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Frankenmuth

FrankenmuthEvery fall my family enjoys visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Our visit always gets us in the holiday spirit.  We always start with the world famous family style chicken dinner at Zehnder's or the Bavariann Inn.  Then we head over to Bronner's, the world's largest Christmas store.  If you would like to visit Frankenmuth or another Michigan city, start with The Michigan Travel Companion for a list of accommodations.

Black and White all over!

It's December!  Which means that the winter penguin display is up in the Children's Library.  This year they're hanging out admidst the snow castle.  Come play a little Library I Spy while you are here.  Can you find the kissing penguins?  How about the Penguin King?  What about the penguin sliding on his backside?  How many penguins are wearing hats?  Then find the ice-skating penguins, and the stuffed animal penguins somewhere else in the library.  Still can't get enough of fun black and white buddies?  There are lots of films starring penguins here in the Children's Library!  And we're not just talking Happy Feet.  T

Holiday Handiwork

Wondering what gifts to buy for this gift-giving season? Well, why not make your own gifts like some celebrants of Kwanzaa do. You could make ornaments, dolls, treasure boxes or candle out of old jewelry, marbles, yarn, string or other small pieces you already have around. Here are some craft books to help you along.

All new crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Chinese New Year crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe

Storytime @ Home!

With colder weather coming fast and more holiday vacations in sight, it's always great to think about activites you can do indoors with young children. One easy and economical idea is creating your own at-home storytimes. I've gotten some great ideas from Pam Schiller and the library has many of her books and CDs available for check-out. My favorite is The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Preschoolers!

Video Games Have Temporarily Been Moved

Due to the retagging project going on in the library, the video games have temporarily been moved. They are now behind the check-out desk, but that doesn't mean you still can't check them out! Feel free to ask any of the librarians to pull titles for you, or you can continue to put holds on games. If you'd like to see what we have, check out the list of all 1002 video games.

Holidays Around the World

Families with children ages 4-9 can join in an interactive celebration with the musical group Harpbeat! Register online today!
Program Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00-8:00PM

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

Omen of the Stars #1 is Here...

and will soon be ready for check-out for all the Warriors series fans.

Jayfeather and Lionblaze are prophesied to be two of three cats who hold the power of the stars in their paws. Now they must wait for a sign from StarClan to tell them which of their Clanmates will complete the prophecy. Soon, a StarClan warrior will visit a new ThunderClan apprentice - and the lives of the three chosen cats will be forever linked.

While waiting for The Fourth Apprentice, visit the Warriors website or find out if Erin Hunter really writes this multi-volume series all on her own by visiting the Wikipedia entry for her.

Gobble, Gobble, Add Some Glue!

Hey glue and glitter fans! Hope you have been having a festive holiday season. I know I have eaten way more food than I thought I could in the last couple of days, and I hope your tummies are full of yummy food too. While you are digesting, check out our fabulous Thanksgiving craft books. That way while you are waiting to be hungry for more pie and mashed potatoes and biscuits, make a turkey with some glue and feathers or paint your favorite holiday picture full of dinner, family, and friends. Have a great weekend!

Holiday Reads

Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to-read Christmas tales to get you in the spirit:

Arthur's Christmas cookies by words and pictures by Lillian Hoban

Aunt Eater's mystery Christmas by story and pictures by Doug Cushman

Headwrapping success!

We had a fabulous time at the Gele Headwrapping program this past Saturday. We learned three different ways to style our favorite fabrics and we learned about headwrapping from different cultural perspectives. We took some pictures in case you missed it. If you would like to see this program happen again, just let us know. A special thanks to Zarinah El-Amin Naeem for a colorfully fun workshop!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
It's the week of Thanksgiving! I know most of you are headed out to see family and friends. I have plans for Thanksgiving too! Me and my animal library friends — the giraffes, the Monkeys, the armadillo, and all the others — are going to have a great big Thanksgiving here at the library. We're going to raid the staff fridge, and then we'll play some video games and watch a movie on the big screen in the Community room. Of course, this is a secret from all the librarians, so don't tell anyone! I told you because I like you!
That reminds me. At Thanksgiving you're supposed to think about what you are thankful for. I'm thankful for all of you! You always make my day when you come into the library and say "Hi!" And I'm thankful for the library for giving me this great job and feeding me with cookies. What are you thankful for? Let me know — respond to the blog!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving whatever your plans are!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

December Tween Book Discussion

There's still plenty of time to register for the Tween Book Discussion on December 5. We're meeting over a pizza lunch from 2-3pm to discuss From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a fun story about a brother and sister who run away to live in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Make sure you pick up a copy of the book at the children's reference desk once you've signed up! Looking forward to hearing what you think!

In Honor of the Indians of North America

With Thanksgiving upon us, it is time to reflect on and honor the Native Americans and their rich culture, traditions, and wisdom. Check out some of the fictional works on them, or read some of the delightful and sage folklore tales from America's first peoples. Let's truly be thankful for all they have given us.

Go Red! Go White!

Hey fans! The Detroit Red Wings are playing tonight at 7:30 p.m.! Check your local t.v. listings for the channel, but according the Red Wings website, it will be playing on Fox Sports. We are playing against the sneaky Florida Panthers so beware. They will have their claws sharpened and ready to dig in and try to beat us. Let the icefest begin!

Claudette Colvin takes the prize

Claudette ColvinClaudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose has been named the winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Don't miss the chance to read more about this courageous teenager and the role she played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Enjoy a stress free Christmas!

Beat Ebenezer Scrooge (your budget) and The Grinch (the economy) at their own game! Have a fun, festive and fancy Christmas Holiday without spending a lot of cabootle! Plan now and make your holiday season spectacular and stress-free. Everything you need is here to help stimulate your creativity; we have books ranging from 300 Ways to make the best Christmas ever to Christmas comfort and joy : 501 crafts, decorating and food ideas to make your holiday unforgettable. Be the envy of your friends and family and spend pennies for presents by checking out websites like http://simplemom.net/ and http://www.allfreecrafts.com/ for the frugal conscious!

For the love of books

Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to hear a lecture by world famous reading guru Nancy Pearl. Nancy expresses her love for reading in such a way you can't wait to discover your next book. Nancy has won numerous awards for her uncanny insight into books and the celebration of reading. If you're stumped on what to read next check out her books (ex. Book lust, More book lust, Book crush for kids and teens). You can also check out Pearl's picks on our website. They are witty lists that help you find the right book for the mood. You can learn more about Nancy and her books at www.nancypearl.com

Science in the Real World

Ever wondered how things like hybrid cars or solar panels actually work? How do they help to save ethe environment? What is ethanol? What is a solar cell? Find out the answer to these questions with a series of books called Science in the Real World. To learn about hybrid vehicles, check out How Do Hybrid Cars Work? For solar panels, check out How Do Solar Panels Work?

We're on Parade!

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether I make the trek downtown to see it live or watch it on TV while dinner cooks, it the perfect beginning to Thanksgiving Day. My family's perennial favorites? The Captain Detroit Balloon (who looks surprisingly like my Dad) and the Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team. This year celebrates our parade's 83rd year. Why not get in the spirit by watching a parade movie? Or by marching about to the "Uninvited Loud Precision Band"? Check out The Parade Company's wonderful website that has a downloadable coloring book for kids.

Make Reading Easy With Bob Books

The Bob Books are written with three-letter words and short sentences in order to make learning to read super easy! These are some well-loved books — they always seem to be checked out. We keep them in the Readers section in the Children's Department. If you can't find any on the shelf, just ask a librarian about requesting a hold on them and we'll be happy to help!