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World's Largest Chocolate Bar

Setting a new Guinness World Record, the Armenian company Grand Candy unveiled the world's largest-ever chocolate bar — a 25-centimetre-thick slab weighing in at 4410 kilograms and measuring 5.60 by 2.75 metres on Friday, September 10. (Photo: World Records Academy)

Playstation Turns 15 today!

In honor of the 15 years of success, Playstation has put together a great webpage highlighting their vast heritage and innovations. Check out the page to learn more about their history and what is yet to come.

Tween Book and Pizza — Holes

Register for the Tween Book and Pizza program beginning Saturday, September 11. We will be discussing the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes follows Stanley Yelnats as he is sent to a terrible correctional camp for juvenile delinquents in the Texas desert. He must find a way to endure the horrible conditions of the camp, while discovering the secret of the holes! Tweens, join us September 25, from 2:00-3:00PM. Books available at the Children's desk.

You Can be a Story Snoop

Are you a parent or tween/teen looking for something new to read and you don't have a librarian at your house? Check out StorySnoops. StorySnoops is a website developed by four mothers with a mission to help others find fiction books that will hook kids, ages 9-18, on reading. The site provides children's book reviews from a parent's perspective. Easy-to-use search tools guide users to fiction that reflects varying ages, experiences, and interests of children. Each book entry includes a plot summary and brief recap, along with other pertinent information such as genre, main character's gender, awards bestowed, and more. New reviews are added daily, which parents can follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Wow! Multicultural Books!

Are you interested in fairy tales and legends from other countries? Are you a teacher or a parent looking for multicultural resources to share with children? Are you a student who's assigned to read a book about someone different from you? Worlds of Words is a great resource to start your search! You can find books based on world region, age level, or genre. There is also access to other great multicultural resources. Don't be discouraged by the fact that because this database is made available through the University of Arizona, CPL may not own every book listed. We can often request items for you through interlibrary loan (ILL).

Hackers Wanted

Update [11/15/2010]: A large selection of LEGOs will be available for creative play at the event courtesy of Bricks for Brains. Also be sure to bring blank CD-Rs if you're interested in Free and Open Source software provided by Metro Detroit Linux Users Group.

On November 20 from 1:00-5:00PM, Canton Public Library will host some of the most creative hackers in the Metro Detroit Area. Our Community Room will be full of demonstrations and presentations of hacks ranging from robotics to web apps to personal productivity hacks to modded IKEA furniture to crafts.

If you or someone you know is a 'hacker' in a special field; if you have ingenious and/or unconventional workarounds and solutions, then consider doing a presentation or having a demo table at Hack Day. Time slots and planning discussion can be found at the Hack Day CantonWiki page.

Check Out Canton for Special Savings

This program has been discontinued


Library card users can now get special savings at local Canton businesses thanks to Check Out Canton, a partnership between the Canton Economic Development office and the Canton Public Library. Local businesses supply special offers that can be checked out with a library card, just like the Museum Adventure Pass program. Take a pass from the Check Out Canton rack and present it at our Checkout Desk. You'll be issued a voucher good for one week.

Offers include a buy one, get one free ticket from the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, savings on catering, carpet cleaning, veterinary care and more. To see the current offers and availability, search the online library catalog. One pass per library card per week, no holds on passes.

A Pig Like No Other Nanny?

Mary Poppins — move over! Nanny Piggins has arrived. Once employed at a circus as the pig shot out of a cannon, she decides it's time for a career change when she sees a Help Wanted sign at the Green's house. Mr. Green is a stingy widower who won't pay for human nanny, so when a pig applies… But Nanny proves to be totally awesome and Derrick, Samantha, and Michael quickly love her. She lets them eat sweets all day and conjures up extraordinary escapades, like sailing with a boat to China for Chinese carry-out. Nanny knows how to outfox their father and even when their adventures turn into misadventures, they always have tons of fun of laughs — as will the readers of their terrific tales. Let's hope for more Nanny books soon!

Goooooooo Lions!

