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Spring Book Sale

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The Friends of the Canton Public Library will hold a Spring Book Sale in the lobby of the library at 40 Dyer Ave. in Canton through April 22. The Sale will be held during normal library hours. Gardening books, cookbooks, sport-themed books, trade paperbacks and children’s books are among the categories featured at the sale. All books are in pristine condition and make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. The books are reasonably priced and all profits are used by the Friends to help provide resources and programming for the library.

The Friends of the Canton Public Library is a volunteer organization that has contributed to the library for over 50 years. It is a group of dedicated community members who have  worked to run fundraisers to raise monies to help our local library.

New members are always welcome. For more information, call 860-693-5800 or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org

January 2017 Events at Canton Public Library

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. … Continue Reading

Friends of Canton Public Library Announce Fundraisers


The Taste Dining and Activity Books

The Friends of the Canton Public Library are holding two fundraisers this holiday season. The group is  selling the 2017 Greater Hartford Edition of The Taste Dining and Activity Books. These books have hundreds of coupons for a wide variety of area restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and so much more. Dish n ‘Dat, Joe Pizza, First and Last Tavern, and La Trattoria are but a few of the many area restaurants. Entertainment venues such as the Bounce House, and local miniature golf centers as well as the Hill-Stead Museum or the New Britain Art Museum are included. … Continue Reading

‘Turtle Dance Music’ Performs in Canton on Saturday, Oct. 15

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1468508642On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. the Canton Public Library presents “Turtle Dance Music with Mr. Matt,” in a fun, free performance in the adjacent Community Center. Bring your family to the library and you’ll be treated to a joyful and educational music and movement session. … Continue Reading

July 2016 Events at Canton Public Library

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The following events are scheduled at Canton Public Library in the month of July:

Through Saturday, July 30- “The Art of Michael Toti.” During July and August, prolific collage/assemblage artist Michael Toti will display a diverse selection of his work in the gallery space. Mr. Toti applies his graphic design training, illustration skills, and a love of quirky detail to two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. Using a variety of materials — from bits of metal, wood and other found objects, to vintage advertising art, Chinese fans and typography– he arranges and embellishes using wood burning, inking, stamping, painting and other techniques. On opening day, Mr. Toti will be available for conversation from 2-4 PM. Free and open to the public.

Through Sunday, July 31– Summer Reading Programming continues through Friday, August 12. Theme: Choose Your Own Adventure! Children and teens participate for free to earn prizes, treats, and reap the rewards of reading. On the library website, find links for online reading logs as well as loads of information on fun, drop-in activities and other programs.  Which path will you take to discover the best summer ever at the library? Information: call (860) 693-5800, email childrensstaff@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org. … Continue Reading

Canton Middle School Students Learn Life Lessons During Day of Service

By John Fitts (Additional photos courtesy of LaNelle Stanhope and Rebecca Stevenson) 

CANTON – While May 19, 2016 might not have been the most academically challenging day at Canton Middle School, students learned some important life lessons.

On that day, 282 Canton Middle School students, along with staff members and some parents, participated in a Day of Service, during which groups of students traveled to local farms, nursery schools, nursing homes, libraries, parks and elsewhere to clear invasive species, teach kids, clean out sheds, share their company with the elderly, pick up litter, and much more – putting in a collective 1,120 hours of work.

It’s an effort the school has worked toward all year and involved an ambitious effort to coordinate 22 projects at 18 different sites in a day-long effort.

As a result, students were able to make new friends, further the school’s 2015-2016 theme of “Paying it Forward” and feel energized about giving back, school officials said.

“The students embraced it and jumped right in,” said CMS principal Pamela C. Hamad said. “There was an energy in the building when they came back.” … Continue Reading

Canton Library Patrons Now Have Access to On-Demand Digital Service for Movies, Music, eBooks and More

Canton Public Library has partnered with hoopla digital to offer streaming and temporary downloads for numerous items. Photo by John Fitts

Canton Public Library has partnered with hoopla digital to offer streaming and temporary downloads for numerous items.
Photo by John Fitts

Thanks to the Friends of Canton Public Library, patrons now have access to thousands of movies, television shows, music, eBooks, audio books and more.

On Thursday, the library formally announced a new partnership with hoopla digital, which gives Canton residents with a library card access to the service for streaming and temporary downloads. More than 500,000 titles are available. Canton is the thirty-seventh library system in Connecticut to partner with hoopla digital.

“The reality is that people, at this point, are used to online content,” said Sarah McCusker, Director at Canton Public Library. “We see this as a way to meet our users where they are.”

McCusker said there are many advantages to the service including the availability of content for all ages, the on-demand type service, vast selection and compatibility with many platforms on smartphones, tablets and computers. … Continue Reading

Canton Participating in Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program

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Your library card opens the world to you through books, audio books, music CDs and DVDs.  Now let your library card open the doors of Connecticut libraries by participating in the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program.

More than 120 Connecticut libraries, including the Canton Public Library, are participating in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.

To participate, visit the Canton Public Library or any other participating library to pick up your Passport. They will stamp it and give you a token gift to get you started. Then, take your Passport along as you visit other participating libraries. At each visit, you must show your library card, and then the library will stamp your passport and give you another small gift.   … Continue Reading

Canton Public Library Plans Special Pi Day Celebration

Reference librarian Beth Van Ness made these special necklaces for the Pi-Ku winners.

Reference librarian Beth Van Ness made these special necklaces for the Pi-Ku winners.

Whether you’re excited about 3/14/15 or simply love pie, the Canton Public Library has the celebration for you.

Pi Day is a celebration of the date that approximates Pi, (Greek letter “π”), “the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159,” according to piday.org.

The library is hosting numerous special events Saturday, including a Special Coffee And . . .  — with pie of course — a Pi-Ku contest, scavenger hunts for kids, a community art project and more.

“Everyone should celebrate Pi Day with both Pi and Pie,” said reference librarian Beth Van Ness. … Continue Reading

Public Invited to Meet Canton’s New Library Director

Sarah McCusker

Sarah McCusker

New Canton Public Library Director Sarah McCusker has an office and additional responsibilities but in many ways she feels the past several weeks weren’t much different than when she left town two years ago.

“It’s like I’m picking up where I left off,” she said.

McCusker worked for five years as head of technical services in Canton before spending the past two years as head of reference and technical services at Windsor Public Library. More on her background can be found in our earlier story.

McCusker started on Feb. 2. It was a Monday and not surprisingly it snowed, putting a damper on her formal introduction courtesy of the Friends of the Canton Public Library. However, she will be the featured guest during the Friends’ Coffee And . . Session next Monday. … Continue Reading


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