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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. 

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:

Savvy Seniors: May Is Older Adults Month

Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow is the theme for Older Americans Month 2014. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in at least 6 million medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. Modifications to living space, a daily fitness routine, and healthy eating can help prevent injury.

AARP guide to revitalizing your home: beautiful living for the second half of life: reimagine, redesign, remodel by Rosemary Bakker

Universal design for the home: great looking, great living design for all ages, abilities, and circumstances by Wendy A. Jordan

Unassisted living: ageless homes for later life by Wid Chapman and Jeff Rosenfeld

The athlete's book of home remedies: 1,001 doctor- approved health fixes & injury-prevention secrets for a leaner, fitter, more athletic body! by Jordan Metzl, with Mike Zimmerman

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

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.

Grocery Savings with the Bargain Shopper Mom

Unfortunately, this program has been canceled. Stay tuned while we reschedule with Melissa Banks!

Melissa Banks, the Blogger Bargain Shopper Mom can show you all the tricks for saving when at the grocery store and preparing your meals. Please join us on January 16 at 7:00 PM in the library Community Room for helpful hints and super savings.

CPL's 2013 LEGO Dream House Award Reception

Canton kids of all ages have envisioned their Dream House and brought them to life by LEGO. On Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 come to the Community Room and admire the fantastic LEGO Dream House Contest entries and vote for your fan favorite. On Sunday September, 29 at 4:00 PM, we will host an awards reception for these great creations. Join us!

[LEGO House by Mark Nicolson is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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!

Zinio Helps You Decorate!

Is it time to redecorate the house? Is it time to pull out the old shrub and add some new plantings? You might find help in the home and garden magazines in our Zinio online magazine database which renders magazines in their full color and glory. You can read them page by page on your computer or tablet. Use your Canton Library card to access and open free accounts to view over 200 magazines.

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]

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

Visit Michigan Gardens

This summer take in the beauty of a garden and earn your Green Thumb Badge at the same time! Did you know that our state is home to more than 50 public gardens? Whether you're planning a day trip to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor or heading north to Mackinac Island to explore the beautiful grounds of the Grand Hotel, the wonder and beauty of plants, both native and exotic await you.

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

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Pinterest

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 PM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).

Holiday Entertaining Tricks and Tips

We're looking for helpful hints and special touches to make our holidays bright, cheerful and easy. Post your best tip in the comments and we'll highlight a few on Facebook every week. And don't forget to stop in the library and check out our holiday recipe exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk. Together, we'll make it through the holidays with more joy and less stress.