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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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UNIVERSE OF STORIES:
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Aug. 15
Our Summer Reading Program Flyers for Children, Tweens and Teens are available now at the library.  Registration for individual programs are now open for most programs. SCROLL DOWN to see the listings!
We have programs for children ages birth to Grade 12, with a ton of options each week starting June 24.  Our last programs of the summer will be held on August 19.

Want to watch a slide show of all the program options for children and teens? Check out the summer reading presentation slideshow here: 2019 Universe of Stories Canton Public Library Summer Reading Programs
  Sponsored by The Friends of the Canton Public Library.
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Create your own free
Canton Public Library
Monday, Aug. 19
School-Aged Children and Teens can create their own individual SUMMER READING LOGS online at the Canton Public Library.  Any reading you complete after the last day of school (June 18, 2019 at noon) counts!  Every 100 minutes you read and log earns you a reward that you can pick up here at the children's desk at the library starting Monday, June 24. 

Set up your log using the link below!
TEENS (entering Grade 7 - Grade 12) : CLICK HERE TO SIGN  UP

TWEENS (entering Grades 4, 5, & 6): CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
KIDS (entering Grades 1, 2, & 3): CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Preschool Sticker Logs and Adult Reading Challenge Logs are available at the library, ask about them when you stop in! Sponsored by The Connecticut State Library and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.
Author Eric Carle&rs
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Today we celebrate one of our favorite picture book authors. Drop-in to the Children’s Room; have a free cupcake and enjoy free, Carle-themed activities with your kids all day long.
Mystery Lovers Book
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Jun. 25, 7:45 PM
Mystery Lovers Book Club, meets at a nearby Canton pub or restaurant for our book discussion. The June selection will be The Witch Elm by award-winning author, Tana French. “Left for dead by burglars while partying with friends, a happy-go-lucky charmer takes refuge at his dilapidated ancestral home before a grisly discovery reveals an unsuspected family history (LCI).”

Call, email or come by to reserve a copy of the book. All are welcome; registration is requested so we know to direct you to the chosen meeting place.
Expand Your Universe
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 11:30 AM & 12:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Expand Your Universe: DIY Galaxy T-Shirts, for teens and ‘tweens’ at Canton Public Library. Learn something new this summer with one or more of our diverse introductory workshops.  DIY: Galaxy T-shirts is taught by Ms. Sue.  Each participant will leave with their very own Galaxy T-shirt. 

Registration is required; free.  All suplies provided. Grades 4-12.
Fairy Tale Fun!
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2:00 PM
Grow a reader! Sing, talk read, write, and play at story time. Let your child learn a repertoire of traditional fairy tales chosen from the best of newer story books. Come as your favorite fairy tale character: costumes and dress up encouraged! Enjoy a story, an art project, and lots of creative activities.

Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.
Babies & Me Story Ti
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jun. 27, 10:30 AM
Let us help grow your reader.  We'll sing, talk, read and play with your baby and you.  Using nursery rhymes, finger plays, baby sign, bounces and bubbles, Children's Librarian Heather Baker provides a special 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 children ages birth to 1 year with a parent/caregiver; siblings are welcome.
Tween-ternoon: Mario
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jun. 27, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
If it’s Thursday afternoon in the summer, it’s TWEEN-TERNOON! Mario Kart Tournament action tonight will offer even more playing time with two player setup and double elimination format.  Registration is required.
Teen Night: Mario Ka
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jun. 27, 6:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
If it’s Thursday night in the summer, it’s TEEN NIGHT! Mario Kart Tournament action tonight will offer even more playing time with two player setup and double elimination format.  Registration is required.
Jammies and Jams: To
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Jun. 27, 6:30 PM
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.  Wear your jammies if you like!  Just drop-in on days that you can, and pick up nametages at the Children's Desk. 

Drop-in; Come in when you can.  For little ones ages 12-36 months with a grown-up or family member. 
Science Fridays
Canton Public Library
Friday, Jun. 28, 10:15 - 12:15 AM
It’s the third summer of our explosively popular, “drop-in” science program for families of kids ages 3-11. Borrow a discovery kit to tinker around with your family at the library. See science demonstrations and receive hands-on experiences. You can try GoldieBlox sets, building kits, gears sets, Tinker Crates, science experiments and more. Try one, pack it up, then play with another, for two fun-filled hours. Arrive whenever it suits your family best.  With the help of volunteer teen “science buddies” and staff, use new kits and old favorites each week for fun and learning. Free!
Bead Jewelry Design
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Jun. 29, 11:00 am
or call --860-693-5800.
Join Beth Van Ness for a free bead jewelry design and repair class.  Please bring at least one piece of bead jewelry to repair or loose beads that you would like to use in a piece of jewelry.  All other materials will be provided free of charge.  Please preregister online or call the library at 860-693-5800.  The class is limited to 8 participants to allow for individual instruction.  You may email Beth Van Ness with any questions at bvanness@libraryconnection.info.

Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue Canton, CT 06019
Saturday Book Conver
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Jun. 29, 1:00 PM
Saturday Book Conversations at Canton Public Library reads Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. Join us to discuss Tyler's latest novel. “Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she will ever be. A bewitching novel of hope, self-discovery, and second chances, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers (from the publisher).”

All adults are welcome. Book copies are available at our circulation desk. Registration requested; free.
Art in the Afternoon
Canton Public Library
Monday, Jul. 1, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
 STEAM experiences for children and their grown-ups led by Sue Tarinelli and Heather Baker. We offer multiple stations with different artistic experiences each week. Don’t miss demonstrations and hands-on experiences assisted by our Art Buddies teen volunteers! Free! For preschoolers and school-aged children both. Drop- in!
Ukulele Club Jam Ses
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Jul. 2, 4:00 PM
Drop-in with your uke and jam with us. Though not a formal class, you can get help learning to play and practice. Led by Children’s Programmer Megan Phan and teen volunteers, we’ll chill together in a circle while playing with friends. Ages 9 and up (or 7+ with adult). A few ukes are available if you don’t have your own. Call and ask.
Book Buddies: Tuesda
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Jul. 2, 6:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
It's the 11th year of Book Buddies at the Canton Public Library.  Each teen volunteer is paired with 1 or 2 children for an hour, sharing the fun of reading and books.  Every week includes an interactive STEAM activity with their buddy, book reading, plus group camp songs.  

Book Buddies run for 6 weeks, ending with a pizza party.  Participants should be available for at least 4 out of 6 sessions unless special arrangmenet are made with Heather Baker, Head of Children's Services. 

Registration is Required, spaces fill quickly!  For children ages 4-7.  
Book Buddies: Wednes
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Jul. 3, 11:00 AM
or call --860-693-5800.
It's the 11th year of Book Buddies at the Canton Public Library.  Each teen volunteer is paired with 1 or 2 children for an hour, sharing the fun of reading and books.  Every week includes an interactive STEAM activity with their buddy, book reading, plus group camp songs.  

Book Buddies run for 6 weeks, ending with a pizza party.  Participants should be available for at least 4 out of 6 sessions unless special arrangmenet are made with Heather Baker, Head of Children's Services. 

Registration is Required, spaces fill quickly!  For children ages 4-7.  
Fairy Tale Fun!
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2:00 PM
Grow a reader! Sing, talk read, write, and play at story time. Let your child learn a repertoire of traditional fairy tales chosen from the best of newer story books. Come as your favorite fairy tale character: costumes and dress up encouraged! Enjoy a story, an art project, and lots of creative activities.

Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.
Junior Camp NaNoWriM
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Jul. 3, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
A junior version of our very successful summer group for aspiring writers.  Camp NaNoWriMo encourages kids to write with freinds and create without having to obsess over quality.  Led by Clair Williams, pioneer of our original teen program. 

Registration Required. 
Camp NaNoWriMo
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Jul. 3, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
For aspiring writers! Write a novel or try your hand at short fiction, with real-life and online guidance.  Based on November's Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms!  Write without obsessing over quality.  Wednesdays in the month of July with an extended write-a-thon on July 31.    

Registration Required.
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