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You could WIN staff art!

Your library would like to give back to you this summer! In honor of the Summer Reading theme, Be Creative @ Your Library, the Canton Public Library staff decided to make works of art for you to win. We've got quilters, knitters, woodworkers, photographers and many other creative people here. For a view of our craftsy items, check out our Flickr page.

Happy Nature Photography Day

rainbowToday is so beautiful out, friends! Take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather and make a trek outside. Celebrate Nature Photography Day and create some art by capturing the world around you.  Michigan is full of parks, lakes, and gardens. Check out an old favorite or discover a new one. Good luck and happy snapping!

Amigurumi!

Whether you already know how to crochet or are looking for a new hobby, I definitely suggest checking out Amigurumi World : Seriously Cute Crochet. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and it doesn't get much cuter than this!

Summer Fun!

School's almost out!  Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer?  Why not try some activity books to help keep their summer exciting?  Here are some suggestions: Summer fun!:  60 activities for a kid-perfect summer, Summer activities, Summer smarts for cool kids: over 150 fantastic and fun learning activities to help kids beat the summer blahs, The vacation activity book

Local artisans and crafters on Etsy

etsyHave you checked out Etsy? It's a shopping site where you can purchase items created by artisans and crafters from all over the world. It's also a great place to find special items made by those right here in our community! Right now in Canton, the following shops have items for sale:

New Quilting Book

Looking for new ideas for your next quilt project? Check out our latest book Kaffe Fassett’s country garden quilts. The book has some nice patchwork ideas and tips.

An introduction to art for kids

Katie loves art and adventure. One day, on a visit to a museum, she finds herself stepping into a painting by Paul Cezanne. On another day, she hangs out with Mona Lisa. Check out these books by James Mayhew and explore the world of art through Katie's eyes. There is something for all ages in these books. Young children will enjoy the shapes, the colors and the movement of turning pages. Older kids will appreciate the story, Katie's curiosity and the beautiful paintings. It may even inspire them to learn how to paint!

ArtFest

Looking for something to do this week-end? Visit the ArtFest in downtown Plymouth or check out craft books at the library.  Street performers will entertain with music, chalk art, juggling, balloon twisting, and face painting. The fest is free for everyone to enjoy!
Friday, May 15th and Saturday May 16th, 2009 from 10am - 6 pm

Writing is a craft

You can be a writer and compose amazing stories, too. Check out Gail Carson Levine's helpful book, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Stories by Celia Warren to find help with grammar, developing a plot, character development and much more. Happy writing!

Fun Crafts For The Kids!

Looking for something fun to keep the kids occupied? Or maybe something nice that they can make for a gift? Pack-o-fun magazine is the perfect craft magazine for parents and kids. It has craft projects that range from very simple to more complicated, from things that you can make with your kids, to projects that they can do on their own. Each issue is packed with so many crafts that there is seriously something for everyone. Check it out today and start crafting!

Be Creative

CraftsMartha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts; and A-To-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration is truly a gift for crafters.  The beautiful designs and photographs provide
a multitude of  ideas for projects.  Everything you need to know:  supplies, templates, techniques.  A lasting reference for crafters and artisans.

Don't forget about mom this weekend!

This Saturday at 11 am teens in seventh through twelfth grades can make mom a super cool and personal gift for Mother's Day. Decorate a vase and fill it with a fresh bouquet. All materials will be supplied. Register online here

Made From Scratch

Made From ScratchMade From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich is another ‘how I did it’ book about living a DIY sustainable lifestyle. The book covers a wide variety of activities (a number of which may not even occur to you as particularly unusual): keeping chickens, bees, working dogs, and rabbits; growing food; baking bread; thrifting; sewing and knitting, and playing music on traditional instruments like dulcimer and banjo.

Get Your Scrap On!

NSA logoSaturday May 2nd is National Scrapbooking Day! This special day was first created by the National Scrapbooking Association as a way to celebrate and promote the art and craft of Scrapbooking.  Join me and the thousands of people who will be celebrating and participating in National Scrapbooking Day Events all around the world.

Have a craftsy Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with crafts! Visit Kaboose to learn how to make a foam mariachi guitar, a clothespin doll and the Mexican flag. For library materials related to the holiday click here.

The 50 States Project

Have you heard about the 50 States Project?  Throughout the upcoming year 50 photographers, one for each of the 50 States, will photograph the State where they live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to produce one image in response. The images must represent both their style and the State in which they live. January's assignment was People and photos from around the country can now be seen online.

Crafts for a Rainy Day

Get crafty with help from these books. These craft projects with They Might Be Giants playing in the background could lead to a very fun rainy day!

Nature's art box: from t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by written by Laura C. Martin; with drawings by David Cain

Crafty kids: fun projects for you and your toddler by Rosie Hankin

Scrapbook MegaMeet

Don't miss the annual scrapbook convention at the Rock Financial Center May 7-9. This popular event features classes and many exhibits. For more information see the MegaMeet website.

Your library card can be the ticket to an amazing destination

Recently I spent time in Savannah, GA, where, on a local hotel TV channel, I viewed John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.berendt  He described how he fell in love with Savannah and decided to live there for a while.  His book not only details the murder that took place at the historical Mercer house, but also depicts Savannah's history, beauty, and some of its idiosyncratic residents.  Upon returning home, I checked out the book and the mo

Go Fly a Kite!

Kite.preview.pngApril is National Fly a Kite Month, so take some time to investigate kites in fact and fiction at your library. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a trip to one of Canton’s parks to fly your own kite.