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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

New Web Resource for Michigan Public Schools

Tomorrow, August 15, is the launch date for a new web resource that combines all education data for every public school in Michigan into one place. MI School Data will provide access to annual report cards for schools, test scores, enrollment numbers, and teacher effectiveness ratings. More data will be added throughout the year including staffing, financial, crime and safety.

Deadline has Arrived for MESP 2011

Good luck to everyone to entered the Destination College Savings sweepstakes! All entries had to postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. Therefore, the entry forms will no longer be available in the library. Thank you to all who participated. Let's hope this awesome education program will be offered again next summer.

The Amazing Dewey Race

Tweens and Teens, do you watch the Amazing Race on TV? Interested in embarking on your own adventure? Join us in the library for a race of your own. You will travel around the library and complete tasks from all around the world. Maybe you will be the one to conquer the Dewey Decimal System!

Who: Kids, Tweens and Teens, going into grades 4 & up
When: Friday, August 5, 1:00-2:30PM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Friday, July 22

Parent Workshop

Parents,
If you have a college-bound high school student this may be the workshop for you. Huntington Learning Center has a free 30-40 minute parent workshop on the College Entrance/Application process and how you can help your child with the ACT/SAT exam. Refreshments, raffle prizes, and tours will be offered on Aug. 9, 7-9:00 p.m. Call 734-207-7930 for more information.

Scholarship opportunity for non-Native English Language speakers

A unique opportunity for native speakers of Arabic, Balochi, Dari, Farsi, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Mandarin, Pashto, Punjabi, Somali, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu: Georgetown University's English for Heritage Language Speaker's Program is a scholarship that trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs. Designed for adults who are fully proficient, fluent, and effective in their chosen profession in their native language (heritage language) and want to apply their professional knowledge and training in a government career. Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the US government. Scholarship application deadline is July 18th, 2011.

Folktales from Around the World

Kids, come and listen to some great tales from around the world. Folktales are a great way to pass down stories and experiences from one generation to another. We will share stories and make a craft too.

Who: Children, ages 5-9 with caregiver
When: Monday, July 11, 11:00-11:45AM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, June 27

Destination College Savings

Destination College Savings is back! Twelve Michigan libraries and families have a chance to win $1,500 towards a child's future college education and $1,000 for their library. Entry forms are available at the library beginning June 20, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. This summer reading program sweepstakes is sponsored by MESP, MET, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

That's How

Parents, how many times a day do you hear "Why?" or "How?" How many different ways can you answer that? Author Christopher Niemann tries to help you answer those questions with his new picture book, That's How. Here, many questions about how things work are answered in a simple, straightforward way. Kids of all ages will enjoy discovering how things work! If you are looking for more stories to answer those never ending whys and hows, check out childrens question and answer stories.

Family PJ Storytime

Get out your PJ's, robes and slippers and join us for a family-friendly storytime. We want the entire family in PJ's for this fun evening. Pillows and pillow pets are welcome on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room. No registration needed.

The Sales Rack

As part of our on-going Frugal Living Series, we are pleased to offer bloggers Nicole Barrett and Mary Kang. These shopping-savvy ladies will show you how to find the best deals, discounts and shopping events. Do you love shopping but hate paying full price? This is the program for you — on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00PM. No registration needed.

Creative Writing: Discover Your Inner Voice

Teens going into grades 7-12 can hone their creative writing skills with this five-week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at The University Of Detroit Mercy. Register for this program beginning June 11th.