“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” -- Not Aristotle, but still an excellent sentiment.

Whether we realize it or not, habits make up our lives. Whether it's how we study, what we eat for dinner, if we work out or sit in front of the television, or even just the order in which we get ready in the morning, habits guide our choices. Habits are those things we do without having to think about them, like breathing or brushing your teeth. Building habits, though, requires some thought in the beginning, like getting yourself to floss. Breaking habits, too, requires a lot of work. 

These titles study the science and psychology behind habit building and breaking, simplifying tough behavioral concepts and giving you clear steps to take to help you find your best self. 

Every year the first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness week. This year, Mental Illness Awareness week is October 4 - October 10. The National Institute of Mental Illness (NAMI) and partners hold Mental Illness Awareness Week to fight stigma, educate people, and offer support. Mental Illness Awareness Week culminates on October 10, which is World Mental Health Day. This year, the World Health Organization will hold an online special event on World Mental Health Day.

This year's theme is "What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know." Learn about issues of mental illness from the people who deal with it every day with one of these engaging memoirs. 

Lost soul, be at peace by Maggie Thrash

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group: October

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group discusses:

Their eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years--due largely to initial audiences' rejection of its strong black female protagonist--Hurston's classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.​

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook formats. If you have registered for the program and would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.
 

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 22 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Online

Mindfulness with Reset Brain and Body

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Mindfulness is the idea of focusing your awareness on the present moment. It affords many health benefits, stress reduction, and increases your gratitude of everyday moments.

On August 20, join us for a virtual day of mindfulness with Reset Brain and Body, based out of Plymouth.

At 2pm, Bridget will teach kids and families mindfulness.

At 6pm, Holly will lead adults in how to start a mindfulness practice. 

Participants will receive a code to access Mindfulness 101, an e-book created by Reset Brain and Body. 

This program will take place virtually over Zoom. Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the day before the program starts (on August 19). Registration is required, and begins on August 6. 

If you are registering for the 2pm session, please register just one of your family members, and include the age(s) of your family members who will be attending, so we can best tailor the program to you!

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Whiteboard Sign with Directions for PC Appointments

The library will open to limited browsing and walk-in use of computers and equipment beginning Thursday, October 1. 

Through Wednesday, September 30, the Library will continue to offer computer and equipment use by appointment. Appointments will be held in the Children's Library with equipment set up in a socially-distanced manner: PCs, Fax-24 machine, printer/scanners, and copy card machine will all be available for use in 25-minute or 90-minute appointments.

Reserve your
session online

You can also call 734-397-0999 and select option #4 to book or reschedule an appointment. 

  • Reservations are limited to two sessions per person per day. 10:00 - 11:30AM sessions are recommended for those particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 for reasons such as age or chronic health conditions.
  • Patrons are required to follow all of the library's public health and safety protocols: remain 6 feet away from other people, wear a mask, and don't come if you feel ill or have been in contact with someone who is ill. Patrons who refuse to comply with library policies will be asked to leave.
  • You will enter the Library's main entrance and exit from the West Emergency door. Parking in the West side parking lots (near Heritage Park) is recommended. If you are more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.
  • A printer is available for use, and a (cash-only) copy card is needed to release prints. Library staff cannot handle cash or give change at this time, so please bring a copy card and/or $1 bills to purchase or add value to a copy card using the self-service card machine. 
  • USB drives and earphones are not available at the library; please bring your own. 
  • Patrons are discouraged from bringing others to their appointments. If you must bring a someone, they must stay with you at the computer at all times. Please encourage guests to bring their own form of entertainment, as browsing for materials, iPads, and toys are not available at this time. 
  • In-library browsing, wandering, or other in-person assistance not related to computing/printing are not available at this time. If you wish to check out materials, you may place items on hold via the catalog and pick them up using our scheduled holds pickup service
  • Per the Library's Pandemic Reopening Policy, food and drink are not permitted in the library unless medically necessary.

We are delighted to offer computer and equipment access, and we ask for your patience in this phase of limited service. We will have staff available to assist you during your visit, and we look forward to seeing you once again. 

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Looking to learn a new skill, hobby, or language? The Canton Public Library has many ways for you to learn over the summer. 

Learned something fun? Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #howdoyou62 

Hobbies & Crafts

mindfulness written on paper

Mindfulness is the idea of focusing your awareness on the present moment. Benefits of mindfulness include improved well being, reduced stress, better sleep, and more. Mindfulness can happen at any moment, and does not require special training or set-up.

Practicing mindfulness can seem intimidating at first, but it is actually quite simple and easy to get started. Most of these techniques work a little better with closed eyes, but you can do them with your eyes closed or open. Here are some activity ideas to get you started:

Focus on the breath

woman doing seated yoga outside

Yoga offers a range of healthy benefits, including stress reduction, flexibility, and strength building through bodyweight exercises. Hoopla has dozens of on-demand titles that you can access at any time with your library card. Try doing some yoga at home with these options:

  • My Yoga: Who Needs Coffee - This short and energizing practice from Tara Lee is guaranteed to kick a coffee craving any day! This practice is a dynamic flow that will work out all the kinks in your body and leave you feeling great.
  • Yoga for Runners - Yoga instructor Matt Giordano leverages his experience as a runner, knowledge of biomechanics, and integrative mind and body techniques in a runner's yoga series created to elevate performance and provide balance to the sport's high-impact intensity.
  • Daily Yoga for Beginners with Two Fit Moms - Meet Laura Kasperzak and Masumi Goldman, the Two Fit Moms - yoga instructors, wellness advocates and Instagram sensations. They've designed four beginner yoga practices you can do daily that will help improve flexibility, reduce stress and boost energy levels.
  • Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea - Yoga instructor Shiva Rea addresses the changing needs of pregnancy with safe, effective stretches and easily modified exercises for each trimester. Focused on helping you feel comfortable, relaxed, and fit during pregnancy, this workout will increase your energy and stamina and build strength, flexibility, and balance.
  • Yoga for Weightloss - Acclaimed yoga instructor Colleen Saidman creates three results-oriented routines. These energizing practices will burn calories and increase strength, flexibility, balance and focus -- all keys to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

 

You can even try yoga with your kids! 

  • Storyland Yoga - The winner of four national awards, Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while also incorporating eco-conscious messages. In "Save the Whale" and "Condor Trek," kids will engage in a story where they learn yoga by imitating animals. Equally fun for parents and family members, this video is the perfect way to spend time with kids!
  • Yoga for Kids: Dino-Mite Adventure - Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Kids' yoga instructor Jodi Komitor leads three fun-filled, dino-mite yoga practices for kids ages 5 and up. These interactive yoga sessions are fun and educational and will have imaginations soaring and little bodies moving!
  • Shiva Rea Mama & Baby Yoga - Every new mother experiences it-the desire to get back into shape with seemingly no time to do it. Renowned yoga instructor Shiva Rea introduces a solution: four yoga practices to tone your body while allowing you to involve and bond with your baby at the same time. Ideal for women with infants up to six months old.
  • Goodnight Yoga - For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep. This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature.

Head back to the Move your Body square or the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Start your meditation practice by learning more about the ideas, methods, and benefits of meditation with titles like Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics or Eff This! Meditation. Dive deeper into your meditation with titles like Wherever You Go, There You Are and A Fearless Heart. Try meditation with your children. Wherever you are, we have something to help guide you. 

The art of breathing by 1966- Danny Penman

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