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What the Presidential Election Means to Your Investments

Many investors are worried about how the recent Presidential election results will impact their portfolio. Financial expert and Observer & Eccentric columnist Rick Bloom will discuss ways to reach your financial goals by focusing on the proper investment strategies and not the rhetoric coming out of Washington, D.C.

Join us on Thursday, January 24th at 7:00 PM and learn to invest wisely.

Little Explorers Healthy Kid Demos

Come join the staff of Premier Athletics: Little Explorers as they jump and tumble, dance and sing.  This program incorporates music and games to inspire children to learn and grow both mentally and physically.  Caregivers and their children aged two to five are encouraged to check it out for themselves on Tuesday, December 18 at either 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM.  Please only attend one session. 

Kwanzaa Family Storytime

Join us Saturday December 29, at 11:30 AM  in the Purple Room for our family celebration of Kwanzaa and its seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. 

Hark to the Bells

Christmas spirit abounds as we gather on Sunday, December 9 at 4:00 PM to listen to the holiday sounds of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble.  Members share their musical talents by playing familiar holiday music on the amazing bells.  You will also learn a bit of history and how-to about bells.

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

Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too!

Stay Safe - Avoid Identity Theft

'Tis the season of good will, families, shopping and scam artists!  Sergeant Pat Sullivan of the Canton Public Safety Department, will share ways to avoid identity theft, especially during this busy holiday shopping season.  He will also discuss how to "Take Charge" if it does happen to you.
Join us for this important evening on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.

An Evening with Charles Dickens

Mark Dawidziak presents his one man show featuring selections from various Dickens works including The Story of Paul from "Dombey and Son", The Ghost of Christmas Present from "A Christmas Carol," the Period from "A Tale of Two Cities" and a delightfully macabre bedtime story, Captain Murder from "An Uncommercial Traveler."

Step back in time as we begin the holiday season on a very entertaining note on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 PM.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an eveing of sharing and learning.  All ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, December 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room.  Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Open Chess

Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the library Community Room, while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game.  Beginners are welcome.  The 4th Sundays include a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs."  For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com
December date is the 9th at 1:00 PM.
No December 23rd date due to holidays.

Starfish Family Services: Problem Solving II

On November 29, from 6:30-8:30 PM, Starfish Family Services will present the second of a two-part Problem Solving series titled, Children Can Solve Their Own Problems. Their trained instructor will present an important six-step process to encourage children to resolve conflicts on their own. Attendees are encouraged to bring their children into the Purple Room to play with Starfish's licensed daycare providers while the caregiver's program takes place in the Community Room.

Tween Creative Writing Series

Beginning on November 10th at 2:00 PM, we will host a six-week series (you must attend all weeks) that will guide tweens in 7th and 8th grade to develop their creative writing skills in a fun and nurturing environment. Through both discussion and exercises, participants will learn the basics of choosing a genre, creating characters and setting, keeping a journal, and other skills to build their writing talent. Each week, participants will also create, share and workshop material in a constructive atmosphere. Registration begins on October 25. The first session will be in the Purple Room. Sign up today!
[Writing by jjpacres is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Traditional Yoga Basics

yoga cat: yoga catOn Wednesday, November 7 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 fitted clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on.  Registration for this program begins on October 25. 
[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Sylvan Saturdays: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, November 10, from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Teens can attend this workshop, an introductory ACT Prep course that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools offers ESL Classes

The Plymouth-Canton Community School District offers English as a Second Language classes for a small fee at the Starkweather Education Center for Alternative and Adult Education. Classes meet four days a week.

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

Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too! There will be no tutoring on November 22nd.

Portraits of Service with Robert H. Miller

Portraits of Service is a moving, emotional book by local author Robert H. Miller.  It is also an award-winning record of the stories and faces of veterans of many different wars.  In 2012, it was awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year.  Miller is currently traveling the country and the world as his book is creating a stir worldwide.  Join us to celebrate our local veterans (some of whom are included in the book) on November 15 at 7:00 PM in the library's Community Room.  Bring your American pride and a hanky. 

Learn to Use PCCS MIStar

Do you have a student in the Plymouth Canton Community Schools? Learn how to use MIStar, formerly called Zangle, to track your student's school progress, absences, assignments and grades. Maria Panek, IT expert from PCCS, guides you through a hands-on class where you'll learn how to log in and use all the features available so you can help your student stay on track. These sessions take place in the Canton Public Library's Internet Lab. Two sessions are available: Space is limited. Register online with your library card or by calling Laurie Golden at 734-397-0999 x1078.

Issues and Challenges in Caregiving for Mature Adults

In recognition of Alzheimer's Awareness Month, we are pleased to bring Dr. David M. Sengstock of Oakwood Hospital to the Canton Public Library. Dr. Sengstock, a geriatrician specializing in internal medicine and hopice and palliative care, will share the best ways for loving family and friends to be alert to signs of change and how to make sure our loved ones live in a safe environment, fulfill their needs for care, and help them live independent, healthy lives as long as possible. This is a must program for anyone with aging parents, friends or spouses. Join us on November 8 at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served and brain-teaser games will be available to take home and tease your loved-ones' brains.

Being Sikh in Canton

Post 9/11, and even prior, Sikhs have been the victims of multiple hate crimes, most recently a vicious shooting at a Sikh place of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the cause of most of these crimes is a lack of understanding about the Sikh identity. Come learn about the history of Sikhs in America, about their identity and beliefs, and their large presence in and contribution to the metro Detroit community. Meet your neighbors on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 PM.

MS Word for Students

Learn about advanced MS Word tools useful to high school and college students, including citation and bibliography tools, footnotes and styles.
Prerequisites: MS Word I or equivalent.
Date: October 18, 2012 from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Internet Lab. Registration is required.