Activities

While we're staying home and staying safe, why not get creative and make a fun, family craft project together?  You can transform ordinary paper lunch bags into something collaborative and creative!  A summer memory scrapbook journal made from paper lunch bags is an easy and economical way to keep track of your summer memories. Your family can collect pictures, stories and other treasures in one place to cherish for many summers to come. This project is for all ages and abilities! So get creative with the family while staying safe at home. Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Paper Bag Book

Here are the supplies you need to get started on your summer memory book project: 

  • paper lunch bags, craft or gift bags with handles
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • glue sticks
  • construction paper
  • crayons, glitter pens, markers
  • any kind of colorful ribbon or yarn
  • craft/scrapbooking embellishments

Michaels is one of the largest arts and crafts suppliers in the state. The Ideas That Inspire from the Michaels Design Team are expert crafters who offer DIY tutorials for just about every craft project under the sun. Jo, one of the design team members, created an easy and inspirational how-to video on making a Paper Bag Book.

FeltMagnet is a website created by crafters, quilters, and artists who share their expertise and knowledge for craft enthusiasts looking for high-quality, content-rich crafting inspiration. There's a tutorial for personalizing a Paper Bag Scrapbook. 

Iheartcraftythings is a website created by a busy mom and blogger who writes about arts and crafts projects with her kids. It's bursting with kid-friendly ideas for crafting activities, including for those with sensory and fine motor issues. The how-to page for making a Paper Bag Summer Memory Book For Kids has a supplies list, step-by-step instructions, and photos illustrating every step in the process. 

CreativeBug is a fun and inspirational resource accessible to CPL cardholders. Learn new crafting skills, find projects for every occasion, and watch DIY videos by design experts and artists. A creative craft project is just a click away!

CPL Librarians Preparing to Sing Skinnamarink to Home Viewers

 

Complete one READ square by attending a virtual program or using our resources to DIY a library program at home. For our full program listings, please take a look at our Program Calendar. For programs that perfectly fit the READ square, and further suggestions, please read on.

 

Storytimes

  • Looking for stories, songs, rhymes, and fun? Try our Far and Away Storytime on Wednesdays.
  • Want to create your own storytime? Explore our Share a Story blogs that are full of story, song, and rhyme suggestions that you can use at home.

 

At-Home Literacy Ideas

Explore our Lit Lab handouts for early literacy activity suggestions that you can use at home. Visit our Kids page and scroll down to our list of Lit Lab handouts by theme.

 

Virtual Book Clubs

Click on the program titles below for descriptions and registration information.

Create your own virtual book club using Hoopla Book Club Hub, or stay tuned for new programs at OverDrive's Together We Read. Get suggestions for how to host online

 

Virtual Writing Group

Attend our Adult Writers Group and make writing a regular part of your literary life.

 

 

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Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Thorndyke the Large Brown Bear Typing at the Computer

 

Complete this 62 Days activity by learning something you didn’t know before about the Canton Public Library, or by asking us your questions about how the library works. 

 

Exercise Your Curiosity about the Library

  • Write a letter to Thorndyke. Our resident bear loves seeing your faces and hearing about you. Thorndyke will respond to a selection of questions  and comments he receives weekly on his blog. Simply address your letter to
          Thorndyke the Bear  
          1200 S. Canton Center Road
          Canton, MI  48188
  • Use the “Ask a Librarian” option on our Contact Us form to ask a reference question remotely.
  • Use Social Media to ask us a question, tell us how we are doing, or learn more. Find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Meet the Staff

  • Learn more about Thorndyke, our library bear. You can find his life story on Flickr, or you can take a look at his family album.
  • Learn more about the folks who make the library tick. Explore a limited staff directory and meet a few of the people who keep CPL up and running.

 

Explore Hidden Gems of the Library

  • Have you noticed the art located in and around the library? For a full tour, take our art walk online. 
  • Get a quick look at our sorting room, our hub for all returning materials. This is where all the books that are returned via our outdoor Book Drop.

 

Learn about Library Beginnings

Take a Deeper Dive into Libraries

Explore these resources to learn even more about libraries beyond the Canton Public Library. We are just a small part of a larger tradition of community service.

Schomburg : the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Also available in: e-audiobook | video | e-video

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages.

Dog Reading a Book by Jamie Street on Unsplash.jpg

 

Complete a READ square by reading something, or by doing something to put yourself in a literary frame of mind. So whether you already have a book in mind, or you need a little help getting started, we have some ideas for you.

 

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Child at bottom of stairs by Jukan Tateisi on Unsplash

 

Complete one READ square by setting a challenge. 

A traditional summer reading challenge takes the form of reading a set number of books, or a set number of pages, or even a set number of minutes. Recently, reading challenges have expanded in scope and offer many ways to broaden your reading horizons. You can choose any reading challenge that fits your needs, and here are a few suggestions.

