Activities

Rosie's Girl Texting on Dog Beach--Long Beach--United States Photo by kevin turcios on Unsplash

 

Sharing an experience creates a bond between two people. Sometimes we share a moment of time together. Other times we tell someone about something we went through alone. Reaching out to share time, resources, memories, or even ideas helps to build our relationships and our community.

Share Your Summer Activities

 

Welcome to 62 Days of Summer STEAM!  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Scroll down to find different STEAM topics to explore this summer. We've got something for all ages and interests.

Don't forgot to check out our STEAM titles, we've got books on every topic, and plenty for grownup readers, too.

STEAM Booms and Builds

As we have increased our time at home over the past year, taking full advantage of summer fun in our own backyards is a must! There are so many fun things to do without having to go out and spend a lot of money. Even if you invest in some new games, you can use them all summer and for years to come. Some days just sand, shovels and buckets keep the kids busy, while cooling off with some water action when it gets hot. We also have books at the library to help get some of those backyard ideas coming. Head back to 62 days of summer for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Backyard idea book by Lee Anne White

 

Complete this 62 Days activity by learning something you didn’t know about the Canton Public Library or by asking us questions. 

 

Exercise Your Curiosity about the Library

  • Use the “Ask a Librarian” option on our Contact Us form to ask a reference question remotely.
  • Use Social Media to ask us a question, tell us how we are doing, or learn more. Find and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

  • Explore a limited staff directory and meet a few of the people who keep CPL up and running.

Thorndyke the Bear and Little Buddy

 

Meet Thorndyke and LB

Thorndyke T. Bear is our resident library bear. Thorndyke and his friend LB (Little Buddy) keep an eye over the Children's Library and have adventures. You can follow their exploits at Thorndyke Thoughts.

          Thorndyke the Bear  
          1200 S. Canton Center Road
          Canton, MI  48188
 

Explore Hidden Gems of the Library

  • Have you noticed the art located in and around the library? Discover our sculptures, quilts, paper mache works, bronze statues, vintage posters and more in a video, see most of the art with a 'walk' through via Google, or stop by the Information Desk to get a map and see the art in person.
  • Get a quick look at our sorting system when it was first set up. The sorter room is our hub for all returning materials and is visible through the glass doors on the way to the Children's section. 

 

Learn about the Library's History

Take a Deeper Dive into Libraries

Explore these resources to learn even more about libraries beyond the Canton Public Library. We are just a small part of a larger tradition of community service.

Libraries and Books: A Celebration for Children

Teen Fiction About Books 

Celebrate Libraries and Books: Reading for Adults

 

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to make all kinds of discoveries in your own neighborhood, home or community!  Come up with your own scavenger hunt ideas, or use the resources here as inspiration. 

Enjoy tracking down treasures in books, at home, and around the community, and don't forget to share your discoveries with us.

On social media, tag us on Facebook and Twitter @CantonLibrary or on Instagram @CantonPublicLibrary so we can see what you've been up to. 

It's the day we're all waiting for...in a galaxy far, far away. Enter the world of Jedis, Sith, Rebels, Mandalorians, and Yodas of all ages! Here are some quick links and library materials to help you celebrate this annual tradition.

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU

  • Official Star Wars Day website - Head here for videos, free activities, and info on all things Star Wars.
  • The Mandalorian Junior Novel (eBook) - A junior novel retelling of the first season of the smash-hit, instantly iconic Disney+ series, The Mandalorian.
  • The Ultimate Star Wars And Philosophy (eAudiobook) - Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas's creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy.
  • Star Wars: The High Republic - Long before the Clone Wars, the Empire, or the First Order, the Jedi lit the way for the galaxy in a golden age known as the High Republic! Check out the newest (oldest?) chapter in the Star Wars saga with books for all ages on hoopla.

The High Republic: The Great Jedi Rescue (read-along eBook)

The High Republic: A Test Of Courage (Juvenile eBook)

The High Republic: Into The Dark (YA eBook) 

The High Republic Adventures (eComic) 

Library Books and Comics

Michigan Activity Pass logo

Discover Michigan’s premier cultural and natural attractions using your Canton Library card.

