Now you can sign up for text message alerts and get notified on your mobile phone when

  • your hold is ready for pickup
  • items are due
  • you have fines
  • eligible items can be renewed
  • and other notifications

To sign up, text the word SIGNUP to 734-619-6615, then follow the prompts. You'll need to enter your library card number and then you will receive a confirmation text. For more information, or to sign up online, visit our website.

This service is provided through Shoutbomb and your cell phone plan's regular text messaging rates may apply. Text message service doesn't replace your preferred library notifications. You'll still get email, phone or mail notices if that's what you requested, unless you let us know to discontinue them.

We will be upgrading our systems beginning on Thursday, May 4, during the hours of 4:00-6:00 AM. During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

The library catalog
My Account 

Program Calendar
Databases, e-books, and other e-media  

There will be a delay in returned materials being removed from your account. We appreciate your patience, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience.  

Our latest improvement project is now complete, ahead of schedule and under budget. We thank you for your patience during the construction and invite you to stop in and see the new Teen Space, renovated study rooms, additional study rooms and the completely remodeled Secondhand Prose, the Friends of the Library Book store. Join us April 30, noon-2:00 PM for our Teen Space Grand Re-opening party.

In 2016, the library started the work of a new strategic plan. We dove headfirst into learning more about our community--not just the numbers, although we gathered plenty of statistics and looked through a lot of data. We wanted to learn about you--your hopes, your dreams, your goals. Person after person sat down in our Dream Tent to share their thoughts and we learned a lot. As the next three years unfold, we will work to provide programs, services and resources to help you fulfill those dreams. No matter where you are headed, the library can help you get there.

Get To Know Your Sikh Neighbor

Get to know your Sikh neighbor during a drop-in program sponsored by the Sikh community of the Gurdwara Sahib Singh Sabha of Michigan, the Canton Public Library and the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition. This program, Get To Know Your Sikh Neighbor - Sikh Mystique, will allow the opportunity to meet members of the Sikh community and learn about beliefs and customs, as part of the “Not In Our Town: Stop Hate Together” initiative. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.


Bill Rice, our building monitor, is retiring after 11 years of service to the library. Stop by on Sunday, August 21 from 1:00-3:00 PM for cookies and punch and join us as we wish him well in his retirement.

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The Canton Public Library is working with the Salvation Army of Plymouth to help our students with the basic supplies necessary to be a success in school. From August 1-29, we will accept donations of pens in black, blue and red ink, No. 2 pencils, highlighters and glue sticks. Drop donations in the box near the library's main doors. We thank you for your help in supporting our community.

Do you think that completing all 36 badges in the Connect Your Summer program is impossible for adults? While it can be daunting, a good strategy makes it totally doable. Here are some tips from experienced CYS participants, who have completed the 36 badge challenge numerous times.

  1. Now is not the time to read War and Peace. Look for short books, like these.
  2. Always carry a book with you. Ten minutes waiting for soccer practice to end can turn into ten minutes of reading time.
  3. Find a book with lots of pictures.
  4. Or a book that is all pictures. It's not cheating--it's a Graphic Novel.
  5. Listen to a book. It's entertaining and you can claim an e-Lectrified badge.
  6. Set aside some time to read every day. Maybe a half hour in the morning, or while you eat lunch.
  7. Try a Young Adult title. Good content, quick reads and you might relate to your teenager better.
  8. Have two or three books available. That way if you aren't in the mood for one, you can read a different one.
  9. Make good use of the recommended lists for each badge.
  10. Download a book to your phone or tablet so you always have a book with you.
  11. Find a book your family will enjoy and take turns reading out loud. That counts, even if you are reading a children's book.
  12. Try something different, like poetry, perhaps, or short stories.
  13. Read something that can help you professionally. Bill Gates likes these, and he seems to do okay for himself.
  14. Magazines! Grab one off the shelf, or check out one of the 175 or so available online with Zinio.
  15. Plan a weekly trip to the library and attend a program or complete an On the Scene activity.
  16. Participate in the Big Library Read and combine an e-book with a book discussion, all online.
  17. Browse our Short Story collection to find a quick read.
  18. Use library materials to inspire a daily chore, like cooking dinner. You have to eat anyway, right?
  19. Challenge someone to participate with you. Motivate each other, attend programs together, or trade reading suggestions.
  20. Don't procrastinate. And don't give up. The final day to claim badges is August 17: plan accordingly.
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Canton's annual Liberty Fest celebrates its 25th anniversary with three days packed full of family-friendly activities in Heritage Park, directly behind the library. Due to the heavy volume of traffic and the increased need for parking spaces, the library will close at 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 16 for Canton Liberty Fest, and will remain closed on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18. We will re-open on Sunday, June 19 at noon.

On the morning of June 2, workers will be replacing a roof top air conditioner at the library. While the crane is operation, access to certain parts of the library will be restricted to staff and public, including the west drive and book donation drop off, loading dock, and Secondhand Prose Used Book Store. Please follow the direction of library and installation staff. The work is expected to be complete by late afternoon.