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Manga Drawing Contest, World Cultures Edition

This year’s Manga Drawing Contest theme is "world cultures". For a chance to win great prizes, visit the entry form and instructions. Last day to enter is July 31.

Adventures in Masks

Kids, have you ever seen a mask that made you laugh, or scared you, or made you think, "What is that?" Masks are a tradition in many cultures. They are used in ceremonies, for celebrations, or for decoration. Here's your chance to make your very own scary, funny or adventurous mask.

Who: Children, ages 5-9, with a caregiver
When: Monday, August 8, 1:00-1:45PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, July 25.

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph, a newly launched website, invites people to take a picture from the past and photograph it, merging it into the present. Some of the submissions are funny, some are sad, and some are just strange. The website reminds me a lot of a favorite book, PostSecret, where anonymous postcards revealing secrets were collected for all to read. Both are worth a look.

Jazz for Kids

Looking for some music to help the kids chill out on these very hot days? Try some Jazz. Cool Jazz for Kids and Disney Songs the Satchmo Way are just two of the great selections of Jazz for kids. Classic crooners like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists that will help your family beat the heat. More selections are available in the Children's Department. Stay cool!

Summer Flower Arranging

Summer flowers are in abundance right now. Come see floral designer Collette Bielat of Sparr's Florist (at 42510 Joy Road, Plymouth) share the secrets to a spectacular arrangement. See the dressier look for those summer bridal showers and the more casual BBQ picnic table look. Collette will take us through all the steps and a lucky winner or two will go home with the finished arrangements. Saturday, July 23 at 2:00PM — no registration is required.

Superfan Celebration


Want to see yourself in Shonen Jump magazine? Viz is giving fans a chance to send in cosplay photos, art, stories, even haiku (really, all kinds of stuff) to appear in their December issue. Check out the details of their superfan celebration.

Quilt Show Opens Today

Quilt Show opens on Wednesday July 6in the Community Room
  • Wednesday, July 6, 7:00-8:30PM
  • Thursday, July 7, 3:00-8:00PM
  • Friday, July 8, 4:00-5:30PM
  • Saturday, July 9, 2:00-5:30PM
Door Prize drawing at 4:00PM Saturday
People's Choice Award: Vote for your favorite quilt.

Duct Tape Mania

Wednesday, July 20, at 2:00PM tweens and teens going into grades 5-12 can make awesome creations out of duct tape. Registration opens July 6th.

Folktales from Around the World

Kids, come and listen to some great tales from around the world. Folktales are a great way to pass down stories and experiences from one generation to another. We will share stories and make a craft too.

Who: Children, ages 5-9 with caregiver
When: Monday, July 11, 11:00-11:45AM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, June 27

Fun in the Garden Storytime

Children, ages 5 and under, and caregivers, join us Monday, June 27 at 10:00AM for a family storytime all about gardens. We will share stories of vegetables and flowers outside by the library garden (weather permitting). We will also make a beautiful craft and enjoy a special treat. Registration begins Monday, June 13.

Art Exhibits to Visit

Art on Display at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill — Art Exhibitions are free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 10:00AM-2:00PM.

Ford Road Art Sculptures — Public Art on Ford Road

Belle Isle Public Art Exhibit — June 18-24 on Belle Isle

Pure Michigan's Art Galleries Listing — hundreds of galleries, fairs, and exhibits

Detroit Institute of Arts — A world-class art museum in Detroit

Art for Young Readers

The art book for children by text by Amanda Renshaw and Gilda Williams Ruggi

How to read a work of art by Laura J. Hensley

Art that moves: animation around the world by John Bliss

Exploring the life, myth, and art of India by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

Books for Teen Artists

How to draw animation by Christopher Hart

How to draw comics the marvel way by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Scared!: how to draw fantastic horror comic characters by Steve Miller and Bryan Baugh

Books for Artists

Entertainment in the Community

Michigan Philharmonic

Formerly the Plymouth/Canton Symphony Orchestra. Check out their site for more details.
EventDateLocation
Celebrate AmericaSaturday, July 2Kellogg Park, Plymouth
Fairy Tale FestivalSaturday, July 23Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores

Monday Night Music in the Village

Brought to you by Canton Leisure Services.

Library Programs for Artists

Children's Programs

Tween and Teen Programs

Road Trip Music

Taking a road trip with the family this summer? Need some tunes to entertain the little ones? Here are some great CDs for the car ride this summer:

Car songs: songs to sing anywhere by Dennis Buck

Songs for the car

Here comes science by They Might Be Giants

City kid! by Joanie Leeds

Kidz bop 19 by Kidz Bop Kids

That's How

Parents, how many times a day do you hear "Why?" or "How?" How many different ways can you answer that? Author Christopher Niemann tries to help you answer those questions with his new picture book, That's How. Here, many questions about how things work are answered in a simple, straightforward way. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering how things work! If you are looking for more stories to answer those never ending whys and hows, check out childrens question and answer stories.

Family Karaoke

Can your family out-perform the Jonas Brothers? Does your family have better moves than the Jackson 5? Show us at the Family Karaoke night at the library on July 26 at 7:00PM. There may even be prizes for the best of the best. No registration needed.

Richard Scarry: The Best Ever

Today would have been Richard Scarry's 92nd birthday. Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919–April 30, 1994), a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide, has delighted four generations of readers. His best known book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, has sold over 4 million copies since its publication in 1965.