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Farewell, Miss Kristen

It is with greatly mixed emotions that we bid a fond farewell to our Children's, Tween & Teen Services Program Specialist, Kristen Kostielney. Kristen will be leaving us in September to take a position as a head start teacher with the Campagna Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Please join us in celebrating the nearly 21 years Kristen has spent with CPL and wishing her all the best with a farewell reception on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00-6:30PM in the Purple Room.

Kristen's departure opens up a position here at the library and we are currently accepting applications for the Children's, Tween & Teen Services Program Specialist position.

Where Did the Puppets Go?

The puppets in the Children's Department will be unavailable for checkout beginning Wednesday, August 31, 2011. The puppets will be getting some much needed TLC before school starts, to keep them in the best shape possible for everyone to enjoy. The puppets will be available again after the Labor Day holiday. Thank you for your understanding!

Welcome to Kindergarten

Hey kids! Are you entering Kindergarten this fall? If so, be sure to register for our fun Welcome to Kindergarten program. We are going to have a great time making new friends, having snack, hearing some stories about Kindergarten, and making a craft. Registration begins Wednesday, August 10th. Program date is Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 2:00 until 2:45 PM. Be sure to bring your caregiver with you. See you there!

J300-399—Come Visit Us

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to read? Well, look no more, have we got the section for you. Check out the J Nonfiction 300 to 399 section for all sorts of great reads including folktales, fairytales, environmental topics, career books, government books, Boy Scout badge books, Girl Scout books, and so much more. See you there!

Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator!

Hooray for Amanda & her alligator! by words and pictures by Mo Willems — Who can resist a book by Mo Willems? Not me! Here we find Amanda and her alligator friend, who is not that great at being patient but is tremendously talented at being hilarious and entertaining. The illustrations here are in Willems' trademark deceptively simple style and will draw you in no matter what your age. Don't miss this one!

Jazz for Kids

Looking for some music to help the kids chill out on these very hot days? Try some Jazz. Cool Jazz for Kids and Disney Songs the Satchmo Way are just two of the great selections of Jazz for kids. Classic crooners like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists that will help your family beat the heat. More selections are available in the Children's Department. Stay cool!

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time of year for some fun, easy reading. We hope all kids and families are taking advantage of a little leisure time this summer by catching up on some great books. Reading is fun to do with others as well. Parents can read to kids, kids can read to parents, and siblings can read to each other. And don't forget about grandparents and babysitters. You also have the advantage in the summer of broadening your reading corners. Try reading on a raft in the pool, under a shady tree, or in a tent. Check out reading categories in Connect your Summer. Happy Summer Reading!

Blackout

This story begins on a normal day. Everyone is busy, no one has time to play with the little boy, until the Blackout! Once it goes dark, the family goes on a hunt for the light, and when they find it, they discover a whole lot more! Check out this picture book about one family that discovers how much fun it is to spend time with each other. You might even be inspired to have your own family "blackout!" If you liked Blackout, here are some other stories by John Rocco.

Fun with Pets

Kids, have you always wanted a pet but didn't know how to take care of it? Do you have a pet but want to learn more about bonding with your four-legged friend? Come to our Fun with Pets Program on July 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 4:45PM. We'll have fun hanging out with a local vet, learning about pets, making a fun craft, and having a yummy snack. Registration starts July 11, 2011 and is open to Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregiver. Can't wait to see you!

Storytime at the Canton Farmer's Market

The library will host a storytime with crafts at the Canton Farmers Market on Sunday, July 10. The Canton Farmer's Market is open from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at Preservation Park.
Storytimes will be at 11:00AM and 1:00PM.

Where in the World?

Hey kids! Are you curious about the world around you? What are some of those crazy landmarks we have? Come to our Where in the World program on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 7:00 to 7:45PM and have a fun time learning about landmarks both here and in other countries. We'll do some trivia, eat a tasty snack, and make some creative crafts. Registration starts June 29 and is open to Children ages 5 years to 8 years-old with a Caregiver. See you there!

Fun in the Garden Storytime

Children, ages 5 and under, and caregivers, join us Monday, June 27 at 10:00AM for a family storytime all about gardens. We will share stories of vegetables and flowers outside by the library garden (weather permitting). We will also make a beautiful craft and enjoy a special treat. Registration begins Monday, June 13.

J100 — Some Weird Stuff!

The J100-199 section of Children's Non-fiction has a lot going on! We have a wide range of topics including the Supernatural (witches, ghosts), Optical Illusions, Feelings, Friendship, and Death. Stop on by and enjoy!

Gabby and Gator by James Burks

Gator is an alligator a little boy flushed down the toilet. Gabby is a little girl who doesn't have any friends and refuses to speak because she is always picked on by the school bullies. Together they form a friendship that helps them both be comfortable with who they are. A quick, light read with many giggles. Enjoy Gabby and Gator by James Burks.

Travel Books for Kids

The adventures of Marco and Polo by Dieter Wiesmüller; translated from the German by Beate Peter

All aboard!: a traveling alphabet by concept by Chris L. Demarest; illustrated by Bill Mayer

Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier

How to travel with grownups by Elizabeth Bridgman; pictures by Eleanor Hazard

New Books for Kids

Picture Books

The abandoned lighthouse by Albert Lamb; illustrated by David McPhail

Stellar stargazer! by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

The bedtime book for dogs by Bruce Littlefield; illustrated by Paul S. Heath

Adventurous Kids Reads

Picture Books

The adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg & Raymond Briggs

The adventures of Patty and the big red bus by Meghan McCarthy

The adventures of Polo by Regis Faller

All aboard! by James Stevenson

Art for Young Readers

The art book for children by text by Amanda Renshaw and Gilda Williams Ruggi

How to read a work of art by Laura J. Hensley

Art that moves: animation around the world by John Bliss

Exploring the life, myth, and art of India by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

Sports Books for Kids

Dreams Books for Kids

Alex Fitzgerald's cure for nightmares by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Wendy Edelson

Another day in the Milky Way by David Milgrim

Ben's dream: story and pictures by Chris Van Allsburg

The Berenstain bears and the bad dream by Stan & Jan Berenstain