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Musical Theater Workshop- "Enchanted Fairy Tales"

Presented by two PCCS Arts Academy students, this multi-session, musical theater workshop will teach attendees, aged 7-10 years old, the basics of theater. They will cover many topics including projection, stage direction, set design all which will culminate in a fabulous performance by the young performers titled, “Enchanted Fairy Tales.” Hot on the heels of the theatrical release of "Into the Woods" and during this spring's theatrical release of "Cinderella", this show is made up of short scenes from popular musicals such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, and the Wizard of Oz. Scripts will be designed and dances choreographed based on the number of children registered.  This workshop will take place every Friday, from 4:30-5:30 PM, starting January 9 and ending on April 24. Registrants will be expected to attend most sessions. Registration begins December 23.
The children will showcase their talent and hard work to their loved ones with a final performance on Friday, May 1, at 4:30 PM!

Realistic Fiction for Kindergarteners

Looking for something without talking animals or inanimate objects come to life? Try a few realistic fiction titles.

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems — A story for any child who has lost a beloved toy. The story continues in Knuffle Bunny, Too and Knuffle Bunny Free.

Sophie's squash by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf  Being friends with a squash comes with some unusual problems for Sophie to overcome.

One special day by written by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Jessica Meserve — A delightful look at becoming a big brother, followed up by One Busy Day, about these same siblings a little older.

Biographies for Kindergarteners

Do you have a child in Kindergarten who loves to read about people? Use this list to find books to share, or to pique your own interest about famous people.

Mali under the night sky: a Lao story of home by Youme  An artist must leave her home because of war. 

The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter  Find out more about this chimpanzee-loving woman. 

Leaf through a book!

A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, December 20 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Masterful Mysteries

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas

First Grade

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

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Family Storytimes

Family Storytimes begin the week of November 10. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, November 10-December 13:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no Family Storytime on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Also the Family Storytime on 11/20 at 7:00 PM will be held in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, November 10. 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, November 10-December 13:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • 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)

NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Also, the session on 11/20  at 7:30 PM will be held in the Community Room
 
  

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, November 22 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs, and sign language especially designed for children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Hummingbird Music Together

You and your child, 0-5 years old, will love singing songs and chants from around the world, including: drumming to a traditional African folksong, paddling our canoes down the river, tapping our sticks to an Irish folk tune, singing a song in Spanish and enjoying a chant about some funny animals that live in Australia. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. Join the staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton for this great program. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 4.  There will be two identical sessions, one from 10:00-10:45 AM and a repeated program rom 11:00-11:45 AM.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and begins on October 21. Please only register for one session.   

Target Family Reading: Bubbles!

Families and children ages 4-8 can join us as we celebrate National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day held every January.  Hear a story about bubbles, learn how strong bubbles are and get crafty with bubble wrap.  Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Registration is required.

[Photo by Miika Silfverberg is licensed under CC-BY SA-2.0]

Great Super-Hero Reads

Kindergarten

The amazing adventures of Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Bad weather! by Frank Berrios and Ethen Beavers

The day I lost my superpowers by Michaël Escoffier, Kris Di Giacomo; translated from the French by Claudia Bedrick & Kris Di Giacomo

Superfab saves the day Bérengère Delaporte and Jean Leroy; translated by Sarah Quinn

Ten rules of being a superhero by Deb Pilutti

 

Need more suggestions? Try this list of Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners.

Great Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads

Kindergarten

Alice the fairy by David Shannon

Buttercup goes to the ball based on the original Flower Fairies books by Cicely Mary Barker

Dragon's extraordinary egg by Debi Gliori

A Goofy fairy tale adapted by Bill Scollon

Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon

Need more suggestions?  Try this list of Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners.

Star Wars Reads Day Program

May the Force Be With You! Saturday, October 11, 2014 is Star Wars Reads Day
and my yoda2young Jedi, I hope to see you at our program from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on October 11th. We will read an intergalactic story, have a spacey snack, and enjoy a surprise from dear Master Yoda. Registration begins September 25, 2014 and is open to children ages 5 years to 9 years old with a caregiver.

Target Family Reading Night: Imagination!

Families with children ages 4-8 can join us for an evening of stretching imaginations and being creative. We might even learn a new thing or two. Expect stories, crafts, and games. Register beginning September 25.

Sponsored by Target Early Literacy Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

[Imagination by David Werner in licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Pinecone Birdfeeder Craft and Storytime Program

Fall is just around the corner, but our fine feathered friends are still around
and hoping forbirds a delicious snack! Join us for our Pinecone Birdfeeder Craft and Story program on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 2:00-2:45 PM. We will read some delightful bird stories and have fun making pinecone birdfeeders using peanut butter and birdseed.  The program is open to children ages 4 to 8 years old and their caregivers. Registration starts August 25, 2014. There will be peanut butter at this program!

Connect Your Summer Final Celebration

This year you have read books, completed activity sheets, attended programs and made this summer truly awesome!  But there is one final event you can't miss!  On August 16 we invite you to attend our Connect Your Summer Final Celebration from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. The event will be held in the back yard by the pond and there will be a number of amazing features including:


We look forward to seeing you and will be ready to PARTY!

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.