Electrify Your Winter

A vision is a picture of what success will look like sometime in the future. What does a successful 2019 look like for you? Where do you want to be? What do you want to be, to do, to have? Where did you travel? What did you learn? What did you accomplish? Use the Spark Sheet to write it down or draw it in pictures. Get as specific as you can. Include as many details as possible. 

Clearly and defining where you are headed and what it will look like when you get there is the first step in creating an action plan to make your vision a reality. With clear intentions to focus on, you will be ready for the next step - your plan to make it happen, and we have created a Spark Sheet just for that as well.

This planning will have you on your way to the best year ever. Be sure to check back often for more ways to Spark Your Year

 

Volunteer Fair

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all know that volunteering can help people in need and strengthen the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. 

Join us for the 2019 Volunteer Fair and let us help you find ways to give back to your community. Talk with representatives from local organizations in need of people like you.  Participants will include:

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Every amazing year includes amazing books, movies, games & music. That is why we created two special Spark Sheets to help you meet your reading, viewing and listening goals. Use these sheets to make lists and track progress. Plan to reread old favorites or stretch into unchartered territory. Make a list of all the movies you have been meaning to watch and cross them off one by one. Whatever you decide, we have the tools to help you make the most of 2019.

New Year, New Goals

The start of a new year means new reading goals, and CPL's Spark Your Year workbook includes two special Spark Sheets to help you meet those goals. 

If you're like many people, you may want some guidance and encouragement (and book suggestions).  We've collected some of the most popular and engaging reading challenges to help you get started.  Check out the list below to find one that suits you. You can also track your books and set a reading goal on Goodreads

 

Book Riot's 2019  Read Harder Challenge

PopSugar's 2019  Reading Challenge

Bookish's 2019  Reading Challenge

EpicRead's 2019  Reading Challenge

PBS'  Great American Read book list

Penguin Books'  100 Must-Read Classics

Reading  Challenges for Kids

If none of these inspire you, take a look at this big  compilation of 2019 reading challenges

Be sure to check out all the ways you can Spark Your Year

Happy reading!

 

"We do not learn from experience.

We learn from reflecting on experience."  - John Dewey

Research shows that intentional reflection offers us several benefits: it fosters learning, enables personal and professional growth, inspires healthy change, boosts self-confidence, and improves performance. The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock of the year past, and plan for the year ahead. 

As part of this year's Electrify Your Winter program, the Canton Public Library will be releasing special Spark Sheets -  a set of specially designed worksheets to help you dream, create and plan to live your best life in 2019. 

As 2018 draws to a close, and as a preview of coming attractions, we are offering the first couple of Spark Sheets in the series. These sheets are specifically designed to help you reflect on 2018. Helpful prompts will guide you through what went wrong and what went right. This valuable insight will put you in the best possible position to plan your best 2019. 

Print the sheets as often as you like. Reflect, learn, grow and be sure to check back here for additional ways to Spark Your Year.

 

 

This winter, let CPL help you dream, create and plan to live your best life. Spark Sheets are a special series of worksheets that will help you make the most of 2019. Designed with all ages in mind, Spark Sheets offer tools for a variety of growth mindset and self improvement tasks like goal setting, tracking and accountability.

Get started by reflecting on the year past and then creating a vision for 2019. Next, design an action plan to make your vision a reality. Establish new habits for mind and body wellness. Track your progress and see small steps add up to big results. Make fun and relaxation a priority by creating lists of books to read, music to listen to and movies to watch. There are dozens of ways you can use Spark Sheets to help make 2019 the best year ever. 

You can download the entire workbook here, but be sure to check back often as we will be highlighting specific worksheets and tools throughout the winter. Each new post will offer fresh ideas and tips as well as information on library materials and programming to help you stay on track and achieve your goals. 

 

 

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

Reflection and Planning Spark Sheets help us to reflect on 2018 and map out our desired growth for the new year.

5 minutes:

Take 5 minutes to discover a word that sums up your past year. Then, think of a new word for your 2019. Share with a family member why you chose this word and write them in your Spark Your Year. 

30 Minutes:

Take 30 minutes to fill out our Reflection and Planning Spark Sheets (see links below) and share with a friend or family member.  You can illustrate, cut and paste from magazines, or write out your thoughts and feelings on what you loved from last year, and look forward to in the coming one.

2 hours:

Take 2 hours to watch a movie that was voted a top contender in 2018 (See our list below for ideas) or re-watch a movie that you saw in theaters and enjoyed. What movies are you looking forward to in the year to come? 

 

Watch a family film from 2018 (please make sure the content is appropriate for your family before viewing)

 

Looking for even more?

Chapter and picture books best of 2018 

YA best of 2018 

 

 

Electrify Your Winter and jumpstart the New Year with the Canton Public Library. This winter, let CPL help you dream, plan and live your best 2019. We have assembled the best tools, ideas and opportunities to help you enjoy, achieve and stay on track. Can’t get to the library? No problem. Library resources are available 24/7 and our social media will keep you connected to your community. Worried about cabin fever? No problem. The Canton Public Library will meet you where you are with the programs, books and experiences you need to stay inspired and entertained.

Use one of our Spark Sheets to set goals and track your progress. Check out an Experience to Go Kit and let us help you take the first step towards goals like organization or physical fitness. Snuggle up and watch one of the fireside stories on our YouTube channel whenever you want to- whether that be on a snow day or on a day you’re looking for something to entertain the kids with. Use Hoopla, Kanopy or Overdrive to check out and use books, movies and music - all from the comfort of home. When you do come visit us, we might just surprise you with hot chocolate, coffee and tea to warm you up before you head back into the Michigan cold.

We will be working hard all winter long to keep the blues at bay and we look forward to sharing the cold months with you.

CPL Presents Spark Your Year

The Canton Public Library has supercharged this year's Electrify Your Winter with exciting new tools to help you beat the winter blues and stay connected. Spark Sheets are a series of worksheets designed to help you make the most of 2019. These sheets will help you set personal goals, track your progress and even help to keep you accountable.  

Join us for an informal drop in session to learn about these sheets. Staff will be on hand to answer questions offer ideas on how the library can help you achieve your goals.

 

 

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Pie and Positivity

The third week of January is officially one of the most depressing weeks of the year. However, nestled right in the middle of that week is a little known gem of a day dedicated to honoring a delicious desert. Wednesday, January 23 is known as National Pie Day (not to be confused with Pi Day which the U.S. Congress recognizes as March 14. National Pie Day, is an annual celebration of pies started sponsored by the American Pie Council) and we have decided to celebrate.

Join us for Pie and Positivity a drop in event designed to chase away the winter blues and help you focus on some of the brighter things in life. Pair your slice of pie with one of our Gratitude Tracker Spark Sheets - part of our Electrify Your Winter 2019 Spark Your Life packet and we will have you feeling brighter in no time.

Join us in the self service area while supplies last. 

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Wednesday, January 23 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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