It's official… football pre-season is upon us. The Detroit Lions have come roaring out of the gate this past weekend with a win over the Cleveland Browns. Tune in and gear up as maybe this will be a sign of good things to come. While you are waiting for the next tramplefest, be sure to check out the great books we have on the Detroit Lions. Grrrrr!

Plymouth Author Extravaganza

You are invited to change the world through the power of the written word at Zoe Live Publishing's Author Extravaganza on Saturday, September 11, benefiting the Canton Public Library.
  • 10:00-11:30AM: Aspiring Author Workshop — Learn to tell your story, or share your message in this free workshop
  • 1:00-5:00PM: Book Expo — More than 20 family-friendly authors sign and sell their works to raise funds for the Canton and Plymouth libraries
  • 6:00-8:00PM: Poetry Slam — A family-friendly open mic venue to share your prose and poetry
The Plymouth Author Extravaganza will be held at the Comfort Inn, 40455 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth (near Bennigan's). The event is free. Each author will donate $1 from book sales and a signed copy of their book to the Canton and Plymouth libraries. For more information, visit www.zlwriters.com.

Cyber-bullying

Unfortunately, bullying isn't just on the playground anymore. With teens using the internet daily, online bullying has become a new problem that parents should be aware of. In order to help parents and educators better understand and prevent cyber bullying, ebrary has a Cyber Bullying Searchable Information Center. Parents can find a collection of ebooks and government documents listed to help them understand this subject.

Back to School

You've got something someone could use. Likewise, they may have something that would help you out. To help get over this economic hump, let's share. This month's exchange items are book bags, backpacks, lunch boxes and all things needed for school. You may drop your items off beginning one week prior to the exchange day and receive a certificate to use on September 8th between 10:00AM and Noon. Save a couple of bucks and still make the students happy with items new to them. Only items in excellent condition will be accepted.

Costume History at Costume Discounters

If you enjoy Halloween, are very theatrical, or just interested in the way people dressed way back when, check out Costume History at the Costume Discounters website. Each link takes you to different sites that highlight period dress from Ancient Egyptians up to the 1950s and some even include links for patterns for recreating the specific type of dress highlighted. Happy dressing!

Say Hello To Your Friends

Are you a fan of the Baby-Sitters Club book series? Kids ages 8 and up can join us for activities, crafts, snacks, and some fun talk about the books.
This program takes place Tuesday, September 7th from 7:00-8:00PM.
Register online now!

Larceny and Old Lace

Come see the Spotlight "Still Got It" Players in their rendition of Larceny and Old Lace. A show that promises enjoyment for all ages. It will be playing from August 25-29 at Canton's own Village Theater in Cherry Hill Village. Ticket prices range from $11-$15.

Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

Here come the Tigers!

While the skies maybe a bit on the gray side this morning, here's hoping the weather holds for the Tigers to host the Cleveland Indians tonight at Comerica Park. Don't have tickets? Well, then, come and check out our great books on both the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Get your gloves ready… it's going to be a great game!

Family Sunday at the DIA

Here's a chance to play with the art! Artist Andy Malone returns to the DIA this Sunday, August 22 to demonstrate games he has designed as well as allow visitors to play with some of the games. Andy's interactive creations have been previously exhibited at the DIA and galleries around Metro Detroit. Sunday's exhibit runs from 12:00-4:00PM

Short Story Contest Winners

We received so many great entries for our Summer Reading Short Story Contest, it was really difficult to decide on winners! Below are the winners following a long deliberation:

Tween

  1. Mardi F
  2. Sarah N

Teen

  1. Emily D
  2. Abigail A
  3. Aylin L
Prizes can be picked up at the Children's Desk.

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

2010 Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

We had over 50 people enter our 2010 contest with some of the most amazing art we've ever seen! This year, for our 'Making Waves' theme, bonus points were awarded to those who incorporated something 'water related'. Kudos to all the creative ways you guys did this, including those who used water colors! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners and 4 honorable mentions for each age group. Take a look at all of 2010's manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners: