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Hummingbird Music Together: CANCELLED

On Wednesday, January 8, from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, 0-5 years old, will love playing follow the leader during Follow me Down to Carlow, Counting the Stars while rocking in your arms during Great Big Stars, and thinking up favorite treats from Grandma for “Trot to Grandma’s House." Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton. This program is taking place during the regularly scheduled Family storytime, in the Community Room.

[Music is in the air by Duane Romanell is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Preschool Storytimes

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of story and words designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the purple room starting Monday, January 6 through Friday, February 14. Registration is online and begins December 23. We welcome you to one of the following sessions:

UofM Family Reading and Science Program I

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, January 18 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled Dining on Dinos: Long necks, sharp teeth, club tails, killer claws, participants will learn what fossils tell us about who ate who in the distant past. The world in the time of the dinosaurs was a brutal place. We will explore what fossils can tell us about the lives and coping strategies of predators and prey animals. Registration begins on December 23.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 6. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, January 6-February 15:

Due to library renovations we will be closed on February 3 and 4. Therefore there will be no ABC Activity Time on these days. ABC Activity Time will resume on February 5.
The Children's Library and Purple Room will be closed from February 3 through February 15. All ABC Activity Times will be held in the Community Room during this time.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Session begins Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 AM.

Due to renovations the library will be closed on Tuesday, February 4. Therefore there will be no Baby Storytime on that day. Baby storytime will resume on February 11 in the Community Room.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 6. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Weekday sessions are held in the Community Room. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 6-February 15:


Due to library renovations we will be closed on February 3 and 4. Therefore there will be no storytime on these days. Storytimes will resume on February 5. Saturday Family Storytimes will be held in the Community Room.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, January 7 from 4:30-5:15 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear dark, loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat to work on. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on December 23.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Track Santa

Are you eagerly waiting for Santa to arrive?  You can track his progress towards the big day with a couple of online Santa Trackers with lots of extra holiday fun.
NORAD:  The classic Santa Tracker,  Norad has been tracking Santa for more  than 50 years.  It's website has lots of fun games and Santa info

Google: Google's Santa Tracker uses Google Maps to track where Santa is. The games here are easier if you have younger kids.

Santa Claus.net:  You'll find much of the same information here, along with a weather tracker to see what the temps are in Santa's North Pole Home.  You can also dash a last minute email to Santa. 

Loved Frozen?

Did you love Disney's newest movie release, Frozen?  Or maybe the temps this week have you just feeling frozen?  Here are icy reads, views and listens to fit your favorite theme. 

Frozen read-along storybook and CD [kit] by adapted by Calliope Glass ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Frozen: the essential guide by written by Barbara Bazaldua

Frozen land [videodisc] by Phase 4 Films, Carpediem Film & TV and 10th Ave. Productions present ; KaBOOM! Entertainment ; animation studio, Modus FX ; written by Pierre Tremblay & Roger Harvey ; adapted by Paul Risacher ; directed by Nancy Florence Savard.


Frozen [sound recording]: soundtrack by score, Christophe Beck, songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez.

Dystopian Science Fiction for Fifth Grade

Students in the fifth grade at Hoben have an assignment to read a science fiction book that has a dystopian theme. Here is a selection to get them started.

Archon by Lana Krumwiede


The Resisters by Eric Nylund


Sky jumpers by Peggy Eddleman


Wake up missing by Kate Messner


Earthfall by Mark Walden


Time snatchers by Richard Ungar


Time trapped by Richard Ungar

Babymouse Book Group

BabymouseHey, kids in the third and fourth grades! Come to the library during your winter break to enjoy a lively discussion on Babymouse, Vol. 10: The Musical. We'll talk about the book, do some Babymouse activities, and even enjoy a snack or two.

Register online beginning November 25, then come to the Children's Help Desk to pick up a copy of the book. The book discussion will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2:00 PM.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us to dance out the old year. This freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons gets everyone movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-K or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have great stories, a snack and a craft centered around a Christmas theme. Come join us for this fun time at the library on Monday, December 23, 11:00-11:45 AM.

December Creatapillars!

caterpillarAre you a creative kid? This crafty program is tailored to kids who are 5 to 9 years old. Let your creative side flow in our program, Creatapillars. Our next program will meet on Monday, December 30, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. Registration begins Monday, November 25, 2013.


[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

iPad Minis Available to Check Out

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, starting December 1 we will have 11 iPad Mini eReaders to check out (for Canton/Plymouth residents only). Besides a few preloaded classics and apps, each eReader has the Overdrive app which allows you to download your favorite library ebooks. An iPad Mini checks out for 3 weeks (and, yes, you can renew it if no one else is on hold), but you must return it to a staffed desk, and it's $5 per day overdue (so remember to return it on time).

Target Family Reading Night: Frosty's Birthday

On December 19 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Target presents a wonderful, winter reading celebration! Find out about the frolicking of "Snowmen at Night", sample a tasty, snowy treat and most importantly celebrate the birthday of one of the most famous of snow friends... Frosty! It's Frosty's birthday party, you see--but where is he? Rick Morse Puppets will share a fast-paced romp with audience participation, side-splitting comedy magic, and an appearance by the guest of honor himself, Frosty the Snowman, live and in person! This program is open to kids ages 4 to 8 years old with their grown-ups. Registration begins November 25.

Tales of Kindness and Giving for 1st - 3rd Grade

Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis ; illustrated by Dusan Petricic

The legend of the bluebonnet: an old tale of Texas by retold and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

The giving tree by Shel Silverstein

Brother sun, sister moon: the life and stories of St. Francis by Margaret Mayo ; illustrated by Peter Malone

The velveteen rabbit by retold and Illustrated by Komako Sakai ; translated from the Japanese by Yuki Kaneko

Small gifts in God's hands by Max Lucado ; illustrated by Cheri Bladholm

A Holiday in the Islands Concert

Looking forward to the holidays, but already weary of the cold? We have the solution and something for everyone. Enjoy the amazing Gratitude Steel Band as they present "A Holiday in the Islands Concert" on Sunday, December 15 at 2 PM. Chaz and his band, a product of Trinidad and Tobago, will perform fun music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. You won't be able to sit still through this upbeat performance.

Barbara Park, 1947-2013

Barbara Park, author of the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, has died at the age of 66.  Park was also the author of several stand-alone novels for middle grade-readers, including Skinnybones and The Kid In the Red Jacket, and picture books, such as Ma! There's Nothing To Do Here! Fans of Park's books will long remember her funny and realistic writing style.

November is Picture Book Month

As in many other libraries, picture books are one of the highest circulating collections here at Canton Public Library. To celebrate that, November is Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative supported by the Children's Book Council, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and other groups. Need some ideas of great picture books to share with your kids? You can sort our Kids Book Lists by Picture Books. And our helpful children librarians are always happy to suggest some of their very favorite books. The official website of Picture Book Month has lots of activities links and wonderful essays on the importance of Picture Books written by popular children's authors.