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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.
 Limit by audience:
Music for Me: A Lap-
Canton Public Library
Friday, Apr. 28, 10:15 a.m. (Fridays in April and May at 10:15 a.m. (not on 4/14))

A Drop-In Musical Story Time with Ms. Michelle in April & May at Canton Public Library. Live music, nursery rhymes, baby sign, finger plays, and a read-aloud to encourage the singer in you and your little ones.  Babies delight to bouncing songs along with wiggles & tickles. The half-hour session closes with classical music and bubbles. With Children’s Programmer and musician Michelle Fenton Begley. Age: all babies and prewalkers, accompanied by a caregiver.  Siblings who can mostly sit still are welcome.  Drop-in (no registration required); free; please stop at the children's desk first for a nametag

For infants and babies (ages 0-1) and their families.
Music for Me: A Drop
Canton Public Library
Friday, Apr. 28, 11:00 a.m. (Fridays at 11:00 in April and May (not on 4/14))

A Drop-In Musical Story Time with Ms. Michelle in April & May at the Canton Public Library. Live music, nursery rhymes, baby sign, finger plays, and a read-aloud. Toddlers will love our parachute play and action songs. The 45 minute session closes with dancing, classical music and bubbles. No registration required; free; please stop at the children's desk first for a nametag

For children up to 36 months, accompanied by a caregiver, and their families.
KnitFlix: Crafting a
Canton Public Library
Friday, Apr. 28, 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Join us for this special after-hours program that has become a fun, monthly crafting entertainment: "Knitflix." Bring your knitting, crocheting, or other craft, and work away during a screening of an enjoyable movie in the company of other crafters. A pre-movie “meet, greet, and eat” lasts from 6-7:00 PM; bring your dinner, mingle and make friends, and share projects, tips, and techniques.  Film starts around 7:00 PM.  Not a crafter? Not a problem!  Feel free to come and enjoy the movie and the company. Drinks and sweet treats provided. Registration required; teens welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information or to register: call (860) 693-5800, email smccusker@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Saturday Book Conver
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 1:00 PM
   Our members insisted on our annual tradition having our Book Chat in April. Everyone brings a favorite book and takes about ten minutes to introduce it to the group.  All adults are welcome at our book discussions.  Pick a favorite and come join us.

For more information about Saturday Book Conversations or Book Chat please contact Beth Van Ness in the Reference Dept.  860-693-5800 or bvanness@libraryconnection.info.
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
The Thirteenth Annual Crossword Puzzle Tournament at Canton Public Library is sponsored by The Friends of the Canton Public Library. Check-in between 12:00 P.M. and 1:00 P.M. New puzzles for tournament to be provided courtesy of Will Shortz, N.Y. Times Puzzle Editor. Free; prizes awarded to top finishers and other categories. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Monday, April 24.  Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton.  For information: (860) 693-5800 or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
The Drum Circle at C
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Apr. 29, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Have fun with this creative, community activity. Discover your rhythmic energy! Participants encouraged to bring their own drums. All ages and experience levels are welcome, just drop in! Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: check the website at www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call or email Beth Van Ness: (860) 693-5800, and bvanness@libraryconnection.info. 
Art Smarts: May Grou
Canton Public Library
Monday, May. 1, 1:30 p.m. (Mondays, May 1, 8 & 15 1:30 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.
Due to the success of our Little Makers Club for children aged 4 & 5, we're pleased to pilot a new program  -- ART SMARTS-- for younger children to learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) skills!  In ArtSmarts, little ones will get very hands-on with new experiences, creating, exploring, and building, with lots of messy play. The May session will be held on May 1, 8 & 15 at 1:30 p.m.
We'll have a new session each month, with participants invited to join Ms. Heather and Ms. Sue for three Monday afternoons of fun.   
Please wear clothes suitable for messy play, and let us know if your child has any sensitivities. We don't plan to serve snacks, but sometimes our activities may put children in contact with wheat, oil, dyes and other natural substances.    Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend with their little ones.  If you need to bring another child with you, please let Ms. Heather or Ms. Sue know to see if we can make suitable accomodations.  

 Registration for both the APRIL and MAY groups will begin on March 15. 
May Drop-In Story Ti
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, May. 2, 10:30 a.m. (Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.)
In MAY we’ll be celebrating Fairy Tales all month long!  Stories, songs, snack, a short movie led by Children’s Librarian Heather Baker plus a special craft led by master crafter Sue Tarinelli. No sign-ups needed. Stop by the Children's Desk for a nametag before coming to this popular program for children ages 3 and up (with a parent/caregiver).

