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Minecraft Hunger Games (All Ages)

Tuesday, November 17, 4:30-6:00PM. Compete to be the last one standing in Minecraft Hunger Games and you could go on to an international championship. Will you survive?  Participants must have their own PC account. Playstation and XBox accounts are not compatible with our server. For all ages. Registration required.

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

Hoopla eBooks and eComics coming November 01

Exciting news: on Sunday, November 1st, Hoopla is getting even better! In addition to streaming movies, TV, music and audiobooks, you can now use your Canton Public Library card to check out Hoopla's eBooks and eComics! Just like everything else on Hoopla, these eBooks and eComics are always available. 

In the meantime, you can use your library card to check out great music, movies and more on your tablet, smart phone or computer!

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.

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.

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Club in October

DiceRoll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming.  This monthly program takes place the fourth Monday of every month. Have fun using your imagination while also working on building problem-solving skills, practicing mathematics and chart-reading, and learning new vocabulary. The next session is October 26, 4:30-5:30 PM.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice.  This program is suggested for ages 9-12.  Families are welcome.  No registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

HeroScape Gaming

heroscapeBring your imagination and your strategic mind when you play HeroScape, a table-top strategy game, at the Library on Monday, October 19, 7:00-8:30 PM.  This program is for ages 9-12 and their families, and no registration is required.

heroscape by Ronald Villaver (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Cartooning in the Digital Age

Cartooning in the Digital Age is a two-hour program by veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here).
The first part, The Basics of Cartooning, is a fast and fun workshop for middle schoolers through adult, covering every step in creating a comic strip: creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, pencilling, inking, and coloring.
The second part, The Technology and Business of Cartooning, is oriented towards mature teens and adults. Bill demonstrates how to use computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and how to make money doing it.
Join us on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30-8:30 for one or both parts of this smart and information workshop!

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.

High School Essay Writing Assistance

Are you laboring over your college entrance essays? How about that writing assignment for class? Come to the library and get the assistance you need. Our writing tutor is a former college business writing teacher and has experience in helping high school students with their college essays and other reports. She will be here to help you by critiquing your writing and offering suggestions for improvement at the library on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 PM, beginning on October 7. Please bring a physical printed copy of your work for critique. Students will be helped on a first come, first served basis. Time may be limited based on demand.  Sessions will take place in Group Study Room C in the East Wing of the library. 

[What I get paid to read by Lorianne DiSabato is licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

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.

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.

Epic Action Comedy Graphic Novels For Tweens and Teens

Like Bone or Dragon Ball? Try one of these:

Amulet. Vol. 1. The stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi


Secret Coders by Yang, Gene Luen/ Holmes, Mike (ILT)


Mouse Guard. Vol. 1. Fall 1152 by story & art by David Petersen


Legends of Zita the spacegirl by [text and illustrations by Ben Hatke]


Target practice by Mike Maihack


Artemis Fowl: the graphic novel by adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin ; art by Giovanni Rigano ; color by Paolo Lamanna

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.

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!