Kids

As it says right on their website, Urban Stringz is a change agent.  Founded in 2007 by Cecelia Sharpe, music educator and conductor, the mission of Urban Stringz II is to enhance student’s musical talents and abilities in addition to exposing them to our culturally rich and diverse society. Their sound blends classical violin with contemporary music that produces a unique and unforgettable musical experience. We can't wait to host this talented group of students on February 13 from 2:00-3:00PM. This program is recommended for patrons of all ages.

Join us during mid-winter break for a showing of Goosebumps on Tuesday, February 16 starting at 2:00PM.  A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware. This film is rated PG. You may bring your own pillows, snacks, or blankets.

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First Book and WWE invite you to take the WrestleMania Reading Challenge! Read 15 minutes or more every day for a chance to win a trip to WrestleMania!  Each day that you read for at least 15 minutes, you can fill out an online entry form.  The more entries you complete between now and Friday, February 19, 2016, the more chances you have to win!

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your You Choose: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Can't Choose? Try a collection of short stories. Read one or read the whole book, either way it's an adventure. Don't forget to take advantage of the alternate formats listed. Titles available as audio or eBooks can be used to earn eLectrified versions of the You Choose badge.

A little girl tells very short stories about herself, but her full adventures are revealed in the artwork.

Also available in: e-video

Five new episodes in the friendship of the two hippopotamuses. Find more short stories about George and Martha and their friendship in our catalog.

Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

Longing for adventure, intrepid Louise leaves her comfortable nest and goes to sea.

Fiction

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is spared from suspicion. 

Esperanza rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

When Esperanza and Mama are forced to flee the bountiful region of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to a Mexican farm labor camp in California, they must adjust to a life without fancy dresses and servants they were accustomed to on Rancho de las Rosas. Now they must confront the challenges of hard work, acceptance by their own people, and economic difficulties brought on by the Great Depression. When Mama falls ill and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must relinquish her hold on the past and learn to embrace a future ripe with the riches of family and community.

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.

Fiction

Beware the Hare! Is he or isn't he a vampire? Before it's too late. Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about newest pet in the Monroe household--a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits...and fangs! Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

El deafo by Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. 

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo. It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is just the right person to step in and save him. 

Please join us on Saturday, February 13 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 for young children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Learn about American Muslims in our community and their culture in an interactive program on February 27, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Drop in and try your hand at Arabic calligraphy, enjoy coffee and international delicacies, get a henna design, speak one-on-one with Muslim members of our community and ask questions about Islam and its belief system.

This event is sponsored by the Muslim American Society of Detroit, the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, the Canton Public Library and the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition. It is part of an initiative entitled “Not In Our Town: Stop Hate Together” a program for people and communities working together to stop hate, address school bullying and build safe, inclusive environments for all.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Chow Down: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Earn your chow down badge with a delicious soupy read. 

Picture Books

Tiger in my soup by Kashmira Sheth

Left in the care of his older sister, a boy begs her to read his favorite book but she is too absorbed in her own reading even to notice when a tiger comes to life in the steam from his soup.

Octopus soup by Mercer Mayer

An octopus struggles with misadventure when he leaves home but is relieved to know how and where to find a safe haven.

Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

As the Clearwaters travel west, fearless Granny and Little Critter are jolted from the horse-drawn wagon and have many exotic adventures before being reunited with the rest of their family.

An anaconda ate my homework by Alice Schertle

On his way home from school, Digby, unhappy about the ten pages of homework due the following day, is carried off to the jungle by a raptor and must escape from an extraordinary series of dangers using items from his backpack.

Feeling adventurous one day, a frog leaves her pond and sets out to visit the great sea she has heard so much about.

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