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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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Technology Drop-In H
Canton Public Library
Monday, Sep. 24, 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. 
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 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.
The Mystery Lovers B
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Sep. 25, 7:45 PM
“The Mystery Lovers Book Club,” at Canton Public Library, meets at the library at 7:45 pm and goes to a nearby Canton pub or restaurant for our book discussion. The September selection is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the birth of the FBI, by David Grann, a story of greed, prejudice and murder that in the first half of the 1920s was one of the earliest big cases tackled by the FBI using the early science of criminology. Osage Indians, who due to oil production on their land were all quite wealthy, became a target of white bad actors who conspired to kill them and any witnesses for gain. Call or come by to reserve a copy of the book. All are welcome; registration is requested.
Nutmeg Teen Book Dis
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 3:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
At this meeting teens will discuss Ghost, By Jason Reynolds. The plot: “at school, Castle "Ghost" Crenshaw is taunted about where he lives and what he wears. He also has an anger management problem, but the kid can run, really run. Supported by a loving mother and a tough but caring track-and-field coach, Ghost learns a few lessons about life and teamwork while reminding readers of the potential in everyone. Nuanced characters facing real-life problems delivered with the author's irresistible warmth and humor (SLJ Reviews).” The Nutmeg get-together is a perfect choice for students who want to read their way through the 2019 Award Nominees, from now through the next school year. For students entering Grades 6-8. Pick up book copies at the library, then read the book before attending the discussion. Registration required, either online on the Upcoming Programs listing, or by phone; free.
Nutmeg Intermediate
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 6:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
The book club will discuss the September selection The Hero Two Doors Down, then have a snack, and finally make a fun, book-themed craft. More than a book club, the group samples the intermediate grades’ nominees of the 2019 statewide Nutmeg Book Award so they can help determine which book will get the award. For children in grades 4-6. Free; registration is required, either by phone or on the website under Upcoming Programs.
Saturday Book Conver
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Sep. 29, 1:00 PM
“Saturday Book Conversations,” at Canton Public Library reads A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. "Sentenced as an incorrigible aristocrat in 1922 by the Bolsheviks to a life of house arrest in a grand Moscow hotel, Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov is spared the firing squad on the basis of a revolutionary poem he penned as an idealistic youth. Condemned, instead, to live his life confined to the indoor parameters of Metropol Hotel, he eschews bitterness in favor of ‘committing himself to practicalities.’ As he carves out a new existence for himself in his shabby attic room and within the magnificent walls of the hotel-at-large, his conduct, his resolve, and his commitment to his home and to the hotel guests and staff together form a triumph of the human spirit. As Moscow undergoes vast political changes and countless social upheavals, Rostov remains, implacably and unceasingly, a gentleman (Booklist Reviews)." A bestseller and on everyone’s “best books of the year” list when it was published, the book is very popular. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Light refreshments served. Call or email for more information:  (860) 693-5800, bvanness@libraryconnection.info.
Unraveling America&r
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Sep. 29, 2:30 PM
Combining archival audio, rare film, well-researched storytelling, and collective music-making, Mr. Harris, a master percussionist, educator, and author, leads an exciting, free musical journey. We’ll visit old-time Appalachian fiddlers and bluegrass banjo players and cover Americana experimenters and beyond.  Mr. Harris is author of The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music (2014, 2017); Heartbeat, Warble and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music (2016); and the latest, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Old-time, and Americana Music (May 2018). Let yourself be immersed in an acoustic experience exploring the creative history of American “roots” music. Registration is requested, and there is no charge for the program.
Coffee and ...
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 1, 10:00 AM
Enjoy free coffee and baked goodies the first Monday morning of each month, courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Discover what’s available at the library-- more than just loaning books!
Teen Photography Con
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 1, 10:00 AM
“Teen Photography Contest!” Submissions continue at Canton Public Library through Friday, October 26, the deadline. Enter the first-ever Teen Photography Contest at the Canton Public Library!  Inviting all aspiring middle and high school photographers to snap and submit potential award-winning photos.  Submissions will be featured in November’s month-long photographic art show at the Library. Open to Farmington Valley residents and students in grades 7-12.  Drop off your 8x10 photos to the library or email high-resolution jpgs to mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org.  All emails should include name, age, grade, school, and photo title.  If you are dropping off a physical photo, your name, age, grade, school and photo title should be listed on the back of the print.  Maximum of three photographs per teen. Winners will be judged by a panel of local photographers and artists and will be announced at the opening reception and awards ceremony at the Library on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:00 PM. The exhibit will be on display from November 1st – November 30th. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.
 
Smartphone Photograp
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 1, 3:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
The camera you have on you is your best camera! In this class, taught by Clair Williams, you’ll learn to take quality photos with your phone. The focus will be on composition. Make your phone a fun, creative tool and 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. 1, 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. 
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 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.
Teen Games Unplugged
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 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.
PSAT, SAT, & ACT Pra
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Oct. 6, 11:00 AM
or call --860-693-5800.
“PSAT, SAT, & ACT Practice Testing,” at Canton Public Library, run by C2 Education, an area provider of tutoring and college test prep services. Receive free practice under realistic testing conditions. C2 also provides printouts of test scores within a week or so, and includes recommendations on subject areas needing more study. Included is a free, follow up consultation of up to one hour. Registration required, either online on the Upcoming Programs listing, or by phone. There is no charge for this important college planning program. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information or to register: call (860) 693-5800, email mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org
Canton Public Librar
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 8
Canton Public Library will be closed for Columbus Day. It will reopen Tuesday, October 9 at 10:00 AM.
Technology Drop-In H
Canton Public Library
Monday, Oct. 8, 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. 
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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.
Town Historian Offic
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4:00-6:00 PM
Town Historian David Leff is walking every road in Canton.  He’s keeping a log of his walks that include comments on the history of the street and its current status.  Eventually the road log will be posted online and readers will be invited to share their own experiences and reminiscences.  So far David has walked close to 50 roads in town.  Anyone who would like to join him to walk their street or another road can contact him at onktaadn@comcast.net.  A writer and former Poet-in-Residence of the New England National Scenic Trail, David will be available to answer questions today, assist with research, chat about history, and swap stories about Canton’s heritage. No appointments required, free.
Almost Sunrise: Movi
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:00 PM
“Almost Sunrise: Movie Screening for Veteran’s Support,” at Canton Public Library. Be there to share information and learn about veteran health initiatives supported by Farmington Valley Health District’s veteran support organization, Resilience Grows Here. The free documentary film, winner of five 2016-2017 film festivals, tells the inspiring story of two Iraq War combat veterans who embark on a 2700 mile cross-country trek to try to come to terms with their haunting military experiences. It’s “an unprecedented portrait of those who return from war; rich, complex, far more hopeful. Almost Sunrise allows us to connect with a universal human aspiration for happiness, and through Tom and Anthony’s genuine search for it, be reminded of our common, soaring possibilities.” Registration is requested for seating set up.  Information: check the website at www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call or email Beth Van Ness: (860) 693-5800, and bvanness@libraryconnection.info. Also visit www.sunrisedocumentary.com and YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kTgVXuli8s for the film trailer.
 
Teen Games Unplugged
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 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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