The YouPer (Young Person) Award recognizes and promotes quality literature for youth in chapter book format. This award was given for the first time in 2014 by the Michigan Library Association. The award is given annually to one children’s book originally published in the United States during the calendar year that has captured the attention of the youth librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience. The books below are listed in random order as the winner has yet to be announced. 

City of ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook
Blended by Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper
Also available in: audiobook

April is Autism Awareness Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Nonfiction

Bubble Science

Patrons of all ages and abilities are invited to join us Saturday, June 8th from 2-3 PM for a Bubble Science program. We will be exploring different types of solutions and seeing how big, small, or strong we can make our bubbles using various household items. Feel free to wear a swimsuit or bring a towel if you want to get messy. Our program will be outdoors, weather permitting. 

Click here for reasonable accommodations requests

soap bubbles with forest background

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, June 8 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Outdoors

Pride Trivia Night

Come celebrate LGBTQ+ pride in a safe and relaxed environment with our Pride Trivia Night!  Compete for prizes as you test your knowledge of notable LGBTQ+ historical figures, celebrities, sports figures, works of literature, and more. You might be surprised by what you'll learn. Bring a team or drop in on your own and connect with others. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

No registration required.

gay pride flag

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 4 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room

This is NOT a Book Club*

Book Series Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan Book Covers

Do you love Percy Jackson? Have you read the books or seen the movies? Maybe you just want to read the books and know a lot about the world of Percy Jackson and are hoping to go to Camp Half-Blood? If any of that sounds like you, then we have got you covered. Patrons aged 10+ are welcomed to join us for food, crafts, art, and activities related to the popular middle-grade Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Registration required.

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This might be a book club

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, May 28 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Percy Jackson & the Olympians Register
Tuesday, June 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room The Last Kids on Earth
Thursday, July 18 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Artemis Fowl
Tuesday, August 6 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Bands of Happiness Collaborative Art Piece

design bands of kindness @CPL

Drop in from Wednesday, March 13 thru Tuesday, March 19 and take part in our Bands of Happiness program. Contribute to our collaborative art piece by sharing things that make you happy and acts of kindness you have done, witnessed, or would like to do. These bands will create a chain that will be on display at the International Day of Happiness celebration on March 20 and then the Children's Library through the end of March.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Love for Lunch

hand made Bento style lunches with love notes in them and inspirational quotes

"What's for lunch?" We want to help you spread extra Love at lunchtime. Whether you are making lunches for your kids or partners or spouses, or even if you just want to spread some good cheer to your besties, create a nice little note to stuff in their lunch box. We will provide templates and supplies to create a fun note or you can create your own design! Everyone deserves a little kindness and good feelings and this is a great way to share your love and brighten someone's day. Drop in on March 4!

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

As we experience the Polar Vortex, it is recommended to keep our little ones and pets indoors. Here are some great e-media materials you can use your Canton Public Library card to enjoy from home. Hoopla allows you to instantly experience movies, books, and more!

You can use these items to fill out the Spark Sheets linked below. 

 

Chapter Books

Dragon Pearl by 1979- Yoon Ha Lee
Also available in: e-book
Sheet with goals and steps to achieve the goal

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

Planning and Goal Tracking Spark Sheets help us to get our ideas for growth visualized and helps us track what we will be doing in the new year. 

5 minutes:

Take 5 minutes to talk as a family about your goal and how you will make it happen. Sometimes it is fun to share ideas and get input from those you love to help develop the best goal and plan to make it happen.  

30 Minutes:

Take 30 minutes to watch an inspiring documentary using Kanopy (free with your CPL library card), watch a TED talk, or listening to a family friendly podcast. See the links below for some recommendations, or find one that suits your family.

Documentaries on Kanopy

Maine Girls

Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

TED talks online

Why We Laugh?

If I Should Have a Daughter...

A One-Woman Global Village

Family Friendly Podcasts

Dream Big

But Why?

Stuff You Should Know

2 hours:

Take 2 hours to make a family vision board and use it to visualize and see if your goals overlap as a family. Write down your goals from your Spark Sheets across a large piece of construction paper, craft paper, or poster board and connect lines where you see common themes and ideas. How can you accomplish things together? Is it a place to visit? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Do you need literature on how to organize or manage time wisely? How about tips on crafting? The Canton Public Library may hold the resources you need accessible online or by calling or visiting our library. What can we help your family achieve?

Try these CPL links:

E-resources

Databases

May We Suggest

Languages

Volunteering At CPL

 

 

 

These are a handful of fantastic books that can help spark conversation with your middle school aged reader as well as older teens.  Whether you enjoy them in print or listen to them, these books will help to trigger and facilitate conversations about our world. 

Nowhere boy by Katherine Marsh

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