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Family Music Fest '15

Music creates a soundtrack for our lives. It can enliven and enrich the lives of kids and the people who care for them from infancy and beyond. On Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 AM-5:30 PM we will host a day's worth of fantastic, energetic, diverse musical acts including the return of national act Gustafer Yellowgold! Come and celebrate the beat within all of us. This program is designed for families and patrons of all ages. The schedule is as follows... Don't forget that Canton Public Library has a fantastic music collection for all ages, in all styles and genres. Library card holders can also access thousands of full length albums using the digital service, Hoopla.

Sunday Funday - Cardboard Tube Crafts

Fun Things to Do with Cardboard TubesWhat can you do with toilet-paper tubes?  Find out at Sunday Funday on October 18, 12:00-5:00.  We'll have three different cardboard tube crafts that you can do.   No registration is required.

Alice in Wonderland Celebration

November marks the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland's publication. Join us in the Community Room on Tuesday, November 3 from 2:00-3:00 PM as we play games, make crafts, and celebrate. This program is recommended for ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome to attend.

Monster Mash Masquerade

Families with young children can get dressed in their most comfortable costumes and dancing shoes. This program is an open dance party for our littlest patrons to get movin' and groovin' with their grownups to some great spooky tunes. After we've danced the monsters away, be ready for a costume parade through the library!

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun and show off your costumes.

October 31 @ 10:00-10:30 AM OR 11:00-11:30 AM. Please attend only one session.

Saturday STEM Science: Spooky Science

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get? A fun way for families and children in grades 2-5 to learn new things. Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results. Saturday, October 24, from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required.
Photo credit from Propnomicon

Michigan Adventure Pass (MAP)

Michigan Activity Pass hot air balloon logoCheck out a park pass using the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program and enjoy Michigan Trails Week from September 19 – 26. This week-long celebration features a variety of events in honor of Michigan's extensive trail network. Grab your friends and family, find a trail and let the adventure begin!

Library card holders can use their card online to print a free or discounted admission pass to almost 400 area museums, cultural organizations, state recreation areas, camp grounds and more.

Halloween Party

Children 7-10 years old can come to a special Halloween Party on October 31st from 2:00-3:00 PM. We'll hear a spooky story, play some fun games, and do a craft. Come show off your costume and celebrate Halloween at the library!

K Club

Leaves, pumpkins, and costumes are all topics that will be covered in our K Club program on Tuesday, October 20, 4:00-4:45 pm. We will share fall stories together and a special puppet will come to visit. Crafts and a snack will also be a part of the fun.  This program is designed for children ages 4-6 who can sit independently. Costumes are welcome. Registration required.

Books for Makers

Are you a tinkerer, maker, or hacker? Interested in learning? Or just want to find out what the "maker movement" is all about? Check out these books:

Zero to maker: learn (just enough) to make (just about) anything by David Lang



The art of tinkering: meet 150+ makers working at the intersection of art, science & technology by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich



Makers: the new industrial revolution by Chris Anderson



The kids' guide to duct tape projects by Sheri Bell- Rehwoldt



Making things move: DIY mechanisms for inventors, hobbyists, and artists by Dustyn Roberts

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia Screening on October 14

October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. As many as 20 % of the student population in the U.S. are dyslexic. Dyslexia is a commonly misunderstood developmental reading disorder because it can be found in bright, highly intelligent, creative and innovative people. The HBO documentary film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, follows four students on their journey as they face the challenges and cope with their diagnosis. Please join us on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for a special screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia.

Until We Meet Again: Children's Library Farewell

Our Children's Library will be under going some major renovations and the space will be closed from January until April. Join us in celebrating this wonderful space and saying goodbye to the Children's Library as we know it.
  • Farewell Open House on Saturday, December 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM. Featured activities: "New" Children's Library Info stop, Giraffe selfie station, share your thoughts on our memory board, clean the clutter craft station and more.
  • Children's Library DEMO DAY! on Wednesday, December 30 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Dress for the mess and help us demolish our old Children's Library space in preparation for a whole new beginning. Featured activities: Pull up a carpet square, graffiti wall, cookie crush corner, bubble blaster dance party and more.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, November 9. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, November 9-December 12:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Thursday, November 26 or Friday, November 27. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Raina Telgemeier Read Alikes

Have you already read all of Raina Telgemeier's books (Smile, Drama, Sisters)? Try out one of these graphic novels next.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson


Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang



The dumbest idea ever! by Jimmy Gownley

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September may be most associated with heading back to school, but did you know that it is also Library Card Sign-Up Month? First launched in 1988, Library Card Sign-Up Month serves as a reminder that a library card is the most important learning tool of all. So what are you waiting for? Head to the Canton Public Library today and sign up for your card!

View our borrowing information to learn everything you can do with a CPL card. 

Yarr! Learn the Language of Pirates this month with Mango Languages.

This month contains  talk like a pirate day! Celebrate by learning to speak like a pirate. If your arrrren't into that you can learn 60 plus languages with your Canton Public Library card. 
Click here to check out the resource!


Picture Books for the First Day of School

Does your child have the back-to-school blues? Check out one of these great picture books to help them change that worry into excitement!

Chu's first day of school by written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Adam Rex

First day, hooray! by Nancy Poydar

Oliver and his alligator by Paul Schmid

Dad's first day by Mike Wohnoutka

Off to kindergarten by Tony Johnston ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Wordless Picture Books

Have you ever been drawn to a wordless picture book, but been unsure how to share it with your child? Check out these helpful tips, and remember that wordless picture books can be a great tool to enhance your child's literacy, whether or not he or she knows how to read.

These picture books don't need words to tell their story:

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Good dog, Carl by Alexandra Day

Wave by Suzy Lee

Tuesday by David Wiesner

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 14. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, September 14-October 24:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 12. The library will be closed.
There will be no ABC Activity Time on Saturday, October 17. Please attend our all-day Family Music Festival instead!

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 14. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, September 14-October 24:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (CommunityRoom)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no storytime on Monday, October 12. The library will be closed.
There will be no storytime on Saturday, October 17. Please attend our all-day Family Music Festival instead!

Special Needs Storytime

Please join us on Saturday, September 26 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.