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At the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn June 12-13 there's going to be tons of guests, like David Peterson (creator of Mouse Guard) and Raina Telgemeier (creator of Smile) and tons of cool, free programs about comics over the span of two days! Check out how to register.

Grammar Goes Graphic!

We have two new nonfiction series that explain English grammar basics in a exciting, easy to understand format. And best of all, it's fun!

In Grammar All Stars, sports announcer Buzz Star meets children athletes who help him better understand parts of speech. Who knew tennis had anything to do with conjunctions? Or Surfing with Compounds? Or golf and adverbs? Or football and nouns? Examples of the part of speech highlighted in the book appear in bold text to help kids understand the context in which these types of words are used. Each book also includes a related practice activity (with answers) to help reinforce the concepts expressed in the book.

Michigan Week

Michigan Week is celebrated this year from the 16th through the 22nd of this month. This annual tribute began in 1954 as a way to promote state pride among citizens, and to celebrate the state's rich heritage. The Library can help you learn more about Michigan's history, its tremendous natural resources, and its beautiful sights to visit and enjoy.

Until Next Year Dear Red Wings

It's a sad day in Hockeytown as our Red Wings have become Shark food. Sigh. It was a painful series to watch overall, but then again, this has not been the best season for the Red Wings either. Until Hockey season starts back up again in October, you can relive the past glory days of our dear, Detroit hockey club with items in our sports section. Enjoy the vacation boys! See you next fall!

Michigan's Gray Wolves: Should People Be Allowed to Kill Them?

If wolves attack livestock or pets, do humans have the right to kill them, even if they're on the Endangered Species list? This long-standing debate has reached the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Both states have requested permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to obtain permits allowing the killing of wolves, including gray wolves, which are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. There are roughly 600 wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through May 19. Email your comments to Regional Director Peter Fasbender at: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. For more information, check out FWS's web page.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate a taste of the rich Asian Pacific culture by joining us for our 3rd annual APA Heritage Month Program on May 20, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. This year will feature a virtual author visit with Mitali Perkins at 7pm, a dance performance at 6pm by BollyFit Kids, the University of Michigan Go club, henna tattoos, crafts and some yummy snacks!

There are open spots in Spring Fling!

3-5 year olds and their caregiver(s) are invited to register for a spot in the Spring Fling program. Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00pm you will be entertained with fun spring stories and songs followed by a snack and lots of great craft projects! You won't want to miss this fun celebration of spring!

Try Our New Automated Phone Service

Our new, automated phone system will quickly direct you to whomever you want to speak — if you take a few seconds to listen to the prompts, that is:
  • Want to know when we're open or how to get here? Press 2
  • Need to talk to someone at Checkout about your account or to renew? Press 3
  • Have a question for an Adult Department librarian or about an Adult Department program? Press 4
  • Same thing, only for the Children's Department? Press 5
  • Want to book the library's Community Room or get information from our Business Office? Press 6
  • Need to get information about the Friends of the Library or their used book shop, Secondhand Prose? Press 7
  • Want to speak to that certain someone whose extension you've forgotten? Press # for the staff directory
Save yourself time and aggravation and endless transfers from the wrong extension. Listen to the prompts. Follow the prompts. You'll be glad you did.

Attention all Second Graders!

Register now for the next book discussion on May 18th at 5:00PM. My Father's Dragon is a Newbery Honor book about a boy, Elmer Elevator, determined to rescue a baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island. He puts important supplies in his knapsack, like bubble gum, lollipops, and rubber bands, and sneaks aboard a ship headed for the island. Elmer meets many weird animals along the way who try to sidetrack him, but he is prepared for their tricks, or thinks he is. Will Elmer be able to rescue the poor baby dragon? Read and find out!

Introducing Chandamama!

We now have a new magazine available in the Children's Department! Chandamama is an Indian children's magazine with stories on mythology, culture, and tradition. Our subscription to Chandamama is in English, but you can also view content online at Chandamama's website in a variety of languages including Hindi and Tamil. Check it out!

Play Ball

There's a new way to play ball called Pickleball. It's a combination of ping pong and badminton. If you're up to trying something new, open pickleball sessions are held at the Northville Recreation Center.

Get some basics at the Pickleball Lessons Blog.

World Turtle Day!

Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.

Fix-it and Forget-it

Not sure what to fix for dinner? Fix-it and Forget-it cookbooks have many slow cooked recipes to choose from. With just a few ingredients, your next slow cooked meal is on the way.

3rd Grade Book Discussion

Hey kids! Be sure to sign-up for the next 3rd grade Book Discussion. Registration starts at 9:00AM on Wednesday, May 5th and the Book Discussion will meet on Wednesday, May 19th at 5:00PM. This month's book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster. See you there!

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