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On Wednesday, June 15 from 11:00AM-6:00PM, college saving experts from the Michigan Educational Trust (MET) will available to answer questions and help parents, grandparents and others understand MET.

Nintendo Introduces Next Home Console

Nintendo announced the next generation home console, Wii U, this week. It includes a touch screen controller, motion control, and HD graphics. You can check out demo video, and find more information on the E3 website. So far, there isn't a specific release date for the Wii U, but I suspect we will be waiting a while.

Memory Bank

The Memory Bank by Carolyn Coman and Rob Shepperson is an enjoyable, but puzzling story. Soft black&white pictures tell some of the story, as with Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It has the dark, mysterious aura of Gaiman's Coraline. Parental figures are rather horrific, as one might find in Roald Dahl's creations. Hope Scroggins becomes entangled in the WWMB (World Wide Memory Bank) and a dream realm in a desperate search for her younger sister whom her parents told her to forget about after dumping Honey out of the car for misbehavior. But the whole book has a very surrealistic quality to it and I am wondering what is real, what is dreamed, what is the intent of the authors. As Keats might say, "Gone is the vision. Do I wake, or do I sleep?" So I am asking all readers to please post your thoughts/feelings/reactions to this awesome, but mysterious story.

Summer Reads

It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Hot dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell

Poet Laureate for Children

The Poetry Foundation has chosen their newest Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has written a lovely post about Mr. Lewis on their blog. Also, we have a wonderful selection of poetry books by Mr. Lewis in our collection that you should check out and enjoy!

A Big Thank You For NHS!

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Richard Scarry: The Best Ever

Today would have been Richard Scarry's 92nd birthday. Richard McClure Scarry (June 5, 1919–April 30, 1994), a popular American children's author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide, has delighted four generations of readers. His best known book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, has sold over 4 million copies since its publication in 1965.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB went to Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend. Look at the cool sculpture LB is standing by in this picture. It's called Cloud Gate, but most people just call it the Bean. Mmmm. That makes me hungry. Unfortunately, this bean isn't edible. Guess I'll have to check out some books about beans from the library and learn how to grow my own. Have you ever done that? It's pretty easy. And a fun thing to do over the summer… which is almost here! Yay! It's certainly felt like summer the last few days. I can't wait for it to get here.
Until next time!
Bear Hugs!

Outdoor Games

Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.

Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb

Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown

Between the Lions

Have you checked out Between the Lions yet? This PBS show is the step between Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow. Between the Lions teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other reading methods. Kids just like it because the Lion family — Theo, Cleo, Lionel and Leona — are funny and there are lots of cartoons and songs. Canton Public Library has both seasons here on DVD. You can also visit Between the Lions online. There are lots of tips for parents and teachers there too!

Only One More Day of Tutoring!

Thursday, May 26th, from 6:008:00PM will be the last night (until next year) for the free tutoring with National Honor Society students. If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in the third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring assignments, textbooks, calculators, pencils, and any other materials you need

Beach Party Fun!

Can't wait for summer vacation? Then get the party started early and come to our beach party program on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00PM. Children ages 4-9 can come hear stories, play a game and have a snack at this sunny program. Don't forget your beach towel and sunglasses. Register online beginning May 24.
This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Batter Up!

Get your math bat out (otherwise known as your brain) and have fun playing Math Baseball! This fun game is part of the Funbrain website. It has different levels of difficulty and also different skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you can test your math magic on. Each time you get a right answer you get a home run! Have fun!

I-275 Bike Path Grand Re-opening

Come out and celebrate the Grand Re-opening of the I-275 bike path on Saturday, June 4th. More information and details available at Canton Patch.

Happy Birthday Yoda!

Happy Birthday Yoda! Well, actually, it isn't exactly Yoda's birthday but the big day for Frank Oz. He was born on May 25th, so you still have time to get a card out to him. The library has many great books with a Star Wars theme and also materials on his other genius voice work, the Muppets! Enjoy!

Music for Kids

Hey Kids! Are you looking for some new songs to enjoy in the car? Or some great CDs along with which to sing? Then check out some of the new music we have at the library. There's a new CD by the Wiggles and some great Broadway music too!

Wiggles, the: ukulele baby by Wiggles

Big bully: the best foot forward series

Kidz bop presents 101 crazy jokes for kids

Stellar Science Saturday

Learn, explore and discover the excitement of science. For third through sixth graders. Registration begins May 21.
Program Date: Saturday, June 4, from 1:00-1:45PM

One More Week of Tutoring!

Thursday, May 26th, will be the last night for the free tutoring with National Honor Society students. They will be at the library for one more week (until next year) from 6:00-8:00PM. If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in the third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring assignment, textbooks, calculators, pencils, and any other materials you need

Bike Month

The month of May just happens to be National Bike Month. Now that the weather's finally improving, take some time to get outside and ride your bike. Check out some bike books, too! Listed below are a few fun choices. Happy reading (and bike riding!).

Little Lizard's new bike by Melinda Melton Crow; illustrated by Andrew Rowland

Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey

Fantasy Floats

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier — is another must-read for all tween/teen fantasy fans. Fourteen-year-old Trei lost his family to a volcanic explosion and seeks refuge with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in the neighboring, airborn kingdom of the Floating Islands. Upon arriving he sees men soaring in the skies with wings and dragon magic and is consumed with the desire to also be a kajurai. Soon after his arrival his aunt and uncle become victims of a horrid epidemic. Now is cousin Araene is also an orphan and must decide what she will do with her life. The constraints on woman in her kingdom are unbearable, but she is clever and soon finds a way to pursue her love of the culinary arts, as well as to use her gifts in the art of magic - as long as no one discovers her sexual disguise that is.