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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!

The weather outside is frightful...

Well, maybe the weather isn't too frightful... yet, but it is getting there. The temps are dropping and the skies are looking more foreboding as the days progress. Will we get snow today? Tomorrow? Next week? As we sit and wonder, take advantage of the snowless days while you still can and get out to the DIA. The Avedon photos are running until January and you don't want to miss out on them. While there, be sure to spend time taking in the other collections. While I love the Renaissance Art, my favorite area isn't actually a collection. It's the room on the lower floor that looks like a magically lit castle yard. It has brick walls and twinkly Christmas lights adorning the trees. I love to stop there and just be in the quiet atmosphere. See you there.

Questions about Storytime Registration?

The library's Connections has begun arriving at homes and our phones have begun ringing with lots of questions! Registration is still required for Storytime and begins on Monday, December 28th for all patrons. Registration is also required for the Book Discussions for kids, and begins two weeks before the date of the book discussion. We apologize for the confusion.

Bollywood Dancing @ Your Library!

If you've ever wanted to dance like a Bollywood movie star, this program is for you! Anuja Rajendra of Ann Arbor's BollyFit is coming to teach 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 the program is open to everyone! The program takes place Saturday, January 2, from 4:00-4:45PM and registration opens Saturday, December 19, @ 9:00AM - can't wait to see you there!

Winter Break Programs @ Canton Public Library

Do you and your kids need something fun to do? Why not come to the library for some fun activities. Registration is not required for any of the programs.

Beethoven's Birthday - December 16th!

Ludwig van Beethoven, probably born on December 16, 1770, is one of the most well-known classical composers of all times. He is often referred to as a "giant straddling two styles," the Classical and Romatic, and is famous for his tempestuous personality as well as powerful music. His life was full of many challenges, but he managed to soar above them all and bequeathe us with some of the most beautiful, moving, and immortal music ever. How many people have the courage and determination to overcome a harsh childhood? How many would be able to perform, conduct, and write music even though they were stricken with deafness? How many would have the courage to insult a military leader as powerful as Napolean once they realized he was a two-faced dictator instead of a freedom fighter? Despite the harsh realities of Life, Beethoven ended his last major work, the 9th Symphony, with an Ode to Joy.

Dad and Me Lego Fun!

Thank you to all of the families that joined us for our first Dad and Me Lego program. Over 30 families used their creative building skills to make this program a HUGE success. If you missed this event, please join us on Tuesday, December 22 from 2:00-4:00PM for Board Game Fun. There will be Legos, Yu-Gi-Oh, Chess and more!

NHS Tutors Help With Homework

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
Monday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk

*Tutors will not be here during the holiday break, they need a break too!

Together: Creating Family Traditions

This is the time of year when many family traditions are celebrated. Is your family looking for some new ones to share? Together: Creating Family Traditions is filled with recipe and project ideas for holidays throughout the year. For Christmas, there's a yummy recipe for pears in spiced cider, and a fun project to make a lovely garland of glass beads. Take a look and get inspired to create some new memories for yourself and your children!

Tracking Santa

Have you ever called NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to find out where Santa is on Christmas Eve?  The tradition started way back in 1955, when an error in a Sears Roebuck &Co. advertisement encouraging children to call Santa resulted in children calling CONAD (NORAD's predecessor) instead.  The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff give the children who called an update as to Santa's whereabouts.

Christmas Crafts

christmas craftsTime certainly is flying by and with the holidays so close, be sure to spend some time in our craft collection, specifically with the holiday craft books! Hunker down in the kitchen with some hot cocoa (piled high with marshmallows...yummy) and get out your favorite glue stick. There are so many different handmade items you can make, days will pass without you every leaving the house, which is not such a bad idea considering the shmucky weather we've been having. Happy Crafting!

Bedtime Stories with Molly Glad

We still have registration spots available for this special storytime on Wednesday December 16th at 7:00PM. Children ages 2 to 5 can wear their pajamas and join us as author Molly Glad reads her favorite stories, including her own book, The Night the King Couldn't Sleep!

Chicken Dance

Have you ever ho-hummed your way through the Chicken Dance at a wedding or birthday party? Do you prefer if people don't step on your blue suede shoes? If so, you will enjoy the book Chicken Dance. There is going to be a talent show in the barn. The winner will receive tickets to see Elvis Poultry live! Chickens Marge and Lola are besides themselves with desire to win, but how can they when the ducks win every year? The chickens discover that sometimes, just doing what you always do can really get you places. For a humourous read, curl up with Chicken Dance, and if it gets you all shook up, it might be a good time to introduce your kids to Elvis Presley and transform your living room into your very own dance party!

Pokemon Tournament Dec. 12

Join us Saturday Dec. 12 between 1:00 and 5:00 for our Pokemon Tournament. Bring your Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum for a tournament style poke-throwdown the likes of which you've never seen! No registration required.

Brixton Brothers Challenge Hardy Boys?

Meet Steve Brixton, a fan of the Hardy Boys series and The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook. He is an aspiring detective who stumbles into a mystery involving the Maguffin quilt, a priceless artifact hidden by its last guardian before his death and is still missing. Steve must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he tries to track down this elusive quilt containing secret coded information. Action, adventure, and laugh-out-load situations are all contained with the pages of this promising start for the Brixton Brothers series. Jeff Kinney, author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, claims it is "a book kids will devour." Partake of The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett.

Horse Sense

There's nothing better on cold, snowy days than curling up under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. If you're in need of any good reads to curl up with, keep in mind that Saturday, December 12, is National Day of the Horse. There's no shortage of horse books available at the library.