The following books for upper-elementary and middle school kids feature stories that affirm Black lives, bodies, experiences, and culture. These books also offer opportunities for discussion about racial injustice among parents and children of all races.

Chapter Books and Novels

As brave as you by Jason Reynolds
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

The following picture books affirm Black lives, bodies, experiences, and culture, and offer opportunities for discussion about racial injustice among parents and children of all races.

Picture Books

A is for activist by Innosanto Nagara

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. 

On March 4, 1797, George Washington turned over his job to John Adams, winner of the presidential election. This Inauguration Day, over 200 years ago, was the first time one U.S. President replaced another. The peaceful transition of power on Inauguration Day is a crucial part of what makes the U.S. a democracy. Check out the books below to learn more about our democratic system of government. 

Becoming president by Michael Rajczak
Civics by Shannon Weber

2021 LEGO® Contest: Looking Forward

Attention Builders! It’s time for our annual (virtual, this year) LEGO® Building Contest. This year is all about Looking Forward. What are you looking forward to?  What have you missed doing during the past year? What are you excited to do when the pandemic is over? Use your LEGO®, Duplo, or Megablocks to show us! 

Once you've built your masterpiece, complete this registration form and submit the link to a 60-second video or 3-5 photos showcasing your LEGO® creation. Submissions are due Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM. Winners will be announced on the evening of February 22 with a LEGO® Contest Celebration video on our website. 

Contest Details

  • Divisions are based on age: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-adult. 
  • Submissions are due February 12, 2021 by 6:00 PM. Submissions include a completed registration form along with the link to a 60-second video or 3-5 photos showcasing your LEGO® creation. 
  • Winners will be announced on February 22 via video on our website.  

Contest Rules

  • Use your own LEGO®, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks and materials.

  • Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO® designed kit or a project found online, in a book, or in a magazine.

  • Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a family team, but not both. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.

  • By entering, you are granting Canton Public Library permission to show your photos or clips of your video in its LEGO® Contest Celebration video on February 22.

Upcoming sessions

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The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by children in second grade. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every second grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form

Fiction Titles

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by children in sixth grade. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every sixth grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form. 

Fiction Titles

Awkward by artist 1979- Svetlana Chmakova

After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones.

Use your library card to stream movies and TV shows from the safety and comfort of your couch! Revisit old favorites and discover new ones with Hoopla and Kanopy. Below you'll find a small sample of what is available.

How to watch: download the apps from your app store to watch on a TV, smartphone, or tablet, or watch through your browser on a laptop or desktop computer.

Hoopla (20 checkouts per month)

Nonfiction Book Group: January

Join us Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

In our unique genomes, every one of us carries the story of our species - births, deaths, disease, war, famine, migration, and a lot of sex. But those stories have always been locked away-until now. Who are our ancestors? Where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew. Acclaimed science writer Adam Rutherford explains exactly how genomics is completely rewriting the human story - from 100,000 years ago to the present.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book and e-audiobook formats. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available.

Registration ends on January 14th.  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

There are no upcoming sessions available.

What's up with brains?  These books examine how the human brain works and all the incredible things it does to keep us alive and help us understand the world around us.  Brains can work in different ways, we call this neurodiversity.  Sometimes a brain can get sick or injured and that changes how it works, too.  The brain is an amazing organ!  The books below are intended for children and listed roughly by age of audience (preschool through middle school).  Parenting books related to the brain may be found here. 

My brain by Carol Lindeen
Autism by Ann Squire

The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by fifth graders. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every fifth grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form

Fiction Titles

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is above suspicion.

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