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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.

Halloween Crafts and Treats

Staying home on Halloween night? Why not make it a fun family night full of crafts to make and sweet treats to eat. Checkout Halloween treats: recipes and crafts for the whole family it has lots of creative treats and crafts, to keep everyone busy. Halloween tricks & treats spooky snacks, creepy crafts and more for the whole family has wonderful ideas too!

Halloween Fun for Young Children

Children ages 2-4 are invited to wear a costume and participate in fun Halloween activities! Register online today.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 28, 10:00-10:45AM

Halloween Fun @ the Library

A spook-tacular Halloween party for families with children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Don't forget to wear your costumes! Register online today.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 28, 7:00-8:00PM

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

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I just wanted to make you all aware of some very important holidays this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work day. It's kinda like take your Children to Work Day, except for bears. Make sure your parents know! Probably the best way to make sure they celebrate it would be to sneak your teddy bear into their work bag before they leave. Then make sure you ask what your teddy did at work when they get home.

Scary Stories @ the Library

Third and fourth graders, get into the Halloween spirit by wearing your Halloween costume to the library and listening to some scary stories. Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, October 27, 7:00-8:00PM

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other fourth graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Monday, October 26, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman (5th book in the series 39 Clues)

Hey, Hey, Hockeytown!

Hey fans! A new season of breathtaking hockey is upon us! Our very own Detroit Red Wings have sped into their new season with renewed vim and vigor and some new players on top of that. How will the new young blood infuse our team? Will they bring home Lord Stanley? We've got miles to go as it's only just begun but my guess is this season will be anything but ordinary. So grab on to the roller coaster ride known as Hockey Season! During those lengthy commercial breaks, read one of our great books on hockey!

Art Picture Books

As the weather gets colder and we all start staying indoors more, here are some cute picture books about being artistic to inspire you to create!

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

The dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Harold and the purple crayon by Johnson, Crockett, 1906-

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Chesstastic

Want to play chess? Looking for a worthy opponent? This program is open to children, tweens and teens. Some chess sets will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, October 10, 2:00-4:00PM

Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, October 24 3:00-3:45PM
Book Title: Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 21, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Case of the Spooky Sleepover

Eat Better, Eat Together!

October is National Eat Better; Eat Together Month. It's a time for families to sit down together and celebrate the family meal. It may seem difficult to do this with everyone's busy schedules, but making the effort is well worth it. Sharing mealtime conversation with one another is an excellent way for families to stay connected. Read more about the benefits of eating together in The Surprising Power of Family Meals.

It was a dark and stormy night...

Perfect for gathering the everyone on the couch for Family Movie Night! But if you're going to have Family Movie Night, you absolutely must have popcorn! October is National Popcorn Popping Month. Here's an interesting thought: Since most popcorn is made in the microwave these days, most kids have never seen popcorn pop before. Be adventurous and make it on your stove (Make sure you put on the lid!) or show them this short YouTube clip of how a kernel pops in slow motion.

"Doomed to Dance!"

Ivy & Bean will soon appear in another hilarious adventure - Doomed to Dance. After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain's heart. Ivy and Bean could care less about learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for them to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, they must plot a way to get out of it without breaking their promises. Check out the YouTube video on this latest Ivy & Bean escapade and read the first 5 books starring this dynamic duo if you haven't already!

Fractions

Struggling with fractions? Let our materials help you break those numbers down. We've got everything:

Picture Books

Inchworm and a half by Elinor Pinczes ; illustrated by Randall Enos

The Wishing Club : a story about fractions by Donna Jo Napoli ; pictures by Anna Currey

Readers

Mary Clare likes to share : a math reader by Joy Hulme ; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

It's National Cookie Month!

October is National Cookie Month! Now that the weather is cooler, it's perfect weather for doing some baking and having fun in the kitchen. Get some ideas for cooking with kids online, or come to the library for some cookie cookbooks or stories about this yummy treat.

Weird Al, Accordionist and...Author?

Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic is the latest celebrity to snag a deal to write a picture book. His book will be published in 2011 and will feature an eight-year-old protagonist who fantasizes about the unusual careers he wants to pursue when he grows up.

“I’ve always wanted to write children's books,” said Yankovic. “And now, it’s not only a goal, it’s a contractual obligation.”

Since it'll be awhile before the book is published, why not check out some of Weird Al's music in the meantime?

photo by mufan96 used under Creative Commons license

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.