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP), presented by The Library Network, is a partnership between Michigan libraries and hundreds of Michigan state parks, historic sites, cultural attractions, campgrounds, and recreation areas.

Library patrons can access hundreds of participating institutions by visiting the Michigan Activity Pass website to print or download a pass to their mobile device. Some partners offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only. Each Michigan Activity Pass expires one week from the date it is printed or downloaded.

As of May 1, thirteen metroparks, including Delhi Metropark in Ann Arbor and Lower Huron Metropark in Belleville, are now included in MAP passes.            

Here is just a small sample of places that are open and waiting for you:                                   

  • Plymouth Historical Museum
  • Plymouth Community Arts Council
  • Maybury State Park
  • Mill Race Historical Village
  • Yankee Air Museum
  • Proud Lake Recreation Area
  • Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Michigan Science Center
  • Pinckney Recreation Area
  • Troy Historical Village
  • Longway Planetarium
  • Gilmore Car Museum
  • Howell Nature Center

For the latest information before visiting, check out MAP’s Facebook page.

 

Enjoy a series of playlists that will make you want to grab a dance partner and get on your feet. Dancing is a great way for all ages to have fun together and build gross motor skills. Try one of our themed playlists to get yourself in the mood to get moving! Playing Spotify playlists does require a free Spotify account.

 

Other fun playlists to try:

Get creative and transform ordinary paper lunch bags into something collaborative and creative!  A summer memory scrapbook journal made from paper lunch bags is an easy and economical way to keep track of your summer memories. You can collect pictures, stories and other treasures in one place to cherish for many summers to come. This project is for all ages and abilities! Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Paper Bag Book

Here are the supplies you need to get started on your summer memory book project: 

  • paper lunch bags, craft or gift bags with handles
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • glue sticks
  • construction paper
  • crayons, glitter pens, markers
  • any kind of colorful ribbon or yarn
  • craft/scrapbooking embellishments

Michaels is one of the largest arts and crafts suppliers in the state. The Ideas That Inspire from the Michaels Design Team are expert crafters who offer DIY tutorials for just about every craft project under the sun. Jo, one of the design team members, created an easy and inspirational how-to video on making a Paper Bag Book.

FeltMagnet is a website created by crafters, quilters, and artists who share their expertise and knowledge for craft enthusiasts looking for high-quality, content-rich crafting inspiration. There's a tutorial for personalizing a Paper Bag Scrapbook. 

Iheartcraftythings is a website created by a busy mom and blogger who writes about arts and crafts projects with her kids. It's bursting with kid-friendly ideas for crafting activities, including for those with sensory and fine motor issues. The how-to page for making a Paper Bag Summer Memory Book For Kids has a supplies list, step-by-step instructions, and photos illustrating every step in the process. 

CreativeBug is a fun and inspirational resource accessible to CPL cardholders. Learn new crafting skills, find projects for every occasion, and watch DIY videos by design experts and artists. A creative craft project is just a click away!

Single Person Having a Dance Break in their Home

 

Complete this square by hosting a home dance party or by choosing a dance activity of your choosing.

To host a home dance party you will need:

  • A Person or Persons interested in dancing (required)
  • Music (recommended)
  • Special Outfits (optional)
  • Disco Ball, Instruments, Scarves or other Accessories (optional)

 

Music Resources from the Library

  • Find dance music on Hoopla** or browse its Dance Your Way to Health video category.
  • Explore our Alexander Street American Music database,** which features an entire dance category. For other music and movement tastes, Alexander Street also has Jazz, and Classical Music options.
  • Check Out our Summer Jams playlists for more music ideas.

**Hoopla and Alexander Street databases are accessible with a Canton Public Library card.

 

ePrint and eAudio Highlights

How do you dance? by Thyra Heder
Also available in: e-book

People of all different shapes, sizes, and ages demonstrate how they like to dance, but one boy does not want to dance and wants to be left alone. A lovely tribute to dancers of all ages and styles.

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