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Sweet potatoes have their own month?

Yes, it's true. November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month. So what exactly are we supposed to be aware of when it comes to sweet potatoes? Well, here's two things to be aware of: sweet potatoes and yams are not the same! Strange, but true. Also, sweet potato fries are really, really tasty. I know because I've had them myself! Read this book called Sweet Potato Pie to see another way this veggie can be enjoyed, then, check out World War II Days, which includes a recipe so you can make your own sweet potato pie, too! Yum! [Photo courtesy of eLibrary]

Steampunk?

Steampunk appears to be gaining steam… but what exactly is it? Well, here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

The Library is Everywhere!

If you've been keeping up with Thorndyke's blog, you probably know we had some serious trick-or-treating going on at the library yesterday. What you might not know is that we're also going to be at the trick-or-treat parade at the Summit tomorrow! If you're going to be there, keep an eye out for librarians in costume handing out treats. Our library staff really gets around Canton; just last week we were at IKEA Metro Detroit, where they let us have a storytime right in the middle of their store! So keep an eye out for future events: you never know where the library might turn up.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Boy did I have a great morning! I got to help out at the Halloween Fun program. Not only that, I was the Grand Marshall for the Trick or Treat parade portion of the program! What fun! I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I really really loved all the kids in their cool and cute costumes! You should really should have seen all the fun we had. But guess what? You still can! Just check out the Canton Public Library's Flickr account! 'Cause let's face it, no one can resist seeing pictures of cute kids in costumes. Which reminds me, are you coming to the library on Halloween? I wanna see your costumes! So make sure the library's on your stop this Halloween — early because we close at six. You might just see some unusual library staff that day--and Friday too!!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

El Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Day of the Dead with crafts! Make paper marigolds, a skull mask or an Aztec animal decoration with Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead. Make your own Q-tip skeleton with these instructions. To get you in the holiday spirit, read Clatter Bash!: a Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Cleminson Keep and Ghost Wings by Barbara M. Joosse.

Storytime at Home

Bummed that storytime is on break until November 9th? Share these stories at home with your children to tide them over with some great story fun!

Princess Pig by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Tim Bowers — when the Pickle Princess's sash blows away from her parade and lands on Pig, things change around the barnyard. As Pig begins to explore the possibilies of royalty, Pony reminds her that you don't have to be a princess to be special.

Traction Man is here! by Mini Grey — the hilarious domestic adventures of a boy and his action figure.

November Tween Book Discussion

Registration is now open for the November Tween Book Discussion. This month we're reading The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr (Book 1 in the Children of the Lamp series). We're meeting over a pizza lunch at 2pm on Saturday, November 7, so sign up today and come to the children's reference desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Ghostly Tales

With Halloween fast approaching, it is time to read some great new ghostly tales. Spellbinder (Helen Stringer) features a twelve-year-old girl, Belladonna Johnson, who lives with the ghosts of her parents in the north of England. She teams up with an always-in-trouble classmate to investigate why all of the ghosts in the world have suddenly disappeared. Another book dealing with disappearing ghosts is by Daniel Pinkwater - The Yggyssey : how Iggy wondered what happened to all the ghosts, found out where they went, and went there. In the mid-1950s, Yggdrasil Birnbaum and her friends, Seamus and Neddie, journey to Old New Hackensack, which is on another plane, to try to learn why ghosts are disappearing from the Birnbaum's hotel and other Hollywood, California, locations.

Spooky Rhymes for Spooky Times

Can you feel it in the air? The leaves are drifting down and colors are a-changing. The crisp fall air is bringing a chill to your bones and come October 31st, that chill won't just be from the newly falling temperatures. Get into the Halloween spirit with some of our very spooky, very funny, or very imaginative Halloween poetry books. Beware--ghostly giggles may ensue.

Vegetarian Kids

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. If you've been thinking of converting your family to a vegetarian diet, the library has books that can help you get started. Raising Vegetarian Children is a handy resource for parents who would like to get their kids on the path to a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle. Also, check out some of the many cookbooks we have on vegetarian cooking for recipe ideas.

You're invited to a party...

