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Mark Twain

April 21 is the 100 year anniversary of the death of Mark Twain (November 24, 1832 - April 21, 1910). A keen observer of human nature, Twain's stories portray America as it became a nation. An American humorist, lecturer, essayist, and author, several of Twain's books have been adapted for the screen including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, and a present-day version of The Prince and the Pauper.

Butterflies are Blooming

Spring has arrived and so have the butterflies! Visit the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit at the Tropical Conservatory at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids through April 30th. You can also check out the butterflies in our collection at the library.

Storytime Registration Begins April 12

Storytimes starts the week of April 26. Online registation begins April 12. Children must have their own library card to register. We have storytimes for various ages: For families planning to bring children of multiple ages, please sign up for the Family Storytime.

No Tutoring This Week

The NHS tutors will not be here this week (they need a break, too).

However, they will resume their regular schedule starting Tuesday April 13th! If you are interested in being tutored:
  • You must be in 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 the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
  • Monday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Tuesday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday — 6:00-8:00PM at Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday — 6:00-8:00PM here at CPL by the Teen Reference Desk

Scrapbox Fun!

Children, ages 3-6, use recycled materials from the Scrapbox to make unique projects.
Program Date and Time: Friday, April 23, 2010, 10:00-11:00AM

Earth Week Mural Art Creation Day

Children, tweens and teens in grades kindergarten through 8th grade can take part in our Action for Earth project by creating artwork to be used in our custom Project S.N.A.P. mural celebrating our rivers and trails.
Program Date & Time: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 1:00-3:00PM

Second Grade Book Group

Hey friends, be sure to register for the Second Grade Book Discussion! It will take place Saturday, April 17th from 2:00PM until 2:30PM. The book we will talk about this month will be Gooney Bird and the Room Mother by Lowis Lowry. Registration began April 3rd.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Hooray for Spring Break! I bet you all are excited to have a whole week off of school. I'm excited to see a lot of you here at the library! The librarians have planned lots of fun things for you!

When you're here, make sure you check out our book display kiosk by the Children's CDs. Each month a different librarian has been putting their favorite books on display. Now, I'm not a librarian, but this month they're letting me put out MY favorite books! Oh Boy! It's a little hard to pick favorites. I love books about bears, because I like books with protagonists that I can relate to. But I also LOVE the books you hear in storytime and read for book discussions (did you know I read all those books with you? I just can't participate in the book discussion because I don't talk!). Come and check out what books I chose! Literally! Take them home with you! Because then I get to choose more books. And tell me, what's your favorite book? Can't wait to hear from you!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Spring Break Fun!

Enjoy your spring break at the Canton Public Library.

Monday, April 5

  • 1:00-3:00PM All Ages Open Videogaming — Children, tweens and teens can unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day

Tuesday, April 6

  • 1:00-3:00PM Board Game Fun — Do you like to play chess? Would you like to test your skills with other YU GI OH fans? Do you want to create with Legos? We will have these games and more! Bring a friend and have some fun!

Not just a book discussion, it's an adventure!!

Take an adventure with Tony Abbot's The Postcard. Take a trip to Florida with 13 year old, Jason, to clean out his recently deceased grandmother's home. He didn't know her so he isn't very thrilled about spending his summer vacation away from his best friend. However, he receives a bizarre phone call that leads him to an old postcard hidden away in his Grandmother's desk.The postcard is a clue that leads Jason on a mysterious adventure that blends the lines between fact and fiction.

Register for the Tween Book and Pizza for Saturday, April 10 at 1:00PM to eat pizza and discuss this exciting book with Miss Sarah. Don't miss out!

Pepins and their Problems

The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath
Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on their roof, or searching for cheese when their cow starts producing lemonade instead of milk, the Pepins always seem to get into bizarre scrapes. Get together with other third graders to share your ideas on how to help the Pepins solve their problems.

Register now for this Third Grade Book Discussion held Monday, April 12th at 7:00PM

100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading

Everyone hopes their child will grow up loving books. In these busy times, though, it can be difficult to find time to share your love of books with your kids and help them become better readers. A Busy Mom's Guide: 100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading has tips for busy moms (and dads!) to get their kids reading and enjoying it, starting right from babyhood. Check it out from the Parenting section today.

"Book Land" Literacy Event

Thursday, April 15, 2010
6:00-8:30PM
Tickets are available at the Pre-school Office (734) 416-6190
Cost: $1.00 per child (Parents accompanying child/children are free)
Location: Hulsing Elementary School, 8055 Fleet St., Canton, MI 48187

Hey Everyone! Looking for a fun family event? Come to the "Book Land" Literacy Event April 15th sponsored by the PCCS Early Childhood Program. It's going to be lots of fun and some of the events include — reading with Michelle Neuwirth, one of the Children's Librarians here at CPL, games and activities to focus on some of your favorite nursery rhymes and book characters, take home activities and hand-outs, face painting, a Scholastic Book Fair, and more! Can't wait to see you there!

DC Comics... Calm, Cool, and Collected

Hey there comic fans! Check out the DC Comics website for all the latest and greatest information out there on all your favorite superheroes! Check out the latest issues, read the blogs, or catch up on what's new in DC-Land. While you're at it, be sure to check out our wide selection of graphic novels involving DC characters! We have all your favorite folks and maybe even some you love to loathe! Happy reading!

A Bunny Party with Max and Ruby

Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to a Party all about Max and Ruby. There will be stories, games, snacks and crafts. Registration begins March 26th.

Coraline: A Visual Companion

Coraline: A Visual Companion Coraline: A Visual Companion by Stephen Jones

Coraline is a movie based on an excellent book by Neil Gaiman, and this visual companion offers a wealth of behind-the-scenes images and information about the making of the movie. The stop-motion technique used to create the movie's sets and characters is a painstaking, detail-oriented process which in this case took years before the movie was complete. This guide has interviews with creators, cast and crew, as well as many concept drawings and a jackpot of other neat information.

Definitely Not Wimpy

Did you see Diary of a Wimpy Kid when it released on Friday? If you did you were one of the many that helped the film reach second place at the box office. Waiting until spring break to catch it? Explore the movie's website, where you can "wimp" yourself, try your hand at wimpy kid trivia or watch the trailer. For parents, here's a review of the movie from commonsense media.

Get Math Help!

Need help with your math homework? Check out Dr. Math and find answers to all your math questions! More reliable than librarians (who are generally English majors for a reason), the website is maintained by Drexel University. Hooray for fast and free math help!

All Ages Video Game Fun

Unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Program Date: Sunday, March 21, 1:00-3:00PM