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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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Mike Shalin Discusse
Canton Public Library, 40 Dyer Avenue
Monday, Oct. 22, 6:30 PM

Mark the date: the day before World Series Game 1 is Monday, October 22, when Canton Library brings in noted sports journalist Mike Shalin for a discussion about baseball. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the adjacent Community Center.  Mr. Shalin, who briefly wrote for the New York Post on baseball (about that OTHER team), and then spent 22 years covering sports at the Boston Herald, has the inside scoop on all things Red Sox. He’s also knowledgeable about New York teams. Using his new book filled with Red Sox photographs and interviews, Mr. Shalin opens the discussion with stories about star and support players, the grounds crew, Red Sox staff, alumni, and some opposing team players. He’s interested in audience follow-up questions and in sharing his enthusiasm about sports. 

In addition to his latest book, The Hometown Team: Four Decades of Boston Red Sox Photography, which features the photographs of Steve Babineau, Mr. Shalin has written numerous books including a biography of Don Mattingly.  Baseball analyst and Hall-of Fame pitcher, Dennis Eckersley, who penned the foreword to The Hometown Team, has known Mr. Shalin since Eckersley’s first stint with the Sox from ’78-‘84. With his journalist credentials, Mr. Shalin has been a Hall-of-Fame voter since 1989 and still works at Fenway as an official scorer. This speaker knows his baseball history.

Get yourself ready for the Series with a free night of baseball talk. Copies of Mr. Shalin’s scrapbook-formatted new book will be available to let us flip through the comprehensive photographs and to purchase. Registration is requested for seating set-up. Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton.  To register, please call (860) 693-5800, email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit the library.

 
Art in the Afternoon
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 15, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Make a hanging planter from air clay, a terrarium for the library, and more air plant display structures. Develop your artistic skills and have fun too!  A three-week series of creative art workshops led by Children’s Assistant, Sue Tarinelli. All materials-- including air plant--provided.  For school-aged children Grades 4 and up. The class continues October 22 and 29. Registration required; space is very limited.  Participants must be able to attend at least two of the three sessions to participate. 
Digital SLR Photogra
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 15, 3:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Bring your DSLR camera for this class, taught by Clair Williams. Get to know your DSLR: Learn to shoot in manual mode and figure out the relationship between aperture, shutterspeed, and ISO.  Special attention will be on depth of field technique. Consider entering the Teen Photo Contest! Grades 7 and up. Free; registration is required, either by phone or on the website under Upcoming Programs. Space is limited. 
Technology Drop-In H
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 15, 3:00-4:00 PM
“Technology Drop-In Help,” at Canton Public Library, with library tech services head, Beth Morrill. One-on- one or small group help with basic technology questions. Are you struggling with your new phone, tablet or e-Reader? Perhaps you are interested in talking to far-away friends on Skype or Facebook? Bring your curiosity and questions. If you have an electronic device, you are welcome to bring it with you. We are happy to help and we specialize in beginners. We also give individual tech attention by appointment. Free; no registration necessary. 
Monday Night Book Cl
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 15, 7:00 PM
“Monday Night Book Club,” at Canton Public Library reads Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan. “The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad goes historical as she recounts the story of Anna Kerrigan, who was barely adolescent when her father forged a secret agreement with the powerful Dexter Styles that she senses saved her family during the Depression. Later, while working as the first female diver repairing ships at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, she encounters Styles and begins to understand the consequences of her now-vanished father's decision. (Library Journal).” Part historical fiction, part crime story, yet emotionally rich, the book makes a big effort in building its setting, with extensive period authenticity. Copies of the books are available at the library. Newcomers welcome!
Drop-In Story Time
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 10:30 AM
Drop-In Story Time,” at Canton Public Library, presented by Children’s Librarian, Heather Baker and artist, Sue Tarinelli. Grow a reader! Sing, talk read, write, and play at story time. Join us for stories, songs, a snack, an art project, and a short, theme-related movie. Art activities are inspired by the “Making Art Together” project at the Eric Carle Museum. Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 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 with popular crafts such as friendship bracelets, perler beads, paper crafting, origami, paracording, yarn crafts, and more. Chill and create. For grades 4-12; Free; drop-in.
Oh Canada! with Mari
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 PM

Come explore the history, culture, cuisine, and “personalities” of the three Canadian Maritime Provinces: Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick, in Mariann’s talk, “The Canadian Maritimes: Kinship, Connections and Kitchen Parties.” The connections between the U.S. and our next-door-neighbors go back centuries and exist even today. Funny travel stories mixed with wonder and discovery make this presentation a special one.  Experience the Maritimes through stunning photographs, explanations and stories portrayed in a lively and engaging manner. Mariann Millard, an experienced tour director we’ve brought back for this program, has travelled extensively in the region. A question and answer period follows. Free; registration is requested.

