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September is Classical Music Month

Classical music speaks both to the mind and to the heart, giving us something to think about as well as to experience.

—William J. Clinton, President of the United States, 1993-2001

Celebrate opening night at one of the many concerts offered throughout the month of September.The painting, featured above, is Attributes of Music by Anne Vallayer-Coster (1770)

Amity Blamity by Mike White

Amity Blamity. Vol. one by Mike White — If you are looking for a normal adventure, this is not the graphic novel for you. However, if you want to read about a talking pig, Chester, his silent sidekick, Gretchen, and her unstable uncle, this is the book for you. Join them on their adventures to discover just who the mysterious white, fluffy, floaty beings are that have invaded their farm and how they are going to keep Uncle Downey from hurting himself as he tries to catch them.

Learn About Seasons

'Tis the end of summer and fall is coming! Each season in Michigan has its own beauty and special celebrations. Learn more about seasons from these great books in the Children's Library.

Book and CD Kits for Kids

Listen and read along with one of our J Book/CD Kits. You can find them near the music CDs in the Children's Department. Pick some up today for a car trip or for listening at home. Here's a list of some popular choices:

Chrysanthemum [kit] by Kevin Henkes

Amelia Bedelia [kit] by Peggy Parish

A fine, fine school [kit] by Sharon Creech

6th Grade Books

The dragon turn by Shane Peacock

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The alchemyst by Michael Scott

Wildwood by Colin Meloy; illustrations by Carson Ellis

New Babies

Is there a new baby in your house? Read some picture books about older siblings and how they adjust to all the changes that a new baby brings.

Sophie and the new baby by Laurence Anholt; illustrated by Catherine Anholt

Hi, new baby! by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley

Brand-new baby blues by words by Kathi Appelt; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Great Fifth Grade Reads

Take a look at some great books for fifth graders:

The underneath by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by David Small

An unremarkable boy and a rather remarkable ghost by Louise Arnold

Dragon's breath by E.D. Baker

Meeting Minutes — August 16, 2012

The Chairperson, Don Turner, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM

Present: J. Fausone, K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken

Great First Grade Reads

First graders, here are some great books just for you!

Young Cam Jansen and the missing cookie by David A. Adler; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Inside, outside, upside down by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Mine's the best by Crosby Bonsall

Family LEGO day

Join us Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 PM in the Community Room to build the CPL Story Land. To coincide with the Your Dream Library Contest, we will be building vehicles, settings, and other items from your favorite stories. Build the Shrieking Shack, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, or James' Giant Peach. Later, we'll catalogue your entries for future inspiration.

Don't forget to nominate Canton Public Library for the LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! Project.

While this program does not require registration, it does involve complex assembly and small pieces, and as such is intended for kids in third grade and up only.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months with a caregiver, these storytimes feature simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Six-week session begins September 11, 10:00 AM

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 10. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver. Storytimes are held in the Community Room and do not require registration. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

September 10-October 20

  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM and 1:00-1:30 PM
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM and 7:00-7:30 AM
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Fridays 10:00-10:30 AM

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin September 10. 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. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

September 10-October 20

  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM and 1:30-2:00 PM
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM and 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Fridays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM in the Purple Room

Snack Tales

What happens when you combine great stories with an easy-to-make treat? You get "Snack Tales!" Join us Saturday, September 8th at 2:00 PM to enjoy a sweet mid-day snack based on a fun story.

Registration begins August 27th at 9:00 AM. Please indicate any food allergies in the notes field when registering. CPL librarians worked hard to tailor this program for a specific age group, so Snack Tales is for kids in grades K-4 only, with a caregiver.

Great Fourth Grade Reads

Looking for some great Fourth Grade reads? Try some of these:

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; illustrations by Patricia Castelao

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume; illustrated by Roy Doty

Second Grade Books

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Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Dodsworth in Rome by written and illustrated by Tim Egan

Mr.

Great Third Grade Reads!

Are you in Third Grade and looking for a great book to read? Check out these great books:

Please write in this book by Mary Amato; illustrated by Eric Brace

Brand-new school, brave new Ruby by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Ivy and Bean by written by Annie Barrows; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Kindergarten Books

Parts by Tedd Arnold

Franklin goes to school by [written by] Paulette Bourgeois; [illustrated by] Brenda Clark

Snowmen at night by Caralyn Buehner; pictures by Mark Buehner

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

LEGO Contest Reception

Calling all LEGO lovers! Join us Monday, September 10th at 5:00 PM in the Purple Room for a special viewing reception of our LEGO contest participants' creations. Participants will be showing off their 'Dream Library' to the Canton community.

Jean Merrill, Children's Book Author, Dies at 89

Merrill is best known for two popular children's books, The Pushcart War (1972) and The Toothpaste Millionaire (1972), but wrote more than 30 books and twelve movie scripts for animated adaptations of her work. A common theme in her stories is that of an underdog overcoming the constraints of the established social and economic order. Merrill grew up on a farm in upstate New York and preferred outdoor activities, such as building forts, sledding, collecting fossils, and climbing silos, to playing inside with manufactured toys and being watched by adults. She died of cancer at her home in Vermont on August 2, 2012.

The pushcart war by Jean Merrill ; with illustrations by Ronni Solbert