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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.

Where are the Puppet Kits?

puppet kit hedgie Just where did those puppet kits go? They are having their tags replaced but will be back out soon, and ready for checkout. Keep your eyes peeled and enjoy!

Christmas Time is Here...

Did you, like me, miss A Charlie Brown Christmas last night? :(  Never fear.  ABC will be re-broadcasting it next Tuesday at 8pm.  :)   While you're waiting, CPL just got in a bumper crop of new Holiday movies.   Some of my newer favorites are A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.   And don'

Waiting For Snow

Well, we didn't get very much snow last night like the weather people kept predicting. I woke up this morning and it was all gone! Looks like it all turned into rain. Are you waiting impatiently for a big snow so that you can go out and play in it (and maybe have a snow day off from school)? Read some books about snow while you wait. I like Oliver And Amanda And The Big Snow, Sam's Snowy Day, and The Snowball.  Hopefully, we won't have to wait too much longer to see those snowflakes coming down again!

Great Nordic Fantasy

If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods you should give the Norse Gods and Jack a try. The Nancy Farmer triology which began with the Sea of Trolls is now complete with The Islands of the Blessed which was just published. (Books #2 is The Land of the Silver Apples, in case you are wondering!) It is high fantasy at it best, with bards and apprentice bards, trolls and elves, captures and narrow escapes, trials and learning, humor and wisdome, lads and lasses.

Wash Your Hands!

What's the easiest way to stop the spread of germs during this cold and flu season? Wash your hands! This week, December 6-12, happens to be National Handwashing Awareness Week. Go to www.henrythehand.com to find out more about handwashing, germs, and overall health. We want everyone to stay healthy over the holidays, so keep on washing with soap and water as much as possible!

Happy National Tie Month!

tiesWelcome to December everyone and for that matter, welcome to National Tie Month! In honor of the gift that we all love to give fathers and grandfathers for most holidays of gift giving significance, let's celebrate the tie with joy and creativity. There is so much you can do with a tie, for example, you could put your picture on it, tie-dye it, paint it, iron on a patch or decal, attach festive jewels, or go crazy with some craft glue and glitter. Whatever you decide to do with your tie, have fun and know that the beloved tie will be even more well loved because you decorated it. Good luck!

Frankenmuth

FrankenmuthEvery fall my family enjoys visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Our visit always gets us in the holiday spirit.  We always start with the world famous family style chicken dinner at Zehnder's or the Bavariann Inn.  Then we head over to Bronner's, the world's largest Christmas store.  If you would like to visit Frankenmuth or another Michigan city, start with The Michigan Travel Companion for a list of accommodations.

Black and White all over!

It's December!  Which means that the winter penguin display is up in the Children's Library.  This year they're hanging out admidst the snow castle.  Come play a little Library I Spy while you are here.  Can you find the kissing penguins?  How about the Penguin King?  What about the penguin sliding on his backside?  How many penguins are wearing hats?  Then find the ice-skating penguins, and the stuffed animal penguins somewhere else in the library.  Still can't get enough of fun black and white buddies?  There are lots of films starring penguins here in the Children's Library!  And we're not just talking Happy Feet.  T

Holiday Handiwork

Wondering what gifts to buy for this gift-giving season? Well, why not make your own gifts like some celebrants of Kwanzaa do. You could make ornaments, dolls, treasure boxes or candle out of old jewelry, marbles, yarn, string or other small pieces you already have around. Here are some craft books to help you along.

All new crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Chinese New Year crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe

Storytime @ Home!

With colder weather coming fast and more holiday vacations in sight, it's always great to think about activites you can do indoors with young children. One easy and economical idea is creating your own at-home storytimes. I've gotten some great ideas from Pam Schiller and the library has many of her books and CDs available for check-out. My favorite is The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Preschoolers!

Video Games Have Temporarily Been Moved

Due to the retagging project going on in the library, the video games have temporarily been moved. They are now behind the check-out desk, but that doesn't mean you still can't check them out! Feel free to ask any of the librarians to pull titles for you, or you can continue to put holds on games. If you'd like to see what we have, check out the list of all 1002 video games.

Holidays Around the World

Families with children ages 4-9 can join in an interactive celebration with the musical group Harpbeat! Register online today!
Program Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00-8:00PM

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