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

Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

Savvy Seniors June 2013

The May/June 2013 issue of Michigan Municipal League's The Review focuses on growing old in Michigan. Are communities ready to handle the growing number of older adult residents? Over half of Michigan's residents are now over the age of 50. How will the needs of young and old be balanced? Are they really that different?

Summer Seed and Plant Exchange

Join us Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM for our Summer Seed and Plant Exchange. If you've got some extra flower or vegetable plants or seeds that just didn't make it into your garden, bring them along and trade them in for something new! Be sure to stay for our concurrent program on Soil Testing presented by MSU. No registration required.

Storytime at Canton Farmer's Market

Canton Farmers MarketThis summer, CPL staff will once again be visiting our local Canton Farmers Market to host special storytime and craft sessions. The farmers market is open from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and storytimes will take place at 10:30 AM and noon. We hope to see you there on the following dates (all ages welcome):

How to Raise a Butterfly

On July 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM, local expert and butterfly lover, Stephanie Faust will share with us how to find eggs, nurture caterpillars and then once emerged from their cocoons, release butterflies back into the wild. We will also explore how to create the perfect butterfly garden to attract our beautiful fluttery friends.

Organize and Recycle in Your Garage

The experts from Perfectly Placed and the Wayne County Extension Service are back. They will guide us through cleaning out that garage - what to keep, what to get rid of and how to get rid of it safely. Join us on June 20 at 7:00 in the Community Room and you will be able to hold summer cookouts with the garage as a rain backup space without embarrassment.

MSU Extension Service: All About Soil Tests

Our MSU Extension Service Soil Testing Informational Program will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  Learn about the positive impacts soil testing can have on your yard and garden and how to go about doing it. Also bring a plant or some seeds for our concurrent program Summer Seed and Plant Exchange! No registration required.

Water Week 2013 (June 1-9)

Water: waterSoutheast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water announce the eighth annual Water Week to be held from June 1-9, 2013. The purpose of Water Week is to celebrate, learn about, and enhance the abundant water resources in Southeast Michigan. Numerous Water Week activities will be held in Southeast Michigan this year, hosted by organizations such as Friends of the Rouge and the Clinton River Watershed Council.

Earth Week Programs for the Whole Family

Earth Day 2013Once again, the library is celebrating Earth Day with an extended week's worth of programs for all ages. Join us for the following programs:

  • Meatless Mondays: April 22, 7:00 PM. One meatless day per week helps take a big strain off the environment. Door to Door Organics explains.
  • Michigan Made: April 23, 7:00 PM. Taste and experience Michigan made products from Heart of Michigan.
  • Rain Gardens and Live Walls: April 25, 7:00 PM. Learn to create eco-friendly rain gardens and living plant walls with landscaper Jeremy Christianson.
  • Native American Dancers for Mother Earth: April 27, 2:00 PM. Enjoy the rhythmic sounds and beautiful dance that celebrates Mother Earth.

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.

STEM Program Series: Pop Bottle Planters

2nd-5th Graders: Join us Tuesday, April 16th from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room to celebrate the start of Earth Week 2013 by building your own plant terrarium out of recycled materials.  Plant yummy herbs and/or beautiful flowers in a portable garden that you can take home, and enjoy a dirt-tastic dessert! 

Earth Day Events at CPL

Earth Day 2013: Earth Day 2013We're celebrating Earth Day from April 14-27 and want you to join us! There will be events for everyone including:

Earth Hour March 23, 8:30PM

Earth hour: earth hourEarth Hour began as a symbolic action of switching off lights for an hour and has grown into a continuous movement attempting to change the world we live in.

Canton Senior Book Discussion: June 27, 2013

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 27 at 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma. The discussion book is distributed at the group's meeting or request a copy at the Adult Help Desk.

The omnivore's dilemma: a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan

Meatless Mondays

Let's kick off the Earth Week festivities with Meatless Monday.  Learn from Door to Door Organics Jessica Gurney how to eat locally grown, healthy meals.  By making at least one meal per week a meatless meal, not only do we benefit, but so does our environment and our beloved Michigan.  Join us on Monday, April 22 at 7:00 PM for this informative program that might change your eating habits for the better.

Michigan Made with Heart of Michigan

Earth Week presents the Heart of Michigan featuring Michigan-made products onTuesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM.  See, taste and experience some the fabulous items grown and made locally.  Support our great state of Michigan as well as our environment. 

Rain Gardens & Live Walls

As we continue our Earth Week celebrations, we invite you to meet Jeremy Christianson, a local landscape designer.  Christianson will share the secrets to an eco friendly rain garden and a live wall garden.  See how you can make your yard beautiful while having a positive impact on our precious Earth on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 PM

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.

Join the HRWC's Stonefly Search on Saturday, January 26

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) seeks volunteers for its annual Winter Stonefly Search on Saturday, January 26. Interested individuals are invited to come on their own or bring a small team of friends and family for a unique wintertime activity in the Huron River. Children are welcome to attend with an adult. First time volunteers need to fill out a basic information form and a program registration form. Registration closes on Wednesday, January 23.

Watch "Great Lakes Now Connect: Invasive Species"

The Nature Conservancy announced a first-of-its-kind television and Web special, designed to convene a discussion on the solutions to the threats posed by dangerous invasive species in the Great Lakes. This special event "Great Lakes Now Connect: Invasive Species" broadcast on January 15, but you can still view it as an archive. For more information on invasive species search CPL's Science in Context database for "invasive species" or "biological invasions."

[Goby by Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory is licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0]