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Lunch Box Cookery

Bored with the same old brown-bag lunches? Can't take the thought of another plain PBJ or tuna-fish sandwich? Grab some lunch box cookbooks to help you out. Find something new for those weekday lunches at school, or some fresh ideas for lunchtime at home. Check out some of these books listed below for inspiration.

Brown bag success: making healthy lunches your kids won't trade by Sandra K. Nissenberg and Barbara N. Pearl

Paula Deen's cookbook for the lunch-box set by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit; illustrated by Susan Mitchell

Walk-around tacos: and other likeable lunches by Nick Fauchald; illustrated by Rick Peterson

Fairy tale lunches: a cookbook for young readers and eaters by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Philippe Béha.

Drives of a Lifetime by National Geographic

Drives of a lifetime: 500 of the world's most spectacular trips — This lavishly illustrated, hardcover travel planner gives you every bit of information you'll need to navigate 400 amazing driving routes in some of the world's most fascinating locales. This practical travel planner provides specific, in-depth descriptions of the sights each drive offers. A clear, detailed, easy-to-read map of each route. Useful information on the best time to travel. And insider tips to help you get the most out of every fabulous trip. Abundant sidebars call your attention to standout sights along the drive or entertaining background information on the region and its culture. While handy indeed as a planner, Drives of a Lifetime doubles as a full-color gift book with more than 200 dazzling, large-format photos and crisp, evocative text that will enchant armchair travelers.

Thorndyke's Book discussion

Hey Kids! If you've been following Thorndyke's Thoughts you know that he recently made a new friend! Thorndyke and his new friend Sleepy Bear are reading a book together and they want you to join them. Children in first and second grade are invited to join us at 2:00PM on Wednesday, February 23rd. We'll read Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend and have some activities based on that book. Then we'll discuss the story online with Sleepy Bear and his friend Miss Kathleen. Come join us! Registration is not required.

Winter Break Fun!

Enjoy your Winter Break at the Canton Public Library!

Tuesday, February 22

Board Game Fun — 1:00-3:00PM — Play chess, test your Yu Gi Oh skills, create with Legos.

Wednesday, February 23

Thorndyke's Book Discussion — 2:00-2:45PM — Get together with other first and second graders to read and talk about a great book! You do not have to read the book before coming to the program.
Wild About Mo Willems — 7:00-7:45PM — If you love the Pigeon books, or have your own Knuffle Bunny, you will enjoy this night of fun with Mo Willems books. Kids ages 5-8 are invited to join in the fun.

Thursday, February 24

All Ages Open Videogaming — 1:00PM-3:00PM — Children, tweens and teens can unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. No registration required.
Night in Narnia — 7:00-7:45PM — Kids, ages 8-11, set sail on the high seas as we celebrate the release of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with crafts, songs, dancing and food. Join us at the library for a fun celebration beginning at 5:00PM with crafts for the kids followed by snacks and entertainment; at 7:00PM for everyone. This should be a great Chinese New Year for everyone. No registration is needed for this February 17th event.

Loving our Pets

February is not just for Valentine's Day. It's also Responsible pet owners month. All those squeaky guinea pigs and fluffy kittens our relying on you, their owners, to take good care of them. You can also learn about different kinds of pets to have from library books like, Extreme Pets or The House of a Million Pets. Are you taking good care of your special pet?

Write On!

Learning to be a writer takes a lot of practice, whether you're a kid or an adult. Learning to be a nonfiction writer takes research and asking lots of questions. If you would like to learn how to write books for kids check out Writing World for tips on good writing. Author Fiona Bayrock's website is another good site to get information on writing nonfiction for children.

The New Frugality

The new frugality : how to consume less, save more, and live better by Chris Farrell — Are you looking for small changes you can make in your everyday life to save money? Perhaps to streamline things so that life feels less complicated? This book has many great tips based on a philosophy of living with a "margin of safety" and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Many of the ideas here seem like common sense but that you might not have thought about.

Did you know…

The UK's National Literacy Trust has confirmed what we already know, that youngsters who use the library are likely to be better readers. Canton Public Library has lots of resources that make reading fun. Book and Puppet kits allow kids to act out a story after it's been read to them. Book and CD kits lets kids follow along with a reader and are great for long car trips. And don't forget to check out our Kids Booklist page, which has lots of suggestions on topics of interest for all ages. Happy Reading!

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