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Don't get too hungry when you read one of these yummy picture books featuring cake!

Ida always has her nose in a book and Alfonso is unable to get her attention until he bakes a very special apple cake for her. Includes cake recipe.

Beverly runs into a problem while making the "caramel candy castle cake" for Oliver's party, but her creativity and her mother's encouragement save the day.

A birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow's birthday.

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Full court dreams by Jake Maddox

Annie wants nothing more than to get back onto the girls' basketball team, and despite getting a late start to her day, she vows to not let anything get in her way.

Stolen bases by Jake Maddox

Someone is stealing the equipment from Eva and Becca's softball team.

Tennis trouble by Jake Maddox

Even though she's only in seventh grade, Alexis made the varsity tennis team. But some other girls on the team aren't happy she's there.

Storm surfer by Jake Maddox

Jill never thought her week at surf camp would be interrupted by a hurricane, but one is heading for the North Carolina coast. She knows to stay away from the water when a storm is coming. But Abby and Sara think surfing in a hurricane will be amazing. Who will save them when the waves get out of control?.

March is Women's History Month. Learn about famous women throughout history (and now!) with one of these biographies. 

Who is Gloria Steinem? by Sarah Fabiny

Presents the life of the prominent feminist, highlighting her career and influence as a writer, political activist, and co-founder of "Ms." magazine.

Who is J.K. Rowling? by Pam Pollack

"Rowling's true-life, rags-to-riches story is as compelling as the world of Hogwarts that she created. This biography details not only Rowling's life and her love of literature but the story behind the creation of a modern classic."--Provided by publisher.

Who was Amelia Earhart? by Kate Boehm Jerome

Examines the life of pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart, who mysteriously disappeared during an around-the-world flight in 1937.

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3 1/2-5. 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 Friends' Activity Room (former purple room) starting Monday, April 18 thru Friday, May 27. Registration is online and begins March 24. Both sessions will cover the same stories and themes, please choose one of the following sessions.

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Bats sometimes get a bad rap, but these fuzzy creatures have a lot of positive things to offer! Most bats don't drink blood, and many bats love to eat fruit. Insect-eating bats eat their own body weight in insects every night! They naturally pollinate hundreds of plants around the world, spread seeds which allow plants to grow, and eat bugs at farms so that farmers don't have to use as many pesticides.

However, bats have had a difficult time lately, and many North American bat colonies have been devastated by white-nose syndrome, a disease caused by a white fungus on affected bats' wings and noses. 

You can learn more about bats and white-nose syndrome by checking out the resources below.

Additionally, you can visit the Organization for Bat Conservation to learn how to #savethebats, and you can even visit the Bat Zone at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills to see live bats, sloths, flying squirrels, and more!

[Photo of a local big brown bat courtesy of the Organization for Bat Conservation]

Suggested Reads for Kids

Little brown bats by Joyce L Markovics

Little brown bats are the most common type of bat in Michigan.

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Buddy's a basketball-playing golden retriever who finds a friend in the lonely misfit Josh and teaches him about the game. Bonus feature: Dog-U-Commentary - the Buddies dish about the story that started it all.

The movies feature an animal actor or animated critters that the whole family can enjoy.

A young cat and dog discover the dangers and delights of the outside world when they wander away from the farm.

Foster children Andi and Bruce have been placed with a flaky couple who care more for their aspiring rock careers than their charges. Their mischievous tendencies repeatedly get them into trouble. After a close call with the local pound, the kids end up searching for Friday, their secretly adopted dog, in an abandoned old hotel where they find several other stray dogs seeking shelter. They, along with three other local kids, begin caring for the strays. Bruce is a clever inventor whose innovative gadgets ensure top-notch care and constant entertainment for all the dogs. The police storm the hotel and take all the dogs to the pound. The kids attempt to rescue the dogs and it might just land them in separate group homes. Bernie, their social worker, will have to somehow convince the authorities, and perhaps a loving family, that the children were just doing what was right.

Who loves Pete the Cat? I do! I do! Come to our Party with Pete on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  We will have tons of fun reading some Pete the Cat stories, creating some crafts, having a snack, and visiting with our super special guest, Pete himself! Registration begins February 23, 2016 and is open to kids ages 5 to 9 and their caregiver.  See you there and don't forget your camera!

spider web

Catch a web-full of amazing spider-facts with the Leslie Science & Nature Center when they stop by for Save A Spider Day on Sunday, March 13, 2:00-3:00 PM.  Registration for this educational program about nature's amazing arachnids is required and begins February 23. For all ages.

Photo Spider web by Charles Dawley (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Canton Public Library is proud to participate in Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a national campaign to have every child being read aloud to for 15 minutes every day starting at birth. This month, the Read Aloud movement emphasizes that reading aloud (1) helps build children's vocabulary, (2) promotes healthy brain development, and (3) continues to benefit a child even after s/he can read independently.

Families with young children, come join us for a special dance party celebrating music from around the world. As always, it is freestyle dancing aimed at getting everyone movin' and groovin'.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers. No registration required.

Wednesday, March 16, 10:00-10:30 AM

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

 

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