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Starfish Family Services: Organize Your Playroom

On September 4 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Organizing Your Playroom. Participants will learn strategies for equipping their play space to encourage easy clean up. They will also learn how to label and store materials so children can find and return them after play. These programs are developed for parents, grandparents, daycare providers and any other adults who care for children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the Library Chess Clubs on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. Open and tournament chess are open to ages 10 and up. See you on September 22 at 1:00 PM.

Savvy Seniors August 2013

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) offers a very informative blog, Next Avenue, for individuals 50 years and older featuring articles about health, finances, work, and lifestyle. A recent article, Five Abilities You Need to Master After 50, cited the need for baby-boomers to be flexible and adaptable, to accept living in a world of constant change and turmoil, and stated are likely to live longer than any previous generation. Watch Next Avenue programs on dptv.org.

Starfish Family Services: Making Play Room Materials

On August 22 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present Making Playroom Materials from Everyday Items. Participants will identify natural, real, recycled and scrap materials for your play room, as well as make materials to take back to their play room setting. These programs are developed for parents, grandparents, daycare providers and any other adults who care for children. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

STEM Science - Lead the Way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on August 2 and the last is on September 20. Space is limited so register today! (This program will repeat starting October 4)

Starfish Family Services: Kitchen Art Fun

Parents, grand parents, preschool teachers and daycare providers, come to Starfish Family Services workshop, Kitchen Art Fun. On July 18 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Starfish's trained presenters will describe art development in young children and strategies to talk children's art. Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's licensed daycare professionals.

Pre-Naturalization Workshop Info Session

Do you plan to attend the Naturalization workshop on July 7? If so, this is a must for you. Ruby Robinson of the Michigan Immigration Center will get you started by telling you why it is important to become a naturalized citizen, what papers you will need to bring to the workshop and what questions you will need to answer. This information session will help you be prepared and make the entire process run smoothly on July 7. Come to the Community Room on June 30 at 2:00 PM and get prepared.

Tutoring Will Return in September

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Connect Your Summer

Canton Public Library's Connect Your Summer (CYS) reading program begins on Monday, June 17. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in the Community Room for a full day of fun events.  Learn about the twelve badges you can earn this summer and all of the exciting ways to earn them.  Participate in opening day activities like a bike safety program or giant Scrabble, get a blood pressure check from our partners at Walgreens, nosh on a Bob Evans cookie or play dress up at our photo booth.  At 7:00 PM, geek out with a contest and special showing of The Princess Bride. Some other plans for the summer include real horses at the library, Monday Movie Madness, and MANY other special programs and plenty of opportunities to earn badges and win prizes. So don't be shy, come into the the library this summer where we guaranteed to connect you to a good time!

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.

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

This course is completed. Check out the published stories.

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!