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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

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]

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)

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.

Best in Show Dog Show 2014

Best in Show LogoWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now by returning the waiver form by 6:00 PM September 12 and join us on Saturday, September 13 at 11:00 AM in back of the library under the tent. Space for contestants is limited to the first 25 waivers received but all are welcome to come see the show. This event is fun for all ages! Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Behaved, Best Looking, Best Biggest, Best Smallest and Best in Show. Winners will receive fabulous prizes! Enjoy a free hot dog and pop! REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY AUGUST 25th.

Talk It Up: Read & Write

This program is for kids ages 7-10 who like to hear stories and talk about them, too. Participants will listen to a story read by a Children's Librarian, discuss it with each other afterwards, and then write a short book review. Books chosen for discussion will vary in genre and include fiction, non-fiction and biographies. No need to read the book ahead of time - just bring your listening ears and then get ready to talk it up!

This discussion will help participants build literacy skills, as well as their vocabulary and writing skills.

Program Date: September 20, 2:00 PM

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 15. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, September 15-October 25:
NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 13. The library will be closed for Columbus Day.
 

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 15. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, September 15-October October 25:

NOTE: There will be no Family Storytime on Monday, October 13. The library will be closed for Columbus Day.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins August 25.
Session begins Tuesday, September 16, 10:00 AM