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Looking for something to spark a discussion of kindness, or even to inspire you or your family to commit more acts of kindness? Try one of these movies. Titles geared to younger audiences are listed first.

Kids will learn to keep it kind with these six pleasing Nick Jr. play dates. They'll work with Wally to make his grumpy neighbors smile, help the Bubble Guppies learn royal manners, say 'por favor' with Dora, and help Kai-Lan's friends master the art of the apology.

Also available in: print | e-video

Other children are afraid of Ghoulia. But when Halloween rolls around, the little zombie girl hatches a brilliant plan to make new friends.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Also available in: audiobook

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
Also available in: e-video

A young boy and his dog decide they have had enough of winter, so they resolve to plant a garden. Join them as they savor the anticipation of new growth. 

100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week 2019 Poster: Yuyi Morales Read Now Read Forever

Join us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week from April 29th - May 5th.

It's a great time to acknowledge your favorite children's books, authors, and illustrators OR to find new favorites to share. Get involved on your own, or participate with family and friends while you explore the amazing world of children's books.

Our week-long festivities offer many opportunities to join in the fun.

  • Register for Lit Lab: Children's Book Week, open to families with kids ages 4-9 (Monday, April 29th).
  • Dress up as children's book character and visit the Children's Reference Desk for a small prize (all week).
  • Pick up Children's Book Week activities and bookmarks, available on the Children's Reference Desk (all week).
  • Test your knowledge of Children's Book Illustrators at the Teen Reference Desk (all week).
  • Stop by for Free Comic Book day and May the Fourth (Saturday, May 4th).
  • Bonus: this is also Screen Free Week, and you can find activities at screenfree.org.

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This is NOT a Book Club*

Do you like talking about books? Do you like reading fast-paced action? Fantasy? Help us discuss and figure out these great stories and even pick out new ones to read together, but don't worry because This is NOT a Book Club!

 

The trivia questions and discussion themes for this month will come from the book The City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Trivia winners will get a chance to pick out a prize to take home including their own copy of next month's book! For kids aged 10 to 13.

  • Participants will need to register for the program AND pick up a copy of the book from the Children's Desk starting on February 20th. 
  • Books are due March 26th.

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This might be a book club

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Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of.

 

There are so many amazing ways to show gratitude in your life. Hopefully, these suggestions will help get you started whether you have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. 

 

5 Minutes

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that seems to be a controversial topic among parents. The state of Michigan requires schoolchildren to be immunized from 14 contagious diseases, but it also allows exemptions. Measles is an especially potent virus. According to the CDC, there's been 101 cases reported of a measles outbreak in 10 states. The CDC has a link to a fact sheet for parents called Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent them. Want to know more? Here's some books to help separate fact from fiction. 

One of the most important tools in the public health arsenal, vaccines are to thank for the global eradication of smallpox, and for allowing us to defeat the dire threat of infectious disease for more than one hundred years. Vaccine development is where scientists turn when faced with the frightening spread of new diseases like Zika, SARS, and Ebola. So if vaccines have proven to be such an effective tool, why are growing numbers of people questioning the wisdom of vaccinating children? Why have public-sector vaccine producers almost vanished? And can we trust the multinational corporations that increasingly dominate vaccine development and production? In this highly original and controversial new book, Stuart Blume argues that processes of globalization and unmet healthcare needs are eroding faith in the institutions producing and providing vaccines. He brings together short, readable histories of immunization practices over the past century, from the work of early pioneers such as Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch to the establishment of the World Health Organization and the introduction of genetic engineered vaccines. Focusing on today's "vaccine hesitancy," the book exposes the inadequacies of public health persuasion, and discusses what will be needed to restore parents' confidence. This is a timely history, one that not only sheds new light on the origins of our global vaccine crisis, but also points a way forward.

In 1994, Peter J. Hotez's nineteen-month-old daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with autism. Dr. Hotez, a pediatrician-scientist who develops vaccines for neglected tropical diseases affecting the world's poorest people, became troubled by the decades-long rise of the influential anti-vaccine community and their inescapable narrative around childhood vaccines and autism. The alleged link between the two was first espoused in a fraudulent scientific paper, long since retracted, but the story shows no signs of letting up. As a result, we've seen deadly and disabling outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the country, and Texas, where Hotez lives, is at particular risk.

In Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism, Hotez draws on his experiences as a pediatrician, vaccine scientist, and father of an autistic child. Outlining the arguments on both sides of the debate, he examines the science that refutes the concerns of the anti-vaccine movement, debunks current conspiracy theories alleging a cover-up by the CDC, and critiques the scientific community's failure to effectively communicate the facts about vaccines and autism to the general public, all while sharing his very personal story of raising a now-adult daughter with autism.

What was it like to be a student in a small, one-room schoolhouse, where students of all ages learned together under the direction of a single teacher? We've curated a list of recommended fiction and non-fiction for you to read all about it.

Want to take it a step further to create a more hands-on experience? Check out our Experience History: Old School kit! With the candle, slate, chalk, and McGuffey Primer included in the kit, you can act out an old-fashioned school day - the perfect activity for a cozy weekend at home.

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Bands of Happiness Collaborative Art Piece

design bands of kindness @CPL

Drop in from Wednesday, March 13 thru Tuesday, March 19 and take part in our Bands of Happiness program. Contribute to our collaborative art piece by sharing things that make you happy and acts of kindness you have done, witnessed, or would like to do. These bands will create a chain that will be on display at the International Day of Happiness celebration on March 20 and then the Children's Library through the end of March.

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Looking for books to read with your child for Black History Month? Here are just a few of our books we have about African American history and African American biographies. 

Dream big, little one by Vashti Harrison
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