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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.   

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get?  A fun way for families and children in grades K-4 to learn new things.  Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results.  Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration is required.


Dr. Science by J D Hancock is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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]

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,

Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get first crack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picture books, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a book about a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, the person who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur. It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all grouped together. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a very little boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus. 

You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator


Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography section at the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.

 

Great Super-Hero Reads

Kindergarten

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold


Eliot Jones, midnight superhero by Anne Cottringer ; illustrated by Alex T. Smith


Do super heroes have teddy bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle ; illustrated by Mike Gordon ; color by Molly Hahn

Hero dad by Melinda Hardin ; [illustrations by] Bryan Langdo

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Andy Rash

1st Grade


Aliens attack! by Lisa Shea ; illustrated by Dario Brizuela ; coloring by Franco Riesco

Sports Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Dino-hockey by Lisa Wheeler ; illustrated by Barry Gott





Tumble bunnies by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Marilyn Hafner


Gunner, football hero by James E. Ransome


Pete the cat: play ball! by created by James Dean

Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson

1st Grade


Kick, pass, and run by Kessler, Leonard P., 1920-

Great Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads

Kindergarten


Unicorn wings by Mallory Loehr ; illustrated by Pamela Silin-Palmer

Dragon's Easter egg hunt by adapted by Mae Marks


King Jack and the dragon by Peter Bently ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Zathura: a space adventure written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

1st Grade

Hedgie blasts off! by Jan Brett

Monster Mash Masquerade

Families with young children can get dressed in their most comfortable costumes and get your dance on. This program is an open dance party for our littlest patrons to get movin' and groovin' with their grownups to some great spooky tunes. After we've danced the monsters away, be ready for a costume parade through the library!

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun.

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]

National Day of Writing - Story Cubes

Story CubesKids can celebrate the National Day On Writing on Monday, October 20, 4:00-5:00 pm in the Purple Room, by creating surprising stories with Story Cubes and discovering new ways to generate ideas for creative writing.  Recommended for ages 8-12.  No registration required.

Photo Rory's Story Cubes for StADa  by jwordsmith (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Zombie Scavenger Hunt (at The Block)

October 17, 6:30PM to 10:30PM. We're partnering with Canton Leisure Services: The BLOCK for this special event. Part tag, part scavenger hunt. Tons of scary, zombie fun. Oh...and PIZZA, too!  The BLOCK requires registration (734-398-5570), a $5 fee and a completed emergency contact form (attached) to attend. This will be held outside at The BLOCK. For Teens.

Photo: Zombie! by Daniel Hollister (CC by 2.0)

Monster Bash Gaming

CreatureJoin us on October 30, 6:45-8:45 PM in the Community Room for monster-themed games like King of Tokyo and Godzilla Stomp.  Come in costume if you'd like, either dressed as a monster or as another character.  No registration required. For children and tweens, ages 9-12.

Photo Creature by Shawn Budemer (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, October 25 at 4:00-4:30 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for younger children (ages 12 and under) with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.