Canton, including Young Woman with a Violin by Italian painter Orazio Gentileschi, on display at the library. The painting, circa 1612, depicts the patron saint of musicians, Cecelia.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsors this program.


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Quilt Exhibition and Show

See the lovely display of quilts created by the Canton Poke and Stab quilt club. You will have the opportunity to vote for your favorites and prizes qill be awarded based on your votes. Visit the display in the Community Room on:
  • Monday, July 23 from 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 24 from 10:00-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 25 from 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 26 from 10:00-12:00 PM
  • Friday, July 27 from 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 28 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Don't miss these beautiful works of art.

Photo Trek with Rick Lieder

OnTuesday, July 17 at 10:00 AM, join acclaimed photographer, Rick Lieder, as he treks around the library grounds in search of creatures to "capture" on film.  The library will provide disposable cameras or you may bring your own.  Take advantage of this opportunity to learn to "capture" images of your own.  This program is geared to patrons aged 9 and up.  Space is limited, so register today. 

Museum Adventure Passes Are Back!

The popular Museum Adventure Pass program is back for its fifth and final year. Get all the details on our Local Attractions page.

Children's Books to Love

From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?

25 Best Bands for Kids

Time Out New York Kids has named They Might be Giants as the #1 Band for Kids. The list of the Top 25 Bands for kids includes The Laurie Berkner Band, Gustafer Yellowgold, Recess Monkey and more. You'll find many groups from the list in the Children's music section of the library. Check out your favorite bands again, or experience some new music for the first time. Happy listening!

Here come the 123s [sound recording] by They Might Be Giants

Here come the ABCs [sound recording] by They Might Be Giants

The Art Behind Your Favorite Movies

Animated movies, done by hand or computer, are beautiful to watch.  Not only does the story draw you in, but the blasts of color that illustrate the action going on. We have some wonderful books on art in our favorite movies. Here are a few you won't want to miss:

Caldecott Books

Do you love looking at the illustrations in a picture book? Did you know there is an award that is given out yearly for just that? It's true! The Caldecott Winners are chosen based on their beautiful and artistic illustrations. We have an extensive collection of them in our Children's Department. Try one out today!

Singing the Good Old Songs Again

Jackie Davidson, formerly of The New Christy Minstrels, and her partner Gary Brandt perform classic and original folk songs in an energetic and fun show filled with excellent music, fun patter and a lot of toe-tapping memories. This is one you have to hear on Thursday, May 24 at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Step Gently Out

In celebration of Canton's Acts of Culture Week, we are pleased to present photographer Rick Lieder as he shares his beautiful book, Step Gently Out. Lieder worked with award-winning poet, Helen Frost to create an amazing 'picture' of what we can find in our own backyards if we just step gently and keep our eyes and minds wide open. You will be stunned by what you see on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 26th is National Poem In Your Pocket Day. Poetry lovers celebrate by carrying their favorite poem with them and sharing it with friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who will listen. Check out our excellent poetry collection and jot down a poem to carry in your pocket.

Poetry speaks who I am editor, Elise Paschen

The trouble with poetry and other poems by Billy Collins

"Louder Than A Bomb" Screening

Louder Than A Bomb is a documentary film about passion, competition, teamwork, and trust. It's about the joy of being young and the pain of growing up. It's about speaking out, making noise and finding your voice.

It also just so happens to be about poetry.

Every year, more than six hundred teenagers from over sixty Chicago schools gather for the world's largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as "Louder Than a Bomb". Rather than emphasize individual poets, the kids work collaboratively with their peers. Come to CPL on Saturday, April 21, 1:00-3:00 PM to view this multi-award winning documentary that follows four teams from Chicago as they prepare for and compete in the competition. This is not "high school poetry" as we think of it. This is language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance.
***This film is unrated and does contain mature language.***

Thomas Kinkade 1958-2012

The artist known to many as the "Painter of Light" passed away Friday at the age of 54. Thomas Kinkade, famous for his light-infused paintings of countrysides and cottages, was one of the most popular artists in America. It is estimated that one out of every 20 homes in the United States contains a print or painting of Kinkade's. In addition to creating over 1,000 unique works of art, Kinkade also became a NYT bestselling author. The movie The Christmas Cottage offers a semiautobiographical look at his younger years.