MeLCat has resumed borrowing privileges. Available materials may be limited as not all Michigan libraries are participating yet. 

MeLCat lets you search most of the public and academic libraries in Michigan and request to have items marked 'Available' delivered to your home library. Requests are free and anyone with a CPL card is eligible. Patrons who use MeLCat interlibrary loan agree to abide by its policies.

Books go out for 28 days and the majority of audiovisual items for 14 days. In most cases, materials with a 28 day loan period may be renewed using My Account or by calling the Checkout Desk. Renewals are one time only for three weeks and may be denied if there's a hold on the item at the loaning library. Note that MelCat items are not automatically renewed before they are due.

It seems like these days laughs can be hard to come by. Have no fear--the Canton Public Library can hook you up with jokes and laughs for days. Enjoy!

I am Doug the pug by Megan Faulkner

Thank you for helping us have the best 62 days of our year at CPL! Join us Saturday, 8/15 @ 10:00am on Facebook Live for an Elephant & Piggie puppet show to celebrate 62 Days of Summer! Piggie and Gerald will be sharing a hilarious live show that you can enjoy from anywhere. Then explore more with the Elephant & Piggie resources and books below.  

Waiting is not easy! by illustrator Mo Willems

62 Days of Summer 2020 Celebration: Backyard Circus

Sometimes life feels like it's a circus and sometimes it really is!  As we close out our 62 Days of Summer program, join us for a LIVE zoom presentation of The Backyard Circus. 

The Backyard Circus presented by is a classic "One-Ring" circus like the ones that toured the United States since the 1800's! Unbelievable contortion acts, fast-paced juggling, feats of strength, dangerous fire eating, amazing tricks with bullwhips...and aerial finale like you would see in the big top. Aerialists climbing up almost 30 feet into the air to twist and twine their way through delicate fabrics before diving and dropping to the ground. All delivered with a healthy dose of humor and interaction with the crowd. This family-friendly circus variety show has something for everyone!

Registration is required and runs from Wednesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 15 at 11:00AM. We send you the link and you log in and enjoy! One registration per family please. 

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, August 15 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Online Register

Call the Meeting to Order
• Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
• Approval of Agenda
• Approval of General Meeting Minutes
Administrative Reports
• Communications
• Report of the Library Director
• Trustee Comments
Committee Reports
Unfinished Business & General Orders
• Update on Phased Reopening
• 2021 Budget — 2nd Draft & 2022-2023 projections
New Business
• 2021 Schedule of Board Meetings and Library Closures (1st reading)
Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)


Please note that the August meeting of the Canton Public Library Board will be held remotely, in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order 2020-154. Members of the public who wish to participate in this meeting may join the Zoom meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 20. Attendees will be muted automatically except for the Call To Audience portions of the agenda, where members of the public may use the "raise hand" function within the Zoom meeting application, at which point they will be unmuted for up to 5 minutes of public comment per person.

The meeting packet is available below. The meeting will be recorded and posted following the meeting. Members of the public needing accommodation due to a disability should contact the library director, Eva Davis, at

62 Days of Summer 2020 Celebration

Saturday, August 15 marks the final day of our 62 Days of summer! We are so happy that you followed our 62 Ways to do 62 Days - took part in the activities, registered for virtual programming and followed the links to awesomeness. Now we'd like to celebrate! Check out all of the cool stuff we have going on below...

  • Elephant and Piggie Puppet Show - Tune into our Facebook page for a live performance. 10:00AM.
  • Backyard Circus - We will send you the link, you tune in at 12:00PM to see the breathtaking feats from these Michigan professionals. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and runs from Wednesday, August 12 to Saturday, August 15 at 11:00AM. One registration per family, please. Follow the link to Sign up NOW!
  • All day Saturday, we will share a round up of #howdoyou62 participatory posts on Facebook. We want you to be part of the conversation! Please comment to add your favorite memories of 62 Days. Did you have a favorite book? Movie? TV series? Did you listen to the frogs? Take a road trip? Explore a STEAM topic? Let us know how you spent your summer and don't forget to claim a pompom.
  • We missed our CPL Prize Patrols this year, too. To make up for that, we'd like to invite you to register for our CPL swag bags random giveaway. Follow this link to complete the Swag Bag entry form. Entry closes Sunday, August 16 at 9:00 PM.
  • Last but certainly not least, we worked hard to provide you 62 Ways to do 62 Days. We'd like to hear what you think. Please complete the following super quick survey to let us know how we did. 62 Days Summer program survey.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

We currently have a job opening with our Information Technology department. For complete details please visit our jobs/volunteer page.

View of Hogwarts school; a large castle on a mountain top

This school year is right around the corner and even though we are not sure what it will look like just yet, we can always count on returning to the majestic halls in Harry Potter's own Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Join us for a number of programs including Howell Nature Center's presentation of Fantastical Beasts, check out super fun activities and find out the best place to check out or listen to the Harry Potter books for free. 

Class List

Ollivander's Wand Kit: Grab and Go

A scroll with the word Ollivanders in cursive with a wand emitting yellow and purple light.

Attention all Hogwarts students! Looking for a wand for this upcoming school year? Ollivander has created a special wand kit for wizards ages 9-17. Each wand kit includes assembly instructions, a wooden rod, magic clay, and three wand cores. Sign up for Ollivander's Wand Kit, while supplies last, and create your own wand at home!


Traditionally, the "wand selects the wizard," and you can take the Pottermore wand quiz to find out what wand you would have at Hogwarts. Or you can select a wand core that fits your personality from this wand core page.


Patrons ages 9-17 are welcome to register for a wand kit from Wednesday, 8/12 through Wednesday, 8/19. Registered patrons will be contacted on Monday, 8/24 to schedule a time to pick up their kits. 


Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

One of the best ways to learn about the world around you is by reading books. We learn about ourselves and others by reading books that we can relate to, as well as those that teach us something about our neighbors. If there is something specific you'd like to read on, feel free to try a subject search in our catalog, or ask a librarian for help with search terms and suggestions. For a general smattering of books that feature characters who follow certain religious faiths, below are some titles that include Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity which might be of interest. Did we miss one of your favorite books? Feel free to comment below.