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MS Office 2013 Coming to Public Computers April 1

MS Office 2013 is coming to public computers on Wednesday, April 1. 

If you use Canton Public Library's nearly 150 public computers for work, school or personal use come April, you may notice a change to our MS Office software. MS Office 2013 offers improved features and an updated look, but will still open all of the same file formats as the previous version of this software (MS Office 2010).

What is means for patrons: you will still be able to open your old files, and we hope you will enjoy the updated look of the software. You can visit or Microsoft Technet's to learn more about this software, or attend any of our MS Office computer classes, which as of April will feature the 2013 versions of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.

New Zinio App Available

Zinio for Libraries is bringing new and exciting upgrades to your experience. Starting Tuesday, March 10 accessing digital magazines with your library card will be streamlined with a new App and improved reading experience.
  • Easier browser-based reading on your PC or Mac
  • Single account for RBdigital reading list AND app
  • New Zinio for Libraries app makes it easier to find your reading list

New directions will be added to our emedia page soon!

...and coming this spring/summer:
  • Browser-based reading for mobile devices
  • Improved access for Kindle Fire users

Drop-in eBook Help, Every Friday 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Have you hit a snag with your ereader?  Patrons in need of one-on-one assistance can come in on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 AM to receive basic or extended help with borrowing or downloading books to your electronic device.  

No registration required, just drop in!

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, technology, engineering and math and what do you get?
A fun way for kids in grades 2-5 to learn new things.  Our focus this month is on math as we celebrate International Pi Day.  Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, but it is best known as the symbol used to name a mathematical relationship.  Join us on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 3:14 PM to learn more. Program lasts one hour.  Registration is required.

Image by Marian Sigler [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

New Service: Emergency Phone Chargers Coming Monday, March 2

The Canton Public Library knows that a dead phone battery can be a real inconvenience. Thanks to a generous donation from the Canton Sprint Storea small collection of charger cords will be available at the Main Information Desk for in-house use. 

To borrow a micro-USB cord, lightning cable or 30-pin cable, present your photo ID or library card to a librarian at the Information Desk. These cables can be used with USB ports throughout the library and are compatible with most modern smart phones and tablets, including Android and Apple products. 

The Canton Public Library is not responsible for damage to any patron device.

Chilton Library - Car Maintenance Info Online

Chilton Library offers car maintenance, repair and recall information online. A great resource for those small jobs, or for pricing out larger ones! A newly-added Labor Time Lookup Tool is now available to help you to estimate repair bills. For future auto repair professionals, Chilton also offers sample quizzes for popular ASE Certification tests.

Chilton Library is just one of the valuable resources for vehicle owners available on our databases page.

Enjoy Your Library without Leaving the House

Stuck inside on a snowy day?  Remember that many library services are can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch!
  • Watch TV or movies, or listen to music  or audiobooks (helpful while shoveling snow!) with Hoopla
  • Read digital magazines with Zinio
  • Read ebooks or listen to audiobooks with OverDrive

Instructions on using any of these services can be found on our emedia page. 

If you are doing research, please remember that most library databases can be accessed from home with your Canton Public Library card. 

Understanding Windows with Learning Express Library

Did you know that Learning Express Library can help you to understand your new  computer? In addition to helping you prepare for a new career, college, or even gaining U. S. Citizenship, LEL has a Computer Skills Center with tutorials on popular operating systems, including Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons on Windows 7 and Windows 8. Create an account with your library card number and track your progress through each lesson, at home or in the library.


STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.  Check out the sites below to explore these fascinating subjects.  There are interesting facts to discover and fun games to try out.  General grade-range recommendations are provided for each site, but you may find useful info and entertaining activities on sites outside of your grade level as well.

General STEAM sites

Career Aisle Elementary and Middle School: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
(Elementary & Junior High) Want to get a job some day in a STEM field?  Explore career opportunities here.

(Elementary) Explore a virtual museum with games, shows, and live interactions. 

Girls in STEM
(Upper Elementary - Junior High) Explore this guide (primarily for middle school girls but useful to others) that includes STEM sites, books, and organizations.

(Elementary - High School) Engage your curiosity and imagination about STEM and other subjects through a variety of media.

(Elementary - High School) Gain coding skills through guided activities.


Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.

There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit to sign up and try a lesson today!

What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Are you doing all you can to stay safe online? Visit the National Cyber Security Alliance's website to learn more about what you can do to keep your information, your computer, and your money safe as you use the internet. There are also great tips for parents and business owners on avoiding online threats.

Technology Upgrade Service Impact

The library will undertake a major upgrade of the IT network August 11-15. To minimize impact to patrons, most of the work will be done between 5:00 and 8:30 AM. During this time, you may experience brief disruptions of web services, which should be resolved quickly. If you are unable to access any library web services, please wait a few minutes and try again. We don’t anticipate service disruptions during our regular hours of operation however, any issues will be addressed on a priority basis.

The upgrade to cables and switches in our main network facility will allow us to monitor and address network issues more efficiently, minimizing future interruptions and downtime for patrons and staff. Thank you for your patience.

Beginning Excel

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us Friday August 22 10:00 am.

PowerPoint Basics

Learn to create multimedia presentations or slideshows. Prerequisites: Mouse and Word skills. Join us on Wednesday August 20 at 6:30 PM in the Internet Lab.

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

TV shows about science… Or, if you like Cosmos…

The new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson just wrapped up, so here are some suggestions for you to get your astrophysical fix.

Cosmos. Episode I [videodisc]: a personal journey by Cosmos Studios

What makes us human? [videodisc] by PBS

A brief history of time [videodisc] by directed by Errol Morris

400 years of the telescope [videodisc]: a journey of science, technology and thought by producer and director, Kris Koenig

The inexplicable universe [videodisc]: unsolved mysteries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe. The complete season five [videodisc] by produced by Flight 33 Productions for History Television Network productions

Build Your Own Minecraft Server

At this program, brought to our library by Kidpreneur, kids aged 9-13 will learn how to build, maintain and update their own Minecraft server. They will focus on building a server by installing a GUI and configuring port forwarding on modem; learn administrator/OP commands like white list, banning users, giving items and more; updating the server and adding important plugins. No coding skill is required. All attendees must bring their own PC/Mac laptop and have an active Minecraft account. This program takes place on Saturday, July 12 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Registration for this program begins on May 29.   

Kidpreneur offers an environment for learning skills in coding, robotics, web design and more that is taught by top practitioners with real-world experience. By providing a space that encourages entrepreneurship, mentoring young thinkers, and collaboration, Kidpreneur cultivates a community of like-minded kids united by common goals, similar interests, and the occassional gaming challenges.

Robotics Information Session

Parents and kids grades 4-8 (for 2014-15) are welcome and encouraged to attend an information and demonstration session about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. East Middle School robotics teams and student built robots will be available for demonstration.

FIRST – For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Come and learn how you can participate in these FIRST fun and educational activities.

Event Information: Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Community Room