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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

Trivia Resource

If you've ever been interested in the meaning behind a particular country or state's flag, the World Book Encyclopedia of Flags is for you. Covering everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this series provides brief country and state histories, along with detailed information about flags. It's pretty cool to figure out that a colorful stripe or star on a country's flag represents more than just a nifty decoration! Happy Reading!

Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, February 6 2:00-2:45PM
Book Title: Amber Brown is NOT a Crayon By: Paula Danzinger

The Saints go Marching In

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Hey sports fans! Let's take a hockey break for a moment and revel in the world of football for a moment. Super Bowl XLIV is coming fast and furious to the South Florida area. If you get the chance to go, pack a swimsuit and some sunscreen as the weather there will be beachy keen. Get your tickets and root for either the Colts or the Saints. Sorry Lions, maybe next year! I am rooting for the Saints as this is their first Super Bowl appearance ever and also because they are a symbol of hope for the New Orleans area. Here's hoping they bring home the trophy.

Shake what you've got!

In these cold grey days it can be very difficult to fit physical activities into your day. Don't forget, it's always a good time to put on some music and transform your living room into a hoppin' dance floor! Here are some great family friendly tunes to help you get off your duff and shake things up.

They Might Be Giants No! - the title track has a great rock guitar riff that will get you bopping around.
Jim Gill Makes it Noisy In Boise - parents can definitely stand to listen to the swing sensation "The night we made it noisy in Boise, Idaho" and "Let's Dance Now!" I don't think it's possible to sit still and listen to those.

Happy Birthday Mozart!

Although Mozart's life was tragically short, his music will live on forever, so he is really immortal. In fact, aliens may be hearing his beautiful musical creations right now since his music was included in that time capsule shot off into space years ago. It is just a shame that he didn't get the royalties on all the products based on his genius in recent years because he was almost always short of money. Learn more about this amazing composer by picking up some of the biographies on him in the Children's Department.

Masters of Music

Are you looking for a great biography on a decomposing composer? (I've heard there is a biography assignment now and then that requires the composer to be deader than a doornail!) Well, if that happens to be YOUR assignment the Children's Department now offers you a fine selection of the world's most awesome defunct musical masters of composition. Check out the new series, Masters of Music, in the biography collection.

Olympic Fever!

Registration is now open for the very first Canton Public Library Winter Olympics. Children in grades Kindergarten through Second Grade can join us as we celebrate the Vancouver Olympics. We'll have an opening ceremony and several events. Every participant will take home a medal! Register online today!
Program Date: Thursday, February 4th at 7:00PM

Fun Non-Fiction

If you're looking for more ways to making reading non-fiction fun, you should try the Kaleidoscope Kids Book series. They feature all kinds of interesting information on different countries, science, and history, along with related activities and games you can try at home. Our newest book in the series is Knights & Castles, with game and craft suggestions to help kids "experience the Middle Ages." Give one a try today!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Have you ever seen someone in the library wearing a red shirt, vest, or sweater like the one I'm wearing? They are called Rovers. Rovers are a lot like the librarians who sit at the desk. They answer questions and help you find stuff (like lost parents) except that they walk around the library. They wear red so people can spot them easily. I'd volunteer to be one, but they tell me you have to be mobile. I'm rather stationary, myself.
Say hello to a Rover the next time you're here! You can usually find one walking around when you are out of school. They might not look so brown and fuzzy, though.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Give Someone A Hug Today!

Today, January 21st, is National Hugging Day. It's the perfect day to give someone you love - mom, dad, sibling, dog, your stuffed animal — a big hug! And while you're at it, why not read some books about hugs? I like A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross. It talks about all kinds of hugs and even has some cool facts about them. Happy hugging!

Origami Fun

Children in 3rd through 6th grade are invited to make origami animals. Paper and some instruction will be provided. Register online today.
Program Date: Monday, January 25 5:00-6:00PM

2010 Award Winners Announced

ALA announced the Youth Media Award winners today. To look at all the winners and honors for these and the rest of the awards (including Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpre) take a peek here!

Baby, it's cold outside!

Snow is on the ground, the days are long and grey, and cold wind bites your face when you step outside. Time to head to the beach! If a real beach vacation isn't on your calendar, try a literary vacation with some of these great characters:

Art with Byron Reed

On Saturday, January 16, Canton artist Byron Reed celebrated diversity and his love of art with our patrons. Children were able to create their own art that will be on display at the Village Theater tonight as Canton celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.
The Canton community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration is the result of a continued partnership between the Canton Public Library, Canton Township, the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities, Inc. and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. The event, at the Village Theater, is free to the public with refreshments at 5:30PM and program at 6:00PM.

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Did you know that January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day?! It's a day where kids are encouraged to visit their local library to look for books about dragons. You can study what other cultures and societies believe about dragons, or just read a story about them. It sounds pretty fun, and there's no shortage of dragon books here! Dragonology is a pretty cool one to try, but there's plenty more to choose from, too! Happy reading!