The library is closed through December 9​
  • in-person browsing, computer, and equipment use is suspended
  • holds pickup is suspended; all current holds are frozen
  • cards set to expire are renewed until January 15
  • due dates on all items have been extended until December 10; no fines will accrue
  • While MeL items still appear on your account, please be assured that all fines that have accrued during our closure will be waived.
A blue house with four groups of families.

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones.

 

Below you'll find a special selection of games to play while staying home. You can challenge your friends with competitive games or hang out with friends on social games. Video games are also a great way to escape to other worlds and play through epic stories. Lastly, exercise games are a great way to safely work out from home. Check out one of our suggested games today!

Competitive Games With Friends

The season undoubtedly looks different this year, but the Canton Public Library is here to ensure that your family stays safe at home for the holidays! CPL Librarians have compiled some of the best library resources for you to enjoy while cozied up with your loved ones. Below, you'll find a special selection of books to share as a family and a few ideas to make your reading time a little bit snazzier. 

Books to Share

All of the books listed here are available to read digitally through Hoopla. All you need is your library card to access them!

Animated Read-Along Books

These videos are animated versions of books with narration. If you have a streaming device at home, try downloading the Hoopla app so the whole family can enjoy a story together!

Other Ways to Read Together

  • Take turns acting out parts of the story.
  • Guess what's going to happen on the next page and talk about why.
  • Read a favorite book and then write your own sequel. What happens after happily ever after?
  • Get the whole family involved. Who does the best voices? Who can make sound effects? Make reading a family affair!

Get FREE access to online classes and meetups courtesy of the MDHHS Aging and Adult Services Agency. The state agency has teamed up with a website called GetSetUp to help you safely and securely learn new skills and interact with peers over the internet. GetSetUp offers live meetings with older adults from near and far. You can learn things like how to use ZOOM for a family gathering or videochat with other folks about local sports or crafting.

Follow these steps to join the service:

  1. Make sure you have an email address as well as a camera and microphone on your computer. You can also use a smartphone or a tablet.
  2. Go to the website getsetup.io/michigan. You should see the MDHHS logo in the right-hand corner.
  3. Start browsing the classes and meetups. Click the blue "Register Now" button to sign up for a session. You can just sign up for individual sessions or you can create an account to track your activity. You can also sign up to get emails about upcoming classes.
  4. The majority of classes are free. If you see a class that has a fee, you can enter the coupon code MICHIGANHEALTH to waive the fee for most classes. 
  5. We recommend you start out with the "New Member Orientation" at this web address: getsetup.io/details/new-member-orientation

If you have any questions, there is an email address and toll-free phone number at the top of the GetSetUp webpage. Please take advantage of this fun and innovative service.

Outside, the wind whistles; the temperature drops. You look skyward, and see the first white flakes of snow drifting gently towards the ground. It's the perfect time to curl up indoors with one of these wintry, snowy picture books listed below.

Sheltering in a cavern, Chirri and Chirra enjoy sweet treats, a game of marbles, soaking in a hot spring, and a comfortable rest in an igloo that is just the right size.

First snow by Nancy Viau

Friends gather outside to celebrate the first snowfall of the season with snowball fights, sledding, building igloos, drinking hot chocolate, and making the most of a windy, wintry day.

May We Suggest

Looking for something to read? We now have three services to meet your needs: May We Suggest Classic, May We Suggest Express and May We Suggest - Kids

  • May We Suggest Classic – Tell us what you like to read and a Canton Public Library librarian will respond with a curated reading list within 4 days.
  • May We Suggest Express – Get your curated reading list within 2 days, and have up to three books from that list placed on the hold shelf for you so you can start reading right away.
  • May We Suggest - Kids – For the kids! Answer a few simple questions to tell us what you need, and you will receive your own list of reading suggestions prepared by a Canton Public Library librarian within 2-4 days. 

Winter Snow Spree Drive Around

The snow will go on! You're invited to join us for a special drive-through version of CPL's Winter Snow Spree. Slowly cruise through our outdoor winter wonderland! Roll down your windows to hear live music with Melissa Behring, peep the Detroit Zoo penguin cam on a huge screen, be amazed by the Detroit Circus fire performers, as well as pick up some take home activity kits! We will safely bring the goods right to your car. Goodies given while supplies last.

Please register for one of the time slots listed below (one registration per car).

To maximize traffic flow, please come at your assigned time and enter the library's west drive from Veteran's Parkway. 

​(Snowflake by Liz West is licensed under Creative Commons)

 

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, December 16 - 7:00 PM to 7:15 PM Outdoors Register
Wednesday, December 16 - 7:15 PM to 7:30 PM Outdoors Register
Wednesday, December 16 - 7:30 PM to 7:45 PM Outdoors Register
Wednesday, December 16 - 7:45 PM to 8:00 PM Outdoors Register

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles, or you can try our May We Suggest service for more recommendations.

Kindergarten

Before she was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Also available in: video | e-video

A lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman honors the woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life, discussing her roles as a slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a nurse, a Union spy, and a suffragist.