Floyd Cooper, award-winning author and illustrator of books for children, passed away July 15, 2021 at the age of 65. Below is a selection of works that showcase his stunning portrayals of Black history, and his fictional stories that capture slices of everyday life.

Books Written and Illustrated by Cooper

Jump! by Floyd Cooper

What was Michael Jordan like as a boy? You might be surprised that the greatest professional basketball player ever wasn't even the best player in his own family!  Based on actual events, this story of a friendly sibling rivalry is enhanced by Floyd Cooper's stunning two-tone art.

Did you know that arts and crafts have amazing benefits for the mind and body?  They can help relieve stress, encourage creative thinking, and improve our fine motor skills. Explore the resources listed below for ways to get your craft on!

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62 Days Programs

Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners.

Read on to find many ways to celebrate what makes our pets special!

Activities

The world's oldest known postcard was first sent in 1840. Since then, postcards have been flying around the world. Possessing brief messages and requiring cheaper postage than a standard letter, postcards are ideal for sharing a quick note of something funny, delightful, and heartfelt. 

Creating and sending postcards can also be wonderful opportunities for creativity and expression. The links and ideas below can help you perfect your postcard message, look, and learn more about where to send it.

Activities

Drive-Through Storytime

Enjoy storytime from the comfort of your vehicle! On June 14, 2021, we’ll be hosting a special Drive-Through Storytime Event as part of the kickoff of Canton Public Library’s 62 Days of Summer.

Drive-Through Storytime will take place in the staff area of the library parking lot. We suggest that you enter from Veteran's Parkway west of the library. Please see map of suggested route attached below.

Registration is required and begins on June 7. One 0-5 year old registration per family car. We will stagger registrations to ease traffic flow. Please come during your scheduled time slot.

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Pizza Parlor Craft Grab & Go

For children ages 18-35 months. A Grab & Go kit with everything you need to create your own play "pizza oven" out of a cardboard box. There will NOT be pizza, but there will be fun and imagination!!!

Registration required and begins on June 24.

We'll gather virtually on Tuesday, July 20 via Zoom to show off our creations and enjoy some food-themed stories.

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.

[image by Jarad Tarbell used as CC]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Check out these stories of spunky princesses who march to the beat of their own drum.

Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson

Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other!

Do princesses make happy campers? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle

Through rain and sunshine, fairy houses and fishing, this happy camper discovers that lots of fresh air and looking on the bright side are all a girl needs to make her a princess.

Looking for picture books that engage the senses? Try these interactive stories that invite the reader to touch, tap, mix-and-match, make guesses, and respond to questions.

An interactive story features colorful flip-sections of safari animal body parts that can be mixed and matched to create up to 121 possible combinations.

From head to toe by Eric Carle

Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play.

Outside, the wind whistles; the temperature drops. You look skyward, and see the first white flakes of snow drifting gently towards the ground. It's the perfect time to curl up indoors with one of these wintry, snowy picture books listed below.

Sheltering in a cavern, Chirri and Chirra enjoy sweet treats, a game of marbles, soaking in a hot spring, and a comfortable rest in an igloo that is just the right size.

First snow by Nancy Viau

Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day.

Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Below is a list of books about family meals and being thankful that are perfect for getting you into the Thanksgiving spirit. 

Stories About Family Dinners

As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

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