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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.

Share a Story: Bug Storytime

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

From Storytime

Try a round or several of Itsy Bitsy Spider between stories.

I'm trying to love spiders: (it isn't easy.) by words & pictures by Bethany Barton

Bee dance by Rick Chrustowski

Step gently out by poem by Helen Frost ; photographs by Rick Lieder

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!

October Tween Service Corps

5th, 6th, or 7th graders - join us for October Tween Service Corps on October 24th from 1:00-2:00 PM in the Community Room.

We'll prepare for a special Halloween program on the 31st - so if you can't come on the 24th, join us on the 31st from 2:00-3:00 in the Community Room and help run the special Halloween Party!

Registration is not required.

Share a Story: Camping Storytime

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

From Storytime

Don't forget to sing a round of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!

A stick is an excellent thing: poems celebrating outdoor play by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Scare a bear by written by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

Quiet night by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by John Manders

Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Rocketship run [sound recording] by the Laurie Berkner Band

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.

Books For Babies - Bilingual

This selection of board books is perfect for bilingual families or those hoping to expose their baby to another language.

Arabic/English:



al-Alwān = Colors by designed by Hakan Şan Borteçin


Hip, hop by Catherine Hnatov










Chinese/English:


Yin yue = Music by [designed by Hakan Şan Borteçin]

Books For Babies - Touch and Feel

Babies discover the world through sensory play. Let your little one explore the world with their fingers and develop their senses with these touch-and-feel titles.


Good night, little bunny: a touch-and-feel bedtime story by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Sam Williams



Noisy world by illustrated by Maxine Davenport and Cindy Roberts


One winter's day by M. Christina Butler ; illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Books For Babies - Black and White

Do babies really like looking at black-and-white images? Yes! High-contrast images are great for visual stimulation. Try some of these titles to stimulate your baby's visual development.


I like black and white by Barbara Jean Hicks ; illustrated by Lila Prap


White on black by Tana Hoban


Black on white by Tana Hoban


What is that? by Tana Hoban

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. 

Books For Babies - Faces

Babies love looking at faces! In fact, they are hardwired to recognize faces, helping them to connect with their caregivers early on. Want to give your little one some more faces to gaze at? Here are some great titles he or she will love.

Baby faces by Margaret Miller


What's on my head? by Margaret Miller



Mrs. Mustard's baby faces by Jane Wattenberg



Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen

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

Tween Service Corps September 2015

Are you in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for an opportunity to volunteer at the library? It's time for another school year, which means our Tween Service Corps is starting back up again. We'll brainstorm about volunteer activities for October and beyond, so come prepared with any ideas you have! 

Our first meeting will be Saturday, September 12th from 9:30-10:30 AM in the Purple Room. No registration is required.