Parents

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 4. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. Due to the renovation of the Children's Library all ABC Activity Time sessions wil take place in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Times, January 4-February 13:

Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 4. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Due to the renovations in the Children's Library all Family Storytimes will take place in the Community Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 4-February 13:
Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM
Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM
Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM
Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM

On the second Monday of each month, during 2016,  the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present selected Early  Learning Community workshops for parents, caregivers and daycare providers. Join us on Monday January 11 from 6:30-8:30PM to learn some Kitchen Art Fun.  Participants will learn about art as a development tool in young children and develop strategies to talk to children about art.

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend or remain in the lobby area, as this storytime will be held in the community room during the renovation. Preschool storytime will begin Friday, January 8, 2:00-2:30 pm thru Friday, February 12. Registration is online and begins December 23rd. There will be no Monday morning Preschool Storytime during the renovation.

We're happy to announce the start of the Children's Department remodeling project in January 2016.  Due to our limited meeting space during this time, instead of meeting on a monthly basis we’ll be emailing our list when volunteer opportunities arise. You can sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis for those hands on events from January through May 2016. We’ll update the monthly calendar when regular meetings will begin again. 

 If you would like to be added to our email list, submit your information to the librarians or by using our online form, located in the volunteer section on our website.

We truly appreciate the great assistance from our tween volunteers, and want to direct you to other volunteer opportunities in the area. Some great resources in your search are:

 

PB&J Club: http://pbjoutreach.org/volunteer/

Open Door Ministry Food Pantry takes volunteers of all ages on a weekly basis on Thursday evenings: http://www.opendoorfoodministry.org/wanttohelp.php

For other opportunities, the city maintains a list of local volunteer opportunities at http://www.canton-mi.org/582/Volunteer-Scholarship-Opportunities

 

Please contact me, Michelle, or Amelia at (734) 397-0999 with any questions.

 

 

 

Did you miss our Toys storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a toy themed storytime of your own. The books with stars before the title were shared this evening. It can be a good opportunity to talk with children about sharing, losing, or forgoing toys they have outgrown as times for new toys approach, like birthdays or the holidays.

We also danced to Toy Boat by Jim Gill from his Irrational Anthem CD and found our missing teddy bear hiding under different colored circles. We used a flannel board, but you could do the same thing with pots, boxes, or pillow cases.

Little Bear, Little Bear
Where is Little Bear?
Could he be hiding under
the blue circle there?

* Train! by Judi Abbot

A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself. Also available as a board book.

* Where's my teddy? by Jez Alborough

When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.

Hey kids! We're getting ready for a big renovation in the Children's Department. You might have already noticed some of our children's materials have moved down to the East Wing. Well, books, DVDs, and video games aren't the only things moving - the fish tank is moving, too! For the next few months, you'll be able to come visit the fish in their temporary new home near our Group Study Rooms. Make sure to walk down to the East Wing and say hi to our fish friends so they don't get lonely!

Did you miss our Bedtime storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a sleepy storytime of your own.

From Storytime

Bedtime is a great time for a rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

Hoopla Now Available to Stream to Chromecast

Hoopla Digital has always been compatible with Apple TV, and many simply connect their mobile devices to their television sets via HDMI. While these options are still available, they now offer an additional option: *Chromecast Compatibility!

Click here to check out Hoopla Digital and the rest of our eMedia offerings.

*For those of you that are not familiar, Chromecast is a device that you may purchase from a retail store or online that plugs into the HDMI port on your home television. It is powered by a USB cable that comes with the product and allows you to use a smartphone or tablet as a remote control!

Information provided by Hoopla Digital

Free Language Learning Programs and Applications with Mango


Did you know that you could get free language materials and even an application for your computer, smartphone, or tablet with your Canton Public Library Card? Well now that you know you need to jump on board and check out Mango Languages. Click here to see what you can do with Mango Languages and your Canton Library card.

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