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Register for Ice Blast on July 16th!

Hey everyone! If you are in Kindergarten to grade 2, registration opens Friday, July 2nd, for the Ice Blast program! Be sure to get a space in this fun program and join us as we have fun beating the heat in this ice themed program! See you there!
[Image courtesy of Kyle May]

Move over Babelfish!

Traveling to a non-English speaking country this summer? Getting letters from a pen pal or family member in a language you're learning? Feeling a little shaky with your translation?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this cool online translation dictionary. You can also click on the suggested definitions to see how they're pronounced.
They currently offer 28 dictionaries, including Arabic and Hindi, as well as European languages.

Second Grade Book Discussion

Registration for the July edition of our Second Grade Book discussion begins today. It will be on Wednesday, July 14th at 2:00PM. We will be reading Song Lee in Room 2B by Suzy Kline. If you love Horrible Harry, you will love this book! After you register, come to the library to pick up your copy! Then join us for some snacks and great discussion on July 14th!

Dogs and Poetry

Do you love dogs? Do you love poetry? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then head over to the Children's New Book Shelf and check out our newest poetry book full of doggie poems, Name that Dog: Puppy Poems from A to Z! Who knows...it just might inspire you to write your own ode to to your favorite dog. Happy reading!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Thorndyke here! I am so enjoying seeing all of you here at the library! I hope you are having a great summer! As promised, here's the latest update of what LB has been up to. This time he went some where local, the Toledo Zoo! And he got to see some REAL bears! Did you know that the Toledo Zoo has a new polar bear cub? In fact, he's the only polar bear cub in the whole US! And there's a whole website about him! Isn't it cool to have something so neat so close to home? Makes me want to check out some books about polar bear books! Sometimes the librarians say that they work in a zoo, but they're just joking... I think.
LB's been here at the library for a week or so, but he's gearing up to go on another big adventure soon! The people here at the library sure love taking him on their trips! He's a pretty popular bear! I'll give you a hint to where he's headed next. It's not in the USA, but you can get there by car! Where do you think he's going? Tell me your guesses!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
As promised, here's an update on where LB has been! Did you make a guess about where he was headed? He just got back from Williamsburg Virginia! Were you right? LB came back with this really great letter about where he'd been, which he said I could share with you...

Wow! It's only mid June and I've already become a well-traveled bear! I had a great time up north with Ms. Ophelia and after a short stop back at CPL, I was on my way south on a road trip with Ms. Jeanine and her daughter. We left June 10th and drove all the way to Williamsburg, VA, in one day (about 12 hours driving)! We stayed at the Patrick Henry Inn, just a short walk from Colonial Williamsburg. (Patrick Henry was the patriot famous for saying, "Give me liberty or give me death!") The next morning, we visited the Yankee Candle "flagship" location in Williamsburg. They have a really cool room that looks like a starry sky at night, and every 15 minutes it "snows" right in the room! I made myself right at home in the shop full of stuffed animals. Needless to say, there are a lot more than candles at the Yankee Candle complex!

In the afternoon, we stepped back in time and walked through Colonial Williamsburg. It looks a lot like it did back in the late 1700s, around the time of the Revolutionary War. At the town hall, Ms. Jeannine put me in the stocks (where they used to punish convicted criminals), but it was just for fun, because I'm a really good bear! We also visited the campus of William and Mary College, the second oldest college in the country and the place where Thomas Jefferson earned his law degree. We later had dinner at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, where George Washington himself often dined! Then at night, we took a "Ghosts of Williamsburg" candlelight tour — kinda scary, but I'm a really brave little bear! No ghosts were spotted that night...whew!

Saturday morning, we were back on the road, this time to Kill Devil Hills, NC, which was the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful airplane flight and literally "flew" into the history books! They picked Devil Hills because it's a flat, sandy and very windy island on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. It's a great place to fly kites, too! I got a taste of salty air and ocean breezes on the beach and wanted to stay all day, but unfortunately, they don't make sunscreen for bears. :-( . Ms. Jeanine's daughter gets to spend all summer in Kill Devil Hills (she has a summer job there), but Ms. Jeanine had to get back to Michigan and CPL, so we flew Monday evening from Norfolk, VA, to Detroit. Hmmmm, maybe I should sign up for frequent flyer miles so I can get a free airplane trip later in the year!

love,
LB

Wow! What a fun adventure! Thanks Ms. Jeanine for taking LB with you! Now I've got a whole bunch of new places to read about. Remember, you can see all the pictures from LB's adventure on the library's flickr account. LB left on another fun adventure almost as soon as he got home. This time it was somewhere more local. I'll give you a hint, there's lots of animals and it starts with the letter Z! Can you guess?

Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Register Saturday June 26th for Stellar Science Saturday

If you like science and are looking for a great time, join us Saturday July 10th from 11:00-11:45AM for our Stellar Science Program! We'll have a great time exploring, learning, and discovering the world of science. Program is open to children in the 3rd through 6th grade. Registration starts Saturday June 26th. See you there!

