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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. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting Monday, January 5 thru Friday, February 13. Registration is online and begins Tuesday, December 23. We welcome you at one of the following sessions:

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

Children's International Language Collection

The International Language Collection in the Children's Department is home to numerous books, CDs and DVDs in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil, and many more.  The collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles in single and bilingual format.  Resources also include language learning kits for those wishing to acquire a new language.  The collection is located near the picture books directly across from the early learning play area.

Winter Themed Books for Kids

Winter waits by Lynn Plourde ; illustrated by Greg Couch

Lynn Plourde, author of the best-selling picture book "Wild Child," reunites with acclaimed illustrator Greg Couch to continue the story of Nature's family with this exquisite book that captures the joy of a father-son relationship.


Winter lullaby by Barbara Seuling ; illustrated by Greg Newbold

As the natural world changes with winter's approach, young children worry about the creatures they see around them. Where do the ducks and other animals go? Will they find shelter from the cold? Will they be safe and warm? In Winter Lullaby, Barbara Seuling's reassuring, gentle verse and Greg Newbold's breathtaking paintings reveal what animals do to survive as winter takes hold.


Winter: an alphabet acrostic by Steven Schnur ; illustrated by Leslie Evans

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!

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 5. 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, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • 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)

NOTE: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. ABC Activity Times will still take place, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 5. 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, January 5-February 14:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple 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: Construction will begin in the library lobby on Monday, January 5. Storytimes will still be held, but watch the website and signs for updates to locations and what entrances are open.

Frozen characters and Angry Birds encourage kids to learn coding!

Frozen on CODE.orgFrozen's Anna and Elsa lend a hand in teaching children how to code! Join CODE.org in allowing every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and coding.
 

Angry birds is also an option for older kids or adults.



There is an initiative to complete one hour of free coding lessons in order to raise the level of somputer science fluency for kids. There is a push to teach computer science in the classroom to ensure that children are getting the best chance possible to succeed. Please visit CODE.org to sign up and try a lesson today!

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 December 23
Storytime session begins Tuesday, January 6, 10:00 AM

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.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, December 12 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is a sensory-friendly storytime 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.

K Club

Warm up at the library at our K Club program on Tuesday, December 30 , 2:00-2:45 pm.  Create your own edible snowman, enjoy some winter stories and a craft. This program is designed for children ages 4-6.

Target Family Reading Night: Snow Much Fun

Come celebrate the winter season with us! Kids ages 4-8 with their grownups can join us Monday, December 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM for tons of winter fun. We'll read a story, make a wintery craft, play games, and enjoy a tasty snack. We look forward to seeing you there!

This program is sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Make-And-Take: Snowpal Mason Jar Craft

Crafty kids can get in a winter groove on Tuesday, December 23, 2:00-3:00 PM by creating a Snowpal Mason Jar Decoration. Registration begins November 24.  This program is for ages 7-12.

Drop-In Lego Engineering

Coming Soon: Our annual Lego Building Contest in January.

To get ready for the main event (or just to have fun engineering your own creations), drop in at the library on Sunday, December 28 from 1:00-5:00 PM

You bring your imagination, we'll supply the Legos. Keep in mind that you won't be able to take your creations home.

Tween Service Corp

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2-3 PM.

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming

Roll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming.  This monthly program will take place the fourth Tuesday of every month, 3:30-5:00 PM beginning January 27.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice.  This program is suggested for ages 9-12.  Families are welcome.  No registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

Biography Suggestions by Grade

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

Kindergarten

Henri's scissors by Jeanette Winter — The story of how Henri Matisse changed from sketching to making cut-out creations.

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson — A lesser-known singer from the Harlem Renaissance, Florence Mills' story is told here.

Daredevil: the daring life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy — Looking for more variety in your stories about achievements in aviation?

The quite contrary man: a true American tale by Patricia Rusch Hyatt ; illustrated by Kathryn Brown — Breaking the law by growing a beard? A contrary (and interesting) man, indeed!

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian — A Caldecott-winning biography about a curious nature photographer.

Realistic Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

A year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds — A cat and a little girl cope with the loss of a friend. Look for A New Friend for Marmalade as well.

 

Ling & Ting: not exactly the same! by Grace Lin — Look for more Ling and Ting in J READER LIN.

 

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats — A young boy enjoys the magic of a wintry day in this Caldecott-winning picture book.

Lucy rescued by Harriet Ziefert — Lots of opportunities for howling, this is the story of a new dog adjusting to her new home.

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont — For those with messy artists at home, a rhyming, color-filled story.