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Make sure to check out these kid family video games for a night of fun with the kids. 

Explore a whole new world! Make your way to the goal pole on your own or with friends!.

Go undercover as officer Chase McCain using the Wii U GamePad controller, your ultimate detective tool..

Also available in: e-book

"The wildly popular 'Zoo Tycoon' series is fully reimagined and set to crank up the excitement, challenge and fun of building the ultimate zoo. Packed with a huge variety of visually stunning animals and incredibly detailed zoo environments. Create the zoo of your dreams with intuitive yet powerful controls designed for Zoo Tycoon fans of all ages." --. 

 

Also available for Nintendo DS and Xbox One 

This is the year to check out a new language with Mango

It is a New Year so why not learn a new language for free with your Canton Public Library card?

Mango Languages offers interactive lessons and applications for PC, MAC, Android, and iOS devices. Take a moment to check out Mango today!

Puberty and sex can be challenging topics to bring up with your child, but if you need some resources to help you, take a look at these. As with many nonfiction topics, these books will be located by others on the same or similar topics.

Not all books will be suitable for all readers.

Books for Younger Children

What makes a baby by Cory Silverberg

The Children's Library is now closed while the space is renovated and is expected to reopen in early April. Select materials have been relocated the the East End of the library. We will make every effort to provide you with the materials you need and encourage you to take advantage of the reciprocal borrowing privileges you have as a Canton Public Library cardholder. This is also a great time to check out the robust collection of e-media available for children, in print, audio and video formats. Children's programming will continue to be presented. 

Follow the progress of our construction on Facebook and Flickr, and join us in April for the grand reopening of the Children's Library.

We are beginning to move children's materials back into the Children's Library. If you need assistance locating an item, please see staff for assistance.

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 4. 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. Due to the renovation of the Children's Library all ABC Activity Time sessions wil take place in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Times, January 4-February 13:

Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM
Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM
Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 4. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Due to the renovations in the Children's Library all Family Storytimes will take place in the Community Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 4-February 13:
Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM
Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM
Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM
Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM

On the second Monday of each month, during 2016,  the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present selected Early  Learning Community workshops for parents, caregivers and daycare providers. Join us on Monday January 11 from 6:30-8:30PM to learn some Kitchen Art Fun.  Participants will learn about art as a development tool in young children and develop strategies to talk to children about art.

Preschool storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend or remain in the lobby area, as this storytime will be held in the community room during the renovation. Preschool storytime will begin Friday, January 8, 2:00-2:30 pm thru Friday, February 12. Registration is online and begins December 23rd. There will be no Monday morning Preschool Storytime during the renovation.

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.

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