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Second Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Program Date: July 14, 2 - 2:45pm

The Music Lady

The Music Lady, Beverly Meyer will share songs, joy, and movement with children, ages 2-8, and their families. Come sing and dance along! No registration required.
Program Date: July 6, 11 - 11:45 am

First Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out the book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley
Program Date & Time: Monday, July 6, 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Read Slob!

Are you looking for a good mystery that's mixed with a little bit of humor? Try the 2009 Junior Library Guild winner, Slob by Ellen Potter! It's about a boy named Owen who is faced with challenges such as dealing with a bully, an excrutiating gym class with a mean gym teacher, and not to mention finding out who is stealing his oreos every day! In the midst of all of this drama, he is in a race against time to create a contraption that will help him solve one of the biggest mysteries of all....did you think I would tell you what it is? Read the book and find out!

Peter Paul Rubens (Painter, not the Sandwich)

peter paul rubensPeter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577. He is best known as an influential Flemish painter during the Baroque era. You make think Rubens conjures up images of sandwiches and lunch, but actually, the artist was famous for painting Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His paintings are full of action and movement as the subjects are rendered in vivid colors and in interesting poses. An excellent website to learn more about this famous artist is www.peterpaulrubens.org.

Based on the Book

Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Inkheart, Spiderwick Chronicles.  Most people know that these recent movies are based on books.  But Children's novels have been providing sources for movies for many years.

New Publications For Your Student

College students and parents of elementary, middle and high school students can pick up copies of the Eduguide: Your roadmap to student success in the library's lobby brochure rack. Separate editions, geared to each educational level, offer tips on both helping students succeed in their current scholastic careers and preparing them for the next step on their academic ladder.

Michigan Reads

Some awesome kids books take place right here in the Michigan we all love. Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff introduces us to Maggie Dillion whose life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her experiences and realizations help us all believe in the power of friends and family to support each other in uncertain times...something we could all use about now. The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a roll-on-the-floor laughing book about a Flint family, their adventures and relationships...comic relief which is also very therapeutic in stressful times. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban won the 2007 Michigan Mitten Award.

Fun Snacks for Tweens

Learn how to make great snacks that are super easy and healthy to eat! Register today
Grades: Tweens (Going into 5th and 6th)
Program Date: Thursday, July 9 at 2-3pm

Fun Holiday Alert

Did you know that Friday, June 26, is the 10th Annual Take Your Dog to Work Day? This holiday is all about celebrating man's best friend and encouraging folks to look into pet adoption. Even if you don't have a dog and can't get one anytime soon, why not celebrate the day with a fun dog story? My favorites are John Grogan's Marley books. He's written everything from children's easy readers to memoirs for adults, so there's something for the whole family!

Get Ready to Celebrate Eric Carle!

ArtECarle.preview.jpgEric Carle turns 80 on June 25th this year. It’s a perfect time to celebrate since our Summer Reading theme this year is Be Creative @ Your Library. Come in to the library where you can learn more about Eric Carle and his art, or check out one of his amazing picture books and keep working toward your Summer Reading goal!

Dr. Seuss Makes Reading Easy

Dr. Seuss wrote many books that are perfect for the beginning reader. Try some of them! Here's a list of some of the most popular ones:If you read enough of these, you might find yourself speaking in rhyme and making up silly words of your own! Happy zappy reading, superiffic summer reader! (Uh-oh...now I'm doing it, too!)

upside-down tomatoes?

upside-down tomatoes
Ever seen those ads for upside-down tomato growing contraptions? It turns out you don't need to spend a lot of money on one of those things - you can make your own from a shopping bag! Check out the online tutorial from Your Small Kitchen Garden website.

Gross me out!

What tastes like pudding and looks like kitty litter? A cake you can bake! Flex your culinary muscles with recipes from these wacky books. You could make a mashed potato mountain or a really weird veggie wrap with help from 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter. Don't have a babysitter? Never fear. You can gross out your neighbors with baked treats from Gross-Out Cakes: the Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics. Yum yum.

The Joel Tacey Show

The Joel Tacey Show has it all: silly music, wacky stunts, and amazing gadgets. Joel truly gets the audience in on the fun. Registration not required.
Ages: Children going into Kindergarten - 4th grade
Program Date: Monday, June 29 from 2:00 - 2:45pm

Mysterious and Ghostly Writing

Why not join in the Summer Reading theme of being creative and try your hand at writing? Mysterious and magical powers might just help you once you get started. Read about these supernatural powers in The Bronze Pen (Snyder) or Dying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road (Klise). The library also has other great books about authorship if these are out by popular demand.

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).