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Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at Canton Public Library! All events are free and open to the public. Registration required where noted.
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F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
2nd Annual Teen Phot
40 Dyer Avenue
Friday, Oct. 25

Enter the 2nd annual Teen Photography Contest at the Canton Public Library! We are asking aspiring middle and high school photographers to snap and submit photos that they think are award winning.  All submissions will be featured in an art show at the Library.

 This contest is open to all area residents in grades 7-12.  Please drop off or mail your 8x10 photos to the  library. All photographs must have name, email or phone number, age, grade, school, photo title and photo category listed on the back of the print.  Maximum of two photographs per teen.  Photos must have been taken within the last year.  Winners will be judged by a panel of local photographers and artists. 

Submission deadline is Friday, October 25. Winners will be announced at the opening reception and awards ceremony which will take place at the Library on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 PM. The exhibit will be on display from November 1st – November 30th.

*To submit high-res images from your phone, choose “Actual Size” when emailing. For digital cameras, choose “JPEG-Large” and set the image quality at “FINE.”

**Categories are Portrait, Landscape/Nature, Animals,  Abstract/Design, Manmade, and Digitally Enhanced.

 

F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Nappy’s Puppet
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m.
Canton Schools are closed for Election Day, but the library is open with and hosting a performance from our favorite Shadow Puppeteer.  Children ages 3 and up will love Jim Napolitano's quirky, silly tales - and their grown-ups ALWAYS tell us that Nappy's Puppets is their favorite children's show, since he's truly so funny and engaging!  Not every performer can keep the whole family entertained during their peformance - Jim is one of those special ones!

Guarantee your spot by signing up online and showing up at the Children's Room Desk before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5th.  Drop Ins are then welcome to attend until the performance space is full.  Children under the age of 3 may attend if they sit on the laps of their grown-ups (and their grown-ups head out with them to the hallway or to the library if they become boisterous or bouncy!)

 
Be Creative with Sue
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday, Oct. 21, 3 - 4 p.m. (Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m.)
We invite kids grades 4 and up to join  Children's Programmer and local artist Sue Tarinelli on Monday afternoons to learn new skills and creative outlets!  Sue creates new opportunities for kids to learn and practice art-quality craft each month. We meet in the Children's Room of the library. Stop by the desk by 3 p.m. to pick up a nametag.

This October:
Learn Basic Embroidery &  Make Mini Hoop Embroideries to Keep

    Mondays - October 7th, 21st, & 28th  3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • For kids Grades 4 & up
  • SIGN UP online TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT
  • you can drop in & try it out if you prefer
  • FREE/all materials provided
  • learn to decorate your own clothes & bags
Monday Night Book Cl
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 21, 7:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
The Monday Night Book Club reads Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver at Canton Public Library. “Unsheltered is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. With history as their tantalizing canvas, these characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future (HarperCollins).”

Newcomers welcome! Registration requested, free. Copies of the books are available at the library.
Drop In Story Time (
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Our popular weekly story time is presented this week by Children's Librarian Heather Baker  and artist, Sue Tarinelli. Grow a reader!  Sing, talk read, write, and play at story time. We'll read several stories together, we’ll sing songs, make a craft and watch a short book-related movie.   Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 3:00 PM
If you have a hobby or project, bring it in to work on. No current project? We have free supplies and can help you make creative crafts such as knitting or duct tape projects, hand lettering, pom-pom creatures, perler beads, embroidery, sewing/felties, and more. Chill and create.

For anyone in grades 4-12; Free; drop-in.
New Adult Crafters&r
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
or call --860-693-5800.
Do you like to craft and meet other crafters?  Come join our new meet-up.  You can work on your own project, get inspiration and ideas from your friends and neighbors and even score some free supplies or gift supplies that you don't need.  Call the library to register or use our website to register.  The library has all sorts of crafting resources that you can use whlle you are here.  Come check it out! 
Project LIT Book Dis
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
“Project LIT Community,” reads Monster, by Walter Dean Myers, which won the Michael J. Printz Award (ALA) for young adult literature. The plot: “While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken (LCI).” We’ll meet at Canton High School’s Media Center for our official chapter’s Project LIT book discussion.  

Started as a Nashville educator’s community project to increase access to good books in areas with very limited reading opportunities, Project LIT grew into a school/library partnership to create enthusiastic readers through offering the right kind of books: high-interest, culturally relevant books that encourage a diverse viewpoint. Grades 7-12 (if you can make the meeting, you don’t have to be a Canton student); free. Registration is required, either by phone or on the library website under Upcoming Programs. 

Information: https://sites.google.com/cantonschools.org/cantonprojectlit/home.
Teen Games Unplugged
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3:00 PM
Try some favorites: “Sorry,” “Wig-Out,” “Guess Who,” “Uno,” or “Sleeping Queens.” Or more recent additions: Scattergories, Sequence, Yahtzee, and Rummikub (a cross between card game, rummy, and Mahjong). Discover all kinds of games you can play without electronics in a free afternoon of fun with Teen Librarian Meghan Glasgow.

