Parents

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.

Where's my t-r-u-c-k? by Karen Beaumont

Tommy searches the entire house to find his lost toy truck and while he casts aside the possible substitutions offered up by his family, Tommy's dog Bowser reaps the benefits.

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."

I dare you not to yawn by Hélène Boudreau

A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning, from a dozing dog and a cuddly blanket to endearing baby orangutans who stretch out long arms for a nighttime hug.

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.

Share a Story: All About Me Storytime

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

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 

     I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me. 
     I can make them do things, would you like to see? 
     I can shut them up tight;
I can open them wide; 
     I can put them together;
And I can make them all hide. 
     I can put them up high;
I can put them down low; 
     I can fold them together,
And hold them just so.
     Source: rif.org
Another fun action song to try: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Happy in our skin by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Wild about us! by written by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Janet Stevens

Happy 141st Birthday Lucy Maud Montgomery!

Happy 141st Birthday to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the Anne Books. 
Anne Shirley, star of the novel, Anne of Green Gables, is an orphan who comes to live with the Cuthberts on Prince Edward Island. However, they were hoping for a boy! Anne is out to prove that she is better than any boy could be. Will Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert fall in love with Anne and keep her? Read the stories or watch to movies to find out! Enjoy!

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery ; with a new afterword by Jennifer Lee Carrell

Anne of Green Gables [videodisc] by a Kevin Sullivan production ; screen adaptation by Kevin Sullivan and Joe Wiesenfeld ; produced by Kevin Sullivan and Ian McDougall ; directed by Kevin Sullivan.

Share a Story: Pumpkin Storytime

Did you miss our pumpkin storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a squash storytime of your own. It can be hard to find pumpkin stories that aren't focused on Halloween, but most of these stories manage to incorporate pumpkins without the holiday.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 

   Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
   The first one says, "oh my, it's getting late!"
   The second one says, "there is frost in the air."
   The third one says, "but we don't care!"
   The fourth one says, "let's run and run and run."
   The fifth one says, "are you ready for some fun?"
   Then woooooo went the wind and OUT (with a clap) went the lights,
   And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Pumpkin time! by written by Erzsi Deàk ; illustrated by Doug Cushman

Books For Babies - Colors

Infants generally have good color vision by five months of age.  They especially like bright shades of red, yellow and blue. 

Try these titles to give your baby some color stimulation and enhance their visual perception:

Are you eating something red? by [by Harriet Ziefert ; illustrated by] Ryan Sias

Circles by Yusuke Yonezu

Red pepper, yellow squash: a book of colors by concept by Rebecca Bondor

Zoom: a fast-paced book of colors by text by John Litton ; illustrations by Fhiona Galloway

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