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January 2017 Events at Canton Public Library

December 31, 2016 Canton Public Library, Community, Government No Comments

The following events are scheduled at the Canton Public Library, located at 40 Dyer Ave. in Canton, CT. Follow the library, or check for weather updates, at  http://www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or https://www.facebook.com/cantonlibraryct/.

Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year’s holiday schedule: the library will close early on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., and remain closed through Monday, January 2. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — Tuesday, January 31, “Invitational Art Show,” is held over in the Canton Public Library gallery space. The diverse artists selected for the Invitational belong to the roster of prior library show artists or have a special connection to our area arts community. Some of the exhibitors are: Tom Kutz, Lisa Sharp, Sally Markey, Mary Wooten, Adriance DeGroff, Fran Hoffnagle, and Michael Patnode. Show highlight: works that portray the Canton or Collinsville area. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m. –“After School Smash Bros & Jackbox Gaming,” open to grades 5-12. Join us for up to 8 players playing Smash Bros on Wii U or bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to join in ridiculous fun with Jackbox Games. Those who are present at 3 pm on January 3rd will get to choose which we do. Free and no registration necessary; just drop in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. –-“Games Galore for Teens.” Enjoy games like Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, board games, and others?  Bring your Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh decks or play one of many assorted board games such as Sushi GO, Great Dalmuti, Zombie Dice, Munchkin, Tsuro, etc.!  (Note: We will teach board games, but if you’re coming to play Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh, we assume you already know how to play.) Grades 5-12 welcome. Free; drop-in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Thursday, Jan. 53:15-4:15 p.m. — “Drawing, Sketching, Shading: a DIY Club Workshop.” A three-week series of do-it-yourself workshops to build drawing skills, led by Children’s Assistant, Sue Tarinelli. For school aged children Grades 4 and up. The class continues January 12 and 19.  Registration required, space is very limited.  Participants must be able to attend at least two of the three sessions to participate.  Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org

Friday, Jan. 6, 10:15 a.m. — “Music for Me: A Lap-Sit Story Time for Babies.” 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. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m. –-“Music for Me: A Drop-in Story Time for Toddlers and Walkers,” 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. With Children’s Programmer and musician Michelle Fenton Begley. Age: up to 36 months, accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required; free; please stop at the children’s desk first for a nametag. Expect to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure your place. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Monday, Jan. 9, 3 to 4 p.m. — “Technology Drop-In Help,” 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.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email bmorrill@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Monday, Jan 9, 7  p.m. — “Monday Night Book Club” will discuss We Are Called to Riseby Laura McBride. Three lives collide in a split-second mistake, and a child’s life hangs in the balance. “You’ll be thinking about these characters long after you finish this haunting, heart-wrenching, and hopeful book” (Houston Chronicle).Copies of the books are available at the library. Newcomers welcome! 

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 10:30 a.m. — “Drop-In Story Time: Blue Bash,” presented by Children’s Librarian, Heather Baker and crafter, Sue Tarinelli. Our stories focus on the color blue, including the funny Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman, about a well-meaning chicken and a pot of blue paint in the barnyard. Includes songs, a craft, a small snack, and a short theme-related movie. Free; no registration required. Ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 4 to 6 p.m. — Town Historian Office Hours, in the Margaret H. “Peg” Perry Local History Room Ask Town Historian David Leff about his new post: Poet in Residence of the New England National Scenic Trail. David will be available to answer questions, assist with research, chat about history, and swap stories about Canton’s heritage. No registration required, free.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. — “Jr. Book Club,” 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 delightfully illustrated selection: Daisy Dawson by Steve Voake. Have you ever wished you could understand animals, or even talk to them? Daisy can. It all started when she freed a butterfly from a spider’s web on her way to school. Her new talent proves crucial when Boom, her farm dog, goes missing and she must track him down-with help from the animals, of course. Read the book before attending the discussion. Pick up book copies at the library. Includes a craft and a small snack. Registration required; free. Information or to register: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org

Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m. — “Music for Me in the Evening: Playtime & Lullabies Story Time,” with Michelle Fenton Begley. Come play and shake your sillies out in this drop-in program, then cool down with a read-aloud story, some bubbles, snuggling, and lullabies. Pajamas encouraged!  No registration required; free; please stop at the children’s desk first for a nametag. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 13, 10:15 a.m. — “Music for Me: A Lap-Sit Story Time for Babies.” (See above for description.) For babies and pre-walkers, accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings who can mostly sit still are welcome. No registration required; free. Stop at Children’s desk first for nametag. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. — “Music for Me: A Drop-in Story Time for Toddlers and Walkers.” (See above for description.) Age: up to 36 months, accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required; free. Stop at Children’s desk first for nametag. Expect to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure your place. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 p.m.  –“Master Your Inner Critic, with Chris Salem,” a book talk by the author of this newly published work. Is it your time to make life changing decisions to become the person you always aspired to be, though you felt it was never within your reach or you were undeserving? We all reach crossroads in our lives. Through his seven-step program, Mr. Salem encour Ages listeners to “find the root cause of self-defeating behaviors,” and “create prosperity.” Mr. Salem, a consultant in business and entrepreneurial leadership, a wellness advocate and coach, has “walked the walk,” which led to creating this program and book. Registration requested for seating set up.

Monday, Jan. 16– The library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day. The following day, Tuesday, will offer regular hours, 10:00 AM to 8:00 P.M. . 

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m. –“Drop-In Story Time: Red Rumpus!” presented by Children’s Librarian, Heather Baker and crafter, Sue Tarinelli. Includes wonderful stories that feature the color red, such as Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall, and The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.   We’ll share songs, a craft, a small snack, and a short theme-related movie. Free; no registration required. Ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m. — “Smash Bros & PlayStation Virtual Reality Gaming,”Smash Bros & PlayStation VR open to grades 5-12. Join us for up to 8 players playing Smash Bros on Wii U. Or  Ages 12+ can sign up to try out a game on PlayStation Virtual Reality for 10 minutes at a time (first come first served). Free and no registration necessary; just drop in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. — Meeting of the Friends of the Canton Public Libraryto be held in the Library Program Room. Want to volunteer to help your library but don’t know how? Start here. Interested visitors very welcome!

Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 P.M. -“PJ Story Time: Parrots!” Bring your favorite stuffed friend and wear PJs if you like! Programmer Sarah Prattson dreams up a fun evening filled with parrots from around the world (there might be a few pirates as well!). In addition to stories, we’ll have songs, a short movie, a special craft, and a small snack. Ages 3 and up. Free; registration required. Space is limited. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m. — “Music for Me in the Evening: Playtime & Lullabies Story Time,” with Michelle Fenton Begley. Come play and shake your sillies out in this drop-in program, then cool down with a read-aloud story, some bubbles, snuggling, and lullabies. Pajamas encouraged!  No registration required; free; please stop at the children’s desk first for a nametag. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 20, 10:15 a.m. –“Music for Me: A Lap-Sit Story Time for Babies.” (See above for description.) For babies and pre-walkers, accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings who can mostly sit still are welcome. No registration required; free. Stop at Children’s desk first for nametag. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. — “Music for Me: A Drop-in Story Time for Toddlers and Walkers.” (See above for description). Age: up to 36 months, accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required; free. Stop at Children’s desk first for nametag. Expect to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure your place. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2 to 3:30 p.m. — “Cut the Cord: Better, Cost Conscious Options for TV/Internet,” The world of internet-based entertainment can replace your costly cable (and phone) service for a fraction of the price… and give you more choices besides! James Gifford, a consumer electronics expert from Tolland, carefully explains the many possibilities, and will try to tailor information to what options are available locally. This independent presenter has provided instruction to standing-room only audiences in other libraries, so we request registration to provide sufficient seating. All are welcome. Is your greatest skill level just plugging something in? There are beneficial options for those of us who are not tech whizzes. In case of inclement weather, snow date is February 4. Registration requested for seating set up.