With Elephant and Piggie! Families with children ages 4 to 9 can join Elephant and Piggie as they prepare for Piggie's very first party. Will there be snacks? Of course there will! And lots of other fun too!

Register online today!

This program is funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

They could do it!

When the United States entered World War II, American men went into the military and American women filled their places in the offices and factories. "We can do it" was the slogan and Rosie the Riveter was the symbol of these working women. The American Rosie the Riveter Association has gathered together the stories of the "Rosies" and, thanks to a donation by a Rosie, the Canton Library has the set of these books.

Save money this Halloween

Take a stroll around the Children's Library and you'll find plenty of inspiration for your Halloween costume. To save money, wear everything you already have in your favorite color and be Purplicious, Pinkalicious or Goldilicious. Pull out a toy instrument for your little one and they could be a Jazz Baby. Celebrate recycling by making a robot or a race car out of a box like our bunny friend in Not A Box. Or, team up with some friends, grab a bunch of old boxes and make your own Freight Train.

Fun History Reads

Looking for some fun history books that won't put you to sleep? Try one of the books in the You Wouldn't Want To series. Each of these books puts you in the place of an average person who lived through some crazy, exciting period in time. From constructing the pyramids to sailing on the Titanic, there's something for everyone. The CPL's newest edition is You Wouldn't Want to be a World War II Pilot! For more information on some of the books in this entertaining series check out the publisher's website.

Knuffle Bunny on Film

You've read and love the book, but you can't get enough Knuffle Bunny? Check out this video, narrated by Mo Willems and his daughter Trixie! The animation of this short film is so true to the book, it's almost like the pictures came alive. Originally produced by Weston Woods, Knuffle Bunny was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2007. The Carnegie Medal is like the Newbery or Caldecott Awards, except for children's films. Now combined with several other great stories, it's one of many of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures here at CPL, so once you've watched Knuffle Bunny, try one of the other films in the series.

Pumpkin Chapters

It's pumpkin time! And there are some great stories about them beyond the picture book collection. Pick one of these pumpkin plots:

Me and the pumpkin queen by Marlane Kennedy

Ninjas don't bake pumpkin pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones; illustrated by John Steven Gurney

The squampkin patch: a Nasselrogt adventure by J.T. Petty

Avedon Abound!

Fellow Photogs, put down your cameras and gather around. A new exhibit has hit the DIA that you most certainly won't want to miss — Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000. This luxurious display of fashion photography will grace the walls of the DIA from October 18, 2009 to January 18, 2010. While there taking in glorious shot after glorious shot, be sure to check out a second photo exhibit being housed at the DIA titled Photography — The First 100 Years: A Survey from the DIA's Collection. These photos will be on display from September 2, 2009 to Jaunary 3, 2010. Check out the DIA's website for more information. Also bone up on your photo knowledge with books in our collection. Enjoy! Oh, and you may now resume taking pictures.

World Digital Library

Looking for primary documents? The World Digital Library can help. It contains manuscripts, maps, letters, rare books, recordings, film, photographs and architectural drawings from around the world and in different languages. You can browse their online collection by region, time period, topic, the type of institution that houses the item (like the Library of Congress or the Bibliotheca Alexandrina), or by the type of item. For example, here is a map of British Antarctic expeditions from 1907 to 1909 made by the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton!

A Fall Leaf Project

In some places in the U.S., leaves don't change color in the fall. It's kind of hard to imagine that with all the reds, yellows, and oranges that we're seeing here right now, but there are parts of the country that don't get to enjoy that. In Fall Leaf Project, a first-grade class decides to send some of their colorful fall leaves to another first-grade class in a different state where the leaves don't change color. What a nice thing to do - share fall with others who don't always get to experience it! Maybe they could share some of their warm, summerlike weather with us when we get to January, don't you think?

Tween Book and Pizza

Get in the Halloween spirit by signing up for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club meeting on Saturday, October 31, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading The Mysterious Benedict Society - a creepy story about a mad scientist trying to brainwash the world! Full of interesting riddles and mysteries for you to solve along the way, it's sure to entertain! Registration begins Saturday, October 17, at 9am, so sign up and come to the children's reference desk to pick up a copy of the book.