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Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of November 9. 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, November 9-December 12:
  • 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 Thursday, November 26 or Friday, November 27. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.

Starfish Family Services: Try Encouragement

On Monday, November 23, from 6:30-8:30 PM the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Try Encouragement. Participants will discuss the benefits of using encouragement with young children. Starfish staff will then introduce three exciting encouragement strategies to try in your daycare or home setting. Starfish will no longer be offering childcare for these events.

26th Annual Tail Wagger's Bowl

Love to bowl? Love to help animals? The 26th Annual Tail Wagger's Bowl fundraiser will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Woodland Lanes in Livonia. Tail Wagger's is a non-profit organization that provides affordable preventative and wellness clinic services for pets. They also accept donations and offers the area's only pet food assistance pantry. Please register by November 1 online or call Tail Wagger's (734-855-4077) to save your spot.  





Share a Story: Purple Storytime

Did you miss our purple storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own colorful storytime.

From Storytime

Try this counting rhyme, which can be adapted to just about anything!:  
     Five little eggplants, sitting in a bowl. (Hold up 5 fingers) 
     One fell out and started to roll. (Roll your hands) 
     It bounced on the table (Slap your knees)
     And hit my feet - how many eggplants are left to eat? 
     (Repeat until all the eggplants are gone)

Sally and the purple socks by Lisze Bechtold

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Putumayo Kids presents Rock & roll playground [sound recording] — We used Let's Shake for our Parachute Song, but it's a great one to just boogie down to!

Other Stories and Songs

Chicken, pig, cow and the purple problem by Ruth Ohi

Thrills and Chills with Hoopla

Trying to get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky movies and music? Hoopla has kid-friendly Halloween fun that is always available for your computer or smart device!

Grab your Canton Public Library card and check out Hoopla's Halloween movie and music collections for all the best in Halloween entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.

Books For Babies - Nursery Rhyme Board Books

Introduce your baby to traditional, well-loved nursery rhymes in durable board book format. Here are some titles to get you started.

The itsy bitsy spider and friends by illustrated by Samantha Meredith


My favorite nursery rhymes by illustrated by Sanja Rešček and Hannah Wood





Share a Story: Circus Storytime

Did you miss our circus storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own big top storytime.

From Storytime

A small surprise by Louise Yates

Wolf won't bite! by Emily Gravett

The acrobat by Alborozo

Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times [sound recording] by Gill, Jim

Snacktime! [sound recording] by Barenaked Ladies

This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Other Stories and Songs

Tree ring circus: based on a true story by written and illustrated by Adam Rex

Books For Babies - Stories in Rhyme

Stories written in rhyme have numerous benefits. They tune your child in to all the sounds of a word, help them learn how sounds combine and blend to form words, and help them learn how to hear and identify a steady beat or rhythm. Try some of these fun books to get rhyming with your child today.


Babyberry pie by Heather Vogel Frederick ; [illustrations by] Amy Schwartz


When you were born by Emma Dodd


Ten tiny babies by Karen Katz


Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox ; [illustrations by] Helen Oxenbury


Tickly toes by Susan Hood ; Barroux

Books For Babies - Lift The Flap

Lift-the-flap books are a great way to build up your baby's brain. They can help develop fine motor skills and establish object permanence. Try this selection of lift-the-flap titles available at the Canton Public Library.

Toes, ears, & nose!: a lift-the-flap book by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by Karen Katz



Guess what? — food by Yusuke Yonezu


Cheep, cheep: pop-up fun by text by Jonathan Litton ; illustrations, Kasia Nowowiejska


Share a Story: Clothing Storytime

Did you miss our getting dressed storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own clothing storytime.

From Storytime

I love my hat by Douglas Florian ; illustrated by Paige Keiser

Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by story by Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) ; art by James Dean — This is a pretty easy story to memorize and pull out in the grocery line, at bathtime, or anytime the little ones are getting squirrely.

Clothesline clues to jobs people do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook ; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes [sound recording] by Gill, Jim — A round of Silly Dance Contest is always a welcome treat.

Blue moo [sound recording]: 17 jukebox hits from way back never by lyrics by Sandra Boynton ; music by Boynton & Ford — The One Shoe Blues is a great song, whether you have a parachute or not.

Mental Illness Awareness Week


This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Below are some suggested materials on the topic provided by librarians at the Canton Public Library.

For additional YA/Teen books please follow this link

What is mental illness? by Richard J. McNally






Just like someone without mental illness only more so: a memoir by Mark Vonnegut


Telling is risky business [electronic resource]: mental health consumers confront stigma by Otto F. Wahl


Furiously happy: a funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson

World Sight Day 2015

October 8 is World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness held to generate global attention on blindness and vision impairment.For those unfamiliar with the free service, the Braille and Talking Book Library offers audio books, magazines and braille titles to Michigan residents with visual or physical disabilities that are unable to utilize standard print materials. Canton Public Library is a demo site; interested individuals can try a digital talking book machine before enrolling in the program.

Time for Twos

Children, who are 18 months old to not yet three, may join us with their caregiver for stories and activities designed just for their age group. We'll read books, sing songs, and then enjoy some water play.

Registration will begin October 26.

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

Learn Oktoberfest German with Mango

For the month of October, learn to speak German for Oktoberfest with Mango Languages! This is free with your Canton Public Library card. Mango has over 80 languages to learn so check out the resource here today!

Share a Story: Monster Storytime

Did you miss our monster storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own spooky storytime.

From Storytime

Have fun singing "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Make up your own actions to go with the song.

And try a version of the Chocolate Chip Ghost.


Yeti and the bird by written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Oh no, Little Dragon! by [by Jim Averbeck]

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

Coping with the Death of a Pet

Death is no easy topic to address, and the death of a beloved pet is no different. While everyone's grief is different, and not all of the following books will be appropriate for all situations, here are some suggestions for books that deal with the death of a pet.

NONFICTION

Good-bye, Jeepers: what to expect when your pet dies by Nancy Loewen ; illustrated by Chris Lyles


Tear soup: a recipe for healing after loss by story by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen ; illustrated by Taylor Bills







GENERAL FICTION

The bug cemetery by Frances Hill ; illustrated by Vera Rosenberry

The Goodbye Book by Parr, Todd

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.