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Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

Got a case of the winter blues? Recharge with our Fully Charged Spark Sheet! Explore the many library services available to you beyond books and movies. With your CPL card, you have access to:

  • Hoopla (streaming music, comics, ebooks, movies, TV shows)
  • Kanopy (streaming movies)
  • RBdigital (digital magazines)
  • Mango Languages (language learning)

5 minutes:

Today the American Library Association announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. 

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2019 Winner

Every year, the Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan selects 20 books either set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region or are written by a Michigan author. The Michigan Notable Books program started in 1991 as part of Michigan Week celebrations designed to raise awareness of local Michigan authors who write about what makes Michigan life so unique. Selections include non-fiction, fiction, adult and children's titles that have a wide appeal to audiences of all ages and covers a variety of topics of interest to Michigan readers. My favorite is Notes from a Public Typewriter

Abbott by Saladin Ahmed

While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city's elite. In the uncertain social and political climate of 1972 Detroit, hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy. Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Star Wars: Canto Bight, Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman's search for the truth that destroyed her family amidst an exploration of the systemic societal constructs that haunt our country to this day.

Across the great lake by Lee Zacharias

As his wife lies dying in the brutally cold winter of 1936, Henrik Halvorsen takes his daughter Fern away with him. He captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across the icy lake. The five-year-old girl revels in the freedom of the ferry, making friends with a stowaway cat and a gentle young deckhand. The sighting of a ghost ship, though, presages danger for all aboard.

Sheet with goals and steps to achieve the goal

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

Planning and Goal Tracking Spark Sheets help us to get our ideas for growth visualized and helps us track what we will be doing in the new year. 

5 minutes:

Take 5 minutes to talk as a family about your goal and how you will make it happen. Sometimes it is fun to share ideas and get input from those you love to help develop the best goal and plan to make it happen.  

30 Minutes:

Take 30 minutes to watch an inspiring documentary using Kanopy (free with your CPL library card), watch a TED talk, or listening to a family friendly podcast. See the links below for some recommendations, or find one that suits your family.

Documentaries on Kanopy

Maine Girls

Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

TED talks online

Why We Laugh?

If I Should Have a Daughter...

A One-Woman Global Village

Family Friendly Podcasts

Dream Big

But Why?

Stuff You Should Know

2 hours:

Take 2 hours to make a family vision board and use it to visualize and see if your goals overlap as a family. Write down your goals from your Spark Sheets across a large piece of construction paper, craft paper, or poster board and connect lines where you see common themes and ideas. How can you accomplish things together? Is it a place to visit? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Do you need literature on how to organize or manage time wisely? How about tips on crafting? The Canton Public Library may hold the resources you need accessible online or by calling or visiting our library. What can we help your family achieve?

Try these CPL links:

E-resources

Databases

May We Suggest

Languages

Volunteering At CPL

 

 

 

HP Party with Tonks and the Aurors

Muggles and wizards alike are invited to celebrate all things magical at our Potter Party! Enjoy tasty wizard treats, play games, and make crafts while rocking out to a live musical performance by Tonks and the Aurors. Then connect with other fans over a game of Harry Potter Bingo. Costumes are welcome! Activities and food available while supplies last.

All ages. No registration required. 

[Harry Potter-54 by Carol Smith is licensed under  CC BY 2.0.]

Upcoming sessions

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Did you enjoy Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova? Then, try one of these graphic novels: 

Brave by illustrator 1979- Svetlana Chmakova
Sunny side up by Jennifer L Holm

Martin Luther King Celebration

interfaith unity quilt

Join us for a Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration activity and learning event, January 21, 12:30-5:00 PM. The event is broken into two segments.

  • Segment 1: 12:30-2:30 PM, activities for children ages kindergarten through 6th grade, ending with a peace march. 
  • Segment 2: 2:30-5:00 PM, activities, youth readings and a movie with discussion for 6th through 12th graders and adults

All are welcome to join the peace march at 2:15 PM. Please bring a pair of new underwear or socks for donations to local shelters. This event is sponsored by the Plymouth-Canton ICO, The Beloved Community and the Canton Public Library.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

The 50th Anniversaries of NASA's most historic missions happened within seven months of each other. On December 21st, 1968 Apollo 8 become the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. Then on July 20, 1969 the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first two humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle at 20:18 UTC

 

If you enjoyed reading about Z Yang, the American Girl contemporary character from Seattle, you might be interested in these titles.

 

Fiction

Krista Kim-Bap by Angela Ahn

As the weather gets colder and activities move inside, you may find yourself with some extra time on your hands. Audiobooks listed below range from 21 minutes long to 9 hours long with the majority in the 4-5 hour range. These books can be enjoyed alone or together. We invite you to enjoy one of these fresh new audiobooks at home or while traveling this chilly season. 

Also available in: print
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