Arts/Crafts

T(w)een Day of the Dead DIY

Come celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Canton Public Library. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that honors family and friends who have passed on. Learn more about this unique holiday, decorate sugar skull masks and try your hand at making a 'nicho' or shadow box frame. Nichos are often featured on Mexican alters or hanging in the home. This program is for tweens and teens. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

2018 LEGO® Building Contest

LEGO® creation

Attention Builders! It’s time for our LEGOs® in SPACE! Building Contest. Show us your most creative, outer space design. It could be a space ship, a space battle, an alien, or even a scene from a space themed book or movie.There are multiple divisions based on age: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-adult.  Contestants may enter individually or as part as a team.  Registration begins Wednesday, December 20, and the Contest will take place Wednesday, January 3.   Entries must be dropped off on January 2 between 6:00-8:00 PM or on January 3 between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 3:00-6:00 PM and an awards ceremony at 7:00 PM.  Patrons will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a Popular Vote winner separately from age category winners that will be chosen by our judges.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO®, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks, motors and materials.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO® designed kit or a project found online, in a book, or in a magazine.
  3. Your creation may not be larger than 2’ x 2’ x 2’.
  4. Participants must register online (beginning December 20) to ensure a space for display. Please also fill out the paper entry form (downloadable from the CPL web site) and bring it with you when you drop off your entry.
  5. Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a team but not both. Entering as a team is a way for families and friends to build together. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.
  6. You must adhere to the following participation schedule (see below).
  7. Canton Public Library cannot assume responsibility of LEGO® creations while they are on display, though we will have someone monitoring the room at all times.
  8. Entries must be taken home by Wednesday, January 3, by 8:45 PM.

Participation Schedule

  • Tuesday, January 2
    • 6:00-8:00 PM: drop off entries
  • Wednesday, January 3
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: drop off entries
    • 12:00-3:00 PM: room closed for viewing set-up and judging
    • 3:00-6:00 PM: public viewing and popular vote casting
    • 6:00-7:00 PM: room closed for popular vote tallying and ceremony set-up
    • 7:00-8:00 PM: awards ceremony

 

 

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, January 3 (All day) Community Room

Winter Solstice Lantern DIY

The winter solstice is December 21 and brings the longest evening of the year. Stop in to learn about winter solstice traditions around the world and make your own lantern to brighten up the dark night. 

Recommended for ages 9 & up. 

The image Lit Lanterns by Ann is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

Sunday, December 17 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Silhouette Dot Painting

cat painting

 

Looking for something fun and creative to do over Winter break? Join us for silhouette dot painting and create your  own work of art using the wrong end of a paintbrush! It looks neat and it's a blast to do. This program is for ages 9-17. Registration is required.  

Animal by GDJ licensed under CC0 1.0

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, January 4 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room

Discover Digital Photography introduces the technology that has catapulted the photographic world into the 21st century. You'll explore a broad overview of the basics of digital photography, including equipment, software, and practical uses. We'll discuss different types of digital cameras, from phones and tablets to digital SLRs, all of which offer a wide array of photographic options. We'll also help you decide what type of equipment fits your needs, and you'll have hands-on exercises so you can explore the areas that interest you.

If you enjoyed this course, Gale offers a variety of digital photography courses and photo editing courses. Some courses that may be of interest include travel photography, photographing people, and Photoshop Elements 12.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, November 8th. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Inktober is the annual drawing challenge in October for artist of all skill levels. The goal is to work on your drawing skills by completing a drawing every day during the month of October. Here are some resources at Canton Public Library for inspiration and skills to practice. 

Learning to draw in pencil has never been so easy! With Just for Fun: Drawing, aspiring artists and art enthusiasts who have never before picked up a pencil can follow incredibly simple step-by-step instructions and discover how to draw everyday subjects. Each featured subject starts with basic lines and shapes, and slowly progresses with each new step to a fully rendered, completed drawing. 

Written for art students and beginners who want to illustrate for comics and graphic novels, this book provides a thorough grounding in drawing the human form. This comprehensive self-teaching course for illustrators features more than 150 instructive color illustrations.

Interested in doing some DIY projects? Have you always been interested in drawing, but never really knew how to get started? If so, then this is definitely the course for you! Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics to drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be. You can sign up for "Drawing for beginners" by clicking on this link.

All Gale Courses are free with your Canton Public Library card, and the next set of classes will begin on Wednesday, October 18. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page.

Do you love the Medieval and Renaissance time periods? If so, you can now buy discounted Michigan Renaissance Festival tickets with the help of your library card. Michigan Adventure Pass (MAP) holders can purchase Adult tickets for $16.50 ($22.95 value) and children's tickets for $8.50 ($13.95 value). 

1.) Go to michrenfest.com

2.) Click on Tickets

3.) Click on Purchase Corporate Discount Tickets

4.) Enter Access Code: TLN17

​The Festival runs until October 1 and is located in Holly, MI (about a one hour drive north of Canton).

Learn more about Michigan Activity passes on our Community page. 

American Girl Club

Join us as we learn about a different American Girl character at each meeting through crafts, games and activities. We will explore both the historical characters and the modern day girls. No prior knowledge of the books or character is needed. If you have an American Girl doll feel free to bring her, and a friend! This program is open to ages 8-12.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, December 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Friends' Activity Room Watch Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (1 hr and 26 min) - no registration this month!
Monday, February 5 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Meet the newest American Girl, Nanea (1941)

The Kindness Rocks Project is growing in popularity all across America, including right here in Canton. Need some inspiration for painting your own rocks? Check out some of these books to get you started.

Nature crafts by Annalees Lim

Provides instructions on creating crafts from natural materials, including "pebble zoo" animals made from painted rocks.

Teaches readers how to make various craft projects inspired by nature or for use outdoors, including painting rocks to look like dominoes or nature scenes.

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