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Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books with positive stories featuring strong female characters. 

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.




The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Every Day is a Good Day to Read

March is National Reading Month, and we want to stress how important it is to read to your child everyday. If you read just 15 minutes a day during the first five years of a child's life, that's over 450 hours (or over 19 whole days!) of reading by their fifth birthday. There is a book for every day of the week, and we can prove it:

Monday is one day by Arthur A. Levine ; illustrated by Julian Hector


Tuesday by David Wiesner


Wednesday by Anne Bertier ; translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick


Where does Thursday go? by words, Janeen Brian ; pictures, Stephen Michael King


Friday my Radio Flyer flew by Zachary Pullen

Historical Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

Meet Kaya: an American girl by Janet Shaw; illustrations, Bill Farnsworth ; vignettes, Susan McAliley

The Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Byars; pictures by Sue Truesdell

Five smooth stones: Hope's diary, book one by Kristiana Gregory

Baseball saved us by Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee

Edward and the pirates by David McPhail

Historical Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

Dinosaur hunter by Elaine Marie Alphin; pictures by Don Bolognese

Sam's Wild West Christmas by Nancy Antle; pictures by S.D. Schindler

Prairie friends by Nancy Smiler Levinson; pictures by Stacey Schuett

Dust for dinner by Ann Turner; pictures by Robert Barrett

The 18 penny goose by Sally M. Walker; pictures by Ellen Beier

Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

We're sailing down the Nile: a journey through Egypt by Laurie Krebs; illustrated by Anne Wilson

Erandi's braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal; illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Madeline story and pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans

Marguerite makes a book  by Bruce Robertson; illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

How I became a pirate by Melinda Long; illustrated by David Shannon

Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners

Kindergarteners



Toy boat by Randall de Seve, Loren Long


Stick by Steve Breen


Emma's turtle by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Marsha Winborn


Come fly with me by Satomi Ichikawa


Rosie's magic horse by Russell Hoban ; [illustrations by] Quentin Blake

Adventure Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

The funny ride by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by Jʺozef Sumichrast


Pirate School by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski


Arthur's camp-out by Lillian Hoban


Follow that bear if you dare! by Claire Freedman ; illustrated by Alison Edgson


Young Cam Jansen and the library mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated Susanna Natti


Adventure Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Red Knit Cap Girl to the rescue by Naoko Stoop

Sebastian and the balloon by Philip C. Stead

All aboard the dinotrain by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo ; illustrated by Amy Wummer

Need more suggestions? See this list of Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Emma in Paris by written and illustrated by Claire Frossard ; photographs by Christophe Urbain

Target Family Fun Night--Dino-mite!

Grrrr! Do you love Dinosaurs? I know you do! Come to our Target Family Fun
Night Dino-mite Program on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  We will have a stomping good time learning about Dinosaurs. There will be fun activities, a story and snack. This program is open to kids ages four to eight years old with their caregiver. Registration required and begins on February 26, 2015. See you there!

Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

March is Reading Month Open Mic Night

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child" (Dr. Seuss).

Come one, come all! To celebrate March is Reading Month, we are hosting an open mic night for readers of all ages. We want you to bring in your favorite family-friendly short passage, poetry or picture book, step up to the mic and share with other literature lovers in the library. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

March is Reading Month celebrations will continue as we pick up a book and read to you. We'll celebrate our love of reading by sharing some of our favorite picture books for older children as well as a few chapter book excerpts. All ages are encouraged to stop by for a listen.
[rev reading at oceeaa by sanzibar is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

African American Month Picture Books

February is National African American History Month, and this is the first in a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. First up are picture books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

Knock knock: my dad's dream for me by Daniel Beaty ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
Winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, this picture book details how a boy deals with his father's absence.

I'm not moving by written by Wiley Blevins ; illustrated by Mattia Cerato
Keesha's family is moving from the suburbs to the city, and she is worried and not happy about this turn of events.

Introducing the Canton Book Project

Is there a book you know and love? A title you find yourself recommending over and over again? Maybe it changed your life or your outlook. And maybe it could make a difference to someone else. 

The Canton Book Project is your chance to share your love of reading by giving out books to people in this community who, for whatever reason, don't read for pleasure or own books. Applications are being accepted from members of the community interested in being book givers. Book givers will have the opportunity to share the love of reading by distributing a book of their choice to other members of the community. Readers of all ages are encouraged to apply and books can be of any reading level.

By applying to be a Canton Book Project book giver you agree, if selected, to:

Target Family Reading: Love is in the Air

Kids ages 4-8 will fall in love with the fun stories and activities at our Target Family Reading Night on Tuesday, February 17, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Attendees will receive a free book to take home.  Registration begins January 26.
This program is sponsored by the Target Early Literacy Grant.
[Merry Christmas Heart Bokeh by caruba is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

Movie Madness: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It's time again for Movie Madness! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00 PM as we show How to Train Your Dragon 2.  In the latest adventure, Hiccup and Toothless must protect the peace when they find a cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG.

ABCmouse - FREE on All Library Computers

ABCmouse.com is now available for free inside the library!The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

To access ABCmouse.com, click on the link above, or on the Kids page under "Early Literacy Online Resources" from any computer in the library. You can even create an ABC mouse account that you child can use to track progress when you visit the library!

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old to get moving with their caregivers, dancing is a great way to have some fun. 

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

Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners

Abby Cadabra, super speller by Joan Holub


Unicorn wings by Mallory Loehr ; illustrated by Pamela Silin-Palmer

Dragon's Easter egg hunt by adapted by Mae Marks


King Jack and the dragon by Peter Bently ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Zathura: a space adventure written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold


Eliot Jones, midnight superhero by Anne Cottringer ; illustrated by Alex T. Smith


Do super heroes have teddy bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle ; illustrated by Mike Gordon ; color by Molly Hahn

Hero dad by Melinda Hardin ; [illustrations by] Bryan Langdo

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Andy Rash

2015 LEGO Dream Vehicle Awards Reception

This year our LEGO competition is open to a much wider age range than years past. We are sure that our patrons will produce some amazing works. Public viewing of the contest entries take place on Saturday, January 10 from 9:00-5:00 PM and Sunday, January 11 from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM.  Join us on Sunday at 4:00 PM as our contest culminates into our LEGO Dream Vehicle Award Reception. Decided by our esteemed panel of judges, we will finally see which entries roared to the front of the race.  

[Ferrari F40 by LEGO Bro is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]