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3rd Grade Book Discussion

Hey kids! Be sure to sign-up for the next 3rd grade Book Discussion. Registration starts at 9:00AM on Wednesday, May 5th and the Book Discussion will meet on Wednesday, May 19th at 5:00PM. This month's book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster. See you there!

Murder Will Out

Dateline April 28, 1930: Nancy Drew, Girl Detective debuts. 80 years later Nancy is still fighting crime, still bringing in the bad guys. More importantly serving as a strong, feminine role-model for thousands of girls. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, and Oprah Winfrey are fans of Carolyn Keene's creation. Nancy Drew novels have been published in 25 languages and over 200 million copies worldwide have been sold.

Making Science Fun

We just expanded our Science collection with two cool new DVD series that make learning science concepts fun! The first is Science of Disney Imagineering. This series uses attractions from the Most Magical Place on Earth — Disney World — to demonstrate things like Gravity, Magnetism, Trajectory and the like. The second is a familiar and well-loved science staple finally gracing the shelves here at CPL — Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill explains scientific concepts in funny, kid-accessible illustrations. Both of these video series often include experiment demonstrations that could be useful for Science Fair Projects. Take one home today!

Michigan Author Homecoming

The Michigan Humanities Council will present the 2010 Michigan Author Homecoming, "Writing War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam," with noted writers Benjamin Busch, Philip Caputo, and Doug Stanton
  • May 18 in East Lansing
  • May 20 in Marquette
The events will celebrate the conclusion of the Council’s Great Michigan Read. Each event will be a moderated, panel-style discussion focusing on the impact of war on culture, particularly in relation to recent United States conflicts (Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam). There will be a book signing. Tickets are available online or by phone at (517) 372-7770.

Ann Arbor Book Festival

Don't miss the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 14-16, featuring poetry readings, Breakfast with the Authors, writers' conferences, and culminating with the Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair on Sunday, May 16.

First Grade Book Discussion

The May edition of the First Grade Book Discussion will be on Monday, May 17th at 5:00PM. This month we will be reading and discussing Cinder Rabbit by Lynn E. Hazen. Come join us! Registration begins Monday, May 3rd at 9:00AM. After you register, pick up your book at the Children's Desk!

A Big Thank You

To Sharon Sanders and her team of volunteers from the youth group of Canton's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They did a fabulous job creating the adorable Spring bulletin boards in our Children's Department. If you haven't come to see them yet, make sure you do! Starting this year, Canton Public Library is seeking volunteer groups to create these bulletin boards on a quarterly basis. If your scout troop, youth group or other organization is interested in using your talents to create bulletin boards in the Children's Department, please contact Ruth Millard at millardr@cantonpl.org. All displays are subject to library approval and may become property of the library

Help your child with reading

The library has many wonderful resources to help parents take an active role in teaching their children to read. Literacy begins early. Reading aloud with your children, from birth to beyond when they can read on their own is important to fostering reading ability and enthusiasm. We have books such as The Read-Aloud Handbook and Baby read-aloud basics: fun and interactive ways to help your little one discover the world of words to help you get comfortable with that. You can also develop reading lessons at home that fit your child by using books like The reading lesson: the intelligent reading program for young children.

Gentle, Please!

The fish tank located in our Children's Department is often the first place many kids go to on a library visit. In order to keep our fish happy, they need a peaceful environment, including keeping the glass free from scratches so that everyone can enjoy viewing our aquatic friends. Please remember to use gentle hands around the tank, so that we can continue to enjoy our "library pets." Thank you!

Fishing Derby

Ahhh Spring! Nature is at it's best right now. Pack up your fishing gear and head over to the Canton Fishing Derby from 9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday May 1. Check out a great book on fishing basics at the library.

Key to Your Success College & Career Fair Tonight!

Tonight, May 3, 6:30-8 p.m., CPL welcomes over 20 colleges, institutes and specialty schools to the Summit on the Park ballroom for the second annual Key to Your Success night. This open house is perfect for high school students considering options for the fall and adults looking for retraining or a whole new career. Admissions associates will be on hand to provide information on programs, admissions requirements and more. Learn about options to finance your education from representatives of U of M-Dearborn, the Canton Community Foundation and the Michigan Education Trust. A partial list of attendees includes:

Reasons For Reading To Babies

Why is it important to read to your baby? You may think your baby is too young to truly benefit from being read to, but in reality, it's never too early to start. This article, Reading Books to Babies, outlines why every parent should make books a priority with their babies, and offers suggestions for how, when, and what to read. By starting a love of books at a young age, you will help pave the way for your child to become a reader for life.

Self-checkout Racing

We wanted to show just how fast and easy it is to self-check your items:

Last Week! Recycle Your Papers for Double Earnings.

From now through this Friday, April 30, all the recyclable paper you place in the library's bright green and yellow Paper Retriever bins (located in the southwest corner of the library parking lot), will generate double earnings for Canton Public Library. So gather up all your old newspapers, magazines, junk mail, school and office papers (cardboard and phone books are not accepted). We'll be happy to lighten your paper load while you help the library earn extra cash!

Key to Your Success College & Career Night

CANTON, MI — More than 20 colleges, institutes and specialty training schools are participating in the second annual Key to Your Success Open House sponsored by the Canton Public Library on Monday, May 3, 6:30-8:00PM at the Summit on the Park ballroom.

High school students and adults looking for retraining or a new career can gather information from traditional 4-year Michigan colleges, 2-year community colleges and specialty training programs for careers in health services, business, cosmetology, media arts, technology, the military and more. Admissions associates from each school will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Easy Recycling Reads

In honor of Earth Day, read a book about recycling. Here are a few easy-to-read choices:
  • Recycled! — a beginning reader story about recycling in the classroom
  • Choose To Reuse — a board book to teach even the very youngest about recycling
  • Reusing and Recycling — an easy-to-read nonfiction title about recycling household materials
Happy Earth Day! Be sure to recycle something today!

If you thought Talk Like a Pirate Day was fun....

You'll love Talk Like Shakespeare Day! It's celebrated this Friday, April 23rd in honor of Shakespeare's 446th birthday. So brush up your "thee", "thou", and "Methinks". Practice your Shakespearean insults so you'll be ready when the time is right. Pull that Renaissance Ruff out of your closet! And check the official website for other fun Shakespeare activities. Here's a fun clip from Sesame Street to get you in the mood!

Disneynature's Oceans

Oceans, the newest big screen documentary from Disneynature, will open in theaters — appropriately — on Earth Day, April 22. Using the latest underwater technologies, the film gives viewers an unprecedented look at the mysteries living beneath the seas which cover nearly three quarters of the earth's surface. In addition, for every viewer that sees the film during its opening week (April 22-28), Disneynature will make a contribution to The Nature Conservancy to save the world's coral reefs.

Target Family Night - Dinofun!

Families with children ages 4-9 can come and join us Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00PM for our Target Family Fun Night. This month, our program will be all about dinosaurs and presented by Cranbrook! Registration begins Wednesday, April 21st. Space is limited.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
So I have some happy news to share! There have been some exciting things happening. The first is that two weeks ago lots of the Children's Tween and Teen librarians went to a big library conference in Kalamazoo. They had to leave me and Miss Sandra in charge (but that's another story). While they were there, Miss Anna, one of our teen librarians won a very special award! It's called the Pletz Award. This mean that Miss Anna does a super great job working with all the teens! Great Job Miss Anna! I'm so proud of you!