Kids

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On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

The ant bully by John Nickle
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Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into the ant hole he has been tormenting.

Five electrical appliances find that their young owner has disappeared. The toaster takes charge, rounding up the vacuum cleaner, the electric blanket, bedside lamp and radio. Together they take off for the big city in search of their master. Based on the book by Thom Demijohn.

Thorndyke the Bear in a READ shirt

Reluctant readers come in all ages, stages, and sizes. This summer, overcome a lack of enthusiasm with these tips, which can be applied to reading ruts of all kinds. Examples link to children's materials, but these suggestions can work for grown-ups, too.

  • Forget reading level for just a minute, and start with interests or hobbies. Search for fiction and nonfiction that focus on that topic. Maybe you like soccer: use our subject headings to find relevant biographiesfiction, and nonfiction.
  • Explore picture books. There are many beautiful titles that are worth reading, and as a bonus are short and satisfying.
  • Use writing as a springboard and create a summer journal. Then see why journal-format fiction is so popular.
  • Explore the graphic novel shelf. Dense illustrations make a reader slow down to really enjoy the story.
  • Come to a book discussion program, or start your own. Read the book together. Reading can be more fun when it's shared, and even if you hated the book, you can talk about how much you disliked it.
  • Grab some poetry. Sometimes it's serious, but a lot of times it's silly and entertaining.
  • Listen to an audiobook. All of the story and vocabulary words without the visuals. Even better if you're listening with the whole family on a road trip and can discuss the story as you go.
  • Pick something you want to DO - maybe you want to travel to Ireland, become a scientist, or learn to keep bees. Use books to gather useful information for your quest.
  • Look for a book that has a movie version. Even picture books have been made into full-length movies. Read, and then watch. Which did you like better?
  • Start with music, and listen to a favorite album or song artist. Then learn more about that person, maybe even in their own words.

No matter what, keep trying. Try new formats, try new recommendations, try non-print stories. It's never too late to find something good.

To begin Connect Your Summer this year, you will receive a StoryBox. After that, it's up to you. Below are a few books to help you think about what exactly you might do with that box.

When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy days, blowing bubbles in the park, and watching her little sister's first steps. Life's most precious treasures cannot be contained in a box! Features a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout reveal hidden surprises.

What to do with a box by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen poetically reminds young readers that a simple box can be a child's most imaginative plaything as artist Chris Sheban illustrates its myriad and magical uses.

Books to Enjoy

Ducklings by Marfe Ferguson Delano

Introduces wood ducks, describing their life cycle, physical characteristics, diet, and behaviors.

Make way for ducklings by Robert McCloskey

A family of mallard ducks searches for a new home in Boston.

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.

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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.

Experience the Solar Eclipse!

Come by the library on Monday, August 21 to get your official viewing glasses. 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 PM to 2:30 PM, one pair per person age 4 and over, while supplies last, along with some eclipse-related activities as well as a live stream of the eclipse on the projection screen.
Click on or download the Eclipse Across America Flyer from NASA to discover solar eclipse facts, safety tips, and instructions to make your own viewing devices. If you cannot attend but would still like glasses, please take a look at the list of reputable vendors for safe glasses. Listed vendors in the Canton area were sold out as of Sunday, August 13th. Glasses are generously provided by the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning and STARnet for Libraries

 

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Mini Minecraft

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

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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

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.

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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

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