This October, join us in celebrating Michigan Library Appreciation Month. Governor Whitmer proclaimed this new statewide observance on October 1, 2022 to celebrate the contributions of Michigan libraries in their communities.
The first library established in the state of Michigan was the City of Detroit Library in 1817. It was only open to paying members. However, in 1865, it became a free public library, now known as the Detroit Public Library. Michigan libraries have changed a lot in two centuries, but what remains a constant is that libraries continue to be an informational, cultural and educational hub of every community.
The Canton Public Library opened its doors on November 13, 1988. Our library's mission is to connect with our community. We provide free access to information for everyone and serve as a valuable and trusted resource in Canton by connecting people to knowledge.
Our collections, materials and programs are as diverse as our community. Reading is one of our greatest freedoms—the freedom to read is a guaranteed right. We support everyone's freedom to read while protecting patron privacy. Our library is a safe space for all to gather, socialize, study and learn. We strive to evolve and expand our services so our community will have a dynamic center of discovery and lifelong learning not just in October, but every month of the year.
How can you support and celebrate your library?
- Get a library card. Feel the life-changing power a library card—it’s free. Check out the Card and Account page to learn how to apply.
- Visit your Canton Public Library. We're a safe space—everyone is welcome. We provide seamless access to library services.
- Attend a program. Check out our Programs page for events. In addition to storytimes for young children, we have programming for all ages and abilities.
- Stay informed. Sign up for our e-newsletter and learn about library news, resources and upcoming programs.
- Study or work together. We have study rooms and spaces for groups and individuals. The library also has meeting rooms for community use.
- Download digital resources. With your Canton Public Library card, use your device to download e-media such movies, books, magazines, music and comic books. Go to our Research and Learn page to explore online databases.
- Browse the bookstore. Visit the Secondhand Prose Bookstore in the southwest corner of the library and find some bargains. In addition to running the bookstore, the Friends of the Canton Public Library have many ways you can contribute to help support the library’s goals and services.
- Gain English language fluency. We're partnered with the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council to provide English Language Learner programs at the library. Check here for days and times.
- Join a book group. Our library offers several book groups for a variety of reading interests and ages.
- Access technology services. Wi-Fi is free throughout the building, and computers are available for public use without the need for a login. Our Self Service Center is available for your scanning, faxing, printing and copying needs. We have lots of outlets throughout the building for charging devices.
- Get involved. Go to our Jobs and Volunteering page to learn about opportunities for volunteers and current job postings.