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Contests for writers and artists

Has a book changed your life? Are you passionate about the environment? You might be interested in two upcoming contests sponsored by the Library of Congress. Letters About Literature is a letter writing contest. To enter, children and teens write a letter to an author of a book that has changed their lives. There are three levels for grades 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12, with a state and national winner at each level. There are cash prizes for the winners and their community or school library at each level, provided by Target. The deadline for this competition is December 12, 2009. River of Words is an environmental poetry and art contest on the theme of WATERSHEDS.

Fun Festivals & Fairs

As summer begins to wind down and fall begins to rev up, keep the fun going! Visit one of Michigan's great fall Festivals & Fairs.
The Michigan State Fair is going on now through Labor Day. See www.absolutemichigan.com for a schedule of events.
Check out www.Michigan.org for the many festivals and fairs available in just about every city.
Visit our large selections of materials on festivals and fairs. Some to check-out are:

Back to School Fun

Listen to some fun school stories, make some cool crafts to hang in your room and enjoy a delicious snack. Register online today.
Ages: Children 5-8, with a caregiver
Program Date and Time: Wednesday, September 9     7-7:45pm

Help from Mister Rogers

Wondering what to do with your little one as the rain falls and the sky turns gray? Why not share play time with Mister Rogers? There are games, activities and craft projects in Mister Rogers' Play Time: Encourage Your Child to Create, Explore and Pretend with Dozens of Easy-to-do Activities. If you miss Mister Rogers like I do, guess what? You can still find DVDs of his television shows in our library. There is even one on going back to school. Enjoy!

Michigan Renaissance Festival Opens Saturday

Travel back to the 16th century when the 31st annual Michigan Renaissance Festival opens Saturday, August 22 for a 7-week run. Hilarity and merriment will ensue, with live entertainment from Ded Bob, Ric Roc, Owain Phyfe and other faire favorites, plus jousting, wine-tasting and special events each weekend. The festival runs every Saturday-Sunday through October 4.

Bedroom Makeover

Does your bedroom need a fresh look for the new school year? Have no fear, we have a interior decorating book just for you. For help with making over your bedroom, check out:

I wanna re-do my room by Clea Hantman; illustrated by Azadeh Houshyar

Bedroom makeover crafts by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch

Room crafts: add some simple style to your space by from the editors of American Girl

Sewing Green

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching by Betz White, photographs by John Gruen

This slim paperback is packed with projects to wear and use, for grown-ups, children, and your home. The instructions for each project include information on how to reuse and upcycle materials you may already have on hand, and the results are simple and elegant.

Adult Reference Desk Becomes Art Gallery!

As part of our Adult Summer Reading program, "Master the Art of Reading," participants can color the Mona Lisa painting in their own special way and turn it in for a chance to win an 8GB iPod Nano. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to see all the amazing work.  Feeling inspired?  Well there is still plenty of time for you to show off your creativity as well - you have until 9pm, August 12th to submit your entry!

Crafts for sports fans

Hey sports fans! It's time for you to stretch your craft muscles. You can make your own sports water bottle, jump rope and team pendant with the help of Nifty Thrifty Sports Crafts by Michele C. Hollow. Or, try your hand at making a space colony, a xylophone or a Stegosaurus-shaped shadow puppet with other books in the Nifty Thrity craft series for kids.

Baby Beanies

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys includes instructions for knitting a variety of adorable hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The patterns vary from very basic beginner level to more advanced, and all of them are mega cute.

Crafting with felt

Do you like the fuzzy look felt gives to purses, hats and scarves? Why not make your own fuzzy creation? Here are some books to help you get started. Remember, when you're knitting, crocheting or sewing your wool into a masterpiece, make it larger than you want the finished product to be. Wool shrinks when its wet!

Ann Arbor Art Fair

The world's largest street fair for art is going on right now. And it's right here in the metro Detroit area. Crowds of more than half a million flock to Ann Arbor's fair each year to see all types of unique creations. The 50th annual fair is in progress now from July 15th-18th, 2009.

Stitched Toys

Stitched ToysStitched Toys: 20 Stunning But Simple Designs by Kate Haxell includes instructions for making and embellishing twenty unique and appealing toys. The entire collection has a vintage aesthetic that will make these treasures seem like they've been in your family for years. The dog beanbag is my favorite.

Get Creative!

Are you "being creative" at CPL for the Summer Reading Program?  Check out our new display filled with books to bring out your artistic side!  There is something displayed for every taste - from drawing mangascrapbooking,  origami, and collage.  Prefer to write?  There are also some books to help the creative-writer inside come out!  Check out Writing Magic and Book Factory  for helpful tips on how to make your writing jump off of the page!  Then read In Print: 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids for tips on how to get your awesome stories published!  Come in all through July to check out our "creative" display!

One Ball Knits: Purses

One Ball KnitsOne ball knits: Purses: 20 stylish handbags made with a single ball, skein, hank, or spool by Khadija Fatema and Hajera Habibur-Rahman
The title says it all - this book includes knitting instructions for 20 purses, each requiring just one skein of yarn. There are five patterns for each season, and styles including totes, satchels, coin purses, duffels, clutches, and more.

Gross me out!

What tastes like pudding and looks like kitty litter? A cake you can bake! Flex your culinary muscles with recipes from these wacky books. You could make a mashed potato mountain or a really weird veggie wrap with help from 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter. Don't have a babysitter? Never fear. You can gross out your neighbors with baked treats from Gross-Out Cakes: the Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics. Yum yum.

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

We're looking for some special people to become part of the library catalog. Are you a religious leader in the Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jewish faiths? Are you a vegetarian, a policeman, an atheist, a gay/lesbian person, a U.S. military veteran, a rock recording artist, a published author or any other interesting or unusual person? If so, we want you.

The Canton Public Library is starting a Living Books program where patrons can check out "living books" (that would be YOU) for 30 minutes of face-to-face, one-on-one conversation. These interviews are intended to answer questions for the curious, satisfy special interests and beliefs and learn from others' experiences. With dialogue comes understanding - with understanding comes tolerance.

Ribbon Embroidery

Ribbon EmbroideryRibbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments by Natalie Bellanger-Clement is a guide to small repeating stitches, line stitches, and filled stitches created with ribbon. The directions are clearly illustrated with photos, and templates are provided for each stitch. In all, there are over 30 stitches featured.

Home Brewing Basics

Join us Tuesday June 23rd at 7:00 pm and learn about the basics of home brewing, its methods and processes. This introductory presentation is designed for folks new to home brewing or those interested in learning about what it involves. Program will take place outside. Register by calling 734-397-0999!

Eco Craft

Eco Craft Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle by Susan Wasinger is a collection of thirty eco-friendly projects for your home. The projects run the gamut, from recycling sweaters into a knitted rug to re-purposing plastic six-pack holders into a modern screen/divider to altering old books into holiday decorations.