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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

Target Family Reading: Bubbles!

Families and children ages 4-8 can join us as we celebrate National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day held every January.  Hear a story about bubbles, learn how strong bubbles are and get crafty with bubble wrap.  Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Registration is required.

[Photo by Miika Silfverberg is licensed under CC-BY SA-2.0]

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

The amazing adventures of Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis

Bad weather! by Frank Berrios ; illustrated by Ethen Beavers

The day I lost my superpowers by Michaël Escoffier, Kris Di Giacomo ; translated from the French by Claudia Bedrick & Kris Di Giacomo

Superfab saves the day by text by Bérengère Delaporte and Jean Leroy ; illustrations by Bérengère Delaporte ; translation, Sarah Quinn

Ten rules of being a superhero by Deb Pilutti

 

Need more suggestions? Try this list of Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners.

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

Alice the fairy by David Shannon

Buttercup goes to the ball by based on the original flower fairies books by Cicely Mary Barker

Dragon's extraordinary egg by Debi Gliori

A Goofy fairy tale by based on the episode written by Ashley Mendoza ; adapted by Bill Scollon ; illustrated by Loter, Inc

Robot Zot! by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by David Shannon

Need for suggestions?  Try this list of Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners.

1st Grade

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)

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]

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.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, October 3 at 4:00-4:30 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for older children (ages 13 and over) and adults 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.

The K Club

"Jump into Fall" at our K Club program on Saturday, October 4 from 2:00-2:45 pm. Stories, crafts and a snack will all be centered around pumpkins, leaves and other fall favorites. This program is designed for children ages 4-6.

NHS Homework Help Will Begin October 14th

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
  • Tutoring is on a first come first served basis
  • Tutoring sessions will be a half an hour

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk

The first day of tutoring will be Tuesday, October 14th.

Happy Grandparents Day

Hey Kids,

It was a back-to-school week for a lot of you, but before you get too caught up in the school routine, I thought I’d remind you about a holiday coming up tomorrow. National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, and a perfect time to show a little extra love to the people in your life who act as grandparents to you. My family is made up of bears and I’ve lost touch with many of my ancestors (it's a distant cousin in the photo), but don’t let that happen to you! 

Come to the library on Sunday, September 7 to make something for the grandparents in your life, or to take a picture with a grandparent. If you’re looking for a special story to share, you can also look up “Grandparents” as a subject or keyword in our catalog.