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STEM Books for Young Readers

The Cook Prize honors the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) picture books published for children each year. Check out the winner or one of the honor books today. 

Winner

Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George ; paintings by Wendell Minor


Honor Books

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks


Mr. Ferris and his wheel by written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis ; illustrated by Gilbert Ford


Mysterious patterns: finding fractals in nature by Sarah C. Campbell ; photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

K Club

A Merry time will be had by all at our K Club program on Saturday December 12, 2:00 -2:45. We will have great stories, activities, crafts and a snack centered around a Christmas theme. This program is for children ages 4-6 and promotes creativity, listening and thinking skills. Registration required.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Please choose a Monday OR Friday session as this is a registered program. Sessions begin Monday, November 9 and end Friday, December 11. Registration is online and begins Monday, October 26. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30
Fridays, 1:00-1:30

Unconventional Princess Picture Books

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood ; illustrated by Meg Hunt



Princess-in-training by Tammi Sauer ; pictures by Joe Berger



The princess and the pony by Kate Beaton


Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole


The paper bag princess by story, Robert N. Munsch ; illus- trations, Michael Martchenko

Michigan Activity Pass

Michigan Activity Pass hot air balloon logoSaturday, September 26 is Family Health & Fitness Day USA Make the most of the day and the beautiful fall weather by visiting a state park. Library card holders can print a free or discounted pass through the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program to state parks, camp grounds, area museums and much more.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

Preschool Storytimes

Preschool Storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Please choose a Monday OR Friday session as this is a registered program. Sessions begin Monday, September 14  and end Friday, October 23. Registration is online and begins Thursday, August 27. We welcome you at ONE of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00-10:30
Fridays, 1:00-1:30

Family Reading Night: Space

Celebrate World Space Week at our Family Reading Night on Tuesday, October 6, from 7:00-8:00 PM. Attendees, ages 4-8, will hear space themed stories, participate in a series of activities, and receive a free book to add to their own personal library. Registration begins September 24.

The Legend of the Sleeping Bear- Video

Have you ever visited (or wanted to visit) the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes? This video tells the legend of the Sleeping Bear which it was named after. Watch this video here

Inkless Tales- Online Stories Poems Games and More!

Inkless tales houses a gre3at collection of videos, poetry, games, coloring sheets, homework help, and much more on a variety of topics. Check it out here

Read a Book or Have It Read to You on BookFlix!

Check out BookFlix to earn any of your electrified badges. BookFlix has books by popular authors and offers both fiction and non fiction books on a variety of topics. The books can be listened to or read along with by the reader and some feature animation which can draw the reader into the magic of the book! Click here to check out BookFlix today!

CYS Final Celebration

You have worked all summer long and now we celebrate our fantastic summer! Join us on Saturday, August 15 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM for great fun including: and much, much more!  Can't wait to see you there!
Shout out to our summer partners listed here! We couldn't have done it without you! 

Touch a Truck


Automobile enthusiasts young and old are invited to touch a truck on Wednesday, August 5 from 10:00-11:30 AM. We’ll have a fire truck, ambulance, police cruiser and more. No registration required.

First Grade Mystery Suggestions

First Grade

Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Peter Pan: lost and found by Susan Hill ; illustrated by Michael Hague ; inspired by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan

The cat food mystery: a Pet Club story by Gwendolyn Hooks ; illustrated by Mike Byrne

The Berenstain Bears and the spooky old tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Kindergarten Mystery Suggestions

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas