January 31, 2011 | robertsone
When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.
But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.
Pick up a juicy romance novel to get you in the Valentine's Day mood!
January 31, 2011 | Brad Czerniak
If you're on facebook and like books, DVDs, and all the other great things Canton Public Library provides, you'll probably be interested in our May We Suggest facebook page. We post recommendations from our expert staff: romance books, comedy DVDs, nonfiction and advice titles, and more. Along with that, we'd like to know what you're reading and whether you recommend other people to read it too. Join us on facebook for great recommendations.
January 31, 2011 | Anne Heidemann
January 30, 2011 | durbinm
The dark beauty and mysteries of nighttime are captured in Joyce Sidman's book Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night. The poems explore night creatures and other night life, letting readers "feel the breeze" of the evening. This quiet book, with prints by Rick Allen, is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book.
January 29, 2011 | barkerm
January 29, 2011 | mebbitt
Cookie Monster presents Sesame Street Science "Sink or Float." This YouTube video is an interactive science experiment where you can discover why things sink and why they float, all while learning the scientific method. Great for those beginning to experiment with science and those seasoned experimenters. For more information on why things sink or float check out these books.
January 27, 2011 | durbinm
Green is definitely not just a color for beans anymore. We all need to be "green" and take responsibility to care for our wonderful planet. Kids can be just as responsible as parents in this area by doing simple things like turning off the lights when they leave a room, or using both sides of a sheet of paper. Of course using the library is a fantastic way to be green, by using the books and sources we have, instead of buying new ones. There are also some great books at the library to help remind kids of the important part they can play in being green. Check out Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint, Uno's Garden, or The Lorax, which all are fun stories to read and help remind us to take care of our Earth.
January 24, 2011 | Marianne
Does your baby, toddler, or preschooler need help sleeping peacefully through the night? Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, has the guide for you. West's book, The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook will teach you techniques for giving your child a good night's rest. Covering the newborn stage up to age five, this book offers many solutions for the tired household. Check it out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.
January 21, 2011 | baluchr
January 18, 2011 | goulds
Check out the blog I posted on this super historical fiction book a couple months ago. It has been named a Newbery Honor Book. I know a winner when I read it! (Well… usually!)