Kids

Thorndyke the Large Brown Bear Typing at the Computer

 

Complete this 62 Days activity by learning something you didn’t know before about the Canton Public Library, or by asking us your questions about how the library works. 

 

Exercise Your Curiosity about the Library

  • Write a letter to Thorndyke. Our resident bear loves seeing your faces and hearing about you. Thorndyke will respond to a selection of questions  and comments he receives weekly on his blog. Simply address your letter to
          Thorndyke the Bear  
          1200 S. Canton Center Road
          Canton, MI  48188
  • Use the “Ask a Librarian” option on our Contact Us form to ask a reference question remotely.
  • Use Social Media to ask us a question, tell us how we are doing, or learn more. Find and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

Meet the Staff

  • Learn more about Thorndyke, our library bear. You can find his life story on Flickr, or you can take a look at his family album.
  • Learn more about the folks who make the library tick. Explore a limited staff directory and meet a few of the people who keep CPL up and running.

 

Explore Hidden Gems of the Library

  • Have you noticed the art located in and around the library? For a full tour, take our art walk online. 
  • Get a quick look at our sorting room, our hub for all returning materials. This is where all the books that are returned via our outdoor Book Drop.

 

Learn about Library Beginnings

Take a Deeper Dive into Libraries

Explore these resources to learn even more about libraries beyond the Canton Public Library. We are just a small part of a larger tradition of community service.

Schomburg : the man who built a library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Also available in: e-audiobook | video | e-video

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages.

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A great sign of spring is the sound of frogs and toads. The "Listen to Frogs" 62 Days 62 Ways square encourages you to do just that! Frogs are important to the environment (and to us!) for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is that they are an indicator species that help us determine the health of the environment.

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Froggy goes to bed by 1947- Jonathan London

It's time for bed! Not if Froggy has his way! Even after a long day of playing, Froggy's still not tired. His bath is ready, but first Froggy has to find his boat. And where are his pajamas? And how did his toothbrush get into the cookie jar? Oh, Frrooggyy! Now it's time to go to sleep, right? But Froggy can't sleep without a bedtime story! Join Froggy as he hops, flops, and zips from one familiar bedtime ritual to another. There are more books in the Froggy series or check out other kid-friendly frog titles including emedia.

How about breaking the dinner routine tonight and having a picnic. It's not too hot out, and there's a cool summer breeze. You don't even have to pack up the car and drive to a park. Just  walk right out into your backyard, lay a blanket out on the grass, and rely on the food you have, with maybe a little creativity. You can even use leftovers from last night or throw together an effortless salad..Keep it simple, let the kids help, and play some no sweat games like duck, duck goose or  "I spy."  Avoiding too much fuss will promote relaxation and chilling and give you time to enjoy your family and friends. Spontaneous may be the best way to go.  When you're in the mood for something a little more hearty and you want to take your picnic up a notch, you'll find tons of great grilling and picnic recipes here. Check out a few cookbooks that will give you ideas for quick meals. Head back to 62 days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

 

Can't get enough stories about literature and people who create and distribute it? Explore the following titles that touch on topics like the importance of books and libraries, the hidden lives of authors and librarians, and more. Books at the top of list may appeal to a wide age range, books at the end of the list are geared more for an adult audience.

How to read a book by Kwame Alexander
Also available in: e-audiobook

A poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading. Begins with planting oneself beneath a tree and leads to a book party one hopes will never end.

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | video | e-video

A celebration of making your home with the things you always carry: your resilience, your dreams, your hopes and history. It's the story of finding your way in a new place, where one beacon of hope and support is the local library.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Many state parks in Michigan are planning “Meteors and S’mores” events in early August 2020 to take advantage of the Perseid Meteor Shower. You can participate by reserving a campsite at one of the participating state parks or you can head to the nearest one and enjoy the free events for the evening! We encourage you to check the parks website before making plans to make sure the event has not been cancelled. The Perseids are a fun meteor shower for sky-gazers because they can be seen without a telescope. Can't make it to a park? Drive to a nearby dark area, or, better yet, try viewing them from your backyard! You can build a campfire and/or camp out under the night sky. Don't forget the s'mores!

Please return to Observe the Night Sky blog here.

Dog Reading a Book by Jamie Street on Unsplash.jpg

 

Complete a READ square by reading something, or by doing something to put yourself in a literary frame of mind. So whether you already have a book in mind, or you need a little help getting started, we have some ideas for you.

 

 

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program.

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Looking for inspiration to start your next dance party? Maybe you just need a rest from an endless succession of dance breaks?

Try some of the dance-themed reads listed below. Those intended for older audiences are further down. Those at the beginning might be appreciated by all ages.

And of course, there are always more dance books to be found in our library catalog. Use the search options to browse our collections, you can use keywords and subject headings to find different lists of items to browse. You can also ask a librarian for assistance.

Flora and the peacocks by Molly Schaar Idle
Also available in: e-book

In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a little girl named Flora forms a friendship with two peacocks as the three learn to dance together. You can find Flora in many other books if you can't get enough. She's also on Hoopla.

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