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Cyberchase Games Central

Even though the school year is nearly done, Cyberchase Games Central has tons of fun games that you can keep playing all during summer vacation. These games have different challenges you can solve, inventions you can make, and math problems that need to be solved. It is developed by Enjoy!

Something's Missing in the Children's DVD Collection

Beginning today, the J DVD collection is getting an update. Over the next month each J DVD will get a new three-letter label. These labels (that look just like the ones on the Adult DVDs) will make it easier to find the titles you're looking for.

J DVDs will not be available for check-out while they are being re-labeled. The good news is that each movie should be unavailable for less than one day. If you need help finding what you're looking for, please ask one of the librarians at the Children's Reference Desk.

International Languages For Kids

Did you know there's a section in the Children's Department just for materials in foreign languages? In our International Languages section, you'll find languages such as Spanish, French, Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, Arabic, and many more. We have materials for helping you learn another language, as well as books and DVDs for entertainment. Ask a CPL librarian to show you this great section next time you come to the library!

Lemonade! Get Your Lemonade!

Expect to see lemonade stands dotting the Canton landscape on June 12 as the first-ever Lemonade Day Detroit hits the streets. It's part of a metro-wide project with which CPL is proud to partner. From the Lemonade Day website:

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community.

Want to get involved? Register online, or get a registration form at the Children's Desk here at the library. Once registered, you can get your backpack full of start up materials at the same desk. Need help? CPL librarians can point you toward some great resources to help your lemonade stand stand out. Good luck and happy selling!

Baby Nook

The Baby Nook is an area in the library dedicated to caregivers with babies up to 18 months. The purpose of the Baby Nook is to:
  • Develop literacy skills through relationships with parents/caregivers
  • Inspire children to explore and learn through self-discovery
  • Encourage sensory development
  • Strengthen fine motor development
  • Add another area of fun to the library!
Toys in the Baby Nook must stay in the library, so others may play with them.

Congratulations to Verlander!

Hey Tigers fans! Join me in congratulating our pitcher, Justin Verlander, on his amazing no hitter this past weekend against Toronto! This doesn't happen every day, and it has only happened twice in the career of Mr. Verlander and only a handful of times in all of Detroit Tigers history! While waiting for the next game to start, be sure to check-out one of our awesome baseball books, to keep you busy until the announcer once again yells, "Play Ball!"

Cool Math Games

Do you need some math help because you find the subject completely dull? Is math just not your thing and you feel like each day in Math class is a struggle? Check out this fun website Cool Math 4 Kids. It is chock full of fun math games that hit up all the major topics including decimals, long division, fractions, and much more! Have fun!

We Love Michigan

Children, ages 4-7, come celebrate the Mitten State with Michigan-themed stories, crafts and snacks! Register online beginning May 9.

Program Date: May 23 at 7:00PM

Reading Assistance Dogs Program

Kids and Tweens going into grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Sign up for a 10 minute session. Space is limited, on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at 4:25PM.
Program Date: Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-5:30PM

Mother Daughter Book Discussion

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a Giving Hope Women's Giving Circle Grant. Money from this grant is used for this Mother Daughter Book Discussion, a group for girls and their mothers or other significant women in their lives. This month's book selection is Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Register online beginning Saturday, May 7, then pick up your books at the Children's Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, May 21, 4:00-5:00PM.

Emerald Atlas — a Gem of a Fantasy

Ready for another fantastic fantasy series? The Books of Beginning is here, beginning with The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. Meet Kate, Michael, and Emma — siblings who have been ousted from many orphanages ever since the disappearance of their parents 10 years ago. They finally wind up in a very strange home in Cambridge Falls run by a Dr. Pym that has no other children at all. While exploring this run-down mansion, they happen upon a mysterious emerald atlas that has the power to transport them in time. From this point on their lives are filled with fast-paced magical adventures in that age-old struggle between good and evil.

Poetry — Birthdays, Alligator Pie and Detestable Vegetables

What do these three topics have in common? Well, they are all covered in the poetry section in the children's department. We have poems on all different kinds of subjects from baseball to ice cream to best friends. Not only do our poetry books cover all kinds of topics, but there are many that are very funny to read. When you feel like a few giggles check out Exploding Gravy or Oh, No! Where are my Pants? You'll find these books in the J800 section in the Children's Department, or a librarian can direct you right to the poetry books. They're also easy to find this month on our octagon book display. So check out our awesome poetry section where the reading is easy, and fun.

African Tribes

It's always good to have options and different sources of information for school reports and assignments. For those kids looking for report information on African Tribes, here are some websites for you. Art and Life in Africa: Peoples Resource and Information on African Tribes and African People. These sites are a quick way to find information on tribes, especially when a book is not available.

Cookbooks for Kids

If your book group is like mine, food is a big part of every meeting. There are some wonderful cooks in my group, so when it's my turn to host I turn to these cookbooks. What's your favorite cookbook?

The cat who — cookbook by Julie Murphy & Sally Stempinski

Recipe for a book club: a monthly guide for hosting your own reading group: menus & recipes, featured authors, suggested readings, and topical questions by Mary O'Hare and Rose Storey

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Did you guess where LB was headed next? He just got back from the Dominican Republic! It's half of an island in the Caribbean. He's been there before, because Miss Ruth's sister teaches there. But everytime he goes he has a new adventure. This time LB went to the country and got to see some pretty cool stuff growing! Like Pineapples. Did you know you can plant a pineapple at your house? This website tells you how. He also saw some banana trees and a Cacao tree. That's the kind of tree we get chocolate from! (But take note, Hershey bars don't just grow on trees).
LB got to try a lot of the fruit he saw growing down in the Dominican Republic--Mangos, Pineapples and Bananas. They sure have a lot of yummy food to eat in down there! I might have to try my hand at some Caribbean cooking. Good thing CPL has some books on that subject that I can check out!
LB is so lucky to go to all these neat places that I'm beginning to think his initials stand for Lucky Bear instead of Little Bear. Until next time!
Bear Hugs!

Press Here

Kids, press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book will tell you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and then discover what will happen next! Press Here is great for large groups like storytime, or fun for just one. It is a fantastic "interactive" book; as good, if not better than any new app you can download! We here at CPL give it two BIG thumbs up!

Bike Safety

The Canton Public Library is teaming up with Canton Public Safety and the Bike League of America so you can start bike safety week off on the right pedal. Participants can bring their bikes and bike equipment.
Program Date: Saturday, May 7, 1:00-3:00PM

Free Comic Book Day!

The first Saturday of May each year is Free Comic Book Day. This year it will be Saturday, May 7th and you will have a chance to get free comic books. A limited number will be available at the library, but more can be had by visiting our local comic store, Comic City, located at 42727 Ford Road, Canton, MI. Comic lovers of all ages across North America and around the world will be enjoying this special event. Join them!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Now that it's getting warmer out, LB has gotten restless. Good thing he's getting to go to lots of different places! In fact, here are some pictures from one of his recent adventures. He traveled to Bonita Springs, FL with Miss Michele! He had a great time! He told me it was warm and sunny down there. So he did lots of swimming.
Looks like he also tried his hand at some alligator wrestling. But don't worry kids. I don't think that's a real alligator. I even checked out some library books about alligators to make sure. Yup! Alligators don't have handles.

Ice Cream Social

Are you ready for an old fashioned Ice Cream Social? Come to the library for a cool treat and a fun time. Register online beginning May 2.
Program Date: Monday, May 16, 7:00-8:00PM

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and Friends of the Canton Public Library.