5/2/17     Little Red Riding Hood

5/9/17     Jack & the Beanstalk
5/16/17   Goldilocks
5/23/17   The Three Pigs
 Little Makers Club
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, May. 2, 1:30 p.m. (Three Tuesdays May 2, 9& 16 at 1:30 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.
Little Makers Club with Heather Baker and Clair Williams is back for its second year!  Children aged 4 & 5 tinker, design, create and explore on three Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m.  Please expect to attend ALL THREE dates: May 2, 9 & 16.
We are excited to get messy, make things, take things apart, and enjoy the process of creating and learning about technology with kids at the library.  Please wear clothes suitable for messy play, and let us know if your child has any sensitivities. We don't plan to serve snacks, but sometimes our activities may put children in contact with wheat, oil, and other natural substances.   
 May DIY Club: Print
Canton Public Library
Thursday, May. 4, 3:15 p.m. (Thursday May 4, 11 and 18th )
or call --860-693-5800.
Kids grades 4 and up can join our "Printing with Styrofoam" @ DIY Club on Thursdays May 4th, 11th & 18th  from 3:15 to 4:15 pm with Ms. Sue Tarinelli. 
We'll be working with brayers and ink, styrofoam, pencils and carving tools to create our artwork. 
All supplies are provided, program is free!  
 *For kids Grades 4 and up
*Limited to 10 participants
*Advance Registration only
 
Music for Me in the
Canton Public Library
Thursday, May. 4, 6:30 p.m. (Thursdays in April and May at 6:30 p.m.)
A Drop-In Musical Story Time with Ms. Michelle in April & May. Come play and shake your sillies out in this drop-in program. We will sing nursery rhymes and play games with a parachute. We’ll then cool down with a “family read,” some bubbles and snuggling, followed by lullabies from around the world. Pajamas encouraged!  No registration required; free; please stop at the children's desk first for a nametag.

For small children (ages 0-4) and their families.
Music for Me: A Lap-
Canton Public Library
Friday, May. 5, 10:15 a.m. (Fridays in April and May at 10:15 a.m. (not on 4/14))

A Drop-In Musical Story Time with Ms. Michelle in April & May at Canton Public Library. Live music, nursery rhymes, baby sign, finger plays, and a read-aloud to encourage the singer in you and your little ones.  Babies delight to bouncing songs along with wiggles & tickles. The half-hour session closes with classical music and bubbles. With Children’s Programmer and musician Michelle Fenton Begley. Age: all babies and prewalkers, accompanied by a caregiver.  Siblings who can mostly sit still are welcome.  Drop-in (no registration required); free; please stop at the children's desk first for a nametag

For infants and babies (ages 0-1) and their families.
Music for Me: A Drop
Canton Public Library
Friday, May. 5, 11:00 a.m. (Fridays at 11:00 in April and May (not on 4/14))

A Drop-In Musical Story Time with Ms. Michelle in April & May at the Canton Public Library. Live music, nursery rhymes, baby sign, finger plays, and a read-aloud. Toddlers will love our parachute play and action songs. The 45 minute session closes with dancing, classical music and bubbles. No registration required; free; please stop at the children's desk first for a nametag

For children up to 36 months, accompanied by a caregiver, and their families.
Meditation 101
Canton Public Library
Saturday, May. 6, 2:00


Christopher Massey, of Zen Arts Center, a licensed massage therapist and holistic arts practitioner, will help you discover a new and different meditative experience, "one breath at a time!"  Learn how to start and expand your practice of meditation. Several meditational styles may be introduced, perhaps Sacred Fire, Chakra, Tree, Talisman or Mindfulness Meditation.

The program is recommended for beginner, novice to intermediate level students of meditation. Please bring a yoga mat or towel.  

Registration is required and space is limited.  To register, call 860-693-5800 or email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org.  ?Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton. 

