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Family PJ Storytime

Get out your PJ's, robes and slippers and join us for a family-friendly storytime. We want the entire family in PJ's for this fun evening. Pillows and pillow pets are welcome on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00PM in the Purple Room. No registration needed.

J000-099 Collection

aliensAre you interested in books and DVD's about the extraordinary or unexplained? Ever need an encyclopedia or almanac to check-out and take home? Thinking about finding bigfoot or tracking UFO's? Curious about computers and the internet? Be sure to stop by the J000-099 collection in the Children's Non-fiction section. We have all sorts of cool items on monsters, aliens, the internet, the Guinness Book of World Records, World Book Encyclopedia, almanacs, the People and Places encyclopedia, and so much more. Enjoy!

Poet Laureate for Children

The Poetry Foundation has chosen their newest Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has written a lovely post about Mr. Lewis on their blog. Also, we have a wonderful selection of poetry books by Mr. Lewis in our collection that you should check out and enjoy!

Between the Lions

Have you checked out Between the Lions yet? This PBS show is the step between Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow. Between the Lions teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other reading methods. Kids just like it because the Lion family — Theo, Cleo, Lionel and Leona — are funny and there are lots of cartoons and songs. Canton Public Library has both seasons here on DVD. You can also visit Between the Lions online. There are lots of tips for parents and teachers there too!

Beach Party Fun!

Can't wait for summer vacation? Then get the party started early and come to our beach party program on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00PM. Children ages 4-9 can come hear stories, play a game and have a snack at this sunny program. Don't forget your beach towel and sunglasses. Register online beginning May 24.
This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Batter Up!

Get your math bat out (otherwise known as your brain) and have fun playing Math Baseball! This fun game is part of the Funbrain website. It has different levels of difficulty and also different skills (such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you can test your math magic on. Each time you get a right answer you get a home run! Have fun!

Happy Birthday Yoda!

Happy Birthday Yoda! Well, actually, it isn't exactly Yoda's birthday but the big day for Frank Oz. He was born on May 25th, so you still have time to get a card out to him. The library has many great books with a Star Wars theme and also materials on his other genius voice work, the Muppets! Enjoy!

Puppet Kits

Did you know we have puppets at the library? Did you know that we have created Puppet Kits for you to enjoy? The puppet kits contain a picture book and puppet to help bring the story to life. You can have an adventure with Curious George, get lost with Max and the Wild Things, or fight off the Big Bad Wolf with the 3 Little Pigs. Your adventures begin along the purple wall near the DVD's in the Children's Department.

Cyberchase Games Central

Even though the school year is nearly done, Cyberchase Games Central has tons of fun games that you can keep playing all during summer vacation. These games have different challenges you can solve, inventions you can make, and math problems that need to be solved. It is developed by PBS.org. Enjoy!

Poetry — Birthdays, Alligator Pie and Detestable Vegetables

What do these three topics have in common? Well, they are all covered in the poetry section in the children's department. We have poems on all different kinds of subjects from baseball to ice cream to best friends. Not only do our poetry books cover all kinds of topics, but there are many that are very funny to read. When you feel like a few giggles check out Exploding Gravy or Oh, No! Where are my Pants? You'll find these books in the J800 section in the Children's Department, or a librarian can direct you right to the poetry books. They're also easy to find this month on our octagon book display. So check out our awesome poetry section where the reading is easy, and fun.

Press Here

Kids, press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book will tell you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and then discover what will happen next! Press Here is great for large groups like storytime, or fun for just one. It is a fantastic "interactive" book; as good, if not better than any new app you can download! We here at CPL give it two BIG thumbs up!

Bike Safety

The Canton Public Library is teaming up with Canton Public Safety and the Bike League of America so you can start bike safety week off on the right pedal. Participants can bring their bikes and bike equipment.
Program Date: Saturday, May 7, 1:00-3:00PM

Old Fashioned Sing Along

Families with children 3-8 years old, join us on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00PM. We're singing old classics and some newer storytime favorites. We’ll have the words posted so everyone can join in the fun! Registration begins Thursday, April 14th at 9:00AM.

Easter books for children

Check out some of our Easter books for children:

10 Easter egg hunters: a holiday counting book by Janet Schulman; illustrated by Linda Davick

Easter by Nancy Dickmann

Happy Easter, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond

Tooth Fairies

Hey kids, have you lost a tooth recently? Ever wondered how the tooth fairy came to visit you? Now you can go on an adventure with April and Esme Tooth Fairies to find out. April and Esme get a special request from Daniel's Grandma to make their first ever "tooth visit" on the title page of this book. Discover what it takes to be a tooth fairy and what they do if the child begins to wake up. If you liked April and Esme, you may enjoy our other tooth fairy adventures.

Dogs

Reading to a friendly dog has become a popular program here at CPL. But you don't have to save your dog reading for that program alone. I bet your own dog would love for you to read to them, especially a book about dogs. The kids department has lots of fiction and non-fiction books on dogs. To keep it short and simple, check out some fun poems in It's About Dogs, Little Dogs Poems, or I Didn't Do it, which offers a irresistible glimpse into your puppy's mind.

Rain

Now that it's Spring, we can expect a few rain showers here and there. It's easy to grumble about those rainy days, but rain is all part of the water cycle that helps grow plants and trees. Rain is one of the sources for freshwater in our homes, and in factories to make paper for library books. Check out a book on rain like, One Big Rain, or Who Likes Rain, and go ahead and jump in a puddle (sshh)! And remember, those May flowers are coming!

Register March 30th for Going Batty!

Hi Kids! If you are between the ages of 3 years and 6 years old, grab your caregiver for this fun program! We will learn about bats, hear a bat story or two, make a fun craft and have a snack. The program date is Wednesday, April 13th from 7:00 to 7:45PM. Registration begins online Wednesday, March 30th! See you there!

Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi coming to Novi Borders!

If you loved watching Kristi Yamaguchi skate her way to Olympic Gold a few years back or loved watching her elegantly dance herself to the top on Dancing with the Stars, then you are in luck! Kristi is coming to the Novi Borders at 6:00PM on March 30, 2011 to sign her new picture book, "Dream Big, Little Pig." Enjoy listening to her read the book and have fun meeting her while she signs your very own copy! Click here for more information! Also, if you want to brush up on your ice skating, be sure to read our great selection of ice skating books.

"Classic" Children's Toys

It's hard to find toys these days that don't make loud noises, flash lights, or are based around a television character. But GeekDad from Wired magazine highlights some classic (albeit unusual) toys in his blog post The 5 Best Toys of All Time. The best part? Most are readily available now, especially as we turn to spring weather. Read it for a laugh. Read it for inspiration. Then think of some other "classic toys" you can introduce to your kids.