For students grades 4-12; just drop in. If it’s new to you, we’ll teach you how to play.
Rattle & Rhyme: A Dr
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Thursday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m. (Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.)
 Let us help grow your reader. We’ll be introducing toddlers and their loved ones to language, literature and the library through songs, rhymes, stories and games. Free; no registration required. Just drop-in on days that you can, and pick up nametags at the Children’s Desk. For toddlers ages one to three years with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Homework Helpers
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Oct. 24, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Need tutoring? The Canton High School National Honor Society is volunteering members’ time for free with drop-in homework help and test preparation every Thursday afternoon in the Teen Zone. All ages are welcome. Founded in 1921 by a national association of high school principals, National Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. If desired, appointment times can be made in advance by emailing teen librarian Meghan Glasgow.
Baby and Me Story Ti
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Friday, Oct. 25 (Fridays at 10:30 a.m.)
Start early and let us help you grow your reader!  We’ll sing, talk, read and play with your baby and you. Using nursery rhymes, fingerplay, baby sign, bounces and bubbles, Children’s Librarian Heather Baker will provide a half hour of library time to build early literacy skills in our youngest children, and families gather and play for the rest of the hour. Free; no registration required. Just drop-in on days that you can, and pick up nametags at the Children’s Desk. For babies ages birth to 1 year with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Mystery Lovers Book
40 Dyer Avenue, Adult Services Librarian
Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
or call --860-693-5800.
Woodstock at 50 Year
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Celebrate the Woodstock Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary with the return of musician and lecturer, Craig Harris. A percussionist, storyteller, educator, author, music historian, and radio host, Craig Harris will deliver an action-packed 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 music and art festival that includes archival audio/video, behind-the-scenes stories, joyful singing, collective music-making, and a half-century of memories.

Free. Registration is requested, either online on the Upcoming Programs listing, or by phone. 
Be Creative with Sue
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday, Oct. 28, 3 - 4 p.m. (Mondays from 3 to 4 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.
We invite kids grades 4 and up to join  Children's Programmer and local artist Sue Tarinelli on Monday afternoons to learn new skills and creative outlets!  Sue creates new opportunities for kids to learn and practice art-quality craft each month. We meet in the Children's Room of the library. Stop by the desk by 3 p.m. to pick up a nametag.

This October:
Learn Basic Embroidery &  Make Mini Hoop Embroideries to Keep

    Mondays - October 7th, 21st, & 28th  3:00 - 4:00 pm
  • For kids Grades 4 & up
  • SIGN UP online TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT
  • you can drop in & try it out if you prefer
  • FREE/all materials provided
  • learn to decorate your own clothes & bags
Drop In Story Time (
40 DYER AVE, CANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m.
Our popular weekly story time is presented this week by Children's Librarian Heather Baker  and artist, Sue Tarinelli. Grow a reader!  Sing, talk read, write, and play at story time. We'll read several stories together, we’ll sing songs, make a craft and watch a short book-related movie.   Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

SPECIAL THIS WEEK: Wear a costume if you like! We'll go "practice trick-or-treating" in the library and community center!
Census Bureau Inform
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Visit with a representative of the US Census Bureau as they get geared up to conduct the upcoming national census. Learn about available job opportunities for adults during the 2020 census, both for this fall and next year.
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3:00 PM
If you have a hobby or project, bring it in to work on. No current project? We have free supplies and can help you make creative crafts such as knitting or duct tape projects, hand lettering, pom-pom creatures, perler beads, embroidery, sewing/felties, and more. Chill and create.

For anyone in grades 4-12; Free; drop-in.
The Connecticut 169
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Author Marty Podskoch will share some of the special, less well known places in Connecticut that he reveals in his book, The Connecticut 169 Club. He’ll show images and discuss our state’s most amazing, least known places. You can take your own notes or buy his available book, full of highlights of our 169 towns, which has room to be officially marked by town hall, the library, or any resident in that town. Time for questions follows.

Registration is requested, either online on the Upcoming Programs listing, or by phone.
Teen Games Unplugged
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 3:00 PM
Try some favorites: “Sorry,” “Wig-Out,” “Guess Who,” “Uno,” or “Sleeping Queens.” Or more recent additions: Scattergories, Sequence, Yahtzee, and Rummikub (a cross between card game, rummy, and Mahjong). Discover all kinds of games you can play without electronics in a free afternoon of fun with Teen Librarian Meghan Glasgow.

For students grades 4-12; just drop in. If it’s new to you, we’ll teach you how to play.
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Email the Library: smccusker@cantonpubliclibrary.org