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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Did you know that May 1st marks the beginning of the 30th Annual Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? Celebrate by checking out a great read like Half and Half by Lensey Namioka. Or mark the occasion by attending the CPL's Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month program on Tuesday, May 5, from 6-8pm. We'll have different kinds of traditional Asian snacks for you to sample, a variety of dance performances to see, henna, and more!  

Talk About Books

Talk About Books- Book discussion for 1st and 2nd graders. Register online, then pick up a book at the Children's Desk.
May 13, 5pm- Gooney Bird Green - Registration begins 4/29

Have a craftsy Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with crafts! Visit Kaboose to learn how to make a foam mariachi guitar, a clothespin doll and the Mexican flag. For library materials related to the holiday click here.

Get your free comic book!

We're celebrating FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Come to the Children's Desk on Saturday, May 2 any time between 9am to 6pm and pick up your free comic book, compliments of Comic City. After you get your comic, head down to Comic City for an appearance of the Great Lakes Garrison of the Star Wars 501st Legion! From 10am to 2pm you can take your picture with members of the biggest Imperial Star Wars costuming group in the world.

Put a Smile on a Grey Day

Grey weather getting you down?  One of my favorite books with some good rainy day chapters is Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.  Curl up with a good Ramona story, check out Ramona online, or if you're really feeling adventurous, grab your galoshes and raincoat and splash in a few puddles!

Get Some Cosmic Perspective!

International Astronomy Day is observed on a Saturday near the first quarter moon between mid-April and mid-May. This year it will fall on May 2nd. To learn more contact Gary Tomlinson who is located in Comstock Park, MI or visit the website sponsored by Astronomy Day Headquarters. Great biographies on the most famous astronomers are available at the library, as well as many informative books on outer space. Have fun exploring the realms which inspired such Sci-Fi hits Star Wars and Star Trek!

Russian Cultural Celebration

Come and enjoy music and stories from Russia! Join us in the Community Room on Saturday, May 9th at 2pm for sounds from the balalaika and other traditional instruments played by Aleksandr "Sasha" Chernyak. He promises to take us all on a trip through Russia with music. This program is open to the entire family. Registration is now open.

Go Fly A Kite!

Yikes! It sure has been a windy day today! You know, with winds like these, it's the perfect day to fly a kite. Have you ever flown a kite before? You need lots of wide open space so you don't get your kite stuck in a tree. Trust me, I know! Don't have a kite, but still want to read some stories about them? Try some of the books in our Readers section. How about The Berenstain Bears and the Big Red Kite? Or, find out what happens when Curious George Flies a Kite.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! As of today it’s less than 50 days until Summer Reading (and summer vacation—hint hint!). It’s even starting to feel like summer! Thankfully the library is nice and air conditioned. Very important for someone who wears a big fur coat like me!

Moving on Up

Well fans, Round 1 against the Colombus Blue Jackets ended with our hometown heroes moving on to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while leaving those Blue Jackets at the cleaners! Will Lord Stanely once again grace our ice as we revel in being hockey champions? Only time will tell, but until then, checkout the Detroit Red Wings website for all the most up to date information on our boys in red.

Check Out These New CDs

If you've got a yen for Celtic folk music with a populist bent (think Ewan MacColl, Mick Moloney or Tommy Makem), two new CDs by famed area musician Terry Murphy will help satisfy your craving. You'll find Freeborn Man and Terry Murphy in the Folk & Ethnic section.

Aye, The Play's the Thing

In honor of Shakespeare's birthday, why not pick up a great read dealing with the theater?

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Tap Dance.thumbnail.jpgTomorrow is the beginning of National Dance Week, so get ready to celebrate from April 24 to May 3! Break into spontaneous dance moves, learn more about dancing, or share a dancing story of your own by commenting on this post. In just a few more weeks I’ll have my own tap shoes on and join the recital madness, and while not everyone is going to be on stage, anyone can grab a good dance read!

Pet… Bugs?

Bugs as PetsThe weather is getting warmer and children are eager to play outside.  Their curiosity often leads them to investigate all the little critters crawling about, and sometimes a bug or two might even make its way home with them.  Then what do you do?  The Animal Planet Pet Care series has a book Bugs as Pets which tells you how to house and properly care for your new "pet". 

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs...

Interested in communicating with your baby through sign language? The library has many DVDs in the Parenting section that can help. Give them a try, and soon you and your baby will be talking with your hands. Here are a few to get you started:

Baby Signs: Welcome to the Baby Signs Program
Baby Signs: My Pet Signs
My Baby Can Talk

The 50 States Project

Have you heard about the 50 States Project?  Throughout the upcoming year 50 photographers, one for each of the 50 States, will photograph the State where they live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to produce one image in response. The images must represent both their style and the State in which they live. January's assignment was People and photos from around the country can now be seen online.

Choosing a New Pet

If you are considering a new addition to your family, the library is a great place to start. We have many books available to help you select a pet for your family. The Animal Planet Pet Care series has books on dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish and even bugs as pets!

Kids Graphic Novel News - #7

Night of the Homework Zombies

"The new substitute teacher is turning every kid in school into a brain-boggled zombie who loves homework!  Can Trevor save his friends from this truly disgusting fate?"

Click here to go to ----------->   Night of the Homework Zombies

Earth - the movie

EarthJust in time for Earth Day, the first release from the Disneynature series opens today.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi Kids! It’s Thorndyke. Did you know that today is Administrative Assistants day? Administrative assistants is a big word for people who work really hard making sure things run smoothly and orderly. The Canton Public Library has lots of great administrative assistants. One of them works in the Children’s Library. Her name is Miss Erin. She does lots of great stuff for the children’s librarians. She makes all our Summer Reading Logs look so cool. You might also see her feeding the fish, or just generally being helpful. So if you see Miss Erin today, make sure you tell her thank you! We love you Miss Erin!

Bear hugs!
Thorndyke