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Challenge Your Geography Knowledge!

globeHey Geography fans! Check out lizardpoint to find cool geography quizzes. Test your skills at locating states, countries, or capitals. See how many points you can rack up plus learn where some cool places are! Have fun!

How'd They Do That?

How'd They Do That? is another cool history series that just hit our shelves! It examines how people lived hundreds of years ago. If you've ever wondered what people used to do when they got sick or how they had fun, this is the series for you. It covers everywhere from Ancient Persia to Colonial America. Look for these books on the Children's New Bookshelf today!

Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

It's Judy Blume's birthday tomorrow, February 12! Celebrate by checking out one of her books. One of my favorites is

Blubber — which is about bullying and name-calling and standing up for yourself.

Get Help From Fact Monster

Ever find yourself searching online for facts from a reliable source? Do you wish there was a great website that you could go to for help with your homework? Well, there is one! Just go to Fact Monster and take a look around! Whether you need almanacs and atlases or tips for math, science, and your other school subjects, Fact Monster is the place to go. They also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers and information. Check it out today!

Bridget Biddy Mason was a...

former slave, nurse/midwife, successful entrepreneur, humanitarian and founder of Los Angeles's first African-American congregation. She was born a slave in August of 1818 on a Mississippi plantation owned by Robert Marion Smith and his wife Rebecca (Crosby) Smith. Mason had three daughters, Ellen, Ann and Harriet, whose father was reputedly Smith himself.

I'm Feeling Very Olympic Today

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Vancouver, Canada. While I can't imagine you'd have time to squeeze in a movie with all those exciting sports events on, there are several family films with an Olympic bent.

Cool Runnings tells the story of the very first Jamaican Bobsled team. A Caribbean country in the Winter Olympics? They'd have to be the ultimate underdog.

D2: The Mighty Ducks continues the story of a peewee hockey team and their Lawyer turned Minor League Hockey Player Coach as they compete in the Junior Goodwill Games. Of course, the Ducks employ their signature "slapstick" to win games and learn life lessons

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. Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, February 23, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Stink : the incredible shrinking kid by Megan McDonald

Grandparent Fun @ the Canton Public Library

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 CPL Grandparents Group provides fun activities for you to share your grandchildren. Register online today.
Program Date: Monday, February 22 10:00-10:45AM

Getting Guys to Read

Boys have trouble reading. It's true. Girls totally blow us away at this, I'm ashamed to say. The Michigan Reading Association cites factors such as the need for boys to be more active and the fact that if they don't see other guys reading then they don't think of it as a 'guys' activity. Check out the pamphlet attached to get some tips for getting guys to pick up a book. I'll give you a hint: 'Forcing' them to read isn't on the list. Fathers reading to their sons is.
[photo by Cayusa]

Who's Your Favorite Poet?

Do you love poetry? Do you wish you knew more about the poets who wrote the verses that wiggle into your brain never to leave again? Have no fear! The answer is out there. The Academy of American Poets has all the biographical information you could want on poets from all over the world. You can search by poet, poem, first lines, last names, and more. They even have a link for checking out poetry near you. Click here and enjoy!

Batter Up!

Hey, batter batter, SWING! Families with children ages 4-9 can come celebrate baseball with stories, crafts and snacks. Register online today.
Program Date: Thursday, February 18 7:00-8:00PM

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

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Somebody just told me about a super cool holiday to celebrate this weekend. The first Saturday in February is Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. I knew there was a reason I liked February! Apparently, this holiday began in the great state of New York by some creative parents who came up with the BRILLIANT idea of eating ice cream for breakfast to liven up some dreary winter days. So I'm celebrating! Now I just have to pick a flavor. I'm thinking Bear Claw! Yum!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Toad-ling up the numbers

Each year the Friends of the Rouge conduct a volunteer watershed Frog and Toad Survey. On Wednesday, March 3 from 7:00-9:00PM a training session will be held at The Summit in Canton. Volunteers will be trained to distinguish what type of frog or toad is making the various calls heard in local wetlands. The session is open to all ages (children welcome when accompanied by a participating adult). The session is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Friends of the Rouge at (313) 792-9621 or email monitoring@therouge.org. To help you get a "jump" on the training, the Canton Library has many books on frogs and toads, such as A field guide to reptiles & amphibians: eastern and central North America.

Cool Book Series Alert!

If you've ever been interested in the history of famous Wonders of the World, check out Elizabeth Mann's series. Covering structures from the Taj Mahal to the Brooklyn Bridge, there's all sorts of cool information and beautiful photos/artwork in these books. Look for them today on the Children's Department New Bookshelf!

The Story of Chocolate

Chocolate is so delicious... you can use it to make so many tasty things, like cookies, candy, and cake. But do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Read The Story of Chocolate to find out how chocolate begins its journey from cocoa bean to candy bar. Filled with lots of fun facts, this book is also easy enough to read on your own. Be warned - this book along with its yummy pictures might make you hungry! You just might get inspired to whip up a batch of brownies or chocolate chip cookies!

February Tween Book Discussion

Registration for February's Tween Book Discussion is now open. We're meeting on Saturday, February 13, from 1:00-2:00PM to talk about Gordon Korman's Schooled. This funny book is about the adventures of a boy raised by a hippie grandmother, trying to survive when he has to go to a "normal" public school. Sign up today - we look forward to hearing what you think!

Move over Youtube!

There's a new video website in town and it's just for kids! Tired of finding strange and innappropriate videos on Youtube? Then try out www.kideos.com It has different categories to choose from, including book characters, Muppets, Cute Animals, and more. You can also choose videos based on your age, from 0-12 years old. Kids can upload their own videos too. The site claims to be closely monitored so there shouldn't be any nasty surprises. Take a look and tell us what you think!

Wanted: 20 Canton Families For Environmental Partnership Project

The Canton Public Library is looking for 20 families to become leaders in a local environmental stewardship effort by participating in Action for Earth, a partnership project between the library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Project S.N.A.P. (Share, Nurture, Act Preserve).

The families selected will participate in two workshops held at the Canton Public Library and led by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, one Project S.N.A.P. session creating art with a message for a community mural, and one community-wide environmental event. Families should be Canton residents, have children in K-8 classes and be willing to commit their time and energy to the Action for Earth project.

For details or to apply for the program, call the Canton Public Library at 734-397-0999 or read more on the CPL blog.

To see entire press release, download the attachment.

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Maryland. His father and grandfather were former slaves. Despite being a farmer of modest means, he lived a life of unusual achievement. He was unwilling to let his race or age hinder in any way his thirst for intellectual development and has become known as an American Scientific Pioneer. To learn more about this inspirational African American read this Signature Lives book about him. Other biographies on him for youth are also available at the library. Check some out!

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, February 15 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton