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Murder Will Out

Dateline April 28, 1930: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective debuts. 80 years later Nancy is still fighting crime, still bringing in the bad guys. More importantly serving as a strong, feminine role-model for thousands of girls. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, and Oprah Winfrey are fans of Carolyn Keene's creation. Nancy Drew novels have been published in 25 languages and over 200 million copies worldwide have been sold.

Making Science Fun

We just expanded our Science collection with two cool new DVD series that make learning science concepts fun! The first is Science of Disney Imagineering. This series uses attractions from the Most Magical Place on Earth — Disney World — to demonstrate things like Gravity, Magnetism, Trajectory and the like. The second is a familiar and well-loved science staple finally gracing the shelves here at CPL — Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill explains scientific concepts in funny, kid-accessible illustrations. Both of these video series often include experiment demonstrations that could be useful for Science Fair Projects. Take one home today!

Grab a Great New Graphic Novel

Graphic Novels aren't what they used to be! Some really awesome, innovative works have arrived at the library this year and more are on the way. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga is one example. As one review says, "In this graphic-novel mind boggler, Shiga blows the choose-your-own-adventure concept out of the water." Readers like you play the role of Jimmy. On page one you must decide whether to order a vanilla or chocolate ice-cream cone. This may seem like a simple decision, but your choice can lead to a simply idiotic ending, or a really horrific one. You stumble into a bizarre science lab with 3 machines: a time-travel machine, a mind-melding machine, and a contraption that can control entropy. Tubes connect panels in all directions and veer off into tabs on other pages.

Ann Arbor Book Festival

Don't miss the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 14-16, featuring poetry readings, Breakfast with the Authors, writers' conferences, and culminating with the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on Sunday, May 16.

First Grade Book Discussion

The May edition of the First Grade Book Discussion will be on Monday, May 17th at 5:00PM. This month we will be reading and discussing Cinder Rabbit by Lynn E. Hazen. Come join us! Registration begins Monday, May 3rd at 9:00AM. After you register, pick up your book at the Children's Desk!

A Big Thank You

To Sharon Sanders and her team of volunteers from the youth group of Canton's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They did a fabulous job creating the adorable Spring bulletin boards in our Children's Department. If you haven't come to see them yet, make sure you do! Starting this year, Canton Public Library is seeking volunteer groups to create these bulletin boards on a quarterly basis. If your scout troop, youth group or other organization is interested in using your talents to create bulletin boards in the Children's Department, please contact Ruth Millard at millardr@cantonpl.org. All displays are subject to library approval and may become property of the library

Round 2

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Well, hockey fans, we have made it to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Wasn't really sure we would get there, based on how the Red Wings played at the end of the season, but very glad to see it happened. In other hockey news, the Pittsburgh Penguins have also raced into Round 2 of the Playoffs. Will these two teams meet up in the finals? I know that my nails will be bitten off in anticipation. Check out the Red Wings and Penguins websites for updates and tickets! Go Peng-wings! (I do have divided loyalites, after all!)

Help your child with reading

The library has many wonderful resources to help parents take an active role in teaching their children to read. Literacy begins early. Reading aloud with your children, from birth to beyond when they can read on their own is important to fostering reading ability and enthusiasm. We have books such as The Read-Aloud Handbook and Baby read-aloud basics: fun and interactive ways to help your little one discover the world of words to help you get comfortable with that. You can also develop reading lessons at home that fit your child by using books like The reading lesson: the intelligent reading program for young children.

Gentle, Please!

The fish tank located in our Children's Department is often the first place many kids go to on a library visit. In order to keep our fish happy, they need a peaceful environment, including keeping the glass free from scratches so that everyone can enjoy viewing our aquatic friends. Please remember to use gentle hands around the tank, so that we can continue to enjoy our "library pets." Thank you!

Boys Scouts Introduce Video Game Badge

The Boys Scouts of America have introduced a new ability badge for Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts to earn for displaying an understanding and ability with computer and videogames.

Earning the full badge includes selecting a game with a suitable rating, comparing two different systems, planning and participating in a family games tournament and teaching a friend or adult how to play a new game.

Fishing Derby

Ahhh Spring! Nature is at it's best right now. Pack up your fishing gear and head over to the Canton Fishing Derby from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday May 1. Check out a great book on fishing basics at the library.

Self-checkout Racing

We wanted to show just how fast and easy it is to self-check your items:

Earth Day Festival in Ann Arbor

Looking for fun and educational events for the whole family? You don't want to miss the free Ann Arbor area Earth Day Festival that will be held on Sunday, April 25, at Washtenaw Community College. From Noon to 4:00PM, there are exhibits, hands-on activities and entertainment for all.

Free Comic Book Day, May 1st 2010!

Come to the library on May 1st and pick out a FREE comic book from Comic City. They will be available at the Children's and Teen information desks. Comic City and Mad World Radio are also teaming up for Free Comic Book Day. Music, fun, and prizes are also awaiting you at Comic City in Canton on May 1st beginning at 11:00AM as MWR broadcasts live in the store.

Easy Recycling Reads

In honor of Earth Day, read a book about recycling. Here are a few easy-to-read choices:
  • Recycled! — a beginning reader story about recycling in the classroom
  • Choose To Reuse — a board book to teach even the very youngest about recycling
  • Reusing and Recycling — an easy-to-read nonfiction title about recycling household materials
Happy Earth Day! Be sure to recycle something today!

If you thought Talk Like a Pirate Day was fun....

You'll love Talk Like Shakespeare Day! It's celebrated this Friday, April 23rd in honor of Shakespeare's 446th birthday. So brush up your "thee", "thou", and "Methinks". Practice your Shakespearean insults so you'll be ready when the time is right. Pull that Renaissance Ruff out of your closet! And check the official website for other fun Shakespeare activities. Here's a fun clip from Sesame Street to get you in the mood!

Earth Day Programs at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18 - 23) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including: Also, be sure to share your green tips and tricks with the community by posting on the Electronic Green Board.

Let's go Wings!

Well, hockey fans, it is that time of year once again — the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Now, although our Wings had us in a state of nail-biting curiosity to see if they were even going to make the playoffs, we can breathe a sigh of relief, that they are here to play another day. While you are eagerly waiting for the next game in the series, check out one of our great hockey books or DVD's to keep you in the know until the buzzer sounds and the next game begins!

Target Family Night - Dinofun!

Families with children ages 4-9 can come and join us Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00PM for our Target Family Fun Night. This month, our program will be all about dinosaurs and presented by Cranbrook! Registration begins Wednesday, April 21st. Space is limited.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
So I have some happy news to share! There have been some exciting things happening. The first is that two weeks ago lots of the Children's Tween and Teen librarians went to a big library conference in Kalamazoo. They had to leave me and Miss Sandra in charge (but that's another story). While they were there, Miss Anna, one of our teen librarians won a very special award! It's called the Pletz Award. This mean that Miss Anna does a super great job working with all the teens! Great Job Miss Anna! I'm so proud of you!