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A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach with Loreen Niewenhuis

Michigan native Loreen Niewenhuis has always had a connection to and deep love of Lake Michigan. She decided to make the 1000 mile trek around the lake and then wrote A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan. Next, she decided to touch every Great Lake and her second big trek resulted in A 1000 Mile Great Lakes Walk. Loreen will share her fascinating story with us on August 15 at 7:00 PM. She will also sell and sign her books for our enjoyment. Don't miss this one.

Naturalization Workshop

Attorney Ruby Robinson of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will provide a workshop on becoming a naturalized citizen. Get help with paperwork via workstations manned by law students, have your paperwork reviewed by an attorney and get advice on the final steps in the process. Join us on July 7 at 1:00 PM to start on the path to citizenship. Registration is required for this workshop and you will need to bring immigration documents with you.

Collecting Family Stories: How to Interview Your Relatives with Virginia Bailey Parker

Virginia Bailey Parker is a national award-winning author, oral historian, speaker and writing coach. She has written three books, has been a columnist, newsletter editor for professional organizations and a freelance writer. Parker will help you record your family's unique stories while you can. But first, which questions should you ask and how do you ask them to get the best results when interviewing family members. Join us on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.

Healthcare for the Future

DoctorJoin Renee Merckz, executive director of PRA (Professional Resource Alliance of Greater Michigan) to find out your options. Merckz will show us the possibilities and promises for a long life free of health cost worries. PRA calls itself "Michigan Care Consultants for Seniors and Their Families" and whether you are a senior or a child of one, you need to hear this information. Please join us on Tuesday, July 9 from 6-7:30 PM for all the answers.

A Time for Change with Nancy Austin

Nancy AustinNancy Austin, senior real estate specialist, will guide you through the process of making a big change in your life or your parent's lives. Is it time to explore and seek safer, healthier, more convenient housing options? Ms. Austin will share the details involved in this process from paperwork to legal items to cleaning up to needed resources for the future. Learn how to get through this life-changing event with love and efficiency on Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 PM.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, July 9 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.

Summer Bike Safety Program

As part of our Connect Your Summer reading program Opening Day activities on June 17, we will be hosting a two hour Bike Safety drop in from 2:00-4:00 PM. A representative from the Canton Police department will be here to talk about the rules of the road and staff from the Trading Post will come in to talk helmet safety and fittings, bike inspection and other aspects of riding that will keep you safe this summer. This program will take place in the back parking lot of the library. Ride on in and be well!

Bicycle Rack by Theen Moy is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, June 18 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.

Real Heroes Read Book Talk and Author Visit

On July 2, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Michigan authors David Anthony and Charles David Clasman will introduce us to their super fun and exciting chapter book series, Heroes A2Z. Set in Traverse City, Michigan, this series follows twins Abigail and Andrew and their baby sister, Zoe as they face exciting adventures, mind boggling mysteries and don't forget the aliens! Books will be available for purchase and authors will be available to sign them, but there will also be free book giveaways, too. So come on in to hear about Superhero kids fighting crime before bedtime.

Teen Creative Writing Series

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Patrons aged 12-17 years old are encouraged to hone their creative writing skills during this free, fun and challenging writing series presented by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at University of Detroit Mercy. Participants are to register once for the entire series and attend all sessions. It will run every other Saturday during the summer and will take place from 10:00-11:15 AM on the following days: June 29, July 13, July 27 and August 10. Registration begins on May 29.

U-M Museum of Natural History - Fossils

Come join our friends from the U-M Museum of Natural History as we explore the secrets of Earth's history buried underground. On July 12 from 2:00-3:00 PM, we will learn about what fossils are, how they form and what they can teach us. We will even get to dig for our very own specimen!

How to Raise a Butterfly

On July 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM, local expert and butterfly lover, Stephanie Faust will share with us how to find eggs, nurture caterpillars and then once emerged from their cocoons, release butterflies back into the wild. We will also explore how to create the perfect butterfly garden to attract our beautiful fluttery friends.

Stiggy's Dogs

Stiggy's Dogs is a nonprofit organization that rescues and transforms shelter dogs into psychiatric service dogs for our military veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no cost to them. Please join us as Stiggy's Dogs founder, Jennifer Petre, along with one of the agency's service dogs, shares details of the creation of this organization and the training and pairing of the dogs with their veterans. These dogs are taught specific tasks ranging from reminding veterans to take their medicine, waking them up from a nightmare or alarm clock ringing, to directing them through a crowd. All of the dogs are rescued from shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. By rescuing shelter dogs and providing our military veterans living with PTSD and TBI with psychiatric service animals, this organization is Rescuing One to Rescue Another. Ms Petre will be visiting us on Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.

Zombie Survival Boot Camp

What would you do if zombies were everywhere? Would you know how to stay alive and save your family? You will be well equipped after participating in the Zombie Survival Boot Camp. You will learn real first aid skills that can be applied to everyday life, or a zombie take over. Teens, join us on July 29 from 2:00-3:30 PM for a thrilling first aid lesson.

Author Luis Carlos Montalvan

Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That's when he met Tuesday - his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and dog. Come to the library on Wednesday, June 5 from 6:30-8:30 PM to hear Captain Montalvan tell his story of finding his best friend and partner in life, his dog Tuesday. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Road to Recovery: Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

RoadCantonite Chris Dimanin will describe how family and friends can be successful in getting their loved ones into treatment without the services of a professional interventionist. He will share the very effective "Love First" model of recovery as well as share helpful resources and "how to" books. This could be a life-saving conversation. Join us on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 PM.

Scholarship Opportunity

Woman’s Life Chapter 827-Chicks 4 Charity will be offering a $500 scholarship(s) for part time students and $1,000 scholarship(s) for full time students to women residing in Canton and the surrounding areas that are looking to transition back into the workforce. Applicants must be attending an accredited Michigan college, university or trade school in the fall of 2013. Preference will be given to women that demonstrate financial need, education/training needs, and those who are involved in the community. For additional information please contact Zlatina Dimova at dimova.zlatina@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by July 15, 2013 and winners will be notified by August 1, 2013.

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

Starfish Family Services: Activity Times

Starfish Family Services LogoOn Thursday, May 23 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services presents Activity Times to Support Learning and Development. Trained staff will explain how to support all children's learning and development during activity times. They will also explain the importance of active learning. Bring your children, free daycare is provided by Starfish's licensed daycare providers.