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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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Rattle & Rhyme: A To
Canton Public Library
Friday, Mar. 22, 10:30 - 11:15 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. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are events for teens and children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800.
First Annual Teen Wr
Canton Public Library
Monday, Mar. 25, 10:00 AM
The library is excited to host its first Teen Writing Contest, and will accept submissions starting today (through Thursday, April 18) from teens in all area towns.  Stories will be judged in three different categories based on grade level: Grades 7 & 8, 9 & 10, and 11 & 12. The top three writers in each age/grade group will be invited to read at our Garden Reading on May 20, 2019. Writers chosen to present their work will also have the opportunity to participate in a Spoken Word Presentation workshop led by well-known local author Beth Vrabel. Beth has published a number of popular middle grade and young adult novels. All entries will be published in a chapbook and added to the library’s collection. Entries must be submitted through Google Forms, one story or series of poems per author. Previously published work won’t be accepted.  As an added challenge, original artwork by teens may be submitted to compete to be on the chapbook’s cover. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For further details or to enter, http://cantonpubliclibrary.org/TeenWriting.html or call (860) 693-5800, email mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Art in the Afternoon
Canton Public Library
Monday, Mar. 25, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
Develop your artistic skills and have fun too! Build your own super cute and colorful pom-pom creatures using a pom-pom maker and a little creativity. All yarn and other materials provided. Enjoy this three-week series of creative art workshops led by Children’s Assistant, Sue Tarinelli. Free! For school-aged children Grades 4 and up. The class continues March 18 and 25. Dates have changed due to the early March snowstorm. Registration required; space is very limited. Participants must be able to attend at least two of the three sessions to participate. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information: (860) 693-5800, childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Technology Drop-In H
Canton Public Library
Monday, Mar. 25, 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, Mar. 26, 10:30 AM
“Drop-In Story Time: New Socks,” 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. In March we feature themes of the wonderful books of author-illustrator Bob Shea. Join us for stories about all kinds of laundry, songs, a snack, an art project, and a short, clothes-related movie. Free; no registration required. For children ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org 
Little Builders
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 1:30 PM
Part of our Little Learners series at Canton Public Library. STEAM experiences for parents and children—ages 3 and up—together. Aimed at preschoolers, the program will incorporate fun activities with Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math concepts. Free; drop-in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary
Teen Crafternoon
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 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.

Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are events for teens and children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800. 
Women’s Poetry
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
What better way is there to get insight into women’s contribution to historical and contemporary events than through poetry? For Women’s History Month, our Canton Poet Laureate, Joan, will host a discussion of poems in the anthology Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry (Grayson Books, 2017). Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk to facilitate the discussion. Not a poetry expert? That’s OK; the group will help each other explore the poems. All are welcome. Registration is requested for this free program. Canton Public Library is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton and www.cantonpubliclibrary.org on the Web. For information or to register please call (860) 693-5800, or email bvanness@libraryconnection.info.
Mystery Lovers Book
Canton Public Library
Tuesday, Mar. 26, 7:45 PM
"Mystery Lovers Book Club,” meets at a nearby Canton pub or restaurant for our book discussion. The February selection is Murder at the Gardner by Jane Langton. In it, investigator Homer Kelly looks into a series of bizarre pranks at a Boston museum that escalates into a bomb threat, the theft of two famous paintings, and murder. Call 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. Information: check the website at www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or call or email Beth Van Ness: (860) 693-5800.
Fairy Tale Fun!
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Mar. 27, 1:30 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. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org.


Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are events for teens and children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800.
Nutmeg Teen Book Dis
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Mar. 27, 3:00 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
The book this month is the suspenseful young adult fiction title, “Need,” by Joelle Charbonneau. "When a new social network pops up promising to fulfill any need, 16-year-old Kaylee Dunham knows it's too good to be true. It's one thing to deliver new phones, computers, or sports equipment, but how can an anonymous site give Kaylee what she needs, a kidney for her little brother (SLJ Reviews)?” The Nutmeg get-together is a perfect choice for students in Grades 6-8 who want to read their way through the 2019 Award Nominees, from now through the next school year. 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. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information or to register: call (860) 693-5800, email mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org, childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Teen Games Unplugged
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Mar. 27, 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.

Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are events for teens and children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800. 
Nutmeg Intermediate
Canton Public Library
Wednesday, Mar. 27, 6:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
The book club will discuss Handful of Stars, by Cynthia Lloyd. "When 12-year-old Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his leash and runs away across the blueberry barrens of Maine, a young migrant worker named Salma saves him from running into the road with her well-timed gift of a sandwich. The two girls quickly become friends and discover that each has a dream...(Booklist).” We’ll have a snack, and finish with 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. Grades 4-6. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk before the discussion. Free; registration is required, either by phone or on the website under Upcoming Programs. Space is limited. For information: (860) 693-5800, childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Baby & Me Story Time
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Mar. 28, 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.

Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are all events and story times for children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800. 
Little Artists: part
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Mar. 28, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

December marks the start of our “Little Artists” program at Canton Public Library, part of our Little Learners series at Canton Public Library.  We're offering S.T.E.A.M. experiences for families and children - ages 3 and up - together during the afternoons. Build essential preliteracy and fine motor skills while developing creative habits and enjoying messy play experiences.  Led by Ms. Sue Tarinelli and Ms. Heather Baker. 

Free; drop-in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email
childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.


Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are all events and story times for children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800.

Homework Helpers
Canton Public Library
Thursday, Mar. 28, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
The Canton High School National Honor Society is volunteering members’ time for free, drop-in homework help and test preparation every Thursday afternoon in the Teen Zone. All ages are welcome. Founded in 1921 by a national association of high school principals, National Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. If desired, appointment times can be made in advance by emailing teen librarian Meghan Glasgow. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email mglasgow@cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are all events for children and teens at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800. 
Rattle & Rhyme: A To
Canton Public Library
Friday, Mar. 29, 10:30 - 11:15 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. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Inclement weather policy:  If Canton schools or afterschool activities are cancelled for weather-related reasons, so too are events for teens and children at the Canton Public Library. The library is often still open, please contact us with questions or concerns at 860.693.5800.
Keely’s Cabare
Canton Public Library
Friday, Mar. 29, 6:30 PM
RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, MARCH 29!  Kick off our Winter Music Series with show tunes and standards done cabaret style, but in a unique way. Keely Baisden Knudsen, an entertainer with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School and a Master’s in Drama from Scotland’s Royal School of the Arts, has performed and directed here and abroad in plays, musicals, operas, dance companies, mime and puppet theater. Using her lovely voice she brings all those talents to bear in this performance of beloved musical numbers. Free; no registration necessary. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton. For information: (860) 693-5800, email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org.
Saturday Book Conver
Canton Public Library
Saturday, Mar. 30, 1:00 PM
“Saturday Book Conversations,” reads Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson at Canton Public Library. This multiple award winning book is about a widower (who prefers solitude) making peace with his past. The setting is the Norwegian woods, but the memories and flashbacks take place both there and far away. Not a long book, the writing is described by many as spacious, powerful, and superb. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The library will obtain copies for participants to borrow and read prior to the discussion. Light refreshments served. Call or email for the book title or with other questions:  (860) 693-5800, bvanness@libraryconnection.info, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org. Canton Public Library is at 40 Dyer Avenue, Canton.
Spring Book Sale
Canton Public Library
Monday, Apr. 1
Spring Book Sale, to benefit the Canton Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The Friends offer this tabletop sale just in time to find a gift for Mother’s Day or other springtime events, or for yourself! Nearly new and good, used fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, CDs and DVDs, will be for sale. Sale continues through Saturday, April 20.
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