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Farm Picture Books

Have you ever wondered what living on a farm might be like? Get a glimpse into farm life past and present with these great picture books.

Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo by Jim Aylesworth ; illustrated by Brad Sneed



It's milking time by Phyllis Alsdurf ; illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher



Meet the dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

Clothing & Getting Dressed

The weather is changing and soon we'll have to bundle up in our warmest clothes, so why not read a picture book all about getting dressed? Listed below are some fun choices.

Ella Sarah gets dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine



Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin ; illustrations by Fumi Kosaka



Jesse Bear, what will you wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom ; illustrations by Bruce Degen

First Book in a Great Mystery Series?

The secrets of Shakespeare's grave by Deron R. Hicks ; illustrated by Mark Edward Geyer has action, humor, suspense, and family intrigue.  An unscrupulous, greedy relative theatens to take control of the family publishing business from Colophon and Case's father. Enter Julian, an eccentric cousin. He and Colophon join forces to solve a centuries' old mystery about a hidden family fortune that dates back to Shakespeare's time. She is even able to enlist the help of her obtuse older brother Case in a valiant attempt to save their father from financial ruin. Puzzles, hidden clues, creepy graves, slapstick chases, and diverse family dynamics keep readers riveted. A open ending ensures at least one more gripping epsisode in The Letterford Mysteries.

Giant Scrabble

Join us Monday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board. Test your ultimate Scrabble skills on a team; you can either stop by for a word or two, or stay the entire time!

New Michigan Law Protects Young Athletes

new law will go into effect requiring the state to provide educational training materials for athletes, coaches and parents on concussions. Coaches will be require to remove players from the game if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion and return to the field once a doctor gives a written approval. To learn more, check out one of the health collection's newest book, Ahead of the Game

Creatapillars in November

Are you a creative kid? This program is tailored to kids who are 7 to 10 years old. Let your creative side flow in our new monthly program, Creatapillars. This exciting program will alternate between art themed and writing themed activities each month. This month we will be having fun creating our own poetry. We will meet on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM.  Registration will begin October 22, 2012. See you there!

[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

The "K" Club

Children ages 4-6 who are Pre-K or in Kindergarten are invited to this fun program designed especially for them. We will have some special stories, as well as a snack and a craft with a fall theme. Don't miss this great opportunity to have fun at the library on Saturday, November 3, 10-10:45. Registration begins October 21st.

Gordon Briley and The Adventures of Lily and Ava

Local Author Gordon Briley will talk to us about his inspiration and writing process for creating the rhyming picture book The Adventures of Lily and Ava. Attendees will get a look at the book and be able to ask the author any questions they have about the how to write a book.  Families are invited to join us on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 PM for this fun program. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Ghibli Airlines

Japan Airlines just unveiled a stunning new Boeing 787 the other day. It's decorated by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki and seven other winners of a chidlren's art contest. As part of the project, Japan Airlines will be screening some Miyazaki movies during flights. Check out some of our Studio Ghibli movies, on or off the ground.

October is National Vegetarian Month

Does the thought of eating meat make you feel just awful? Join me in celebrating National Vegetarian Month, going on now in the month of October. We have a wonderful collection of Vegetarian cookbooks that are sure to get your mouth watering. Even if cooked cow does pass your lips sometimes, don't be afraid to try some new, great meatless recipes out. You may be pleasantly surprised.

125 gluten-free vegetarian recipes: quick and delicious mouthwatering dishes for the healthy cook by Carol Fenster

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids. LB is tells me his winter coat has started growing in because it was cold up in Mackinac City when he visited last weekend. Mackinac City is right at the tip of the Mitten where I-75 turns into the Mackinac Bridge. There's a lot to do there! LB spent a day biking around Mackinac Island. And now, he's curious about the kids who live there. So we looked online and found Mackinac Island Public School's website, which has lots of information about what it's like to live on the island year round. He went to the Fort on the island too and tried to fire the cannon, but decided it would be better to leave that to professionals.

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday breaks, they need a break too! There will be no tutoring on November 22nd.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi kids, LB wanted to share some pictures from his trip to Prince Edward Island with you. If you didn't know it already, PEI is the home a red head who has a tendency to get into trouble. Nope. Not Pippi Longstocking. I'm talking about Anne of Green Gables. You can actually visit her house (which is where LB is in this picture). LB also visited some other places in Canada and Boston on this trip. And narrowly avoided a tropical storm.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver, these storytimes feature simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. These Tuesday morning sessions are held in the Purple Room. Online registration opens October 25. 

The 5 session series begins November 13, 10:00 AM and runs through December 11.

Your Dream Library LEGO contest winners

Congratulations to Kylie Morton, who won the Popular Vote in our Dream Library Contest with her "Above the Surface" Library. Kylie won two tickets to the LEGO KidFest happening at the Novi Showplace October 12th-14th. Congratulations to all the winners and participants on your amazing and wonderful LEGO creations.

Snack Tales

Kids in grades K-4, join us for Snack Tales on Tuesday, October 23 from 7:00 to 7:45 PM. We will read some Halloween stories, and you will get to make a special spooky treat. Registration begins Monday, September 24. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.

To see the other fun treats we've made in Snack Tales, check out our Flickr page!

Spooky Sounds for Halloween

If you are looking for a witch's cackle, a ghost's boo, or howling wolves, then check out some of these scary music cds. If want to Monster Mash, call the Ghostbusters, or tell the scariest stories, these cds will get you in the Halloween mood!

 

Halloween fun by Lois Skiera-Zucek

Casper's spookiest songs and sounds: 10 spooky songs plus creepy sound effects

Dinosaur Picture Books

Enjoy these great picture books filled with dinosaur tales:

Dinosaur thunder by Marion Dane Bauer ; [illustrated by] Margaret Chodos-Irvine



Dinosoaring by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine



The Berenstain Bears dinosaur dig by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Last Day to Nominate

This is the last day you can nominate the Canton Public Library in LEGO Duplo and ALSC's Read! Play! Build! program.  It only takes a minute, and you help us win LEGOs for our early literacy area. You can nominate once a day through October 1, 2012.  Thank you for your support of Canton Public Library.  

Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt

The perennially popular children's book Where's Waldo celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Kids have spent hours looking for the bespeckled explorer in his candy cane striped sweater and his friends. Now they can hunt for Waldo here at the Children's Library on Thursday, October 11th starting at 7:00 PM. This program is recommended for ages 7 to 10. No registration required.

[Waldo looks for himself courtesy of flickr user hcplebranch by a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license]