Kids

Finding the best books for middle school ESL students can be especially tough. You want to empower your students/children as English readers and not scare them away with difficult texts. But you also want books to be meaningful and enjoyable to read.

Below you will find a list of novels that should connect with intermediate readers. A number of them will be culturally relevant books that should also appeal to ESL middle school students. If you've had success with any of these books, please let us know down below in the comments.

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

When twelve-year-old Seema moves to Iowa City with her parents and younger sister, she leaves friends and family behind in her native India but gradually begins to feel at home in her new country.

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel.

Experience the Solar Eclipse!

Come by the library on Monday, August 21 to get your official viewing glasses and join us to watch THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN!!! Certified safe-for-solar-viewing glasses will be available in the Community Room from 1:30 to 2:30 PM, just in time to witness the most complete coverage of the sun from the comfort of Heritage Park. There are enough glasses for all so bring your family and friends! Glasses generously provided by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning and STARnet for Libraries. Discover more information about the solar eclipse at eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 21 -
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Community Room

Mini Minecrafters

For the littlest minecrafters, we offer a special session geared just for them! Participants ages 5-7 who already have a Minecraft PC account can participate in a themed building event in our private world. Children must have prior experience using a mouse and playing the game on a PC. Parents are encouraged to stay and assist on an as needed basis. Registration Required and begins June 23rd.

Image of Minecraft toys by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, July 29 -
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Internet Lab

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Learn more about this important holiday and some of our brave heroes in the following books:

 

Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
Memorial Day by Lynn Hamilton

Discusses the history of Memorial Day, describes how it is celebrated, and includes a related song, activity, and recipe.

Tuesday are Terriffic : The Kerfuffles

On the first week of this 5 weeks series in Heritage Park, Canton Public Library presents The Kerfuffles. This Tuesdays are TERRIFFIC weekly music program is brought to you by Canton Leisure Services and Plymouth Canton Community Schools and we invite you all to meet your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of children’s entertainment, fresh air and fun in the auditorium in Heritage Park. Festivities begin at 11:30AM and all ages are encouraged. Light lunch options and refreshments may be available for purchase on site. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved indoors to the CPL's Community Room with limited space.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, July 18 -
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Outdoors The Kerfuffles

Movie Madness: Harry Potter Celebration Day!

On June 26, 1997, a little known title by an unknown author was released into the world. This book was called Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. In no time at all, J.K. Rowling's wonderful book about an orphaned wizard finding out who he truly is, changed the face of youth literature, and launched a series chock full of fascinating creatures, amazing places, beloved characters and, most importantly, tons and tons of heart. Twenty years later, the Harry Potter series has millions and millions of fans around the globe and continues to inspire the next generation of young readers. In celebration of Harry Potter join us for a screening of the film adaptation of Harry Potter the Sorcerer's Stone [rated PG] as well as the most recent film set in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [rated PG 13].

Films will start promptly at 10:00AM amd 2:00PM respectively. You may bring your own pillows, snacks, and/or blankets to cozy up, just don't forget to make room for your neighbor :)

 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, June 26 -
10:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Community Room Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Monday, June 26 -
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Community Room Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Flying Aces: Frisbee Masters

For 30 years the Flying Aces have been wowing audiences with their amazing frisbee feats, tricks and plain ol' good humor. Join us in welcoming the Aces as they share their active and exciting demonstrations with us. This program is fun for all ages.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, June 22 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room

The French Open is the second major of the year in the tennis world and is held from mid-May to early June. The best players in the world flock to France for the tournament, many of them past winners and runner-ups. Before it starts, brush up on all things tennis by checking out the books below. 

Roger Federer by Anne K. Brown

Cameron Zvara: Magician

We are thrilled to have Cameron Zvara back to the library. Since we saw him last he's performed Internationally and has even played live on stage with the Detroit Tigers! His show is a perfect fit for CPL and is filled with magic, comedy, juggling, stunts, music, and TONS of audience participation. We welcome you all to join us in an afternoon of fun and mind boggling entertainment.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, July 25 -
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Room MAGIC SHOW

Get out your fanciest hats and get ready to watch the Kentucky Derby either in person or on the television. There will be some beautiful horses racing that day so be sure to tune in to NBC at 2.30 p.m. The official Kentucky Derby website has lots of great information on this long standing tradition. Be sure to stop into the library and check-out our wonderful resources on horses and the Derby.

Kentucky Derby by Sue L. Hamilton

Looks at the notable jockeys, horses, and moments in the history of the Kentucky Derby, and describes the rules, strategies, and dangers of horse racing.

"A biography of Jimmy Winkfield, who battled racism and other obstacles on the road to becoming one of horseracing's best jockeys and, in 1902, the last African American to win the Kentucky Derby"--Provided by publisher.

Jeff Hinkley, investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, has been seconded to the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) where he has been asked to find a mole in their organization-- an informant who is passing on confidential information to those under suspicion in American racing. At the Kentucky Derby, Jeff joins the FACSA team in a raid on a horse trainer's barn at Churchill Downs, but the bust is a disaster, and someone ends up dead. Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favored horses in the field fall sick. These suspicious events can be no coincidence. In search of answers, Jeff goes undercover as a groom on the backstretch at Belmont Park racetrack in New York. But he discovers far more than he was bargaining for : corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing-- including murder-- to capture the most elusive prize in world sport, the Triple Crown.

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