 

Just the Data

  • Use our 62 Days of Summer tracking sheets to keep track of basic numbers. Write down titles as you read them, or color in time units. Choose the best method for you. 
  • Try Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza Tracker to track your reading streaks and unlock book donations.
  • If you’re focusing on numbers this summer, you might find that committing to a Goodreads challenge helps you keep track of your efforts and you can maintain it over time.

 

Gentle Guidance

One of the most basic reading challenges is Gene Luen Yang’s Read Without Walls Challenge. Only three books long, you read one book about a character who’s unlike you, one book about a topic you know nothing about, and one book in a format you don’t usually read.

 

Looking for Extras

  • Barnes and Noble has a Summer Reading journal for grades 1-6. Print and fill out the journal, and then it becomes a coupon for a free book.
  • Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor has a Summer Reading Club for grades K-8 in which participants can read to earn a series of $6 coupons.
  • Join SYNC, a free audiobook summer program for teens and gain access to select free audiobooks through July.

 

Laser Focus

Are you keen on a theme? Love westerns, or want to only read mysteries this summer? Penguin Random House has compiled a series of 20-book challenges all centered on different themes. There are even themes designed for readers who want to expand their horizons, including one made up of debut novels and one with many different genres.

Woman reading under a tree by Start Digital on Unsplash
Single Person Having a Dance Break in their Home

 

Complete this square by hosting a home dance party or by choosing a dance activity of your choosing.

To host a home dance party you will need:

  • A Person or Persons interested in dancing (required)
  • Music (recommended)
  • Special Outfits (optional)
  • Disco Ball, Instruments, Scarves or other Accessories (optional)

 

Music Resources from the Library

  • Find dance music on Hoopla** or browse its Dance Your Way to Health video category.
  • Explore our Alexander Street American Music database,** which features an entire dance category. For other music and movement tastes, Alexander Street also has Jazz, and Classical Music options.
  • Check Out our Summer Jams playlists for more music ideas.

**Hoopla and Alexander Street databases are accessible with a Canton Public Library card.

 

ePrint and eAudio Highlights

How do you dance? by Thyra Heder
Also available in: e-book

People of all different shapes, sizes, and ages demonstrate how they like to dance, but one boy does not want to dance and wants to be left alone. A lovely tribute to dancers of all ages and styles.

Thorndyke the Bear as Winnie the Pooh

 

Hey Kids,

This year Children's Book Week is from May 4 to May 10, 2020. It's a week dedicated to one of my favorite things. Every day I sit by the window surrounded by shelves of these amazing treasures. These books hold so many amazing, fantastic, touching, beautiful, funny, and inspiring stories and it is such a pleasure to see them go home with all of you.

I won't be able to see you this week, but you can still check out children's ebooks so that you can celebrate all your favorite titles. Every Child a Reader also provides printable resources to help you join the fun:

I hope you enjoy these activities. You could even come up with your own way to commemorate Children's Book Week at home. If you want to share your celebration, use #BookWeek2020 and #BookWeek2020atHome to join the festivities on social media. I miss you.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

 

Thorndyke Bookface with Rapunzel

 

Hey Kids,

Books are amazing things. I love the stories and the illustrations and the feel of the pages and the sound of a good narrator. But have you ever tried to make yourself a part of a book? The #bookface trend gives you a chance to do just that. 

The goal: to make it look like you and the book are one. Choose a book with a cover or illustration that features a body part. Then, line up your body part with the book body and have someone snap a photo. If the image matches you in size, hold the book close to you; if the image is smaller than you, hold it farther away. To make it more realistic, you could even add costumes.

I took a #bookface photo with a great Rapunzel cover (pictured). But there are many book covers and illustrations that would make a great #bookface. I've listed a few below, but want to see other ones that you come up with!

Bear Hugs, 

Thorndyke

Thorndyke the Bear Reading to his Stuffed Friends Under a Tree

 

Create your own storytime, using resources from the Canton Public Library. Songs and stories can be a fun activity for adults and children to enjoy together, but reading aloud can be enjoyable for any age.

Are you someone who can't make our regular storytimes? Maybe you have to visit someone in a nursing home. Maybe you're a baby-sitter or an older sibling interested in entertaining young ones. Or maybe you just love stories for yourself. Whatever your reason, you can take advantage of a few great resources:

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Screen-Free Summer Kit is filled the tools to fill your day without staring at a screen. We’ve included a book of activities and games from the pre-screen era, a deck of cards, dice, a notebook, and a bag full of things to do to chase away boredom.

If you can’t make it to the library to get a kit, but want to plan some screen-free fun, here are some great resources to get you started:

  • Don’t forget your 62 Days of Summer starter kit!
  • Discover Magazine, a guide to fun and learning in the township, courtesy of Canton Leisure Services.
  • Michigan Adventure Pass– use your library card to check out free and reduced admission to attractions across the state, as well as select Michigan State parks and National Park Service sites.
  • Of course, the library is full of books to help you plan out some screen-free time!

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