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m. — “Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors,” a special program at the Canton Community Center presented by the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, and Hartford Seminary.  A friendly presentation and discussion led by the Connecticut Council supported by Canton First Selectman, Leslee Hill, Former First Selectman, Dick Barlow, as well as members and leaders of Canton churches and community groups. Who are our Muslim neighbors? What do they believe? How do extremist actions worldwide affect them? Hear Connecticut Muslims share their stories, respond to questions, and share their own concerns. “Honest Conversations” is intended to promote mutual respect, understanding, and peace through dialogue. Free; registration requested for seating set up. Information or to register: call the library at (860) 693-5800, email kbunn@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Monday, Jan. 23, 3 to 4 p.m. — “Technology Drop-In Help,” with library tech services head, Beth Morrill. One-on-one or small group help with basic technology questions (see Jan. 9 above for description).Free; no registration necessary.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email bmorrill@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. — “Drop-In Story Time: Purple Party!” presented by Children’s Librarian, Heather Baker and crafter, Sue Tarinelli. Enjoy purple-themed stories such as Harold and the Purple Crayon, and more. The program also features songs, a craft, a small snack, and a short movie. Free; no registration required. Ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m. — “Teen Snackternoon & Movie,” In our after-school ‘Snackternoon’ program, enjoy a movie and your own theme-related snack creation! For grades 5-12; free! Registration required; sign up online on the library website’s teen page. Information, or to sign up: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:45 p.m. — “The Mystery Lovers Book Club” meets at the library at 7:45 p.m.  and goes to a nearby Canton pub or restaurant for our book discussion. The January selection, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, is the multiple award winning story of amateur sleuth, Flavia De Luce, who lives in her family’s old manor home near a country village in post WW2 England. Having inherited a fully outfitted chemistry lab from a deceased uncle, the 11 year old, self-taught chemist is well-versed in poisons. While attempting to prove her father innocent of a strange murder, Flavia demonstrates some mean forensic technique. Reviewers have called Bradley’s young character bold, brilliant, incorrigible, and unique. Though her age is young, the voice that tells the story is wise, savvy and steely. Call or come by to reserve a copy of the book. All are welcome, although registration is requested.

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. –“Music for Me in the Evening: Playtime & Lullabies Story Time,” with Michelle Fenton Begley. Come play and shake your sillies out in this drop-in program, then cool down with a read-aloud story, some bubbles, snuggling, and lullabies. Pajamas encouraged!  No registration required; free; please stop at the children’s desk first for a nametag. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 27, 10:15 a.m. –“Music for Me: A Lap-Sit Story Time for Babies.” (See above for description.) For babies and pre-walkers, accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings who can mostly sit still are welcome. No registration required; free. Stop at Children’s desk first for nametag. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. –“Music for Me: A Drop-in Story Time for Toddlers and Walkers.” (See above for description). Age: up to 36 months, accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required; free. Stop at Children’s desk first for nametag. Expect to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure your place. Information: (860) 693-5800childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Friday, Jan. 27, 6 to 10 p.m. — “KnitFlix: Crafting and a Movie,” We had so much fun the first time, we’re doing it again! Join us for a special after-hours “Knitflix” program. Bring your knitting, crocheting, or other craft and enjoy a screening of the movie Sense and Sensibility (1995, starring Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson) in the company of other crafters. A pre-movie “meet, greet, and eat” lasts from 6-7:00 P.M. ; bring your dinner, mingle and make friends, and share projects, tips, and techniques.  Film starts around 7:00 P.M. .  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. For information or to register: call (860) 693-5800, email smccusker@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m. — “Saturday Book Conversations” reads The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir, the best-selling novelist and biographer of Tudor and Elizabethan era historical figures. The book, subtitled The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas, shows this Tudor relation often in the center of the struggle for power and influence. From lady in waiting for four of Henry the Eighth’s wives, through expensive stints imprisoned in the Tower of London, to years of political intrigue with her enemies, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary, Lady Margaret led a fascinating life. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Light refreshments served. Call or email for more information:

Monday, Jan. 30, 3 to 4 p.m. –“Technology Drop-In Help,” with library tech services head, Beth Morrill. One-on-one or small group help with basic technology questions (see Jan. 9 above for description). Free; no registration necessary.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email bmorrill@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 10:30 a.m. — “Drop-In Story Time: Over the Rainbow,” presented by Children’s Librarian, Heather Baker and crafter, Sue Tarinelli. We’ll read stories including What Makes a Rainbow, featuring an adorable rabbit that helps teach all the colors, with a surprise at the end. The program also features songs, a craft, a small snack, and a short movie. Free; no registration required. Ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver; siblings welcome.  Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m. — “After School Smash Bros & Jackbox Gaming,” open to grades 5-12. (See Jan. 3 above for description.) Free and no registration necessary; just drop in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

 

 

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