The library has moved to the next phase of our reopening plan and is now providing: ​

The building otherwise remains closed to the public.

Help your student succeed in school with access to learning resources from Canton Public Library. Why should you get your student their own card? Many of our resources have a check out limit per account, so you may max out your checkouts on some items if you use a family card. Also, registration for CPL programs is often age specific, and that is tied to your library card account, so if you'd like your student to register for a STEAM program, or storytime, they will need their own card.

Many students receive a library card when they visit the Canton Public Library for First Grade Round Up, but if you are not sure if your child has a library card, or if it's still valid, you can check by clicking over to Patron Account and enter name, and library card number, as shown below.

Patron Account

If your account isn't found, or your card needs to be updated, call us at 734-397-0999, or use Contact Us to determine the issue.

If you are applying for a card for the first time, you can use our online card application form. A temporary library card will be issued to you, which is valid for 90 days. To convert your temporary card to a permanent one, come in to the library with ID and address verification documents. This process is for students who are Canton Township residents. Students who live in Plymouth Township or City of Plymouth should visit the Plymouth District Library to obtain a library card. 

Due to overwhelming response, please allow 3-5 business days to process library card requests.

Canton Goodfellows

The Canton Goodfellows application for Christmas assistance for Canton children in need is now available. You may download it here, or from the Goodfellow's website, or pick up a paper copy at the Canton Twp. Clerk's Office. Applications must be returned to the Canton Goodfellows, postmarked by October 16. 

The Libraries Transform Book Pick, a digital reading program connecting readers nationwide to free access to the same ebook through public libraries, returns this fall! Unlimited copies of Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma will be offered by OverDrive from September 14-28, 2020.

Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and Westward expansion. This coming of age story tells of Rosa, who was never embraced by her mother and siblings, nor did she accept the typically female role proposed for her. As her story comes out, interwoven with her later, both difficult, life in what is now Montana, the conflicts between white and black, man and woman, heightens. 

If you are looking for suggestions for a not-yet-reader who has just begun their reading journey, browse this list for some ideas to get them started. Don't forget to keep reading together to continue building their vocabulary and reading positivity. Take a look at our Early Literacy databases for additional resources.

I can run by Murray Head

The I Like to Read series is a great place to start. Featuring simple storylines and simple sentences, a variety of authors and illustrators and topics give readers an abundance of choice. The newer editions have Guided Reading levels clearly printed on the cover.

Today I will fly! by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie team up to deliver a fun, thoughtful introduction to reading. Entirely made up of dialogue, highly relevant plotlines, and a lot of repetition, the Elephant and Piggie series is delightful to read aloud, and is a fantastic way to keep reading from becoming a chore.

2020 is proving to be a year unlike anything else we've experienced. Covid-19 has affected every aspect of life in our communities. Many families with college-bound students have to reconcile with a virtual college experience instead of living on campus for the fall semester. Does your student have to "college at home?" No worries. We've compiled a list of online resources at the library that can be helpful for your stay-at-home while staying-safe college student. 

Student Studying at Home
  • Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary resource for scholarly research. Subjects range from Animal Science to Zoology. Articles are peer-reviewed and full-text. If you're looking for scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals, this database is for you.
  • Ebsco eBook Academic Collection offers a wide selection of high-quality academic eBooks curated by librarians. Perfect for the remote learner. 
  • Gale Courses offers college students access to GRE test preparation as well as skills reviews and refreshers to math and sciences. Courses run for 6 weeks and are taught by college instructors. Gale Courses is available to Canton residents with a Canton library card.
  • LearningExpress Library provides access to a range of academic skill-building tutorials for those interested in achieving their educational goals. 

Conversations about race can be uncomfortable and challenging, but are ultimately necessary to create a more just society. The books and resources below may serve as a starting point in important anti-racist work.

E-books and E-audiobooks

Based off the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

So, you've started bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, and maybe have started using less straws when you get drinks. But have you ever thought about the eco-impact of your clothes? How about the human impact? Do you know about the fabrics in your wardrobe? Or who made your clothes, and if they're paid living wages?

These authors and documentarians dive into all these issues and more.