Kids

iPad Minis Available to Check Out

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, starting December 1 we will have 11 iPad Mini eReaders to check out (for Canton/Plymouth residents only). Besides a few preloaded classics and apps, each eReader has the Overdrive app which allows you to download your favorite library ebooks. An iPad Mini checks out for 3 weeks (and, yes, you can renew it if no one else is on hold), but you must return it to a staffed desk, and it's $5 per day overdue (so remember to return it on time).

Target Family Reading Night: Frosty's Birthday

On December 19 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Target presents a wonderful, winter reading celebration! Find out about the frolicking of "Snowmen at Night", sample a tasty, snowy treat and most importantly celebrate the birthday of one of the most famous of snow friends... Frosty! It's Frosty's birthday party, you see--but where is he? Rick Morse Puppets will share a fast-paced romp with audience participation, side-splitting comedy magic, and an appearance by the guest of honor himself, Frosty the Snowman, live and in person! This program is open to kids ages 4 to 8 years old with their grown-ups. Registration begins November 25.

Babymouse Book Group

BabymouseHey, kids in the third and fourth grades! Come to the library during your winter break to enjoy a lively discussion on Babymouse, Vol. 10: The Musical. We'll talk about the book, do some Babymouse activities, and even enjoy a snack or two.

Register online beginning November 25, then come to the Children's Help Desk to pick up a copy of the book. The book discussion will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2:00 PM.

December Creatapillars!

caterpillarAre you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 5 to 9 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our next program will meet on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Registration begins Monday, November 25, 2013.


[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Tales of Kindness and Giving for 1st - 3rd Grade

Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis ; illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The legend of the bluebonnet: an old tale of Texas by retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The giving tree by Shel Silverstein

Brother sun, sister moon: the life and stories of St. Francis by Margaret Mayo ; illustrated by Peter Malone

The velveteen rabbit by retold and Illustrated by Komako Sakai ; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko

A Holiday in the Islands Concert

Looking forward to the holidays, but already weary of the cold? We have the solution and something for everyone. Enjoy the amazing Gratitude Steel Band as they present "A Holiday in the Islands Concert" on Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM. Chaz and his band, a product of Trinidad and Tobago, will perform fun music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. You won't be able to sit still through this upbeat performance.

Barbara Park, 1947-2013

Barbara Park, author of the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, has died at the age of 66.  Park was also the author of several stand-alone novels for middle grade-readers, including Skinnybones and The Kid In the Red Jacket, and picture books, such as Ma! There's Nothing To Do Here! Fans of Park's books will long remember her funny and realistic writing style.

New Homework Resources

We've highlighted three new kid friendly resources on the databases section of our Kids page. They are great for homework helps or just for fun!

Early World of Learning: This is a collection of a basic encyclopedia, games and stories for our youngest patrons. There are lots of opportunities for early literacy learning fun here!

NoveList K8 Plus: Finished that series you really like and can't decide what to read next? This database provides lots of help finding read-a-likes. Does your school use Lexile Levels? You can search by Lexile Level here.

World Book Kids: The well loved physical encyclopedia set in database form. If you need pictures for an assignment, this is a great place to look.

Celebrate Diwali

The Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated on November 3 in 2013. We are celebrating this annual, joyful holiday on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Canton Public Library. Please join us for food, dancing and song. The Festival of Lights, also known at Deepavali, is held in honor of Rama-Chandra, the seventh incarnation of the god Vishnu and is a triumph of light over dark, good over evil. Come hear, taste, smell and watch this happy celebration with your neighbors as the Indian community is showcased.

Resources for Children's App Reviews

Are you interested in finding vetted, age appropriate apps for your child to use on your mobile device? There are several great web sites out there that do just that!

CommonSenseMedia : The website that reviews children's movies, games, books and TV shows also does apps. If you are concerned about content like violence or consumerism, you'll like this website which highlights this information in the "What Parents Need to Know" section.

Best Apps for Kids: This website, developed by a mom, lets you look for apps by age, device, category or education. And they highlight free apps on Friday.

Best Kids Apps: Another site where the reviews are written by moms, this site covers the fun and games as well as the educational. You can narrow your results by platform on this site, which significantly sharpens your search at the start. There's also a link at the home page highlighting the currently popular apps.

The iMums: This is a global review site, with review from moms from all over the world. Reviews of apps for Moms and Dads and for those with Special Needs make this one unique.

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