 
Art Smarts: May Grou
Canton Public Library
Monday, May. 8, 1:30 p.m. (Mondays, May 1, 8 & 15 1:30 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.
Due to the success of our Little Makers Club for children aged 4 & 5, we're pleased to pilot a new program  -- ART SMARTS-- for younger children to learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) skills!  In ArtSmarts, little ones will get very hands-on with new experiences, creating, exploring, and building, with lots of messy play. The May session will be held on May 1, 8 & 15 at 1:30 p.m.
We'll have a new session each month, with participants invited to join Ms. Heather and Ms. Sue for three Monday afternoons of fun.   
Please wear clothes suitable for messy play, and let us know if your child has any sensitivities. We don't plan to serve snacks, but sometimes our activities may put children in contact with wheat, oil, dyes and other natural substances.    Parents/caregivers are welcome to attend with their little ones.  If you need to bring another child with you, please let Ms. Heather or Ms. Sue know to see if we can make suitable accomodations.  

 Registration for both the APRIL and MAY groups will begin on March 15. 
May Drop-In Story Ti
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, May. 9, 10:30 a.m. (Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.)
In MAY we’ll be celebrating Fairy Tales all month long!  Stories, songs, snack, a short movie led by Children’s Librarian Heather Baker plus a special craft led by master crafter Sue Tarinelli. No sign-ups needed. Stop by the Children's Desk for a nametag before coming to this popular program for children ages 3 and up (with a parent/caregiver).

5/2/17     Little Red Riding Hood

5/9/17     Jack & the Beanstalk
5/16/17   Goldilocks
5/23/17   The Three Pigs
 Little Makers Club
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, May. 9, 1:30 p.m. (Three Tuesdays May 2, 9& 16 at 1:30 p.m.)
or call --860-693-5800.
Little Makers Club with Heather Baker and Clair Williams is back for its second year!  Children aged 4 & 5 tinker, design, create and explore on three Tuesday afternoons from 1:30-2:45 p.m.  Please expect to attend ALL THREE dates: May 2, 9 & 16.
We are excited to get messy, make things, take things apart, and enjoy the process of creating and learning about technology with kids at the library.  Please wear clothes suitable for messy play, and let us know if your child has any sensitivities. We don't plan to serve snacks, but sometimes our activities may put children in contact with wheat, oil, and other natural substances.   
The Highly Sensitive
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, May. 9, 6:30 PM


A special presentation and discussion comes to Canton Public Library on Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m., in which Maura Harris, MS, will explore the topic “The Highly Sensitive Person.”  This program is for those with social, emotional, and educational challenges resulting from heightened sensitivities, or for parents of similarly sensitive children.  Do bright lights, loud sounds, strong smells sometimes overwhelm you?  During busy days, do you wish you could get away to a darkened room or some other private place?  Were you known as sensitive or shy as a child?  Do you get rattled when under pressure to perform?  Do you avoid violent movies and TV, and deliberately avoid overwhelming situations?  The trait, also known as Sensory Processing Sensitivity, is normal and is experienced by 15-20 percent of people.
 
Ms. Harris bases her approach partly on the methodologies described in Elaine Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person.  An educational strategist and therapist, Maura Harris runs a professional practice which helps people create coping strategies to accomplish their goals.  A question and answer session and discussion follows.
 
The program is free, although registration is requested to allow for seating setup.  Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton.  To register, call (860) 693-5800 or email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org.


 
May Jr. Book Club -
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, May. 10, 6:30 p.m.
or call --860-693-5800.
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30 PM— “Jr. Book Club,” at Canton Public Library. A guided book club for 1st through 3rd graders, run by staff programmer Sarah Prattson. Each book chosen for the group to read is by design the first in a popular series, and sequels will be available during the meeting to take home. This month’s selection: Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week, by Caroline Adderson and Ben Clanton. Boys and girls alike are sure to love this chapter book about a quirky but endearing boy who finally gets to be his school's Star of the Week. Read the book before attending the discussion. Pick up book copies at the library. Includes a craft and a small snack. Registration required; free. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information or to register: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org
 May DIY Club: Print
Canton Public Library
Thursday, May. 11, 3:15 p.m. (Thursday May 4, 11 and 18th )
or call --860-693-5800.
Kids grades 4 and up can join our "Printing with Styrofoam" @ DIY Club on Thursdays May 4th, 11th & 18th  from 3:15 to 4:15 pm with Ms. Sue Tarinelli. 
We'll be working with brayers and ink, styrofoam, pencils and carving tools to create our artwork. 
All supplies are provided, program is free!  
 *For kids Grades 4 and up
*Limited to 10 participants
*Advance Registration only
 
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