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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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LOG your Summer Read
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Aug. 19 (From June 26 to August 19, 2017)
School-aged Children and Teens can sign up online to create their SUMMER READING LOGS at the Canton Public Library.  You can log your reading from June 22 through August 19, and earn rewards for every 100 minutes you read.  

Rewards are available now at the Canton Public Library's Children's Desk, and the Summer Reading Pool Party bracelets have arrived (Grades 1-6).

TEENS (entering Grade 7 - Grade 12): CLICK HERE to create your log or add to it.
Kids Entering GRADE 1 and GRADE 2CLICK HERE to create your log or add to it.
Kids Entering GRADE 3 and GRADE 4CLICK HERE  to create your log or add to it.
Kids Entering GRADE 5 and GRADE 6CLICK HERE  to create your log or add to it.

  Sponsored by A Grant from the Connecticut State Library and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.
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Pre-Reader Logs avai
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Aug. 19 (Pick up a log any time between June 26 and August 19!)
Children who aren't yet in school can log the books read to them to earn their own rewards at the Canton Public Library.  

Stop by the Children's Desk to pick up a Sticker Log.  

Add a sticker, provided with the log, for each book or chapter your child has read aloud to them.  Fill the card, then return it to the library, and your preschooler can pick a reward from the treasure box right then and there!  Fill three cards and earn a paperback book your child can keep forever.  From June 26  through August 19, 2017. 

If your child has a favorite book, add a sticker for each and every time you read it to them!

If you don't have time today to stop by the Children's Desk to pick up a pre-printed card with stickers attached, HERE is a sticker log you can print yourself. Use your own stickers or just make happy faces in each box.  

Thanks to the Friends of the Canton Public Library for donating the Treasure Box Rewards and the Paperback Books! 
Sponsored by The Friends of the Canton Public Library.
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Register NOW for Sum
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Aug. 19 (Programs and Events from June 26 through August 19, 2017)

We're excited to present our 2017 Summer of Programs and Events for Children and Teens!  

We'll have more than 100 different programs at the Canton Public Library from June 26 through August 19, for kids aged 0-18.  
Check out our flyers for more details.  

REGISTRATION is now open (except for the end of summer Lock-In events.) Teens can register for programs via the links on the individual events on our website. 

You'll also be able to sign up to log the minutes you read over the summer, and earn valuable rewards for meeting and exceeding your reading goals!  Click HERE to learn more about starting your log. 



  Sponsored by The Friends of the Canton Public Library..
July Brings Some Bea
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jul. 27, 10:30 a.m. (Thursdays in July at 10:30 a.m. )
Children’s Librarian Heather Baker leads stories, songs, and a short movie for kids and their stuffed animal friends!  Followed by a beary special craft with artist Sue Tarinelli.  For children ages 3 to 8, with a parent or caregiver and a teddy bear. DROP IN. No registration needed. Please stop by the Children’s Desk first for a nametag (and borrow a bear if you need one!)

Thursdays at 10:30 am
July 6:          Bears on Parade
July 13:        Teddy Bear Campfire
July 20:        Teddy Bear Picnic
July 27:        Bears Love to Party!
 

 
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jul. 27, 3:00 p.m.
Bring whatever you're interested in! No current project? We have supplies for popular crafts like zentangling, paper crafting, origami, paracord, yarn crafts, and more. 
Thursdays, 3-4:30
Drop-In Program in the Teen Section
Teen Night - Galaxy
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jul. 27, 6:00 p.m.
or call --860-693-5800.

Feel like doing some kinda gross hands-on science? Want to creep out your friends or your little brother?  We are making SLIME this summer! Mix it up with ingredients that are safe and not too hard to find at the store. Choose your color combination. Watch it glop and ooze and reform into a sticky stretchy puddle. Add ingredients and see what changes. 

All supplies provided. Wear something you don't mind getting dirty (although slime washes off, food coloring can be tricky to get out of clothes). 
Registration Required.
For Teens entereing grades 7-12

Teen Night - Galaxy
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jul. 27, 7:00 p.m.
or call --860-693-5800.