Meeting of the Frien
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7:00 PM
Meeting of the Friends of the Canton Public Library to be held in the Library Program Room. Want to volunteer to help your library but don’t know how? Start here. Interested visitors very welcome! 
Project Lit Book Tal
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2:30 PM
“Project LIT Community,” reads The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas and meets this time at Canton High School Media Center. 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. Our official chapter will hold seven book club discussions this year. In the first meeting we will read Thomas’s award-winning book about a young African-American woman whose life is split between a suburban prep school and her poor urban neighborhood. Other books are high-interest, culturally relevant books that encourage a diverse viewpoint. Grades 7-12; free. Registration is required, register here.  Space is limited. Canton Middle/High School is at 76 Simonds Avenue, Canton. Information: call the library at (860) 693-5800, email mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
  Sponsored by Canton Public Schools.
PJ Story Time: Happy
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
“PJ Story Time: Happy Halloween!” at Canton Public Library. Children’s staff invites you to a fun evening filled with seasonal stories and music. You’ll read together, sing songs, watch a short movie, and work on a craft to complete the evening. Wear your PJs and bring a favorite stuffed friend if you like. For children 3 and up. Free; registration is required, either by phone or on the website under Upcoming Programs. Space is limited.
Baby & Me Time
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Oct. 18, 10:30 AM
Let us help 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. 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.
Learn Cyber Savvy wi
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30 PM
Does online safety and security make your head spin?  Do you *really* understand how Facebook privacy settings work?  And how come every time you even think about a product, you start seeing ads for it? To do our part for National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Library Director McCusker will lead this class and provide an overview of online safety and security concerns as well as how to be intelligent and knowledgeable about media consumption. Free; registration is requested.
Rattle & Rhyme: A To
Canton Public Library
Friday, Oct. 19, 10:30 AM
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.
Friday Family Movie
Canton Public Library
Friday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. (Friday Afternoons at 3 p.m. )
A Free Matinee! Every Friday at 3 p.m. in the Children's Room of the Library, projected on the wall of the play area. 

Check the Children's Hallway bulletin board for upcoming films, and if you have a request, let a staff member know, we may be able to add it to the lineup in a month or so!

October 12: Hotel Transylvania Summer Vacation
October 19: Coco
October 26: Hocus Pocus
November 2: Wrinkle in Time
November 9: Hercules 



  Sponsored by Friends of the Canton Public Library.
Science/STEM Book Di
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Oct. 20, 11:00 AM
“Science/STEM Book Discussion Series,” considers the book, Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans, by archaeologist and historian Brian Fagan. “What drove humans to risk their lives on open water? How did early sailors unlock the secrets of winds, tides, and the stars they steered by? What were the earliest ocean crossings like? With compelling detail, Fagan reveals how seafaring evolved so that the realms of the sea gods were transformed from forbidding barriers into highways that linked far-flung societies. From bamboo rafts in the Java Sea to triremes in the Aegean, from Norse longboats to sealskin kayaks in Alaska, Fagan crafts a captivating narrative of humanity's urge to challenge the unknown and seek out distant shores (Amazon.com)”. All adults are welcome; free. Book copies available at Circulation Desk. Light refreshments served. Call or email for more information:  (860) 693-5800, bvanness@libraryconnection.info, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Art in the Afternoon
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 22, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Make a hanging planter from air clay, a terrarium for the library, and more air plant display structures. Develop your artistic skills and have fun too!  A three-week series of creative art workshops led by Children’s Assistant, Sue Tarinelli. All materials-- including air plant--provided.  For school-aged children Grades 4 and up. The class continues October 22 and 29. Registration required; space is very limited.  Participants must be able to attend at least two of the three sessions to participate. 
Technology Drop-In H
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 22, 3:00-4:00 PM
“Technology Drop-In Help,” at Canton Public Library, with library tech services head, Beth Morrill. One-on- one or small group help with basic technology questions. Are you struggling with your new phone, tablet or e-Reader? Perhaps you are interested in talking to far-away friends on Skype or Facebook? Bring your curiosity and questions. If you have an electronic device, you are welcome to bring it with you. We are happy to help and we specialize in beginners. We also give individual tech attention by appointment. Free; no registration necessary. 
Drop-In Story Time
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10:30 AM
Drop-In Story Time,” at Canton Public Library, presented by Children’s Librarian, Heather Baker and artist, Sue Tarinelli. Grow a reader! Sing, talk read, write, and play at story time. Join us for stories, songs, a snack, an art project, and a short, theme-related movie. Art activities are inspired by the “Making Art Together” project at the Eric Carle Museum. Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 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 with popular crafts such as friendship bracelets, perler beads, paper crafting, origami, paracording, yarn crafts, and more. Chill and create. For grades 4-12; Free; drop-in.
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