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Book Sightings!

Hey Kids,
How well do you really know your book characters, like Flat Stanley or Amelia Bedelia? One way to find out is to take some book quizzes given on the HarperCollins Children's Book Site. Lots of great books have quizzes you can take to test your knowledge, or there are also fun games to play. Look for secrets in the Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman object game or help Bernie feed the beast in The Rotten School Game. The more you read, the better you will do!

Steven Kroll

Steven Kroll, the author of 96 books for children, passed away on March 8 at the age of 69.

Kroll wrote such children's favorites as That Makes Me Mad!, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, and Jungle Bullies. Find a more complete listing of his books and see what we have available in the library.

March is Reading Month Fun!

March is National Reading Month. This annual celebration is designed to encourage reading as a fun activity for the whole family. Various community organizations are helping us promote reading in fun ways. On March 4, the Plymouth Canton Preschool staff presented a storytime in honor of Dr. Seuss. Later in the month, Community Finanacial and the Kiwanis Club of Canton will be at the library to share their love of reading. Come on in to help get your children started on a lifetime of reading!

Program Registration Email Confirmations

If you have registered for a program in last couple of days, you may have noticed that you did not get an email confirmation. This does not mean that your registration did not go through. We are experiencing problems with our email confirmations, but are working to fix the problem. You can confirm your registration by checking My Account. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Kids Read Comics Extravaganza!

Attention Comic Lovers! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 12th. From 10:00AM to 8:00PM at the Ann Arbor Art Center an awesome free event is being presented. Interact with real cartoonists, enjoy some great hands-on workshops and create your very own comics.
Learn more about this spectacular event by visiting the event website.

Chicken Big

It's not a squirrel, it's not an umbrella, it's Chicken Big! In this hilarious tale of a very large creature, we get to use our investigation skills to discover exactly what this very large, yellow creature is. Is it a sweater, or an elephant? You'll have to read it to find out!

We have many other chicken adventures to choose from, maybe even a Chicken Little!

The Magic of Music!

Note: We are currently experiencing problems with our email confirmations. You can confirm your registration by checking My Account.

Gather with others to learn more about musical instruments and the joys of making music.
When: March 21, 7:00-8:00PM
Where: Community Room
Who: Families with children ages 4-9
Registration begins March 7
Sponsored by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library

It's Report Season!

Maybe it's animals. Or maybe it's a state or a country. Maybe it's a biography. Maybe you just need pictures for your display. Whatever it is, Canton Public Library is your one stop spot for all things report related. Here are some nifty databases and online resources you can access here or at home to make researching your report a breeze.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia Search the index of this eBook to find that animal you have to write about when all the books are checked out. Search Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations the same way for country information. Yes! This will count as a book resource in your bibliography!

Mem Fox

March 5th is author Mem Fox's birthday. Here in the U.S. it's still March 4th, but right now in Adelaide, Australia where Mem Fox lives, it's already March 5th! If you aren't familiar with Mem's books, check out some of my favorites listed below.

Harriet, you'll drive me wild by Mem Fox; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Time for bed by Mem Fox; illustrated by Jane Dyer

Family Science and Reading Program

Children, ages 6-11 with a caregiver, are invited to explore science with students from the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The theme for this month's program is "Water Wisdom: Caring for Our Water Resources." Register online beginning Saturday, March 5. We are currently experiencing problems with our email confirmations.  You can confirm your registration by checking My Account.
Program Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1:00-2:00PM.

Blow Some Bubbles!

What comes in all kinds of colors and is really sweet and chewy? Bubble gum, of course. The 2nd week of March is Bubble Gum Week and it's not just for chewing. There's bubble gum ice cream, bubble gum slushies, bubble gum lip gloss… The possibilities are all over the place, and it's a favorite flavor for many kids. There's also the important job of blowing bubbles and competing with bubbles. There are even World Bubble Records out there. So if you have a lot of hot air, blow it into a bubble today, and watch it grow (or pop!).

Irish Fun

The O'Hare School of Irish Dance in Plymouth will get us in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day when dancers, ages four and up, entertain us. Stories and crafts will follow the entertainment. Registration not required.
Program Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 7:00-8:30PM.

Green Songs not Just for St. Patrick's Day

When I think of St. Patrick's Day, I think of the color green. Frogs, leprechauns, grass, green beans, there are a lot of green things in this world. Sure, you hear a lot of Irish songs for the holiday, but there are many other "green" songs out there. Here are some other songs that celebrate all things green!

Green eggs and ham and other servings of Dr. Seuss by Seuss, Dr

Under the green corn moon: Native American lullabies

Rockabye baby!: lullaby renditions of Green Day

Mysteries of the Magnificent Variety

Are you looking for a great mystery with some meat to it? Lewis Buzbee has written such awesome books. In Steinbeck's Ghost, 13-year-old Travis, unhappy about his family's recent move, finds he can still connect with his old life at the Salinas Library re-reading his favorite books. He enjoys Steinbeck — after all, Salinas is Steinbeck's hometown. But suddenly he begins seeing the characters spring to life. As he struggles to solve this mystery, budget cuts threaten his library. In looking for ways to save his haven, Travis uncovers many truths and stumbles into a story Steinbeck might be telling him to write.

March Into First Grade Round Up

To celebrate "March is Reading Month," many Canton first graders visit the library with their classes. They'll see a puppet show, go on a tour and check out a book. For some kids it will be their first time ever to visit the library. We love our first graders.

Enter to Win: "What's Your Story?"

Tell us about your favorite book, story or character! One lucky winner drawn at random will receive a free personal audiobook to keep and your local library will recieve $500.00 worth of Children's or Teen audiobooks. Enter to win at: http://www.tapededitions.com/.
Hurry! Entry deadline is midnight March 15, 2011.

Chocolate Fever Book Discussion

Kids, you are invited to join us in discussing Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Registration begins Tuesday, March 2. Register with your library card and come to the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. This book discussion will meet, Tuesday, March 15 from 5:00 to 5:45PM. See you all there!

Libraries Save Families Money

Libraries are a valuable resource in area communities as illustrated in a March MetroParent article. Families can save money by borrowing free DVDs, attending library programs, using online databases, downloading eBooks & audiobooks, etc. Many of the resources mentioned are available here at the Canton Public Library. So come visit and start saving today!

Harriet The Spy Book Discussion Registration

Hi Everyone! Don't forget that registration for the March Book Discussion starts on Wednesday, March 2nd! We will be discussing Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Be sure to use your library card to register online and then stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. The book group will meet on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:00 to 5:45PM. Enjoy!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
So Wednesday was my first book discussion! And I have to say a good time was had by all! You know, you can still read our book discussion? It's over on Sleepy Bear's blog. You may have to scroll down a bit to get to the beginning of the conversation. It's fun to talk to friends about books. I also learned a lot about Sleepy Bear, and his friend Moosey-Moose too. Thanks Sleepy Bear for reading with us! :o)
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke