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ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, April 13. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, April 13-May 23:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

Hunters of the Night: Birds of Prey

It’s all about survival! On Saturday, April 25 at 2:00-3:00PM, engaging raptors including an owl, falcon and EAGLE, will visit the Community Room to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Join our friend from the Leslie Science and Nature Center as they present a hands-on exploration of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts and provide a stimulating introduction to these birds of prey. Help us round out our Earth Week celebrations by appreciating the beauty of these Hunters of the Sky!

[bald eagle by Eric Begin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Spring Garden Party

Spring is in the air and with Spring comes flowers, birds, and warmer weather!
Come springcelebrate Spring at our Garden Party on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The party is from 2:00PM-3:00PM and is open to kids ages 4-8 years old and a Caregiver. Registration begins March 26, 2015. 

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Please choose a Monday OR Friday session as the programs will be the same. Sessions begin Monday, April 13 thru Friday, May 22. Registration is online and begins Thursday, March 26. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00-10:30 AM
Fridays, 1:00-1:30 PM

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015, is Poem in Your Pocket Day.  Stop in at the Main or Children's Reference desks and pick up a poem for your pocket.  Share the poem with friends, family, or any and everyone you meet.  Poem in Your Pocket Day is the perfect time to surprise someone with the gift of poetry because poetry is best when shared.

Read Aloud Every Day!

Read Aloud 15 MINUTESThe Canton Public Library is pleased to be a partner with Read Aloud 15 MINUTES, a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes a new standard in child care.  As part of our partnership, we are committed to reminding parents that reading aloud is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your youngster for reading and learning.  In the weeks to come, look for messages and info in the Library and via our social media about reading aloud every day.

Math Money Mania

Math=Fun at our Math Money Mania program. Families and kids in grades kindergarten through fourth grade can join us as we learn about money, counting and making change, and maybe even how to earn an allowance. Thursday, April 9, 7:00-8:00 PM in the Community Room.

Photo by 401calculator.org is licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books with positive stories featuring strong female characters. 

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.




The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Every Day is a Good Day to Read

March is National Reading Month, and we want to stress how important it is to read to your child everyday. If you read just 15 minutes a day during the first five years of a child's life, that's over 450 hours (or over 19 whole days!) of reading by their fifth birthday. There is a book for every day of the week, and we can prove it:

Monday is one day by Arthur A. Levine ; illustrated by Julian Hector


Tuesday by David Wiesner


Wednesday by Anne Bertier ; translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick


Where does Thursday go? by words, Janeen Brian ; pictures, Stephen Michael King


Friday my Radio Flyer flew by Zachary Pullen

Historical Fiction for Third Graders

Third Grade

Night boat to freedom by Margot Theis Raven; pictures by E.B. Lewis

Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

Pedro's journal: a voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493 by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Peter Koeppen

Twenty and ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, as told by Janet Joly; illustrated by William Pène du Bois

Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Historical Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

Meet Kaya: an American girl by Janet Shaw; illustrations, Bill Farnsworth ; vignettes, Susan McAliley

The Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Byars; pictures by Sue Truesdell

Five smooth stones: Hope's diary, book one by Kristiana Gregory

Baseball saved us by Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee

Edward and the pirates by David McPhail

Historical Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

Dinosaur hunter by Elaine Marie Alphin; pictures by Don Bolognese

Sam's Wild West Christmas by Nancy Antle; pictures by S.D. Schindler

Prairie friends by Nancy Smiler Levinson; pictures by Stacey Schuett

Dust for dinner by Ann Turner; pictures by Robert Barrett

The 18 penny goose by Sally M. Walker; pictures by Ellen Beier

Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

We're sailing down the Nile: a journey through Egypt by Laurie Krebs; illustrated by Anne Wilson

Erandi's braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal; illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Madeline story and pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans

Marguerite makes a book  by Bruce Robertson; illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

How I became a pirate by Melinda Long; illustrated by David Shannon

Adventure Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

My haunted house as told to Angie Sage; illustrated by Jimmy Pickering

Chipper's Crazy Carnival by Rand, Johnathan

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot by Dav Pilkey; pictures by Martin Ontiveros

Captain and Matey set sail by Daniel Laurence; pictures by Claudio Munoz

Ivy + Bean and the ghost that had to go by Annie Barrows; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners

Kindergarteners



Toy boat by Randall de Seve, Loren Long


Stick by Steve Breen


Emma's turtle by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Marsha Winborn


Come fly with me by Satomi Ichikawa


Rosie's magic horse by Russell Hoban ; [illustrations by] Quentin Blake

Adventure Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

The funny ride by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by Jʺozef Sumichrast


Pirate School by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski


Arthur's camp-out by Lillian Hoban


Follow that bear if you dare! by Claire Freedman ; illustrated by Alison Edgson


Young Cam Jansen and the library mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated Susanna Natti


Adventure Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Red Knit Cap Girl to the rescue by Naoko Stoop

Sebastian and the balloon by Philip C. Stead

All aboard the dinotrain by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo ; illustrated by Amy Wummer

Need more suggestions? See this list of Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Emma in Paris by written and illustrated by Claire Frossard ; photographs by Christophe Urbain

Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

March is Reading Month Open Mic Night

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child" (Dr. Seuss).

Come one, come all! To celebrate March is Reading Month, we are hosting an open mic night for readers of all ages. We want you to bring in your favorite family-friendly short passage, poetry or picture book, step up to the mic and share with other literature lovers in the library. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

March is Reading Month celebrations will continue as we pick up a book and read to you. We'll celebrate our love of reading by sharing some of our favorite picture books for older children as well as a few chapter book excerpts. All ages are encouraged to stop by for a listen.
[rev reading at oceeaa by sanzibar is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

African American Month Picture Books

February is National African American History Month, and this is the first in a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. First up are picture books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

Knock knock: my dad's dream for me by Daniel Beaty ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, this picture book details how a boy deals with his father's absence.

I'm not moving by written by Wiley Blevins ; illustrated by Mattia Cerato
Keesha's family is moving from the suburbs to the city, and she is worried and not happy about this turn of events.