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Engineering Gingerbread

Families and kids in grades K-4 can practice engineering and architectural skills building an edible gingerbread house.  Add your imagination and artistic skills to our big cardboard gingerbread house too.  All supplies will be provided.  Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Registration is required.

Gingerbread House by White 77 under CC0 1.0 Universal

Savvy Seniors: November 2014

November is American Diabetes Month.  Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic. 


Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

There is a cure for diabetes: the 21-day+ holistic recovery program by Gabriel Cousens ; forewords by Sandra Rose Michael and Brian R. Clement

The American Diabetes Association vegetarian cookbook: satisfying, bold, and flavorful recipes from the garden by Chef Steven Petusevsky, author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook

Type 2 diabetes [videodisc]: a case for cardiovascular intervention by produced in cooperation with the American Association of Diabetes Educators

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.  Group meets Tuesday September 9 at 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Michigan Eats

Chow Down with Zinio Digital Magazines

Do you love to cook? Interested in some fun new recipes for summer? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Happy cooking (and eating!)

Chow Down eAudiobooks for Adults

Chow Down eBooks for Adults

Food DVDs for Kids

The Wiggles. Let's eat! [videodisc]

Sesame Street. C is for cooking [videodisc]

Activity TV [videodisc]: Cooking, lunches & desserts

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

The nut job [videodisc] by Open Road Films presents ; a Redrover Co. Ltd. and Toonbox Entertainment Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures film ; produced by Wookyung Jung, Graham Moloy ; screenplay by Lorne Cameron, Peter Lepeniotis ; directed by Peter Lepeniotis

Fizzy's lunch lab. Fresh food 101 [videodisc] by created by Evan Sussman, Dave Schlafman ; directed by Mike Annear, Evan Sussman

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

Foodie Films and TV Shows

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film — A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.


Julie & Julia [videodisc] — Julia Child's life is intertwined with the life of Julie Powell who decides to cook every recipe in Child's book "Mastering the art of French cooking" over the course of one year.


Chocolat [videodisc] by Miramax Films ; produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran ; screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs ; directed by Lasse Hallström — A single mother opens a chocolate shop in rural France - with Sunday hours -  and meets resistance from the rigidly moral community. But, as the townspeople discover their delicious products, attitudes change.


Waitress [videodisc] by Night and Day Pictures — A young married waitress who bakes wonderful pies discovers that she is pregnant, and as she begins to write letters to her child her life begins to change.

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs

Wacky Food Books

Access Creativity Through eMagazines

Explore our Zinio magazine database for all your creative needs this summer. Enjoy access to eMagazines on gardening, crafting, cooking, parenting, decorating and more, and be inspired to do some creating of your own.
Access to the Zinio database requires an email address and an active Canton Public Library card. Use our handy instruction sheet for more information on the database and for tips on how to get started. 

Stories about Food for Early Readers

Tales for very picky eaters by Josh Schneider

The really rotten princess and the cupcake catastrophe by Lady Cecily Snodgrass ; illustrated by Mike Lester

Fancy Nancy: apples galore! by Jane O'Connor ; interior illustrations by Ted Enik

Pinch and Dash make soup by Michael J. Daley ; illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski

Snow White and the enormous turnip by written by Hilary Robinson ; illustrated by Simona Sanfilippo

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, delicious food vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Cooking Summer's Harvest

Join popular local chef Mary Spencer as she returns to the library and shares her delicious ideas for serving up summer's fresh produce. Chef Mary will demonstrate recipes designed to take advantage of all the wonderful goodies from your garden or the local farmer's market. Monday August 11, 2014 7:00 PM

Grocery Savings

everydaysavvy.comMelissa Buckles, the "Bargain Shopper Mom" from EverydaySavvy.com will share her secrets for saving money at the grocery store. Join us Tuesday May 20 at 7:00 PM and learn how to cut your monthly food bill in half.

Made in the Mitten: Savoring Michigan’s Rich Foodie & Agricultural History

Michigan is the second-most agriculturally-diverse state in the country. From cherries and grapes to blueberries and pumpkins, peaches and apples to asparagus and celery, the Great Lakes State is often referred to as the “Mitten of Plenty.” Add to that a growing industry focused on locally-sourced products such as cheese, poultry, sauces, jams, breads, chocolates and SO much more, and you have a feast just waiting to be devoured.  This program will not only introduce audiences to Michigan’s rich foodie and agricultural history, but will allow everyone to sample a few Michigan-made products as well!  Tuesday July 8 2014 7:00 PM

Live Love Juice

Join Tiesha Becker from Beyond Blends Juices to learn about the health benefits of juicing. Enjoy a live demo and a sample or two. Thursday July 10 at 7:00 PM

Building Bridges Family Fun Day

Building Bridges Family Fun DayFamily Fun Day will once again be brought to you by the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs Outreach Committee. It will be held at the Canton Mosque at 40440 Palmer Rd. in Canton on April 12th from 11am-2pm. This will feature face paining, henna, ethnic foods, sports, arab calligraphy, mosque tours and Q and A with the Imam. Please RSVP to www.mcws.org/outreach if you wish to attend so they will have an idea of how many will come.  This Family Fun Day should be fun for everyone!

Savvy Seniors: March 2014

March is National Nutrition Month, in the words of Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Canton seniors can dine Monday-Friday at 11:30AM at the Summit on the Park's Oak Room.  Free if you are 60 years or older.

If you are homebound, age 60 and older you can receive a hot meal delivered to your home Monday-Friday. For more information contact: Wayne County Office of Nutrition Services 734-727-7357 or 800-851-1454.

Or prepare healthy meals at home:

The big book of health and fitness: a practical guide to diet, exercise, healthy aging, illness prevention, and sexual well-being by Philip Maffetone

The DASH diet action plan: proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol without medication by Marla Heller

Cooking light complete meals in minutes: over 700 great recipes by [senior editor, Heather Averett]