June 24 is International Fairy Day

Did you know that June 24th is International Fairy Day? It's true! Celebrate by reading some books about your favorite fairies. We have the Rainbow Magic series , as well as other books about fairies in both the fiction and nonfiction sections of the Children's Department. Check some out and enjoy the magic and sparkles that fairies bring to you.

Happy anniversary to the Post-it Note

The Post-It Note will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. This was an accidental invention and is now a popular office supply item. We have a few materials that feature the post-it:

Why didn't I think of that? : 101 inventions that changed the world by hardly trying by Anthony Rubino, Jr

Accidental inventions [videodisc] : 10 inventions, 10 extraordinary stories

State Book

Who Knew?
Michigan has an officially recognized state book titled "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" by Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Krankenhuyzen. Read the book and earn a drawing slip for Summer Reading which qualifies for a non-fiction read about Michigan. Good Luck!

Jim Gill Ticket Winners

The Jim Gill ticket contest has ended. Thanks for participating. Our winners are Stephanie Charlefour, Linda Westphal,
Nikki Anthony Thomas, Shirin Khan, Karam ALrousan and Wendy Williams. Claim your tickets at the Children's Desk by 9:30 a.m. on June 24. Please bring a picture ID.

Project SNAP Mural

Thank you to everyone created artwork that helped design the mural created by Project S.N.A.P. The mural was unveiled yesterday and is hung on the wall outside the Children's Library. If you created artwork for the mural, you can find the exact location of your picture in the web gallery. Next time you're in the library take a look at this wonderful piece of art.

Summer Reading 2010

Summer Reading is now in full swing! Canton Public Library has programs for babies, listeners, readers, tweens, teens, and adults, so everyone can join in the fun. At each age group we have great prizes and activities, so if you like reading and/or winning things, you'll really like what we have in store.

Come in to the library any time this week and join us in the Community Room to register and find out about the program. We'll also have special events and some extra-special visitors, so coming to the library could be a wonderful surprise! If you can't make it, registration will be available at any reference desk until Wednesday, August 11.

New this year is our online Summer Reading version. You can log in to your account or create a new one and instantly register and participate in the festivities.

Along with colorful, interactive online logs, you're also provided with targeted suggestions for many of the activities. These blogs posts are available all in one place and at our Summer Reading Blog [RSS feed].

To Participate Online

It's easy! After you log in, just hit the 'yes' button in the Summer Reading box at the top of your account page. If you don't see the box, you may be in your Patron Record. We have website accounts, which is where you want to be.

When you hit the button you'll go to a page where you can guess the number of seashells in our guessing case. Guess the number of shells for a chance at a great prize!

After that you'll go to your log. There's a drop-down menu for age level. Select your age group and then save your log. You'll now see custom graphics for your log as well as the specific suggestions for your activities.

If you wish to view or edit your log at any time, a link is available on your "My Account" page. It's that easy!

Check back often for blog posts and other Summer Reading updates here on the Canton Public Library website.

Children's Books Turned Into Movies

Here are some excellent books that have been turned into excellent movies.

Charlotte's web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

Anne of Green Gables. 1 by L.M. Montgomery ; illustrated by Scott McKowen

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Great Outdoor Reads for You and Your Baby

Going outside? Turn it into a fun reading and learning experience with these books.

The bunnies' picnic by Lezlie Evans ; illustrations by Kay Chorao

The best picnic ever by Clare Jarrett

Picnic by Mick Inkpen; illustrated by Stuart Trotter

Books For Your Baby's ABCs

Here is a collection of alphabet books to share with your child.

ABC, I like me! by Nancy Carlson

Alligator alphabet by written by Stella Blackstone; illustrated by Stephanie Bauer

Alpha oops!: the day Z went first by Alethea Kontis; illustrated by Bob Kolar

Fishy Books

With books like these, who needs a Nemo movie?

A fishy story by text by Gail Donovan ; illustrations by David Austin Clar Studio

Hooray for fish! by Lucy Cousins

Professor Bumble and the monster of the deep by Daniel Napp ; translated by Hilary Schmitt-Thomas

Bathtime Books

Great bath time reads, although we don't recommend taking them into the tub with you.

Bathtime piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

The fish is me : bathtime rhymes by selected by Neil Philip ; illustrated by Claire Henley

Kid tea by Elizabeth Ficocelli ; illustrated by Glin Dibley

Rainy Day Reads

Fun fiction reads about rain and rainy days

Rain, rain, go away by adapted by Catherine Lukas ; illustrated by Susan Hall

The happy rain by Jack Sendak ; pictures by Maurice Sendak

One rainy day by M. Christina Butler ; illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Mysteries for Tweens

Here are some great reads with a real whodunnit sort of vibe.

Shakespeare's secret by Elise Broach

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley; pictures by Peter Ferguson

Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce