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The environment is important to Canton Public Library and the Canton community. Canton Green Resources:

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Great Outdoors eLectrified Suggestions

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:

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]

Rouge Rescue Canton Site Opportunities

Rouge River clean upThe Friends of the Rouge are the catalyst behind the stewardship of the Rouge River, which flows through our backyards here in Canton. It's time for the annual spring clean up, also known as the Rouge Rescue, and Flodin Park here in Canton is one of the sites. Bring your family out on May 17 and help clean up a stretch from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. They need volunteers for trail clean up, native planting at pond, environmental education activities, Birds of Prey presentation, trail hikes, and bird house building.

Canton Township Engineering Services is the sponsoring organization for this site. Call them at 734-394-5150 to volunteer or get more information.

Spring Storytime @ the Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  Join us on Sunday, May 25 from 9:00AM-1:00PM as we read stories and have spring time fun. Check back later to get the complete list of our Farmers Market visits this summer.

[Eden 2010_D10868 by Barry is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Earth Day Events at CPL!

Earth Day 2014We're celebrating Earth Day from April 21-24 and want you to join us! There will be events for everyone including:

Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.

Year 2013 Top Non-Fiction Picks

Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 non-fiction read(s), a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis





The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman





Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright



Junius and Albert's adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War odyssey by Peter Carlson






One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Small Business Saturday is November 30th

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is another day, one dedicated to the businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. It's Small Business Saturday®, and this year it’s happening on November 30th. Remember that while shopping small can help boost the economy, shopping local can also help the environment.

Check Out an Energy Meter

Did you receive your last energy bill and wonder where all that money is going? You may want to "check out" the Kill A Watt energy meters (available for check out at CPL). The Kill A Watt energy meter can help you find out how much energy your appliances are consuming. By connecting appliances to the meter it will assess how efficiently they are running. The LCD display will count consumption by the kilowatt-hour, same as your local utility. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, even an entire year.

Lily of the Valley--Bracket Winner!

lily of the valleyThank you to everyone who voted in our CYS Flower Bracket Game. Lily of the Valley was our big winner! Yea! If you want more information on our fragrant and beautiful winner, along with the many other flowers you can plant here in the mitten state, be sure to check out our gardening collection in both the children's and adult departments. Enjoy the rest of your summer and when you see a Lily of the Valley, think of us!

How to Build a Birdhouse

On August 18 from 12:00-2:00 PM join Kyle Davison, local Eagle Scout-to-be, as he instructs on how to build birdhouses and creates a natural habitat around our library pond. Kyle will also share his knowledge of bat and butterfly houses as well as the local creatures that reside within them. The program will take place under the tents in the back of the library and many of the birdhouses will be hung around the library's pond to shelter our local flying critters. All construction materials will be provided. Children five-12 years old and their caretakers are welcome. One birdhouse kit per family. Registration by one family member only is required and begins July 25.
[Birdhouses in Hongdae by Adam_Inglis is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

Farmer's Market w/guest author Shanda Trent

As you may know, we hold storytimes at the Canton Farmer's Market on various Sundays throughout the summer. What you may not know is that on Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 AM we will host local Ann Arbor author Shanda Trent as she presents her book Farmer's Market Day. This book follows a little girl as she explores the wonders of the local Farmer's Market searching for the perfect treat. Join us in welcoming Ms Trent to the Canton Farmer's Market!

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.

Traveling Green in Michigan

Planning a vacation or camping trip in Michigan this summer? Make sure you check out these great, simple tips from 'The Awesome Mitten' blog for making your trip more eco-friendly. Do your part in keeping our state clean and beautiful!

Green Thumb Flower Matching June 23 to 29, 2013

Have you earned your Green Thumb Badge yet? No? Good! Come to the library anytime during the week of June 23 to 29, 2013 and earn your badge by entering our Name the State Flower contest. Entry forms and state flower pictures will be at the Children's Reference Desk and one lucky winner will be drawn from the correct answers. Good luck and see you soon!

CYS Green Thumb

Teen Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHey Teens! It's Connect Your Summer 2013 and here are some awesome suggestions to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge. Enjoy!

Grow your own pizza!: gardening plans and recipes for kids by Constance Hardesty ; illustrations by Jeff McClung

Plants vs. zombies [electronic resource (video game)]

The green teen: the eco-friendly teen's guide to saving the planet by Jenn Savedge

Generation green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by written by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen

47 things you can do for the environment by Lexi Petronis with environmental consultant Jill Buck