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Sesame Street Science

Cookie Monster presents Sesame Street Science "Sink or Float." This YouTube video is an interactive science experiment where you can discover why things sink and why they float, all while learning the scientific method. Great for those beginning to experiment with science and those seasoned experimenters. For more information on why things sink or float check out these books.

Family Science and Reading Program

Children, ages 6-11 with a caregiver, are invited to explore science with students from the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. Registration begins Saturday, January 29.
Program Date: Saturday, Feburary 12, 2011, 1:00-2:00PM

Green Beings

Green is definitely not just a color for beans anymore. We all need to be "green" and take responsibility to care for our wonderful planet. Kids can be just as responsible as parents in this area by doing simple things like turning off the lights when they leave a room, or using both sides of a sheet of paper. Of course using the library is a fantastic way to be green, by using the books and sources we have, instead of buying new ones. There are also some great books at the library to help remind kids of the important part they can play in being green. Check out Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint, Uno's Garden, or The Lorax, which all are fun stories to read and help remind us to take care of our Earth.

Turtle in Paradise

Meet Turtle, a charming eleven-year-old who is in under no illusions about the ways of the world. It is 1935 and her "starry-eyed," romantic mother (who is always falling in and out of love with total losers) ships Turtle off to relatives in Key West, Florida because her latest housekeeping job does not allow children. Turtle is thrown into a radically different way of life amid boisterous cousins, eccentric adults, hurricanes, scorpions, and windfall fruit. She isn't allowed into her cousins' Diaper Gang (no girls allowed) to earn spending money, but has high hopes she'll soon be on Easy Street like Little Orphan Annie when she discovers a pirate treasure map.

The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook

Does your baby, toddler, or preschooler need help sleeping peacefully through the night? Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, has the guide for you. West's book, The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook will teach you techniques for giving your child a good night's rest. Covering the newborn stage up to age five, this book offers many solutions for the tired household. Check it out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Happy Birthday Thorndyke!

Some one very special had a birthday this past Sunday, January 16th! Thorndyke, Canton Public Library's very own resident bruin celebrated his special day pretty much the same way he spends every day, hanging around at the library. What's a great way to commemorate his special day? By Checking out a bear friendly movie here from Canton Public Library! Here are a few Thorndyke approved suggestions…

Bear in the Big Blue House: Dance party!

Berenstain Bears: Berenstain Bears adventure & fun for everyone

I Knew It Was An Awesome Book!!!

Check out the blog I posted on this super historical fiction book a couple months ago. It has been named a Newbery Honor Book. I know a winner when I read it! (Well… usually!)

Open Video Games at the Library Today!

Spend your snow day at the library. Come and unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. No registration required.
January 18 from 1:00-4:00PM

Music CDs by Chart-Toppers

If you are looking for some children's music that is not your ordinary lullaby or nursery rhyme, then check out these cd's by some popular artists.

Here comes science [sound recording] by They Might Be Giants

Snacktime! [sound recording] by Barenaked Ladies

Here come the 123s [sound recording] by They Might Be Giants

Camp Lisa [sound recording] by [Lisa Loeb]

Super Bowl 45 Coming Soon!

Well football fans, we are getting down to the nitty-gritty here in the 2010 to 2011 football season. There are only 23 days left until Super Bowl 45 in Arlington, Texas. Are you gearing up for the big event? Have you bought all your cheesy snacks and carbonated beverages yet? Is your favorite team going to be the one to raise the trophy at the end of the night? For all the latest and greatest information concerning this year's Super Bowl event, check out the official website here. I'm on pins and needles… are you?

One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia's most recent book, One Crazy Summer, was named a Newbery Honor Book this week. So what is it about?
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are shipped off by their father to spend a month with their estranged mother in Oakland, CA. But their mother has no time for them. Instead of taking them to Disneyland as they had hoped, she sends them to the People's Center run by the Black Panthers so she can write poetry. Delphine is a remarkable older sister, wise beyond her years, and an expert at handling her siblings. Each girl has a distinct response to their mother and the ideas and people to which they are exposed. They develop a hard-won, tenuous connection with their mother and an awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level. With endearing characters, a vivid depiction of a pivotal moment in African-American history, and beautiful, poetic language, this is a book worth reading more than once. Readers will wonder what happens to the sisters when they return to their father in Brooklyn with their 'radical' new ideas about the world.

Where Did All the Board Books Go?

Looking for those little books perfect for little hands?

Our board book collection has moved. If you're searching for a sturdy book just right for your exploring young child, look no further. The board books now live in our new Baby Nook!

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

Children, ages 3-10, and their families are invited to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy during this drop in craft time.
Program Date: Monday, January 17 11:00AM-Noon or 2:00-3:00PM

Local Illustrator Wins Caldecott Medal!

Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. Ann Arbor illustrator Erin E. Stead has won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the picture book A Sick Day for Amos McGee! In this funny story illustrated with woodblock prints, Amos, a shy zookeeper, gets a surprise visit from his animal friends while at home with a cold.
Congratulations to Ms. Stead on winning this prestigious award!

Target Reading Pledge

Take the Target Pledge to spend time reading with the children in your lives. For each pledge received, Target will donate one book to a child in need, up to one million books! All you'll need is a valid e-mail address to count your pledge. Sign up today and make the future bright for your child as well as others. A few great read-together titles for you to consider:

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle

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!