Feel like doing some kinda gross hands-on science? Want to creep out your friends or your little brother?  We are making SLIME this summer! Mix it up with ingredients that are safe and not too hard to find at the store. Choose your color combination. Watch it glop and ooze and reform into a sticky stretchy puddle. Add ingredients and see what changes. 

All supplies provided. Wear something you don't mind getting dirty (although slime washes off, food coloring can be tricky to get out of clothes). 
Registration Required.
For Teens entereing grades 7-12

Science Friday -- Dr
Canton Public Library
Friday, Jul. 28, 10:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. (Friday Mornings in July in the Children's Room)

New This Summer

Science Fridays -- A new drop-in program for families of kids ages 3-10.
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orrow a discovery kit to tinker around with your family while here at the library. You can try GoldieBlox sets, building kits, gears sets, Tinker Crates, science experiments, and more. Try one, pack it up, and then play with another, for two fun-filled  hours. 
Arrive whenever it suits your family best. New kits and old favorites each week! DROP IN. 
Fridays in July from 10:15-12:15, for kids and grownups together

 
Geek Club: Minecraft
Canton Public Library
Friday, Jul. 28, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (Fridays from 3:00-4:30)

ALL CLASSES ARE FULL, including wait list.   

Get geeky on Friday afternoons with Shona Kidd!  Bring your own device with Minecraft PE or use one of the library's iPads to exercise your creative skills and build the challenge of the day.  Kids should have a basic knowledge of Minecraft OR please contact the library ahead of time for a "Minecraft 101 refresher", offered each Friday at 2 p.m. by teen helpers.  For kids entering grades 2 and up.  12 participants per class.
Fridays from 3:00-4:30 pm, June 29 to Aug 4
  • June 30: Build a Dream House 
  • July 7: Build a Landmark (anywhere on Earth)
  • July 14: Build a Disney Castle
  • July 21: Design a Labyrinth
  • July 28: Design a Roller Coaster
  • Aug 4: Build a Canton/Collinsville Landmark
Movie (and More) Nig
Canton Public Library
Friday, Jul. 28, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
For Students entereing grades 4-7
July's FREE night of fun for Tweens includes a movie, Hide-and-Seek in the library stacks, and more fun led by Teen Programmer Clair Williams and Library Staff.  Registration is a MUST for this after-hours program, snacks are included (but not dinner).  For those entering grade 4 through grade 7, the library will be closed to everyone else! We will be showing two movies that you can choose from, Beauty and the Beast and The Lego Batman Movie.  
Tween After Hours Ev
Canton Public Library
Friday, Jul. 28, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
or call --860-693-5800.

NOW FULL, including Wait List. WOW, we are thrilled to have more than 50 kids grades 4-7 registered for this special event!


For Kids entering Grades 4-7, on Friday July 28, from 6:00 pm to 10 pm in the library.  

A movie, Hide-and-Seek in the Library, and games!  All for FREE!  
Advance Registration is absolutely required. (event is now full. 6/30/17)
Snacks are included, but NOT dinner.  

The library will be CLOSED to everyone else! We'll contact you to tell you the special password to enter.

What movie are we showing? Lego Batman AND Beauty and the Beast, you choose what room to be in to see the movie you prefer!

This event will be run by Ms. Clair, Ms. Heather, Ms. Sarah, Roka, Larken and Mika.
 
Junior Camp NaNoWriM
Canton Public Library
Monday, Jul. 31, 3 p.m. (Mondays, June 26 - July 31, 3-4 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.

FULL. You can request a spot on the wait list.  

Junior Camp NaNoWriMo is a junior version of our very successful summer group for aspiring writers. Camp NaNoWriMo encourages kids to write with friends and create without having to obsess over quality. Led by Clair Williams, pioneer of our original teen program. For kids entering grades 4-7.
Registration is limited to 22 participants. 
Mondays June 26– July 31 at 3 pm from June 26 to July 31
 
Music for Me at 10:1
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 10:15 a.m. (Tuesdays, June 27 - August 8, 10:15 a.m.)

DROP IN, for infants and babies with a parent/caregiver.

Live music, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and a read-aloud led by Michelle Fenton Begley.   Babies love bouncing ongs with wiggles and tickles.
Please stop by the Children’s Desk first for a nametag.
Tuesdays at  10:15 am from June 27 to August 8



 
Music for Me at  11:
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 11:00 a.m. (Tuesdays, June 27 to August 8, 11:00 a.m.)

DROP IN.  For walkers & toddlers up to 36 mo. with a parent/caregiver

Live music, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and a read-aloud led by Michelle Fenton Begley.  Toddlers enjoy parachute play and action songs.  
Please stop by the Children’s Desk first for a nametag.
Tuesdays at 11:00 am from June 27 to August 8



 

 
Let’s LEGO
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2:00 p.m. (Tuesdays, July 11 - August 8, 2 p.m. )
or call --860-693-5800.

It’s screen free, sharpens STEAM skills, and is tons of fun! Join us for a LEGO “free build” session. With Children’s Intern Larken McCarthy. For children entering Grades 2 & up. 

Tuesdays at  2:00 pm
Registration is limited to 18 kids per class.

ALL CLASSES ARE NOW FULL (unless you already registered.) Thank you!


 
 
Camp NaNoWriMo Works
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Aug. 1, 3:00 - 4:30 pm (Tuesdays, June 27 - August 1, 3:00-4:30 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.
For aspiring teen writers!  Write a novel or try your hand at short fiction, with real-life and online guidance. Based on November's National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! Write without obsessing over quality.  Registrants must have an email address.  Led by the pioneer and creator of our NaNoWrimo programs, Clair Williams.  

For teens entering Grades 7 - 12. 

There will be an extended write-a-thon on Tuesday, July 25.
 
Drawing, Shading & S
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Aug. 2

Our August 2 class is FULL.  Try another date!

Use high quality materials, provided by the library, and learn to draw in a short class with artist Susan Tarinelli.  For kids entering grades 4 & up. It is possible to attend two classes with the same "title", students can learn more at each class! Registration is limited to 12 kids per class. 
Wednesday at 2 pm.   FREE Classes last 1 hour. 
  • June 28: Learn to Draw
  • July 5: Drawing, Shading & Sketching
  • July 12: Learn to Draw
  • July 19: Drawing, Shading & Sketching
  • July 26: Learn to Draw
  • Aug 2: Drawing, Shading & Sketching
“Chillin&rsquo
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1:15 pm (Every other Wednesday on 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16, and 8/30/2017)
Watch a recent movie with popcorn and a drink for free! Showing in Room B in the air-conditioned library/community center; recommended for adults or ages 13 and up. Presented in cooperation with the Canton Senior Center. Free; no registration necessary. 

The Vow (2012), romantic drama (Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, PG 13), 7/5/2017

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), action/adventure fantasy  (PG-13, Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth), 7/19/2017
Zookeeper (2011), romance/comedy (Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, PG), 8/2/2017
Safe Haven (2013), romantic drama thriller (Josh Duhamel, Julianne Hough, PG 13), 8/16/2017
The Pink Panther (1963), comedy drama (David Niven, Peter Sellers, NR), 8/30/2017
PJ StoryTime: Constr
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.

THIS EVENT IS FULL. 

Accompany Children’s Programmer Sarah Prattson on storytime adventures in your PJ’s! Books, songs, a craft, a snack, and a short book-based movie are part of the fun. 
Each event also includes a VEHICLE for a touch-a-truck experience!
Registration is required,  For children ages 3-8, on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
  • August 2: Construction Zone
  • August 16: Help on the Highways
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Aug. 3, 3:00 p.m.
Bring whatever you're interested in! No current project? We have supplies for popular crafts like zentangling, paper crafting, origami, paracord, yarn crafts, and more. 
Thursdays, 3-4:30
Drop-In Program in the Teen Section
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