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Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

Here come the Tigers!

While the skies maybe a bit on the gray side this morning, here's hoping the weather holds for the Tigers to host the Cleveland Indians tonight at Comerica Park. Don't have tickets? Well, then, come and check out our great books on both the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Get your gloves ready… it's going to be a great game!

Back to School Tunes

Not ready to get back to school? Not ready to say goodbye to summer? Still looking for school supplies? Maybe some of these songs will create a back to school mood! Check out these CD's to say goodbye to summer and get inspired to get Back to School.

Bottle of sunshine [sound recording] by Milkshake

Multiplication [sound recording] by Teacher and the Rockbots

Disney's beach party [sound recording]

Back to school [sound recording] by Mr. Al & Stephen Fite

Back to School!

Some of your favorite TV characters are heading back to school! We have new school adventures from old favorites Curious George and Elmo. Martha Speaks also make her CPL debut with a back to school offering. Your favorite character not on the list? We have lots of other Back to School videos.

Family Sunday at the DIA

Here's a chance to play with the art! Artist Andy Malone returns to the DIA this Sunday, August 22 to demonstrate games he has designed as well as allow visitors to play with some of the games. Andy's interactive creations have been previously exhibited at the DIA and galleries around Metro Detroit. Sunday's exhibit runs from 12:00-4:00PM

Ready-For-School Easy Reads

Are you preparing for school to start in the next few weeks? Whether you're going off to school for the very first time or you're already an old pro at first days, we have some suggestions for great books all about going back to school! You can find them in the Readers section of the Children's Department.

Amanda Pig, school girl by Jean Van Leeuwen ; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Angel Cat Sugar. Sweet school day by Ellie O'Ryan ; illustrated by Sachiho Hino ; Angel Cat Sugar characters created by Yuko Shimizu

Seuss on the Loose!

Hey kids! Join us and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters for a storytime filled with fun, crafts, games, and, of course, good books! No registration required.

Program Date: Thursday, August 19th at 10:00AM
Ages: for kids in grades K-2
Hope to see you all there!

Short Story Contest Winners

We received so many great entries for our Summer Reading Short Story Contest, it was really difficult to decide on winners! Below are the winners following a long deliberation:

Tween

  1. Mardi F
  2. Sarah N

Teen

  1. Emily D
  2. Abigail A
  3. Aylin L
Prizes can be picked up at the Children's Desk.

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

Reading with Plymouth Whaler, RJ Mahalak

Plymouth Whaler, RJ Mahalak, has such a great time reading he's coming back to share some more of his favorite stories! Registration not required.
Program Date: Tuesday, August 17 at 2:00-2:30PM

Thank You to our Summer Reading Sponsors

The Canton Public Library would like to express our appreciation to our Summer Reading sponsors: We are very fortunate to have such generous sponsors. Thank you!

Summer Reading Celebration

Celebrate the end of summer reading with fun in the sun. Activities include crafts, entertainment, face painting and farm animals. All activities will take place behind the library. Registration is not required.
All are welcome!
Program Date: Saturday, August 14, Noon-3:00PM

Silly Bandz/Silly Books

Books, bands and big smiles will all be a part of this silly program at the library. Kids will make a craft, and their own edible silly-band, and enjoy some stories and jokes together. Come enjoy this fun program before the school year starts. Kids can come wearing their silly bands and leave with a new silly band for their collection.
Where: Purple room
When: Wednesday, September 1st
1st and 2nd Graders from 10:00 - 10:45   Register Now!
3rd and 4th Graders from 11:30 - 12:15    Register Now!



Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other fourth graders and talk about a great book! Register online beginning August 12, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: August 26 at 2-2:45 PM
Book Title: Because of Winn Dixie

Back to School Technology Tips

Believe it or not, the school year starts in less than a month. Many students and parents will be looking at technology as part of their back to school shopping list. Notebooks, Netbooks, and iPads may all be items of interest this school year, but it can be hard choosing the right device. Check out this article by David A. Milman to get tips on making the right choice!

Summer Reading 2010

Today, Wednesday, August 11 is the last of Summer Reading. You have until 9:00 PM tonight to turn in your reading logs, receive prizes and choose your prize book from the Scholastic Book Fair. We hope to see you at the Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 14 from 12-3.

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Tuesday, August 24 from 2:00-2:30PM
Book Title: Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online beginning August 11, and then check out the book at the Children's Desk.
Program Date: Wednesday, August 25 at 2:00-2:45PM
Book Title: Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries

Write It, Film It Video Contest

Want a chance at YouTube fame and some other cool prizes? Reading Rockets is looking for young filmmakers and creative writers to enter their Write It, Film It Video Contest. Open to kids ages 7-18, the contest allows entrants to choose from a list of seven categories for their movie. Movies must be no more than three minutes long, and submissions may be done individually or as a crew of two. For all the contest rules and how to enter, check out the official rules page. Deadline for submission is August 30!
[Photo courtesy of Scott Kinmartin on flickr]

FETCH - Science Fun: Fathers & Daughters

Join us for fun science activities, just like those on the PBS show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman! Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, August 21 at 2:00-2:45PM

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Reporting again for LB. He's just returned from his latest adventure. Did you guess where he was headed? If you guessed Boston, you were right! But that's not the only place he ended up on this massive road trip. Stay tuned and find out!
LB started his journey in Boston. There's a lot to see there and in the surrounding area. In the City of Boston, LB toured the Mapparium, a big glass globe you can walk through, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the New England Aquarium. Boston has some pretty crazy transportation though. Did you see LB's picture? He's in a truck that can drive on roads or be a boat in the water! How crazy is that? It's called an amphibious truck. It must belong to the same family as salamanders and frogs. LB also saw where Paul Revere rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming and where the colonists defeated the British at Concord.
Some of the other things LB saw around Concord where Henry David Thoreau's house. Did you know there's a bear named after him? And that there are books written about this bear? Thoreau must have been a pretty cool guy. And LB saw Orchard House too. Have you read Little Women? The lady who lived at Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott, wrote Little Women.
Then LB spent an afternoon in Rhode Island touring fancy houses. Lots of rich people used to go to Rhode Island for vacations and live in big houses. Now they just go to the Caribbean. What do you know about Rhode Island? Did you know it's the smallest state?
And then LB went to New York! There are lots of neat things to do there! And not just in the big city! LB saw the Art Museum, and Ellis Island and...the LIBRARY! New York City has a lot bigger library than CPL. LB met the Statue of Liberty too. If you've never read about how the Statue of Liberty was built, it's a pretty cool story!
LB finished his tour of New England with some more fancy houses and a mountain. One of the houses was a house made of glass. Better not play Baseball there! But LB did get to sit in a pretty special chair. Those fancy houses sure are BIG! And they have lots of fancy furniture. And lots of grass to run and play. The mountain is named Mt. Greylock. It's a pretty big one. It's the tallest one in Massachussetts. But I think at that time LB was getting a little homesick.
Which is why he's home for a while now. LB has loved going on adventures with all his library friends. But he's glad he made it home in time for the end of Summer Reading. He's got to turn in his reading log (he did a lot of reading on all those car trips!) so he can get his prizes. Have you finished YOUR reading log yet? You only have until Wednesday to get all your prizes! Don't forget to look at all the pictures of LB's latest adventure! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.