Arts/Crafts

T(w)een Day of the Dead DIY

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Canton Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Learn more about this unique holiday, decorate sugar skull masks and try your hand at making a 'nicho' or shadow box frame. Nichos are often featured on Mexican alters or hanging in the home. This program is for tweens and teens. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Discover Digital Photography introduces the technology that has catapulted the photographic world into the 21st century. You'll explore a broad overview of the basics of digital photography, including equipment, software, and practical uses. We'll discuss different types of digital cameras, from phones and tablets to digital SLRs, all of which offer a wide array of photographic options. We'll also help you decide what type of equipment fits your needs, and you'll have hands-on exercises so you can explore the areas that interest you.

If you enjoyed this course, Gale offers a variety of digital photography courses and photo editing courses. Some courses that may be of interest include travel photography, photographing people, and Photoshop Elements 12.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, November 8th. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Inktober is the annual drawing challenge in October for artist of all skill levels. The goal is to work on your drawing skills by completing a drawing every day during the month of October. Here are some resources at Canton Public Library for inspiration and skills to practice. 

Learning to draw in pencil has never been so easy! With Just for Fun: Drawing, aspiring artists and art enthusiasts who have never before picked up a pencil can follow incredibly simple step-by-step instructions and discover how to draw everyday subjects. Each featured subject starts with basic lines and shapes, and slowly progresses with each new step to a fully rendered, completed drawing. 

Written for art students and beginners who want to illustrate for comics and graphic novels, this book provides a thorough grounding in drawing the human form. This comprehensive self-teaching course for illustrators features more than 150 instructive color illustrations.

Interested in doing some DIY projects? Have you always been interested in drawing, but never really knew how to get started? If so, then this is definitely the course for you! Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics to drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be. You can sign up for "Drawing for beginners" by clicking on this link.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, October 18. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page.

Do you love the Medieval and Renaissance time periods? If so, you can now buy discounted Michigan Renaissance Festival tickets with the help of your library card. Michigan Adventure Pass (MAP) holders can purchase Adult tickets for $16.50 ($22.95 value) and children's tickets for $8.50 ($13.95 value). 

1.) Go to michrenfest.com

2.) Click on Tickets

3.) Click on Purchase Corporate Discount Tickets

4.) Enter Access Code: TLN17

​The Festival runs until October 1 and is located in Holly, MI (about a one hour drive north of Canton).

Learn more about Michigan Activity passes on our Community page. 

American Girl Club

Join us as we learn about a different American Girl character at each meeting through crafts, games and activities. We will explore both the historical characters and the modern day girls. No prior knowledge of the books or character is needed. If you have an American Girl doll feel free to bring her, and a friend! This program is open to ages 8-12.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, November 20 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Meet Addy (1864) Registration required.
Monday, December 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Watch Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (1 hr and 26 min)
Monday, February 5 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Meet the newest American Girl, Nanea (1941)

The Kindness Rocks Project is growing in popularity all across America, including right here in Canton. Need some inspiration for painting your own rocks? Check out some of these books to get you started.

Nature crafts by Annalees Lim

Provides instructions on creating crafts from natural materials, including "pebble zoo" animals made from painted rocks.

Teaches readers how to make various craft projects inspired by nature or for use outdoors, including painting rocks to look like dominoes or nature scenes.

Films can transport us to another time, another place--that's the wonder of film.  

"No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect magic. While we're being exhilarated and terrified, our minds are also processing data of all sorts--visual, linguistic, auditory, spatial--to collaborate in the construction of meaning. Thomas C. Foster's Reading the Silver Screen will show movie buffs, students of film, and even aspiring screenwriters and directors how to transition from merely being viewers to becoming accomplished readers of this great medium. Beginning with the grammar of film, Foster demonstrates how every art form has a grammar, a set of practices and if-then propositions that amount to rules. He goes on to explain how the language of film enables movies to communicate the purpose behind their stories and the messages they are striving to convey to audiences by following and occasionally breaking these rules. In Reading the Silver Screen, readers will gain the expertise and confidence to glean all they can from the movies they love,"--Amazon.com.

Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie? In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie-from writing the script and casting to the final sound edit-and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film is well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do? Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light-not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.

To begin Connect Your Summer this year, you will receive a StoryBox. After that, it's up to you. Below are a few books to help you think about what exactly you might do with that box.

When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy days, blowing bubbles in the park, and watching her little sister's first steps. Life's most precious treasures cannot be contained in a box! Features a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout reveal hidden surprises.

What to do with a box by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen poetically reminds young readers that a simple box can be a child's most imaginative plaything as artist Chris Sheban illustrates its myriad and magical uses.

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2017 OAM theme, Age Out Loud, to give aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.  This theme shines a light on many important trends. More than ever before, older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in their communities. They’re taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. What it means to age has changed, and OAM 2017 is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.

This follow-up to the popular blog, Advanced Style this book features 22 short essays by some of the portrait subjects, distilling the wisdom and lifestyle secrets of some of photographer and author, Ari Seth Cohen's favorite Advanced Style ladies.

Elaine Madsen and Virginia Madsen interview a variety of older women and explore how they have faced challenges in the past and present. Interviewees: Rita Moreno, Rosemary O'Callaghan, Olive McQueen, Lupe Anguiano, Valerie Sobel, Eartha Kitt, Marg Starbuck, Jean McFaddin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Elaine Kaufman, Nancy Freedman, Lucille Borgen, Tao Porchon Lynch, Elaine Madsen, Lauren Hutton, Suzanne Adams, and Gloria Steinem.
 

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