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Learn how to create greeting cards, certificates or brochures with Microsoft Publisher and volunteer instructor Asha on Wednesday, February 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Tai Chi

As part of Canton township's 100 Days to Health and the library's multicultural programming, we are pleased to welcome Julie Burns. We will learn about and practice Tai Chi. Please wear loose fitting clothing and join us on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM.

Author Jeffrey Zaslow Visits

This event has been canceled due to the death of the guest of honor.

Wall Street journalist and bestselling author Jeffrey Zaslow pays us a visit. Zaslow is best known for such amazing books as The Last Lecture, The Girls from Ames, Gabby: a story of courage and hope and many more. His newest novel, The Magic Room debuted in January and recounts the hopes, dreams and transformations of thousands of women who visit The Magic Room in Becker's Bridal Salon in Fowler, Michigan at one of the most important moments of their lives. Please join us on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 PM for a very special evening.

The Underground Railroad in Michigan by Carol Mull

In the mid-nineteenth century, Michigan citizens rose up to protest the moral offense of slavery. Among other campaigns, the Underground Railroad was established as a network of escape from slavery. Local author Carol Mull shares first-person accounts with an historical overview as we continue our celebration of Black History Month. Join us on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 PM for this meaningful evening.

Tending to the Ending

Planning for the end of life care for your parents, your loved ones or yourself can be a daunting task. End-of-life educator and consultant, Judy Papler-Welliver will have the answers to make this job easier. She will even bring the forms necessary for making it all work on Thursday, January 26th, at 7:00 PM.

Khan Academy — Free Educational Fun

Khan Academy is a free, fun, educational and totally awesome organization. The goal of Khan Academy is to change "education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere." The site contains over 2,700 videos on math, physics, biology, chemistry, finance and art. Students, parents, coaches, and teachers can use Khan Academy in many ways. Teachers and homeschool parents can use this resource to coordinate classwork and monitor student work. Kids looking for homework help can find explanations and practice examples on the virtual scratch pad. Adults looking for continuing education opportunities will find help here as well.

Celebrate MLK, Jr and Black History Month

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.

These wise words were spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous I have a dream speech on August 28, 1963. There are many ways to celebrate this remarkable, loving man and his dream. Visit the Cherry Hill Village Theater on January 16 at 5:30 PM for a presentation entitled Martin Luther King, Jr., Building Bridges.

At the Canton Public Library, we celebrate during Black History Month with a performance by the Canton Christian Fellowship Praise Choir on Thursday, February 2 and a visit from local author Carol Mull on Thursday, February 9 when she will discuss her new book, The Underground Railroad in Michigan.

Starfish Family Services Parenting Workshop

Have you ever looked at your kids and wondered "What are we going to do today?" Starfish Family Services will present a workshop for parents, caregivers and daycare providers titled Making Playroom Materials from Everyday Items on January 5, 2012, 9:30-11:00 AM. Attendees will identify natural, real, recycled and scrap materials for your playroom. During the program you will also make playroom materials to take back to your setting. Childcare will be provided by licensed Starfish Family Services staff. Online registration begins on December 22, 2011.

eReader Help

Did you get an eReader in your stocking?  Are you at a loss to know what to do with it?  We can help.  One of our well-trained librarians will answer your questions and show you helpful hints on Thursday, December 29 at 10:00 AM.  We have thousands of free, downloadable books waiting for you.  Start out the New Year with your reading list ready to go.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Come enjoy the pageantry, music and more as we celebrate the Lunar New Year. In China it is the year of the dragon; in Vietnam it is called Tet; the Koreans call the holiday Seollal and the Tibetans celebrate Losar. All of these holidays and more are in honor of the New Year and are based on the lunar calendar. Celebrate with us on Monday, January 30th, at 7:00 PM.

Zumba for Adults

In partnership with Canton Township's 100 Days of Health and as a part of our multicultural programming, please join us for a lively, fun, heartpounding session of Zumba. We'll be burning off those holiday calories on January 21 at 11:00 AM in the Community Room.

Getting Your Financial House in Order with SOFA

The Society of Financial Awareness (SOFA) sends expert John Badalamenti to help you pay off debt with specific strategies. Badalamenti will also provide steps for using your tax refund to improve your financial future. Let's all get our house in order on January 19 at 7:00 PM.

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials
Days and Times: *Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

It was nearly a year ago when a tragic shooting took place at a political event in Tuscan, Arizona. Six people died and many more were wounded, including first time congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. She was horribly wounded with little chance of survival, let alone recovery. This is the extraordinarily moving story of public service, love, strength, hope and the long, hard road toward recovery as told by Gabby Giffords, her space shuttle commander husband, Mark Kelly and author and Wall Street Journal columnist, Jeffrey Zaslow.

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope by Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, and Jeffrey Zaslow

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

Michigan Humanities Council, in conjunction with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, has selected nine host sites for the Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit: We Don’t Want Them. The exhibit places the events documented in Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice in a broader context of policies and practices that limited where some could live, thus impacting their past and present quality of life. We Don't Want Them opened in Flint and will travel around the state to the following cities:

No Homework Help October 31st

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Monday, October 31st. They will, however, return Tuesday, November 1st.

Prescription Take Back Day, October 29th

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired or unused drugs and are wondering what to do with them? Safely dispose of them on Saturday October 29th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at the Canton Township Police Department. Help keep the water supply clean and at the same time stop dangerous medications from being accidentally consumed or stolen. The free event  is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and this week's Red Ribbon activities.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

Open Chess

Open Chess in November and December will only meet once in each month due to the holiday calendar. Tim Heller will host the informal open play for everyone from beginners to experts. Join us on November 13 and December 11 at 1:00 PM in the Community Room. Oh, and have a lovely holiday season!

Sylvan Saturdays: Writer's Workshop

Saturday December 3, from 1:00-2:00 PM, Sylvan teachers will help teens become more comfortable using the steps of the writing process. Brighten up your writing and engage your audience by learning the techniques used by successful writers. Registration required.

Sylvan Saturdays: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday November 19th, from 1:00-5:30 PM. Teens can attend this workshop, an introductory ACT Prep course that will give student some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.