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Summer Reads

In case the forecasted inclement weather keeps you away from Liberty Fest this weekend, why not stay home and curl up with a fun read about other folks' summer vacations? A couple of my favorites are The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (by E. L. Konigsburg) and A Corner of the Universe (by Ann M. Martin). These books are fun to read even when the weather isn't overcast and rainy.

reading levels for kids

A lot of people think that it's important or positive for a child to read "above grade level", but does it really matter? Is it even good for a child to read books that were intended for an older audience? Many literacy experts believe that it doesn't matter, and that it isn't necessarily good - a child should read books that make for a pleasurable, positive reading experience.

Cook Up Some Fun This Summer

Hey, grown-ups! This summer, why not take some time to teach your kids one of life's most useful skills - cooking. If you're not sure how to get started, or you feel like your own culinary skills aren't up to par, Cooking With Kids For Dummies can help. Chock-full of easy recipes you and your child can make together, this book will get you both on the road to becoming good cooks!

Win Money for College @ the Library

Get Creative @ Saving for College at the Canton Public Library, now through August 21. Just fill out the entry card (available when you sign up your child for the 2009 summer reading program) and return it to a library staff member. Six parents will win $1,500 toward their child's college education, and six libraries will each receive $1,000 for future programming. Additional prizes will also be awarded to entrants. Get Creative @ Saving for College is made possible by a partnership of the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP), and the Michigan Education Trust (MET).

You could WIN staff art!

Your library would like to give back to you this summer! In honor of the Summer Reading theme, Be Creative @ Your Library, the Canton Public Library staff decided to make works of art for you to win. We've got quilters, knitters, woodworkers, photographers and many other creative people here. For a view of our craftsy items, check out our Flickr page.

Happy Nature Photography Day

rainbowToday is so beautiful out, friends! Take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather and make a trek outside. Celebrate Nature Photography Day and create some art by capturing the world around you.  Michigan is full of parks, lakes, and gardens. Check out an old favorite or discover a new one. Good luck and happy snapping!

Titanic Vibrations

Distant Waves: a novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn is a captivating new story of adventure, romance, scientific discovery, and psychic mystery. What more could you ask for?

The Curious Garden

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is one of our new picture books, located on the new shelf in the children's department. It is about a young boy named Liam who decides to grow a small garden in the midst of a new cement filled city. Before he knows it the whole city is becoming greener as his garden grows and his efforts inspire others to grow their own gardens. The pictures are busy and fun to look at again and again. This is a great book about spring, gardens and making a difference in the environment.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Bonjour petits enfants! Zis iz Thorndyke zee Arteest Bear! I am Getting Creative @ My Library. Can you tell I am excited for Summer Reading? Signs of summer reading are popping up all over CPL. The Summer Reading bulletin board is up, the reading logs have been printed, the prizes are hidden in a secure location in the library, and I am wearing my summer reading t-shirt. For a bear who lives in the library, the first day of Summer Reading is almost better than Christmas. Will I see YOU here on Monday? I hope so! Until then,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Audio Ready for Summer Reading?

I don't know about you, but I'm very ready for Summer Reading!  I'm getting ready for a long car trip out to the East Coast by checking out some of our awesome audio books.  Right now I'm listening to Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine - it's read by an entire cast of vocal artists.  I highly recommend it.

Hurray for Olivia!

Olivia is an intelligent, charming pig who lives with her parents, and younger brothers Ian and William.  She dreams of being a famous dancer, and enjoys going to the beach and bossing her brothers around.  Check out these great books by Ian Falconer: Olivia, Olivia forms a band,

Gear Up For Getting Creative!

Gear up for this year's summer reading theme (Get Creative @ Your Library) by checking out Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer or The Calder Game. These art-inspired mysteries are a lot of fun and when you finish you can check out the related games on Scholastic's website.

Duct Tape Mania

If you think duct tape is just for fixing things, you are wrong! You can make a wallet, bag, or bouquet of roses out of our many colored rolls of duct tape. All materials will be supplied.  Register today
Grades: Tween/Teen (going into 5th - 12th)
Program Date: Monday, June 22 at 1 - 1:45pm

Henry the bear

"Green" and "eco" are popular terms today, but how do we explain these concepts to young children? Why not teach them about nature through a series of picture books based on the life of Henry David Thoreau? In these books, Henry is a bear and a very self-sufficient one. He walks to work, grows his own food, hikes thirty miles to a neighboring town, barters and builds his own home. These picture books are a wonderful way to begin a conversation about the environment and an appreciation for nature.

Vacation with the Berenstains

I love the Berenstain Bears! I also love going on vacation. So, when I found this book that combined these two things, I was pretty psyched! It might be fun to read about The Berenstain Bears Out West, too.  Or how about discovering The Berenstain Bears' Seashore Treasure?  All of these would be great to read during a car or plane trip on your way to your own vacation!

Summer Reading @ the Canton Public Library

Summer Reading sign up for all ages, babies to adults, begins June 15 at the library.  Complete your reading log by August 12 and receive a free book, courtesy of the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Happy Birthday Gauguin

gauguinFrench painter, Paul Gauguin was born today, June 7th, in 1848.  Before his career in painting, he was a stockbroker in Paris. At the age of 35, he decided to devote his life to painting and eventually moved to several places, including Tahiti. Much of his art is remembered for containing broad, flat tones, and bold colors and he is regarded as a highly influential founder of modern art.

Kids Graphic Novel News - #13

"Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who knows what it means to be human . . . the third graphic novel in the breakout, all-ages series is a charming story of understanding and acceptance, where Owly learns that everyone is special and it's okay to be different."

Check it out in:  Owly : Flying Lessons

Summer Fun!

School's almost out!  Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer?  Why not try some activity books to help keep their summer exciting?  Here are some suggestions: Summer fun!:  60 activities for a kid-perfect summer, Summer activities, Summer smarts for cool kids: over 150 fantastic and fun learning activities to help kids beat the summer blahs, The vacation activity book

Coming Soon...

Gustafer Yellowgold has arrived at the Canton Public Library. Who is Gustafer? He's a creature that moved to Minnesota from the Sun. He has a pet Eel and a Pterodactyl best friend. And in his free time he jumps on cakes and punches cheese. The DVDs in this collection include stunning artwork and original songs and are for ages 3 and up. Of course, if you can't wait to check out the DVDs, the creator of Gustafer Yellowgold will be at the Barnes and Noble in Rochester Hills next Friday, June 12th. Gustafer's website also includes short songs and fun games to play.