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The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have special stories, a snack and a craft designed around a bear theme. Bring your favorite teddy bear and cuddle up for some fun on Tuesday, February 26, 4:00-4:45 PM. Registration begins January 25.

University of Michigan FRS Workshops: Everybody Cooks!

This year at CPL, the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three, fun Family Reading and Science workshops titled Just Like me: exploring culture, biology and the human experience. To tie in with their temporary exhibition at the museum called RACE: Are we so different? (February 2013-June 2013), they are focusing on and exploring how biology, anthropology, physics, geography and chemistry all play a part in race and culture.

We invite you to register for the second of three monthly workshops in the series titled Everybody Cooks! Exploring how geology, geography and human migration influenced food. The workshop takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will learn that every culture has a cuisine, but why do the same ingredients, cooking techniques or types of food pop up all over the world? Families will learn how geology and geography relate to food, what "cultural transmission" is, and will also get to make their very own bread starter. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins January 25.

Dear Rosa Parks

Join us Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 PM as we celebrate Black History Month and the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birth with speaker Gregory J. Reed, Esq.  Mr. Reed, an attorney, author and advocate, has helped preserve and tell the Rosa Parks story, as well as garner proper recognition for Ms. Parks' acts as a true hero of the equality movement.  He has a special tale to tell of advocating on her behalf to get her proper recognition via the Medal of Freedom and the new postage stamp being issued in her honor this month.  Mr. Reed will sign copies of his book, Quiet Strength: the Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation. 

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids. Big News coming up in the world of picture books! On Monday, January 28th the American Library Association will award the 75th Caldecott Medal for the best from Seattle WA (Hey! LB just went there!). The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually (that means every year) to the artist of the book with the best illustrations published during the previous year. I would think that would be a tough thing to decide. The committee that chooses the winner thinks so too, so they usually award Caldecott Honor Medals to the runners-up. 75 years is a really long time--like before your parents were born! To celebrate, I thought I'd share some of my favorite picture books from the past year. Here are the top 5 in no particular order:

Introduction to Pinterest

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 3:00 PM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).

2013 Storytime Changes

Starting on January 14, there will be a number of exciting changes to our Storytime roster! We will continue to offer Family Storytimes, add a second Baby Storytime, and unveil our Preschool Storytime sessions. Please read the information below to determine where your child will have the most fun, then follow the links to additional information about objectives and guidelines to create the best experience for your child.

Baby Storytime

Baby Storytime is intended for children who are 18 months and younger. An adult must accompany the baby to storytime which lasts approximately 30 minutes. In the Purple Room, registration required

Family Storytime

Family Storytime is intended for children who are 5 and younger. An adult must accompany the child to storytime which lasts approximately 30 minutes.
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Purple Room

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime is intended for children who are 3 to 5 years old. We encourage independence in the preschool storytime; children are welcome to attend this session without their caregiver. Caregivers must stay in the Children’s Library while the storytime takes place. If their caregiver decides to attend the session they are expected to take part in the storytime activities. Each Preschool Storytime session lasts approximately 30 minutes. In the Purple Room, registration required

All structured storytime sessions will be followed by a 30 minute open ABC Activity Time.

S.N.A.P. Posters: Last Call for beautiful art!

Action for EarthDid you have fun creating a beautiful work of art for our mural? If so, be sure to come and show us where your picture is on the mural and we can make sure you get a limited edition poster of your very own! Just stop in at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your poster. See you soon!

eBook Users Group

Are you a brand new eReader owner, or an old pro? Whatever your level of experience, we invite you to join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet Saturday, January 5th from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Help for eReader Users

So, you just got an eReader and now you need help figuring out how to use it.

eBook Users Group

Saturday, January 5, 2:00-3:00 PM or Tuesday, January 29, 7:00-8:30 PM. For experienced users or old pros. Drop in and share tips and tricks and learn how to use your eBook in an informal environment.

eBook Basics

Tuesday, January 8, 7:00-8:30 PM. Learn how to check out free library eBooks and read them on your Kindle, Nook or other device. Watch a live demo and try out a few different eReaders. Registration required.

How to Download Library eBooks to your Kindle

Wednesday, January 16, 10:00-11:30 AM. Kindle users, learn how to get the most out of your device, download free library books and more. Bring your Amazon account info. Registration required.

If you can't make it to a class, visit our eBooks page to see tips and instructional videos online. Or just stop it the library and ask at the Help Desk.

Snack Tales

Kids in grades 1-4, join us for Snack Tales on Saturday, January 26 from 2:00-2:45 PM. You will get a chance to listen to some great stories and cook up a tasty snack. Registration begins December 26. Please indicate any food allergies when registering.

Tween Service Corps January 2013

Are you in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, January 19 from 2:00-3:00 PM. See you there!

NHS Homework Help resumes January 7th

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

Michigan Science Center

Just in time for the holiday break, the Detroit Science Center reopens Wednesday, December 26th, as the Michigan Science Center .  Families with older children may find the grand opening special exhibit, Human Bodies: Anatomy in Motion, interesting. For the younger crowd, try Kids Town, the Chrysler IMAX dome, or take in a show at the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium. 

Make a Cyber Snowflake

While you are waiting for the snow to really start falling, create a few flakes of your own (like the one seen here) over on the Make-a-Flake website. Need inspiration? We have lots of books with beautiful pictures of actual snowflakes here at Canton Public Library.

What to Say…

Hearts are heavy with the tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT. Parents may wonder how to share such information with children, if at all. For resources on this subject visit Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting. Common Sense Media offers a website to help explain the newsmedia to kids. The late Fred Rogers also had great advice for parents in the midst of life's tragedies.

Picture Books about Snowmen

What falls, but never gets hurt? Snow, of course. It's that time of year again, when the snow falls and snowmen are made. Here are some fun picture books to help you make the best snowman on the block.

Bear in long underwear by Todd H. Doodler

Making a friend by Alison McGhee

Perfect snow by Barbara Reid

Reading Assistance Dog Program

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading to aloud to a dog. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM and is on first come, first serve basis. Sessions are 10 minutes long.

Program Date: January 28, 6:30-8:30 PM

Sports Facts

Who has the record for the most home runs in a season? Who holds the record for the most 3-pointers in their basketball career? All this cool sports trivia can be found in the pages of our Sports Illustrated Records Books in the Children's Reference section, and the children's circulating collection. These are really fun books to browse through at the library. Football and Hockey Records are available as well.

The ultimate collection of pro hockey records by Shane Frederick ; [Anthony Wacholtz, editor]

The ultimate collection of pro basketball records by Tyler Omoth

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins Thursday, December 27. We welcome you at one of the following sessions January 14-February 22:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Fridays 1:00-1:30 PM