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Geeky Non-Fiction for Kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to help you geek out.

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Star Wars head to head by Pablo Hidalgo

Lego Star wars: character encyclopedia by written by Hannah Dolan with Elizabeth Dowsett, Shari Last, and Victoria Taylor

The Lego ideas book: unlock your imagination by author, Daniel Lipkowitz

Crazy concoctions: a mad scientist's guide to messy mixtures by Jordan D. Brown; illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Discovery Channel young scientist challenge: taking science to the extreme! by Rosanna Hansen and Sherry Gerstein

Unusual Pets

Healthy Kids

Healthy eating by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Healthy foods from A to Z by [executive editor, Stephanie Maze] = Comida sana de la A a la Z / [editora ejecutiva, Stephanie Maze]

10 ways I can live a healthy life by Sara Antill

My healthy body by Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein ; illustrated by Joe Weissmann

Going organic: a healthy guide to making the switch by Dana Meachen Rau

Cool relaxing: healthy & fun ways to chill out! by Alex Kuskowski

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginners by edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Children's Books on CD Have Moved

Children's Books on CD (formerly shelved in aisle #22) are now shelved with the Children's fiction books (aisles #15, #16, #17, #18). This will make it easier for patrons to find print books that are also available on CD so that they can follow along. It will also help kids to realize just how many wonderful, popular titles we have on CD.
It looks great thanks to a lot of work from our pages. Check it out!

Tutoring Will Return in September

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Connect Your Summer

Canton Public Library's Connect Your Summer (CYS) reading program begins on Monday, June 17. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in the Community Room for a full day of fun events.  Learn about the twelve badges you can earn this summer and all of the exciting ways to earn them.  Participate in opening day activities like a bike safety program or giant Scrabble, get a blood pressure check from our partners at Walgreens, nosh on a Bob Evans cookie or play dress up at our photo booth.  At 7:00 PM, geek out with a contest and special showing of The Princess Bride. Some other plans for the summer include real horses at the library, Monday Movie Madness, and MANY other special programs and plenty of opportunities to earn badges and win prizes. So don't be shy, come into the the library this summer where we guaranteed to connect you to a good time!

A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach with Loreen Niewenhuis

Michigan native Loreen Niewenhuis has always had a connection to and deep love of Lake Michigan. She decided to make the 1000 mile trek around the lake and then wrote A 1000 Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman's Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan. Next, she decided to touch every Great Lake and her second big trek resulted in A 1000 Mile Great Lakes Walk. Loreen will share her fascinating story with us on August 15 at 7:00 PM. She will also sell and sign her books for our enjoyment. Don't miss this one.

Vaulting on Horseback - POSTPONED due to extreme heat.

VaultingThe riders and horses from Miracle Ranch in Milford will visit and bring Leon, a beautiful white horse, and the riding team of girls from 5 to 20. Equestrian Vaulting is the art of combining gymnastics and dance while standing on the back of a moving horse. It is quite an amazing sight to see. Join us on Wednesday, July 17 at 12 noon behind the library for this unique demonstration. Be prepared to be dazzled.

"My Mitten" Drawing Contest

Starting July 1st, enter our "My Mitten" Drawing Contest and show us what you love about Michigan. It could be your favorite place, your favorite people who live in Michigan, or even your favorite Michigan "thing" (cherries, automobiles, whatever you love!). Last day to enter is July 26th, with artwork being displayed in the library July 30th - August 11th for voting (one vote per person per day).

Contest Entry Form

Contest Rules

  1. Last day to enter: July 26th.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be submitted on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but please do not copy someone else's art.
  5. Artwork will be displayed in the library from July 30th - August 11th, and voting will be done by you (one vote per person per day)!
  6. Prizes will be awarded in 5 different age categories: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-10th, and 11th-12th grades.
  7. Winners will be announced August 17th at the End of CYS Party.
  8. All winners' entries, with consent, will be displayed on the CPL website.
  9. Last day to retrieve your submitted artwork will be August 31st.

Make an iPod Cozy

Felt iPod CozyMake a one-of-a-kind, designer case for your iPod or mp3 player using colorful felt, embroidery thread, and your choice of embellishments. It's super easy, and we'll supply everything you need! Friday July 26, 2:00-3:00 PM. Feel free to bring your mp3 player with you if you want to make sure it fits. Ages 9-17.

Portal 2 Challenge

Come test your puzzle solving skills with (and against) others in Portal 2 co-op mode on Friday June 28 from 1:00 - 3:00PM. We'll supply the teams; you bring your raw talent. Only the cleverest will survive. Ages 9-17.

Meet a Horse

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday, August 7, at 10:00 AM. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Come back in the evening at 7:00 PM to hear the moving and amazing story of JoAnne Normile and how she started Canter, the racehorse rescue group, in Michigan. Normile's story is told through her book Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. She will be available to sign copies of her starred Kirkus-reviewed book purchased at the event.

Oldies, but Goodies: Backyard Games

Join us for some old-fashioned backyard games! We'll be behind the library (weather permitting) so kids of all ages can come have some fun. Should we run into bad weather, we'll still have games in the Community Room, so stop by.

Tuesday, June 25 from 7-8:30 PM

Movie Mondays: Animal Lover & Love It

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 15, we will celebrate our furry friends with films that bring out the ANIMAL LOVER in you, and a romance so sweet we guarantee you will LOVE IT. We'll begin our day with the search for our favorite clown fish and end with a heartwarming and bittersweet tale of first love. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

3D Storytelling

On August 7 from 2:00-4:00 PM, local artist and writer, Christina Smith, will teach kids aged 9-12 years old her technique for writing a story, building vocabulary and then using around-the-house items to create a 3D Storybox to show their story visually. Space is limited. Registration begins on May 29.

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.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, June 18 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.

Read and Ride with the Wimpy Kid!

Wimpy Kid fans going into grades 3 through 6, come join us for an evening hour of fun. Make a craft, play a game, enjoy a wimpy wonder, and get some car window clings to "Wimpify" your vehicles with your favorite Kinney characters.

When: July 23, 7:00-8:00 PM
Registration begins: May 29

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, August 6 from 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on May 29.