Due to wet ground and cold temperatures, our outdoor Family Storytime for today, Saturday, 10/23, at 10:00 AM has been moved to the Zoom platform. All registered patrons will receive a link to the Zoom meeting in their email. 

Children's area entrance

As CPL returns to indoor, in-person storytimes and other children's programming, having a safe and sanitary children's area of the library is at the forefront of librarians' minds during the pandemic.  Cleaning regimes may be difficult to notice by the public, as these procedures often happen outside of public view.  So how does CPL keep the Children's area clean?  Here are our cleaning protocols:

  • General cleaning: The Children's area (and the entire library) are serviced by our night-time maintenance crew, who dust and disinfect all desktops and other hard surfaces, mop hard floors with disinfectant, and vacuum carpeting every evening.  Our daytime library staff also spot clean as needed throughout the day, and the night-time crew follows up on any matters that need extra attention.  Furniture may be removed from public use if it has suffered an unfortunate accident, until it can be cleaned and is once again user-ready.
  • Manipulatives: Like our countertops and other hard surfaces, these wall-mounted items are also cleaned on a nightly basis.
  • Puppets: Our puppets are misted with isopropyl alcohol (an antibacterial liquid) each time they are returned to the library.  Additionally, our puppets are sent out for laundering three times a year; one of these cleanings preceded their reappearance in the Children's area.
  • Storytime kits: We monitor these items when returned and clean as needed.
  • Storytime toys: We have suspended ABC Time, our playtime for 0-5 year olds, as we ease into having indoor, in-person storytime sessions.  When we do bring back ABC Time, we will initially only use plastic and other hard items that are easily disinfected after each session.

In addition to regular cleaning practices, hand sanitizer is available at the Children's desk (and elsewhere throughout the library) for patrons, as are disinfectant and paper towels for cleaning mice, keyboards, or other surfaces that visitors may wish to sanitize before using.

And for those occasional incidents that merit it, we have bio-hazard tools ready to bring out at a moment's notice to handle "tossed cookies" and similar issues.

CPL wants everyone to enjoy a clean and germ-free library, and we hope that our patrons contribute to this environment by engaging in safe and hygienic behaviors during their library visits.

The Wings of Wonder Storytime for today, Tuesday, July 13, 10 AM, that was to take place outdoors has been canceled due to the soggy ground behind the library.  Registrants will be emailed a Zoom link this morning and are welcome to view the planned storytime remotely.  Please call 734-397-0999 with any questions.

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Due to the rain last night, the grounds around the library are extremely wet, and Wings of Wonder Storytime for Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 10 AM has been cancelled.  We hope to have better weather next week!

International Games Week

International Games Week logo

Celebrate International Games Week and enjoy a variety of gaming experiences at Canton Public Library during the week of November 4-10.  All events are free.  Offerings include:

  • Sunday Funday (Sunday, November 4, 2:00-4:00 PM): Drop in and try out board games.  Come as a group or find some new friends to bond with over a game board.  All ages.  No registration required.
  • Trivia Night @ the Library (Wednesday, November 7, 7:00-8:30 PM): Come solo or as a team to compete for prizes by answering a challenging range of questions on pop culture, sports, science, history, and more.  Ages 13+.  No registration required.
  • Special Edition Dungeons & Dragons  (Thursday, November 8, 7:00-8:30 PM): Roll up some fun in this dice-based role-playing game.  Ages 9-adult.  No registration required.
  • Pokemon Go Community Day (Saturday, November 10, 2:00-4:30 PM): Connect with other Pokemon Go players while enjoying refreshments and recharging stations.  All ages. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Alligator Extravaganza!

Alligator head close up

Join us in welcoming some scaly visitors to the library!  Live alligators from the Alligator Sanctuary (and a human companion) will stop by for an engaging and educational presentation.  (Their visit will also take place the same week as Reptile Awareness Day.)  Don't miss out on the chance to learn about these fascinating animals that have been around since prehistoric times!  This program is appropriate for ages 6 and up, and no registration is required.

Baby alligator by Madeleine Deaton (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

No vaping sign

Earlier this year, the Charter Township of Canton Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the Township ordinance prohibiting minors from possessing tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, vapor products, and nicotine products (Section 46-506 of the Code of Ordinances).  What this means is that if you are under 18 and vaping or in possession of vaping paraphernalia, you are committing a misdemeanor crime.

The consequences are a $50 fine, community service hours (that increase with every subsequent offense), and participation in a health promotion and risk reduction assessment program.  If you commit this misdemeanor in the Canton Public Library, you also risk being suspended from the library.  (Note that providing vapor products or alternative nicotine products to a person under age 18 is also illegal; see Section 46-505 of the Code of Ordinances.)

Learn more about vaping and e-cigarettes on the Centers For Disease Control and the Surgeon General web sites.

Vaping by Mike Mozart (CC BY 2.0)

Book cover for Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Enjoy reading while getting in your steps with our StoryWalk®, a walking journey around the Canton Public Library's exterior featuring segments of a continuous story at different stops along the way.  The StoryWalk® will be available Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 17 (Monday-Thursday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, Friday-Sunday: Noon-5:00 PM) and is enhanced with braille translations at each stop.  The StoryWalk® will not be available during inclement weather conditions.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.  This resource is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Library of Michigan.

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

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Whether becoming or simply being a teenager, there are a number of challenges and issues that tweens and teens face as they make their way through the junior high and high school years.  The titles below tackle these pressures and challenges in fictional accounts and nonfiction guides.

Fiction

The titles below address teen pressures through fictional narratives, as characters confront peer pressure, bullying, mental health issues, and other life challenges.  Suggested grade levels are provided based on professional reviews.

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