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What is the Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission?

The Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission, created when voters approved a 2018 constitutional amendment, is tasked with dividing MI into voting districts for state and federal elections, beginning with the 2022 elections. The Commission will review the districts every 10 years and adjust, or "redistrict," as needed based on the latest U.S. Census data and other specific criteria.

The Redistricting Commission is composed of 13 registered MI voters randomly selected from a pool of applicants; four members who affiliate with the Republican Party, four who affiliate with the Democratic Party, and five who do not affiliate with either party.  

Why was the Commission created?

Previously, every 10 years, following the census, the political party in control of the state legislature at the time controlled the redistricting process. This situation resulted in gerrymandering, which happens when the political party in charge of redistricting manipulates the boundaries of the districts to gain an unfair advantage in future elections. Michigan has recently had some of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Committee was approved by Michigan voters as a way to end gerrymandering. 

It's the day we're all waiting for...in a galaxy far, far away. Enter the world of Jedis, Sith, Rebels, Mandalorians, and Yodas of all ages! Here are some quick links and library materials to help you celebrate this annual tradition.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

  • Official Star Wars Day website - Head here for videos, free activities, and info on all things Star Wars.
  • The Mandalorian Junior Novel (eBook) - A junior novel retelling of the first season of the smash-hit, instantly iconic Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
  • The Ultimate Star Wars And Philosophy (eAudiobook) - Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic - Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic! Check out the newest (oldest?) chapter in the Star Wars saga with books for all ages on hoopla.

The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue (read-along eBook)

The High Republic: A Test Of Courage (Juvenile eBook)

The High Republic: Into The Dark (YA eBook) 

The High Republic Adventures (eComic) 

Library Books and Comics

CPL Rollin' Rally

Choose your ride and get ready to roll! Join us on your bike, scooter, stroller, wheelchair, or other personal wheeled vehicle (no cars!). We'll be talking bike safety with Canton Public Safety. Then grab some swag, a snack, and head to Heritage Park for your own personal, self-guided ride! Bring your own water bottle for our refill station. All snacks and giveaways provided while supplies last.

Come as you are or deck your bike out to participate in our decorating contest! We'll be judging in two categories:

  • Book Themed 
  • Freestyle

Prizes generously donated by Sweet Bikes Canton.

 

Meet in the West parking lot of CPL.

This program is open to all ages and requires registration, beginning on June 24 at 9:00am. 

One registration per family, up to 6 people. Please register for only one time slot. 

The photo Right hand turn signal by Mark Stosberg is used courtesy of Unsplash.

Upcoming sessions

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Polymer Clay Jewelry

Polymer clay is a versatile medium and a great way to experiment with your creative side! Learn the basics of working with polymer clay and make your own jewelry at home! Most supplies will be provided, but a few basics will be required from home. Registration is required and will begin on Monday, 6/7 at 9:00am. This program is for ages 13-18. 

One week prior to the program, registered participants will receive an email with instructions for picking up program supplies and attending the virtual program via Zoom.

Upcoming sessions

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National Poetry Month is celebrated across the world in the month of April. Not sure where to start with poetry? Try a novel in verse! Like a traditional novel, these books tell a complete story, but they use the verse style of poetry. Check out the call number 811.54 for traditional volumes of poetry. 

Beauty mark : a verse novel of Marilyn Monroe by 1956- Carole Boston Weatherford
Blood water paint by Joy McCullough

Celebrate Children's Book Week 2021

Childrens Book Week Poster by Bryan Collier with Black girl flexing on a book

 

Join us for Children's Book Week from Monday, May 3 -- Sunday, May 9. This celebration of children's and teen literature draws attention to the importance of good books for young people.

Visit Every Child a Reader to find printable bookmarks, drawing guides, superpower challenges, and a poster with even more activities

Ramp up the fun with these other suggestions:

  • Dress up as your favorite children's book character.
  • Take the StoryWalk behind the library, through Heritage Park.
  • Browse our Early Literacy resources. Try one out and tell us if you liked it. 
  • Check out a Kids eBook using one of our library apps: Hoopla, Libby, Kanopy.
  • Submit a May We Suggest Kids request to get personalized recommendations.

Don't forget to share your experiences and use the hashtag #ChildrensBookWeek2021 on your social media accounts. Tag us on Facebook and Twitter @CantonLibrary or on Instagram @CantonPublicLibrary so we can see what you've been up to.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

Are you interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine? See below for where and how to get vaccinated. Please share this information widely with family, friends, and neighbors.

Not sure if you want to get the vaccine? See below for some trusted resources we've compiled to help you make an informed decision. 

This information is current as of 5/18/2021.

Getting the vaccine in Canton Township

  • Canton residents 12 years and older may visit any of the Wayne County Health Department's walk-in vaccine clinics. The two closest walk-in locations are:
    • Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia OPEN: Mon-Sat 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Wayne County Community College 9555 Haggerty Rd, Belleville OPEN: Mon-Sat 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Canton residents who need help scheduling an appointment may call the Township Clerk's office at 734-394-5120 or the Township Supervisor's office at 734-394-5185 Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Canton residents who are homebound may call Canton Public Safety at 734-394-5400 and dispatch will take your information. You will receive a return call 1-2 days later, go through a brief screening to verify homebound status, and schedule an appointment for a home visit. On the day of your appointment, a Canton Fire paramedic will come to your home, administer the vaccine, and schedule a follow up appointment for the second dose. Please note: this option is only available to individuals physically unable to leave their homes. 
  • What to bring to your vaccine appointment

    • A photo ID and your Vaccination Record Card if you are receiving your second dose.

Since 1987, the Horror Writers Association (HWA) has acknowledged fine writing in the horror and dark fiction genres by awarding the Bram Stoker Award to authors. 

The final ballot for each year is lengthy and allows for nominations of first novels, graphic novels, young adult, screenplays, and poetry collections. This highlights the HWA's dedication to honoring "superior achievements" by a variety of authors, not simply "best of the year."

Highlighted below are a few of the nominees that can be found at the library, in a variety of formats. A complete final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards can be found here.

The only good Indians : a novel by 1972- Stephen Graham Jones
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.

Dark Academia is a subculture, or aesthetic, that has increased in popularity over the last year. It revolves heavily around reading, writing, academic life, and Greek and Gothic architectural styles. These books offer twists and turns, while encompassing the Dark Academia style.

Catherine House : a novel by Elisabeth Thomas

The following titles are new to the Young Adult shelves. They feature both contemporary and historical characters, but all add to the rich canon of black experience. 

All boys aren't blue : a memoir-manifesto by 1985- George M. (George Matthew) Johnson

A first book by the prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist shares personal essays that chronicle his childhood, adolescence and college years as a Black queer youth, exploring subjects ranging from gender identity and toxic masculinity to structural marginalization and Black joy.

The awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz

While in Charlestown Prison in the 1940s, young Malcolm Little reads all the books in the library, joins the debate team and the Nation of Islam, and emerges as Malcolm X.

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