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astronomyWith school back in session, homework is inevitable. Come check out the J500 section for all your science homework needs. One series we have by author Dan Green, focuses on different science topics--astronomy, rocks and minerals, biology and physics.

Katherine Paterson named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Katherine Paterson has been named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2010-2011. An award-winning author of books for youth, Paterson takes over for Jon Scieszka who was the first person named to this ambassadorship. We have many of Paterson's amazing books, including Newbery-winner Bridge to Terabithia.

Celebrate and Commemorate with Byron Reed

To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. children in 1st through 4th grade are invited to participate in art projects with Canton artist Byron Reed to be displayed at the Village Theater on January 18. Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, January 16, 2:00-3:00PM

Winter Crafts

If the cold temperatures are keeping you indoors, why not try doing some fun crafts to beat the winter blues? The book Crafts to Make in the Winter has some cool ideas, or you can try the Apples 4 the Teacher website for further suggestions. So get those creative juices flowing - there's all kinds of awesome stuff you can make!

Flurries of Excitement over the Snow

So school started back on Monday, but are you already hoping for a snow day later this week? Are you tired of the little "dusting" and "flurries" we've gotten so far this winter? Have you been waiting for January when the snowflakes will be "ripe" enough to catch on your tongue? Are you ready for a full blown school-stopping, snowman-sustaining, hot-chocolate-inspiring snowstorm? If you are a grown-up did that last sentence strike fear in your heart? :)
Well, if you're serious about that snow day, one of the long standing "rituals" for getting one is to go to bed with your pajamas inside out. If that doesn't work, you can always have a snow day vicariously by checking out one of our Snow-themed movies from the children's library. Good Luck!

Rubber Band Bracelets

Attention 5th - 12th graders, make an awesome bracelet with rubber bands and beads. Register online today.
Program Date: January 12, 7:00-7:45PM

To the Museum!

For an out of the world New Years, drop on over to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City! They are in the midst of celebrating their 50th year! While there be sure to take in all the amazing works of art displayed on the walls and also enjoy the amazing building itself, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Check out their website for more information plus hours, directions, and exciting special events. Happy New Year!!

Staying Awake For 2010

Have you ever tried to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve so you could ring in the new year with everyone? For some people, that's easy! But some need to practice staying up so they don't fall asleep. Read Just In Time For New Year's to find out how kittycats Harry and Emily do just that. Maybe you can even try their idea and see if it works for you! Happy New Year!

Library Circulation Hits 2 Million Mark

The Canton Public Library has hit an all-time high in circulation, reaching our 2 millionth checkout of the year. That's an average of 23 items checked out per Canton resident. These economic times have spurred a 12% increase in library usage over last year, in which we also saw increased use. Our DVDs, books, CDs and video games continue to be popular items, we see many people using our computers or our Wi-fi to connect to the Internet and taking advantage of our databases and other electronic resources.

Our thanks to the Canton community for helping us reach this milestone. We look forward to serving you in 2010.

Grandparent Fun

Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on January 4, 2010 from 10:00-10:45AM. We meet monthly to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and to play!
Registration is now open, use your own library card or your grandchild's. See you there!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!!!
SANTA CAME!!!! And you know what? He brought me a little buddy! Which is, in fact, what his name is! Little Buddy, or LB for short. I've been having so much fun with my new friend! Now I have someone that I can play games with when the library is closed! The best part is that LB is travel-sized. That means that he can sneak into people's suitcases and go on vacation with them. I never get to go anywhere, so I am excited to see where LB ends up going!
I hope you and yours had a nice holiday too. Did you get anything? What did you do? Can't wait to hear all about it! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

P.S. Here's a picture of LB! Better get used to him, because you might be seeing him a lot!

Poems for Our Times

Well, if you are reading this, then it means we have both survived the holidays once again. However, sometimes we just aren't ready to put holidays like Christmas away quite yet, so in the spirit of the day after Christmas, check out some of our poetry books and CDs that sing the songs and praises of Christmastime. Enjoy and be sure to pair it with a tall, steaming mug of hot cocoa, marshmallows a must!

Storytime Registration

Storytimes are starting the week of January 11! Online registration for everyone begins December 28, at 9:00AM. All children must have their own library card to register. We have storytimes for various ages: 4 months - not yet walking, Walking - not yet 2 years old, 2 - not yet 4 year olds and 4 - 5 year olds.

Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online beginning December 26th, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: January 9, 2:00-2:45PM
Title: Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: January 6, 5:00-5:45PM
Title: Dear Max by Sally Grindley

The Christmas Genie

You might know Dan Gutman as the author of My Weird School and My Weird School Daze series. Or perhaps you like to read the books in his Baseball Card Adventures series. Well, just in time for the holidays, he has created a classroom fantasy story that you are sure to enjoy, The Christmas Genie. "When a meteorite crashes into a fifth-grade classroom at Lincoln School in Oak Park, Illinois, the genie inside agrees to grant the class a Christmas wish — if they can agree on one within an hour.

Happy Birthday Noel Streatfeild!

Celebrate Noel Streatfeild's birthday on December 24th!  Come to the library early (we're closed on the 24th and 25th) to check out some of her books.  My favorite is Ballet Shoes, and the library has many other fiction books about ballet, or informative books on dance.  Come check them out!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! 
I'm sooo excited that tomorrow is Christmas Eve!  I bet you all are too!  Did you know that Santa Claus visits the library?  Yup!  He does! It's because I'm such a nice bear. As you can tell from the picture--he's been coming for a long time.  It's a picture of me waiting for Santa way back before the Children's Library was expanded!  The hard part is the waiting, and it will be extra hard tomorrow because the library will be closed--so I won't have all of you to keep me busy until he gets here! 
   When Santa comes to the library, he lands on the roof of the library and slides down into our fireplace, just like he does at your house!  I made sure Miss Kristen bought extra cookies so that we'd have some for Santa. Because I'm a bear, I don't have to be asleep when Santa comes, so we chat a little bit, and I make him some Coffee to help him warm up and wake up!  If you were flying all day delivering presents--you'd need coffee too!  And sometimes I let him check out a book or two.  Since he's Santa he doesn't have to pay overdue fines if he doesn't return them until next Christmas.
    I can't wait to see what Santa brings this year.  I wrote a letter asking for a friend, because I get lonely at the library by myself.  Plus, there aren't enough bears here in Canton.  What did you ask Santa to bring you?  I'd love to know--reply to my blog!   Merry Christmas!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

The Christmas Penguin

Rollie the penguin has one Christmas wish: to be able to fly, just like a reindeer! But penguins can't fly - even though they're birds. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus asks Rollie to help him deliver toys to all the children. Even though Rollie can't fly, there's something else he can do that most other birds can't.  Find out what that is when a bag of toys drops from Santa's sleigh and it's up to Rollie to save the day!

Bollywood Dancing @ Your Library

Registration for the library's Bollywood dance program has been extended to all patrons ages 10 and up. Come join Anuja Rajendra of Ann Arbor's BollyFit to learn some basic steps you can combine with popular Indian movie tunes to create an exciting, lively dance/exercise routine. No dance experience is necessary and program registration is now open. The program takes place Saturday, January 2, from 4:00-4:45PM - hope to see you there!