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Sylvan Saturdays: Study Strategies Workshop

Sylvan Learning Center LogoMake your mom happy on Mother's Day weekend and bring her to Sylvan Learning Center's make it/take it study strategies workshop. This is a fun interactive workshop where moms* AND middle school students will work together to create study aids to use during upcoming tests and final exams. This could be the best present you ever gave your mom! Join us on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00-11:30 AM. There will be door prizes at this event. Registration begins April 25.
*Moms need not attend for student to benefit from this program.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday,  May 7 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 April 25.

Annual Local Author Event

Our 2013 local author guests cover nearly every genre from children's to tweens, mystery and history, nonfiction and inspirational. We are pleased to welcome an interesting and successful group of authors to the Canton Public Library on Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 PM. Join us to hear their stories of how they are making their way in the book world, to purchase their books and to get the books signed. This is a great opportunity to buy signed, first-edition books for your collection.

Our guest authors include:
  • Diana Barnes Patillo, children's
  • Gordon Briley, children's
  • Leis Dauzet-Miller, history
  • Jody Lamb, tween
  • Stephanie Neilan, children's
  • Elaine Pereira, nonfiction
  • Linda Svacha, inspirational
  • Angil Tarach-Ritchey, nonfiction
  • Ed Wendover, mystery
  • Sean Williams, children's
  • Kris Yankee, tween/teen

Social Security - Find Out What's At Stake for You and Your Spouse

Are you or a loved one considering retirement?  What is the best way to take your Social Security benefit?  Did you even know there were options?  Are you going to have a big tax burden?  Will it be enough to support a comfortable lifestyle?   Tom LaBeau will share insight and answers as we celebrate Older Americans Month on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 PM, both in our Purple Room.

Mother's Day Stories

Storyteller Alfreda Harris shares tender, heart-warming, humorous tales of mothers and motherhood. Please join us to share a laugh or a tear as we celebrate our mothers.  All ages are welcome on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM.

Open Chess

 There is no meeting in May due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  See you June 23rd.

Biodiversity LIVE!

On Sunday, April 14 from 2:00-3:00 PM, The Organization for Bat Conservation will present Biodiversity LIVE!  Explore the amazing variety of wildlife on planet Earth. Discover the interconnectedness between plants and animals. Topics include the balance of natural ecosystems, how humans are impacting biodiversity (habitat destruction, invasive species, climate change), and simple actions that can be taken to protect wildlife from extinction. Live animals include a bearded dragon, sugar glider and a large fruit bat.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, April 9 at 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 March 26.

Starfish Family Services: Let's Be Friends

On Monday, April 8 from 9:30-11:30 AM, Starfish Family Services presents Let's Be Friends: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development.  Trained staff will explain how a young child's thinking and reasoning impacts their social relationships.  They will help parents, caregivers and daycare providers identify ways to help children learn about others, develop environmental strategies to encourage friendships and practice interaction strategies that support social learning. Bring your children, free daycare is provided by Starfish's licensed daycare providers.

Admission to Success!

Are you applying for college admissions? Need advice on how to get the most out of the college experience? Check out this article from Time, Secrets of the Most Successful College Students, to learn some helpful tips. Or check this latest book, College Bound Organizer, to help you get ready for college.

The Price is Right! Best Colleges for Your Buck!

The Princeton Review named the nation's best colleges based on outstanding educational value for families. Check which schools made the list online. or browse through the newest edition, Best Value Colleges.
  

Native American Dancers for Mother Earth

Celebrate Mother Earth with authentic Native American Dancers led by Reg Pettibone. To wrap up our week-long Earth Week activities, we welcome the Native American Dancers who will entertain us in a very special way on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to see the beautiful, colorful costumes and the outstanding dance moves that praise our planet.

Merrill Lynch: Preparing for your kids college education

It's coming, no matter how young or old your children are.  College will soon be looming on the horizon for them.  How do you plan for this expensive event?  What's the best way to save without ruining your own financial well-being?  Deborah McKinney and Michael Congleton of Merrill Lynch will will help us on the path to a sercure financial future for ourselves and a way to make our children's dreams come true.  Join us onThursday, April 11 at 7:00 PM to learn which of the plans would work best for your family.

Baseball Talk: Rick Ferrell & the Detroit Tigers

Batter up!  Baseball is back in town so join us for an entertaining, historical presentation to get us all in the team spirit on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM. Kerrie Ferrell chronicles her father's career, Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell, and his Detroit Tigers baseball career from 1950-1992.  She will share historical pictures, humorous inside stories and take us all on an entertaining journey through decades of pro baseball.  Tales of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and more will surely entertain.
Pass the peanuts and Cracker Jack!   

Canton Community Foundation’s Annual College Scholarships

Listen up Plymouth and Canton residents!  If you are a high school senior planning for college or an adult returning to school, this is a scholarship opportunity you don't want to miss.  In the past 20 years, the Canton Community Foundation has awarded $540,000 to more than 500 recipients.  For more information and the application visit the foundation's website.  All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15th.
Photo courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu/

Black History Storytelling - POSTPONED

We are still celebrating Black History Month with a special night of storytelling by Alfreda Harris on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM.  Families are welcome to share in Ms. Harris' inspirational and fun stories emphasizing black history and the people involved in the civil rights movement.  Please join us for a fun, thought-provoking evening.
Postponed until May 9, due to inclement weather.

University of Michigan FSR Workshops: Can you Feel the Beat?

This year at CPL, the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three, fun Family Reading and Science workshops titled Just Like me: exploring culture, biology and the human experience. To tie in with their temporary exhibition at the museum called RACE: Are we so different? (February 2013-June 2013), they are focusing on and exploring how biology, anthropology, physics, geography and chemistry all play a part in race and culture.

Starfish Family Services - Caregiver Interactions

On Thursday, March 28, 9:00-11:30 AM trainers from Starfish Family Services will present the workshop Caregiver Interactions: What You Say Is Important.  They will share what techniques may be used to enhance caregiver-child interactions.  Parents, grandparents and day-care providers are all welcome.  Bring your children, too as Starfish's licensed childcare providers will be on hand to watch them during the workshop. 

Community Literacy Council

The Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council  (CLC) is a volunteer, non-profit organization aiming to improve adult literacy in Plymouth-Canton and surrounding areas of Western Wayne County.  The CLC mission is to provide adults with basic reading, writing and communication skills, so they may participate in their community and reach their fullest potential in life.  For over 27 years, the CLC has been offering tutoring services to enhance the lives of individuals in our community.