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Celebrate Diwali

The Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated on November 3 in 2013. We are celebrating this annual, joyful holiday on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Canton Public Library. Please join us for food, dancing and song. The Festival of Lights, also known at Deepavali, is held in honor of Rama-Chandra, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu and is a triumph of light over dark, good over evil. Come hear, taste, smell and watch this happy celebration with your neighbors as the Indian community is showcased.

November Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, November 23 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Please be prompt.

Our Own Snug Fireside: Life during the Civil War

Join us on Saturday, November 16 from 2:00-3:00 PM for a peek into the world which no one alive today has witnessed first-hand. As living historians renowned for their knowledge on daily life of the mid-19th century, Larissa Fleishman and Ken Giorlando will draw you into their world of horses & carriages, oil lamps & candles, and hoop skirts & top hats as they bring back the everyday life of long ago.

"Our Own Snug Fireside” is a program for audiences of all ages which offers a first-hand look into the activities, chores, occupations, manners, etiquette, and clothing of a time from over one hundred and fifty years ago. Using replica artifacts, entertaining exchanges, fun filled facts, and a bit of humor our presenters will show what life was like during such an intense time in American History: The Civil War.

Mrs. Fleishman and Mr. Giorlando have been students of history for decades, and not only have intently studied the everyday life of our ancestors, but have also been involved in the practice of historical presenting and living history/reenacting for nearly as long. “Our Own Snug Fireside” is certainly a chance to see history come alive.

[Tatton Park Sept 201027 by DeviousWolf Photography is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0]

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 7:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: November 25
Time: 7:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Escape from Lemoncello's Library--the Canton Library Version

In the very popular book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, a group of tweens must use their wits to solve puzzles and escape from the new public library. Think you are up to the challenge? Students ages 9 to 12 years old can join us on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 PM in the Purple Room for a scavenger hunt based on the book. You might even learn a little bit about the Dewey Decimal system while you're having so much fun. Registration is required and begins on October 25.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the library community room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess is open to 10 year olds and up.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, November 5 from 4:30-5:15 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. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on October 22.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

K. A. Barson at Ann Arbor Bookstore Nicola's Books

45 pounds (more or less) by K.A. Barson — K. A. Barson will be at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30PM to talk about her recent book, answer questions, and autograph her book.

Tutoring Returns October 7th

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.

October Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Monday, October 2 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Please be prompt.

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]

STEM Science - Lead the Way

Local high school student Maha Zahid recognized that when entering high school many of her friends were struggling with the application of basic science concepts. As a result, she developed a science enrichment program geared towards middle school students (grades 6th- 8th) who strive to get a head start in their high school science experience and gain more knowledge of innovative careers options in the field of medicine and engineering. This program will focus on fundamental science concepts including chemistry, biochemistry, cells, human body systems and physics that are beneficial for students to know before entering high school. With every concept students will complete hands on activities that will enrich their learning experience. This is an 8 week program that will run every Friday from 4:00-5:45 PM. The first session takes place on October 4 and the last is on November 22. Registration begins September 20 and space is limited!

Flu Shots

It's coming... flu season. Be prepared by getting your flu shot on October 1 between noon and 4:00 PM. The professional staff from Canton's Walgreen's at Ford Road and Sheldon will provide flu shots for you and your family at the library. Most shots will be free and covered by your insurance. Remember to bring your insurance cards and let's see if we can make this winter a flu-free one for you.

2013 Teen Writers

Check out the short stories that were submitted as part of the Teen Creative Writing Series this summer. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, October 1 from 4:30-5:15 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. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on September 18.
[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Celebrating Diwali

Please join us on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM to celebrate Diwali. There will be singing, dancing, prizes, entertainment, food, and family fun for all. 

We will also be holding an essay contest for middle and high school students, where you have a chance to win a prize! Essays must be 500 words or less and provide an explanation of "how and/or why my family celebrates Diwali." Essay entries will be split into two categories, middle school and high school, and we will give out two prizes for each category. Please submit your essay to the "Help Desk" or by using this form by November 1. 

Funny Books For Tweens

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Jeanne Birdsall

I, funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein ; [illustrated by Laura Park]

The day my butt went psycho by Andy Griffiths

Belly up: murder at FunJungle by Stuart Gibbs

How come I'm always Luigi?: a FoxTrot collection by Bill Amend

Toad rage by Morris Gleitzman

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids. Boy. Librarians sure like bears. They find them everywhere. Miss Ruth found one of my cousins at the Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington. Have you ever been to a National Park? They are all over the country and have some of the prettiest scenery. And you might just see some wild animals (like bears!) in their natural habitat. What makes Mt Rainier so special is that this beautiful mountain is actually a volcano! It hasn't erupted in a few thousand years though, so you don't have to be afraid if you visit. And it's so tall, you can actually see snow and glaciers on top, even in the summertime. Whoa, that's tall. As you can see, my cousin is in charge of the mail that all the tourists send home to their friends and family. I like mail too. That's a hint, in case you didn't pick up on it. I'd love to hear from you!

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

Family Portrait Craft

What does your family look like? Craft a portrait of your family for display on our Family Wall of Fame as we celebrate all of Canton's families. Join us on October 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM. All ages encouraged to attend.

[sara_jan-2006-family by Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Family Game Night

We are celebrating Everyone's Reading with a Family Game Night. The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler encourages families to "go out and play." Spending time together, working as a team and having fun creating memories are important elements to a happy family. Let's start at the library by sharing some competition, gamesmanship and cheerleading with family board game night. Bring your own board games or share some of ours. We will even throw in a little snack on October 17 at 7:00 PM.