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The environment is important to Canton Public Library and the Canton community. Canton Green Resources:

Savvy Seniors: December 2015

Looking for information?  Gale Cengage Learning* databases provided by Canton Public Library include tools and special features to make information accessible in a variety of circumstances. When a document is opened the “Listen” feature icon is displayed and enables a user to hear the article/information read aloud. 

*Gale databases include: Academic OneFile,  InfoTrac, General Virtual Reference Center, and General OneFile.

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.

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.

What We're Reading: September 2015

This month we're not reading, but watching.  Check out these films.

SuperMensch [videodisc]: the legend of Shep Gordon.  Recounts the career and times of talent manager and Hollywood insider Shep Gordon, told through interviews with Shep Gordon himself as well as Alice Cooper, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Douglas, Anne Murray and many of his other clients and friends.  Mike Myers directed this film.

  

Birders [videodisc]: the Central Park effect.  A look at the vast variety of wild birds which can be found in Manhattan's Central Park and the birdwatchers who flock to the park to see them.


Explore the Michigan Wildflower Database

Spend some time exploring this database of beautiful flowers found in Michigan. The Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Wildflower Database includes pictures and tells you which flowers are native to Michigan, their habitats, and the time of year in which they bloom. They're even organized by color so you can find out what's in your own backyard!

Click here and let us know what you discover when you claim your badge!

Camp Out with Your Favorite Characters: Easy Readers

The camping trip by Catherine Hapka ; pictures by Anne Kennedy

Flat Stanley goes camping by created by Jeff Brown ; by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

Rocky and Daisy go camping by Melinda Melton Crow ; illustrated by Mike Brownlow

Bert and Ernie go camping by illustrated by Ernie Kwiat

Olivia goes camping by adapted by Alex Harvey ; based on the screenplay written by Patrick [sic] Resnick ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Sustainable Teens

47 things you can do for the environment by Lexi Petronis with environmental consultant Jill Buck

Going blue: a teen guide to saving our oceans, lakes, rivers, & wetlands by Cathryn Berger Kaye ; with Philippe Cousteau & EarthEcho International

Kids who are changing the world by a book from the GoodPlanet Foundation ; photographs by Yann Arthus- Bertrand ; text by Anne Jankéliowitch

Deep in the Forest

The princess bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure by the "good parts" version, abridged by William Goldman

Through the woods by stories by Emily Carroll

Into the forest by Jean Hegland

Journey into Mohawk Country by as written by H.M. van den Bogaert ; with artwork by George O'Connor ; and color by Hilary Sycamore

West of the moon by Margi Preus

Lose Yourself In Gardening

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmer's Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, interesting varied vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday, from 9:00AM-1:00PM, through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Rouge Rescue 2015

Rouge River clean upEach spring Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward the common goal of improving the Rouge River for generations to come. This annual river clean up event, known as Rouge Rescue, began in 1986 with volunteers removing large quantities of trash from the river. If you are interested in spending a few hours with your friends and neighbors cleaning up the Rouge River on Saturday May 30 (a few sites are working earlier in May and on June 6) visit their website for the most up to date list of sites or call 313-792-9621.

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, technology, engineering and math and what do you get?  STEM!  A fun way for kids in grades 2-5 to learn new things. Our focus this month will be on the environment in anticipation of Earth Day.  Join us on Saturday, April 11, 1:00-2:00 PM in the Community Room.  Registration is required.

Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey

It’s all about survival! On Saturday, April 25 at 2:00-3:00PM, engaging raptors including an owl, falcon and EAGLE, will visit the Community Room to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Join our friend from the Leslie Science and Nature Center as they present a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts and provide a stimulating introduction to these birds of prey. Help us round out our Earth Week celebrations by appreciating the beauty of these Hunters of the Sky!

[bald eagle by Eric Begin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Backyard Birdsong

I now can identify certain birds by song thanks to this book. The Backyard Birdsong Guide: A Guide to Listening by Donald Kroodsma is a real treat — especially as Spring approaches. Look up a variety of birds located in Eastern and Central North America and you will find a photo of the bird, a brief description, information about their habitat, as well as information about their singing. But what is really nifty is that you can then punch in the number located next to the bird in the sound device located in the book and listen to the bird singing!

DTE Will Recycle Your Refrigerator

You can get rid of your old working refrigerator by letting DTE Energy recycle it for you through their Appliance Recycling Residential Program. DTE will pick up your old working refrigerator and then mail you a check for $50. In addition, DTE will pick up your old working freezer and mail you a check for $50. They will also pick up old working room air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers which will qualify you for a $20 rebate (must be picked up with a refrigerator or freezer). They recycle 95 percent of the old refrigerator they collect. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Great Outdoors eLectrified Suggestions

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, delicious food vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

There are few things more enjoyable than launching a kite into the sky and watching it soar!  Jamie Nye, from Turtle Toys of Clarkston, has been flying kites for over 20 years.  Wind willing, she will join us on July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM to show us how it's done as well as guide us through building our very own kite to take home and try ourself.  Kite kits are limited. This program is designed for patrons aged 5-12 years old, registration is required and begins on May 26. 
[Great Lake Kite Festival by Rachel Kramer is licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0]