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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


If he were still alive today, Dr. Seuss, (Theodore Seuss Geisel) would have celebrated his 106th birthday on March 2. The Canton Public Library and Canton Leisure Services threw a big party to celebrate this wonderful author. The party included Seuss-style stories, songs, crafts and snacks. Check out the pictures from our Seussical event or see the event as an action movie trailer.

Win a Wimpy Kid Movie Screening...or try anyway

by entering the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Sweepstakes. IF you win (which you may not if you are at all like the Wimpy Kid...or if you do....something will go awry) you will win a special advance screening of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie with the film's cast AND the Jeff Kinney himself for your entire school on March 18th. Learn more by going to the movie sweepstakes website. Also check out fun and factual stuff at the official Diary of a Wimpy Kid website. The library has many copies of these terrific books, and will soon have one about the making of the upcoming movie as well. Let's hear it for the Wimpy Kid!

Canton Super Speller!

Congratulations are in order for Canton Charter School student Siddharth Varanasi! A resident of Canton Township, Siddharth, 11, just won the Detroit News Spelling Bee this past weekend and will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this June! If you're interested in learning more about the kinds of words used in these competitions, check out the Scripps/Merriam-Webster study site or one of the library's many dictionaries! Happy spelling!

Pathway Pals

Get your bikes and hiking boots ready! The I-275 Pathway is receiving a major facelift in 2010. Work on portions of the trail is expected to start in the spring.

MDOT is hosting an open house to explain the planned improvements to the Hines Drive-Michigan Avenue sections from 6:00-8:00PM on Tuesday, March 2nd in the Freedom Room of the Canton Township Administrative Building on Canton Center Rd. south of Cherry Hill.

Check out Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance for more info.

Snowboard Swooshing!

Wow, to just take a look outside is breathtaking. I love the snow and these past few days we certainly have gotten our fair share. Sometimes I stare at it and wonder, wouldn't snowboarding just be a blast on all this snow! I have never actually snowboarded, so I better check out some of these books on snowboarding! Be sure to check them out too. Happy swooshing!

Rumors of Nintendo New Console Hardware?

It looks like all the buzz about the next generation Wii console and new Nintendo hand held systems is just talk at this point. In an interview with Gamespot, Nintendo of America marketing head Cammie Dunaway denies any notion of new console hardware coming in the next year. However, she did say, "Part of Nintendo’s heritage is to always be looking at innovation, and to always start working on the next hardware every time we launch a platform, so we’ll have it ready when the time is right."

Motawi Tile Program

Karim Motawi from the Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor gives a presentation on tile making, after which caregiver and child, 5th grade and older, can craft a tile. Register online today.
Program Date: Sunday, February 28, 1:00-2:00PM

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) is considered the first African American woman to become a millionaire. She was orphaned at age 7 and raised by her older brother. She was widowed in 1887 with one daughter after 6 years of marriage and began working as a washerwoman in St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that she developed and started selling a line of hair care products. In 1905 she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she met and married Charles J. Walker, a newspaper man. Walker demonstated and sold her products door-to-door in African American communities. She trained women to establish their own businesses for selling her hair care products and other cosmetics. The "Walker Agents" were soon well-known in the United States and the Caribbean.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids!
No, I haven't shrunk! Remember my little friend LB? Well he had himself an adventure recently. He snuck into a librarian's suitcase and traveled all the way to the Dominican Republic! Man, he's so lucky to be travel size. I think someone would notice if I tried to do something like that. Any who, LB told me all about the fun things that he did. Sounds like the DR is a pretty fun place! You should check out some of the books we have at the library and read about it!

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:00-7:30PM
Book Title: Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Bulla

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:00-1:30PM
Book Title: Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline

Glamour Dogs

Glamour DogsGlamour Dogs by Catherine Ledner

Are you a dog person? Or someone who appreciates the art of photography? This book is a stunning gallery of beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes. My favorite is Petunia the Boston Terrier - how about you?

Yes, We're Open!

The Canton Public Library is open today for regular business hours (9:00AM-9:00PM)

21st Winter Olympics

Well sports fans, we are now half-way through the 2010 Winter Olympics in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. I don't know about you, but after watching all those skiing events in that gorgeous mountain country, it makes me want to visit the Vancouver area pronto. Luckily, they have got us covered! Check out the website www.hellobc.com for all the great information you will need to plan your next vacation to their amazing city. If you go soon, you can still check out some great Canucks action before hockey season ends! Happy trails!

George Washington Carver

Carver was born about 1864 and lived until 1943. His work as a scientist won him international fame for his agricultural research. He was especially noted for his work with peanuts. He made more than 300 products from peanuts, including a milk subsitute, face powder, ink, and soap. Carver also created more than 75 products from pecans and over 100 products from sweet potatoes. In addition, he developed a synthetic marble from wood shaving along with many other products. His achivements enabled poor Southern farmers to grow crops that would sustain them instead of just cotton. In 1910, he became head of Tuskegee's Department of Research and gave his life savings to this institute.

My All-Time Favorite Movies

Citizen Kane [videodisc] Directed, written by, and starring Orson Welles. Technically the most innovative movie ever made. Still looks fresh and striking today.

Singin' in the rain [videodisc] Starring and co-directed by Gene Kelly. Best musical ever! Cant conceive as to how it could be improved.




All About Pianos

Everything you wanted to know about pianos will be discussed by the experts from Evola Music in Canton. They will even take a piano apart so we can see the inner workings. Learn the history, how they're made and how to select the perfect piano for your needs. I bet we'll even hear a little music.
Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00PM in the Community Room.

Report Resources

What do Biographies, Animals, Dinosaurs, Science Experiments, Countries, States all have in common? They are all frequently assigned report topics for elementary students. If you are having difficulty locating information on your particular topic, don't forget to investigate our great selection of Children's Databases. These are kid-friendly resources that contain pictures, maps, magazine articles, and more on a variety of subjects. You can even access them from your home computer! Here are a few to get you started...

CultureGrams begins with a clickable map of the world. Find the country your researching and find facts, pictures and even sound clips of that country's national anthem right at your fingertips.

Educational Easy Readers

If you're looking for a variety of books for your beginning reader, keep the children's non-fiction collection in mind. There are many easy readers there covering everything from scientific topics to world geography. I really like the Pull Ahead Books and Rookie Read About series. What could be better than learning about the world, while getting to practice reading? Check one out today!

Road to Rock

Road to Rock Road to Rock by the Boogers

What more perfect name for a punk rock band for kids could there be than the Boogers?  This album is loaded with high-energy Ramones-style punk that is completely appropriate for all ages. From new takes on old standbys (Bah Bah Black Sheep, The Wheels on the Bus) to originals, this album is raucous and irreverent, and a real treat for parents and kids alike.