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What should Thorndyke be for Halloween?

Superhero
35% (7 votes)
Cowboy
10% (2 votes)
Wizard
45% (9 votes)
Pirate
10% (2 votes)
Total votes: 20

Help clean up Canton

Canton Public Library just received a grant to work with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Project S.N.A.P.! The goal of the grant project is to engage youth and families at their local libraries in environmental and arts activities. Participating families will receive hands-on environmental leadership training, the opportunity to build support for environmental stewardship in Canton, a chance to make art for a community mural and the opportunity to participate in a community-wide clean-up project. We are one of only five libraries in Southeast Michigan to be awarded this grant collaboration. Stay tuned for more information on how you and your family can get involved.

How to become vegetarian

vegetarian vegetable soupAre you thinking of adopting a vegetarian diet? Many people have, but there are important facts to know to make sure you stay healthy and get all the nutrition you need on a restricted diet. How to Become Vegetarian: 5 Key Steps (& Famous Vegetarian Celebrities) offers information and lots of links for further research that you may find helpful if you're considering vegetarianism. Even if you're already veggie, there is a lot of good info here that you may not have seen before.

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Maybe you noticed the display in the children's library about Roald Dahl month? Well, get ready, because this weekend is Roald Dahl's birthday! Browse through our scrumdidlyumptious collection of his stories to celebrate, or bake a cake from his cookbook. If you're more interested in the man himself, check out some of our biographies full of information on Roald Dahl.

Princesses, Princesses, Princesses!

Everyone loves a good princess tale, whether young or old, and the Children's Department has an awesome selection of titles for you to pick from. For the early readers we have such series as: The Tiara Club and Pony-Crazed Princess. For those who like humorous/fractured adaptations of traditional tales, try these spin-off series: The Frog Princess or Princess School. Historical fiction fans will soon learn that some real-life princesses of old did not have a fairy-tale existence at all when they read Girl in a Cage.

paper castle craft for kids

paper castleLooking for a quick and easy craft you can do with materials from around the house? Check out this way cool paper castle! The best part about it is that you can use whatever materials you happen to have on hand - if it looks like the photo, great, but you can also show your creativity and make it look however you'd like.
You can also check out our wide selection of stories about castles or read up on what it was like to live in a castle.

Wonderful Weirdos Day!

Did you know that September 9th marks Wonderful Weirdos Day? Celebrate this wacky holiday by reading a book in one of my favorite wonderfully "weird" series: Dan Gutman's My Weird School Daze. There are plenty of titles to choose from, so pick one up to enjoy after thanking some of the wonderfully "weird" people that make your life more fun!

What's inside the food we eat?

Ever wondered what's in those delicious fast-food hamburgers? Just beef right? Not exactly. Check out the documentary film King Corn to watch two friends as they return to the land of their ancestors, small-town Iowa, to uncover the corn industry and its impact on the American diet. The film also discusses the environmental impact of industrial farming. The film may not answer all of your questions but it will surely get a conversation started.

what does your net filter know about your kids?

apple kidMany parents use web monitoring software to keep track of what their children do online - it's the next best thing to being there, right? Maybe not. The Associated Press reports that several major brands of this type of software offer kids' chat message logs to businesses hoping to tailor their marketing messages to children. There are some software companies that do not sell information to other businesses - you may want to check to see what practices your web monitoring software engages in. CPL also has lots of resources for parents and kids on Internet safety.

Fantastic Origami

We've done it this time! We've got 1000 sheets of origami paper just waiting to be folded at our Fantastic Origami program on Tuesday, September 22 from 5-7pm in the Purple Room. Come learn about Sadako Sasaki and celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 by making paper cranes. Registration is now open for third and fourth graders.

President's Speech to Students

President Obama addressed students today in a back-to-school speech focused on staying in school and trying your best. He encouraged them to set their own goals including "spending time each day reading a book." As a new school year begins, Raising Bookworms, can help parents instill the love of reading in their child. Author Emma Walton Hamilton also has written 16 books for children with her mother, Julie Andrews.

Sports for Labor Day

Now that Labor Day weekend is upon us, grab some friends for some rousing sporting events. You could have backyard foot races, play a little badminton, toss a few horseshoes, or get a baseball or football team together. Check out our wide variety of sports books to help you learn how to play a new sport or brush up on the rules of an old favorite! Have a great weekend!

Happy Birthday, Paul Fleischman!

Celebrate Paul Fleischman's birthday on September 5th! Check out one of his books from our collection, or maybe you're especially interested in his poetry. Either way, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate yet another wonderful author's birthday.

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Thursday, 09-17-2009, 7:00PM - 7:45PM
Book Title: The Adventures of Snail at School by John Stadler

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: Wednesday, September 16 5-5:45pm
Book: Nim's Island by Wendy Orr

Fancy Nancy

Children ages 3-6, dress in your fanciest attire and enjoy activities celebrating the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor. Register online today.
Program Date: Wednesday, September 16 from 1-1:30 pm

Totally Tomato Tales

As my father always said, "There is no point to living in Michigan unless you can eat home-grown tomatoes in the summer." There is absolutely NOTHING that compares with a Michigan tomato from your own backyard. August without tomatoes is like FaceBook without a face....or something like that. All year long I think, fantasize, and plan for the next tomato season. However, I have lived long enough to meet people who are not so totally taken with tomatoes - strange aliens to Michigan is all I can say who haven't a clue about what is truly of value in life. Be that as it may, everyone can enjoy these totally terrific tomato tales: Mystery of the Hairy Tomatoes (Stanley); Tomatoes from Mars (Yorinks); The Great Fake-Out (Phil of the Future).

Happy National Sewing Month!

sewing monthSeptember is National Sewing Month, and whether you're an experienced seamstress, a novice, or just an appreciator of the art, CPL has the resources for you. You can check out materials on how to sew or stories about sewing. Admire the amazing textile creations pictured in Camio, the Catalog of Art Museum Images Online.