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Women Who Changed America

In celebration of Women's History Month, we are pleased to host two luminaries from our past:  former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and famous author Beatrix Potter.  Re-enactor Marie Papciak will bring these two famous women to life in her presentation.  With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Papciak will bring the characters to life to the delight of children and adults alike on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 PM.  No registration is required.  

Heart Soul Detroit

Local authors Matt Lee and Jenny Risher present their lovely new book Heart Soul Detroit which contains insightful interviews and artistic photographs of famous Detroiters from James Hoffa to Jack White to Nick Lidstrom and 47 others. The authors will discuss how they compiled their list, did the interviews and took their project to completion. Books will be available for sale and will be signed by the authors. This promises to be a delightful evening of remembering and speculating on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM.

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.  See you onMarch 24 at 1:00 PM.

Sylvan ACT Practice Test

Just in time for the official MME testing in March, Sylvan returns to the Canton Public Library to administer a practice ACT test.  Sylvan invites sophomores and juniors to attend the free practice session on Saturday, February 23, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Sylvan will also be giving away one free online Sylvan Online ACT prep course that features video professors and a curriculum that is personalized to the winning student's individual learning needs.
This student will have access to the course for the entire year. 
Registration is open, so sign up today!

Black History Month Storyteller

Join noted storyteller Alfreda Harris as she dazzles us with stories about Martin Luther King, Jr and the Walk to Freedom exhibit on loan to the library from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Visit the exhibit, located near the main Information Desk, then listen as Ms. Harris takes us on a journey in celebration of the Civil Rights movement. Suitable for tween, teens and adults on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

On loan from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the Martin Luther King, Jr. exhibit entitled "Walk to Freedom." You can visit this exhibit, highlighting Dr. King's march down Woodward Avenue to Cobo Hall on Sunday, June 23, 1963, at Canton Public Library through the end of February. It was a nonviolent march supported by the Detroit Council of Human Rights, the NAACP, the UAW and many more. This famous "Walk to Freedom" was a 'dress rehearsal' for the famous March on Washington and Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech. Also be sure to check out the lovely, informative showcases in the library as we celebrate Dr. King and Black History Month.

Diversity & Inclusion Movie - Akeelah and the Bee

In honor of Black History Month, and in partnership with the Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion, we are proud to show Akeelah and the Bee starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer.  It's the story of a young girl from south Los Angeles who tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.  The movie will be followed by a discussion on preventing bullying and promoting inclusion led by PCCDI. Join us February 12 at 6:00 PM.

H&R Block Basics with Tom Stires

H&R Block's Tom Stires will walk us through the tax filing basics including withholding status, exemptions, life changes and tax code changes in Michigan. Also learn what the Affordable Care Act and other government mandates mean to you and your taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Come learn the best ways to save on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 PM.

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 Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Wednesday, February 13 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 January 25.

[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

University of Michigan FRS Workshops: Everybody Cooks!

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.

We invite you to register for the second of three monthly workshops in the series titled Everybody Cooks! Exploring how geology, geography and human migration influenced food. The workshop takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will learn that every culture has a cuisine, but why do the same ingredients, cooking techniques or types of food pop up all over the world? Families will learn how geology and geography relate to food, what "cultural transmission" is, and will also get to make their very own bread starter. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins January 25.

Dear Rosa Parks

Join us Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 PM as we celebrate Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birth with speaker Gregory J. Reed, Esq.  Mr. Reed, an attorney, author and advocate, has helped preserve and tell the Rosa Parks story, as well as garner proper recognition for Ms. Parks' acts as a true hero of the equality movement.  He has a special tale to tell of advocating on her behalf to get her proper recognition via the Medal of Freedom and the new postage stamp being issued in her honor this month.  Mr. Reed will sign copies of his book, Quiet Strength: the Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation. 

Zumba time

As we help Canton Township celebrate 100 Days to Health, Stacye (Angelica) Cranford will lead us in a one-hour session of Zumba. What's Zumba?  It's a popular form of fitness combining energetic music, Latin dance moves and super calorie burning.  Join the fun and enthusiasm on Saturday, February 2 at 1:00 PM.
Registration required.   

Tai Chi

Canton's 100 Days to Health is in full swing and we wanted to be a part of the festivities. Julie Burt, Tai Chi instructor at the Summit will lead library patrons in a session of Tai Chi's purposeful movements. If you haven't gotten started on your own journey to health, now is the time and the library is the place. Join us on Saturday, February 16 at Noon.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Wednesday, January 9 from 7:00-7:45 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 December 26.
[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

CPL Finals Study Hall

Do you need a place to study for finals? Come to the library to study or work with a group. We will have tables set up in a quiet room for all your studying needs.
  • January 21 — 12:00-8:45 PM in the Purple Room
  • January 22 — 12:00- 8:45 PM in the Purple Room (NHS tutors available 6:00-8:00 PM) 
  • January 23 — 12:00- 8:45 PM in the Community Room
[Studying by scui3asteveo is used under a CC BY-ND 2.0 license]

Sylvan Saturdays: Final Exam Jam

Grab a friend and sign up for the "Exam Jam" Saturday, January 19 from 1:00-3:00 PM. Sylvan teachers will be on hand to offer tips and ideas for improving study strategies and habits. Attendess will develop a study plan to prepare for school tests and learn specific techniques that will be based on the student's personal learning style. Exams are coming soon. Attend this program and be ready to rock.

NHS Homework Help resumes January 7th

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

Diversity and Inclusion Movie Series

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion, a diverse group of community members. Its goal is to further diversity and inclusion throughout the Plymouth/Canton Community. Their vision is to guide our community to recognize the importance of building a culturally diverse place with the spirit of inclusion which will create a welcoming environment. The first movie in our Diversity and Inclusion Movie Series is:

The great debaters — starring Denzel Washington. This deeply-inspiring film based on a true story. Washington stars as a brilliant, politically radical debate team coach who transforms a group of underdog African American college students.

Diversity and Inclusion Movie Series

This event has been postponed. Check here in the future for the new date and time.

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion, a diverse group of community members. Its goal is to further diversity and inclusion throughout the Plymouth/Canton Community. Their vision is to guide our community to recognize the importance of building a culturally diverse place with the spirit of inclusion which will create a welcoming environment.

To that end, we are hosting a movie series of important films that emphasize that theme. One film we will watch and discuss is Ocean of Pearls at a time/date to be announced. Dr. Amrit Singh, a Sikh, is of two worlds, but at odds with both. He is offered a prestigious hospital position, but struggles to be the man he is and the person he wants to become.