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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.

Expanding Schools of Choice

Debate continues in the Legislature on whether to lift state caps on charter schools in high-performing districts. If passed, the proposal would allow expansion of charter schools giving parents more options for K-12 education. To learn more, you can read the article or check the performance rating for all the charter schools in Michigan.

Child Identification Event

Stop by the Community Room on December 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 PM for a special identification event sponsored by New York Life. The free ID cards for kids will include a photo, digital fingerprints and other vital information. Should there ever be an Amber Alert, this card is a first step in finding missing children.

Humane Society of Huron Valley Presents

In this program aimed at adults, Karen Patterson, the Humane Educator for the Humane Society of Huron Valley, will discuss a bit about their mission as well as the great programs they offer to help the community and our pets. Some of the issues addressed will be overpopulation, cruelty and of course, pet adoption. Find out how we can all help to save some of our best friends on November 12 at Noon.

Rick Bloom of Bloom Asset Management

Join the well-know financial guru as he discusses "5 Reasons Why Baby Boomer's Retirement is Different Than Their Parents." Are you planning for or getting closer to the big day when you stop working? Then you need to hear what Bloom has to say on November 10 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

No Homework Help Monday October 10th

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Monday, October 10th due to their monthly meeting. They will, however, return Tuesday, October 11th.

Vegetarian Month

October is designated "Vegetarian Month" to spotlight and better understand a vegetarian lifestyle. This educational event advances awareness of the many surprising, ethical, environmental, economic, health, humanitarian and other benefits of the increasingly popular vegetarian lifestyle. Who is a vegetarian? Who is a vegan? A vegetarian chooses to eat no animal products, fish or fowl. A vegan does not consume any animal products, fish, fowl, dairy or eggs. To learn more about the pros and cons of being a vegetarian you can go to the website of the Vegetarian Society. You can get great tasting vegan and vegetarian recipes at GoVeg.com.

Fabulous Fractions with Sylvan

Saturday October 8th from 1:00-2:00 PM, teens can join Sylvan teachers for a hands-on workshop using manipulatives to help improve your pre-algebra skills. Math can be a lot of fun! Registration opens September 24th.

Saturday is Free Museum Day

Looking for something to do? Here's an idea. Saturday, September 24th is Smithsonian Magazine's 6th Annual Free Museum Day. Check out the website to apply for a voucher for 2 free admissions to one of many Detroit Area Museums, including the Detroit Science Center, Detroit Children's Museum and the Yankee Air Museum. Get out and have some fun!

Final Days to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Program passes will be available until September 23, 2011 to check out. Museums will accept passes until September 30, 2011.

The 2012 program will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

NHS Tutoring Returns September 26th!

It's that time of year again! School has started up and help is on the way. Monday, September 26th, will be the first day for free NHS tutoring. If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Starting September 26th, Days and Times:
  • Monday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

Thank you to our Creative Writing Instructor, Linda Papa!

The Canton Public Library would like to thank Linda Papa for 3 years of excellence in teaching. Linda, an instructor at University of Detroit Mercy, has been teaching our creative writing class for teens for the past 3 Summers. This class emphasizes free expression with a focus on artistic creation. Linda's patience and love for writing and teaching makes this a very popular program each summer. Over the next few weeks look for audio recordings of stories the students created in the class.

Back to School with Sylvan

September 17th at 1:00 PM (to 2:00 PM) the staff from Sylvan Learning Center will  help teens get the school year off to a strong start.  Attendees will learn to use a planner, establish an after school study time, and become familiar with several techniques that help build long term retention of information for test success.  Registration opens September 3rd.

How I Helped in Haiti

Canton's own Pat Butzin, volunteer extraordinaire, is always available to lend a helping hand - even in Haiti after the earthquake. Learn how the experience changed her, changed her mind about many things and changed Haiti. Join us on September 22 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for an evening of hope, helping and sharing.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Storytime

Children ages 4-8, with a caregiver are invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a storytime presented by the staff from the bookstore As the Page Turns.
Program Date: Thursday, September 8 7:00-7:30 PM.

Back to Business School

We're going Back to Business School with a series of presentations geared to our local business community and entrepreneurs during their lunch hours at Noon. This five series offering begins September 13 and includes the following:

Music for Children Going Back to School

Hi Kids. If you are looking for some great music to get you in the mood to go back to school, look no further. We have great music CDs for all ages, from preschool to middle school, that will help you prepare for the new school year. Enjoy your first day!

Kindergarten Prep

Starting kindergarten is a major developmental milestone for children and their parents. During spring, many elementary schools host "Kindergarten Round-Up” sessions to help families prepare for this exciting event. Here are some picture books you and your child can read together that deal with the excitement, worries and routine of kindergarten.

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Amy Wummer

The pirate of kindergarten by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; illustrations by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

The night before kindergarten by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Julie Durrell

How do dinosaurs go to school? by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague

Baby Sign Language

Many parents teach signs to their young children before they are able to speak. If you'd like to try signing with your baby, we have materials that can help you get started. Below are some suggested books and DVDs that can be found in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby sign language basics: early communication for hearing babies and toddlers by Monta Z. Briant

Baby signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford