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Youth and Teen Book Awards Announced

Guess what! Award season has begun and the newest award winners in books and media for Youth and Teens were announced at the American Library Association Mid-winter Conference yesterday morning. The 2011 winners can be found at the ALA website but some of the highlights include: Click on the titles to see which ones we have available for checkout. Enjoy!

Book Discussion: Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Get together with other kids and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Tuesday, January 25 at 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate Dicamillo

Register for Celebrating Penguins

penguinRegistration for Celebrating Penguins starts Monday, January 10, 2011! This program is open to kids ages 4 to 9 years old with a caregiver. Celebrating Penguins will take place on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 7:00PM. Join us as we celebrate National Penguin Awareness Day. We’ll have fun doing a craft, learning about penguins, and having a fishy snack.

Author of 'Babe' Passes On

Dick King-Smith, whose book Babe the Gallant Pig inspired the hit 1995 movie Babe, died on January 4, 2011 at his home near Bath, England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before becoming a primary school teacher. He published more than 100 books — mostly about animals and often about pigs, his favorite. He once said of his animal stories, "I never dress my animals in clothes. They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the queen's English." His books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Mr. King-Smith's first wife died in 2000. He is survived by his second wife, 3 children and 14 grandchildren.

Soup Day

Do you like to have soup in the winter, when it's really cold? I do, and so does this special little girl in Soup Day. On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together — step by step — to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a homemade dinner. Check out some other soup stories that will warm you up on these long, cold days!

Kudos for Clockwork Three!

Ready for an awesome page-turner with characters who just can't seem to avoid trouble no matter how good their intentions are? And when you get to the end you can't believe you won't meet up with them again in a sequel, despite your most ardent wishes? Well then, pick up The Clockwork Three, Matthew Kirby's debut novel. Giuseppe was taken from his family in Italy and sold to a ruthless master who forces him to work the streets as a musician and hand over the money he earns — or face dire consequences. Frederick was rescued from a rotten orphanage by a kind clockmaker and is very intelligent. He dreams of a creating a magnificent clockwork man, not unlike the one you might have read about in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Grandparent Fun

Do you watch your grandchildren on a regular basis? Looking for something fun and different to do with them? Want to meet other grandparents who babysit too? The program is for grandparents and their grandchildren. Registration not requied.
Program Date: Thursday, January 6 from 10:00-10:45AM

Bear Fun

Not all bears can hibernate this winter! Kids, ages 4-8, can bring their cuddly teddy bears to a special program to share together. Bear stories and a craft will be part of the fun. So crawl out of those blankets and pull yourself away from the computer. LB and Thorndyke vote this the most important library program of the year. Register online beginning December 30.

Program Date: January 13, 7:00-7:45PM.

Narnia Read-alikes

If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:

The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.

Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Children's Books for your iPad

We often talk about all the fancy and exciting apps grownups can download for their iPads. But did you know there are apps for the young (or young at heart) in your life as well?! Kirkus Reviews just started an online iPad app review page and is highlighting 5 children's books apps they recommend. The five range from very simple to very complex. The Green Eggs and Ham app encourages an emergent reader to read along. The Alice in Wonderland app lives up the mayhem of Lewis Carroll's original book. My favorite is the pop up Peter Rabbit Storybook. This app plays like a typical lift-the-flap toy book you'd find at any bookstore, but in a digital format. Take a look! And Happy Digital Reading!

Gingerbread Houses

Come to the Canton Public Library now through the end of the year and see the two gingerbread houses on display by the Reception Desk. Inspired from the book “Gingerbread for All Seasons,” by Teresa Layman, they are a feast for the eyes. The houses are constructed completely from edible materials like fondant, royal icing, candy canes, pretzels, shredded wheat, hand-rolled gingerbread, and more. Come be delighted and inspired by what you see! Created by Susannah Estoker, a junior at Plymouth Christian Academy, her gingerbread creations will add a bit of whimsy to your day.

Please Check Us Out!

Hey! Why aren't you checking us out?? Is it because we are behind the Children's Information Desk? We are put there to greet you when you come into the great Children's Department. Please! Take us home with you and read us. We are awesome! We are new! We are hot-off-the-press! We are the latest and greatest wonder-reads for kids of all ages! Marverlous mysteries, super sports stories, gripping ghost tales, animal adventures, historical happenings, fabulous fantasy, crazy comedies… we are all here. But we want to be there — at your house — with you enjoying us. So stop by and pick us up ASAP!

Where are Dora and Diego?

"Where are the Dora books?" "Where are the Diego books?" These are two questions the Children's Librarians often hear. While we have many Dora and Diego books in the Picture Book section, don't forget that there's another place to find them. That place is the Readers section, where you can find books for both Dora and Diego shelved under J READER DOR. Ask a librarian to show you next time you come to the library!

Jan/Feb Connections Newsletter Online

The January/February issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml
into your feed reader. Please note: The Living Book program date is incorrect in the newsletter. The correct date is February 22, 7:00PM.

Storytimes @ the Canton Public Library

Budget and staffing constraints have forced the library to re-evaluate our storytime offerings. We are able to offer more spaces by holding all of our Family Storytimes in the Community Room. Family Storytimes, which are replacing our age specific storytime, do not require registration. These sessions are suitable for children up to age 5 and offer a variety of activities for the whole family.
Our Baby Storytime does require registration and is suitable for babies up to 18 months. Please, no siblings, so that you may devote your full attention to your baby.

Blast Off With a New Astronomy Website!

Check out this awesome new website, Astronomy for Kids, to soar into the outer limits of space! This website has it all — games, star charts, online classes, and photos of deep space! Next time you are online, be sure to take a peek. Don't forget your space helmet.

Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
and
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB's at it again! While it was snowy and freezing here in Michigan, LB went to sunny, warm Key West, Florida with Miss Marianne! LB must stand for Lucky Bear! There are lots of fun things to see in Key West — Lighthouses, Libraries, Post Offices, Fish, Butterflies and Cats! And you can eat lots of Key Lime Pie! One of the neatest things LB and Marianne did is they went to the most southern point of the whole United States and got their picture taken. You can almost see Cuba from there! Key West is also where Ernest Hemingway lived. Ernest Hemingway is an author who wrote books for grown ups. Some of his books take place in Michigan, because he lived here for awhile too. Then he moved to Key West and ate lots of pie and owned lots of cats. Make sure you check out all the pictures from LB's trip on Flickr! It sure sounds like he had fun! Until next time…
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Winter Break Fun

Are you looking for something to do during Winter Break? Come to one of our fun programs! On Tuesday, December 21 from 2:00-4:00PM, play a board game, test your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills or create with LEGO at Board Game Fun!
On Wednesday, December 22 from 1:00-3:00PM, unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our All Ages Open Video Gaming Day. Feel free to drop by, registration is not required.

Story Blocks

Story Blocks is a great resource for parents, caregivers and librarians alike. A project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, Story Blocks is filled with short video demonstrations of rhymes, songs and fingerplays for your baby, toddler, or preschooler. You'll pick up some useful early literacy tips, and a little Spanish vocabulary, too, thanks to a selection of bilingual video clips. Explore the videos and learn something new that your little one will love. I've definitely learned a few new tricks for story time!