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Engineering Gingerbread

Families and kids in grades K-4 can practice engineering and architectural skills building an edible gingerbread house.  Add your imagination and artistic skills to our big cardboard gingerbread house too.  All supplies will be provided.  Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Registration is required.

Gingerbread House by White 77 under CC0 1.0 Universal

Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

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

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.

Not all princesses dress in pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Yolen; illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz; illustrated by Anik McGrory

First Grade

Biography Suggestions by Grade

Looking for fascinating stories about real people? Explore the following list for some suggestions.

Kindergarten

Mali under the night sky: a Lao story of home by Youme

The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

The boy who loved math: the improbable life of Paul Erdős by Deborah Heiligman; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The tree lady: the true story of how one tree-loving woman changed a city forever by H. Joseph Hopkins; illustrated by Jill McElmurry

First Grade

The little plant doctor: a story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo; illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

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

Michigan Fiction & Authors

Kindergarten

The twelve days of Christmas in Michigan by written by Susan Collins Thoms ; illustrated by Deb Pilutti

Bernida: a Michigan sailing legend by Al Declercq and Tom Ervin with Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by David Miles

Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe

Up, up, up dear dragon by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

1st Grade

Alien ice cream by David Anthony and Charles David ; illustrations, Lys Blakeslee

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins October 27
Session begins Tuesday, November 11, 10:00 AM

Target Family Reading Night: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is almost here!  Kids ages 4-8 can come gobble up some fun at our Target Family Reading Night on Monday, November 24, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Stories and crafts will all be a part of the fun, as well as a special book to take home. Registration is online and begins October 27. 

Research Rocks!

Not sure how to begin that Science Fair Project Report? What is the Scientific Method anyway? Fear not! Come to our Research Rocks program on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00-11:00 AM in the iLab. We will look at what makes good research and how to write up a basic report. This class is open to kids ages 9 to 12 years old. Registration begins October 27th.

Slasher-free DVDs with Halloween Humor

If you're looking for some Halloween flair without all the gory stuff (maybe a little bit), check out these creepy but silly DVDs from the Canton collection. Less violence, more fun!

An American werewolf in London [videodisc] by Polygram Pictures presents a Lycanthrope Films Limited Production

Arachnophobia [videodisc] by Hollywood Pictures Company and Amblin Entertainment present a Frank Marshall film

The cabin in the woods [videodisc] by a Lionsgate release and presentation of a Mutant Enemy production ; produced by Joss Whedon ; directed by Drew Goddard ; screenplay, Joss Whedon, Goddard

Evolution [videodisc] by DreamWorks Pictures and Columbia Pictures present a Montecito Picture Company production

The frighteners [videodisc] by Wingnut Films

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, November 14 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. 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.

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.

2015 LEGO® Dream Vehicle Contest

Young builders, this is your chance to show us your most creative vehicle designs using LEGOs®! This year there are two categories: Motorized and Unmotorized. In each category we will choose winners for the following divisions: k-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th grades, plus a Team division. Entries must be dropped off between January 5 - 8. A public viewing will be held January 10 - 11 where patrons will get a chance to cast their vote along with our judges. Winners will be announced at a reception at the close of the contest on Sunday, January 11 at 4:00 PM.

Contest Rules

Humorous/Funny

Kindergarten

Imogene's antlers by David Small

Mrs. McNosh hangs up her wash by Sarah Weeks ; pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Animals should definitely not wear clothing by written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett

The silly book by Babette Cole

Big chickens by Leslie Helakoski ; illustrated by Henry Cole

First Grade

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish ; pictures by Fritz Siebel

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by written by Judi Barrett ; and drawn by Ron Barrett

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.   

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department are on
vacation for a few days to be cleaned. They will be back soon to play with their many fans.
 

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, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting Monday, November 10 thru Friday, December 12. Registration is online and begins Monday, October 27. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

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

Fine Art for Tweens: Sketching and Shading

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach how to sketch the objects placed in front of you. Next, you will learn how to shade the drawing with different blending and shading techniques. Adding shadows to an art work is an art in itself. With the help of shading, your work will be more realistic. Shading is an important part of drawing that can be used to create a strong sense of space and form and makes the object look solid and 3 dimensional.  Join us on Saturday, November 1 from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[ARTT110 Project One Sketch by BnBGobo99 in licensed under CC by-SA 2.0]

Fine Art for Kids: Drawing & Coloring

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach, step by step, how to improve your drawing skills and uncover your hidden artistic talent. You will begin by sketching the basic shapes and lines and then will combine these pieces to create a more realistic drawing. You will also apply coloring and shading to make it a finished piece of art. This class is designed for kids aged 5-8 years old.  Join us on Saturday, Nov 1 from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room.  Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[colored pencils by Mark Lehigh is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]