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Rapunzel hits the big screen

Disney's new animated movie, Tangled, is releasing next week for Thanksgiving. It happens to be based on one of my favorite fairy tales, Rapunzel. If your kids aren't familiar with the tale, now would be the time to check it out! For a more off-beat introduction, try Falling For Rapunzel. It's a loose adaption of the story, but the pictures, the rhyme and the humor appeal to all ages. For older readers there's Rapunzel's Revenge, a graphic novel authored by Shannon Hale, who also wrote Princess Academy. This retelling sets the tale in the Wild West, and spunky Rapunzel's hair makes a great lasso.

Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2010

Every year, The New York Times Book Review asks a panel of judges to select ten picture books they consider to be the best children's picture books of the year. All of these books are available here at the Canton Public Library and are listed below.

Here comes the garbage barge! by written by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Red Nose Studio

Children make terrible pets by Peter Brown

Seasons by Blexbolex

Shadow by Suzy Lee

Embroidery Companion

Embroidery companion: classic designs for modern living: 30 projects in decorative embroidery, counted cross stitch, and crewelwork by Alicia Paulson — Paulson has a real knack for taking simple, classic techniques and giving them a contemporary edge. Her style is folksy but not dated. Keep up with her latest projects at her blog, Posie Gets Cozy.

Share Some Silliness with your Little One

If you're looking for something silly and short to share with your little one, take a look at the Sandra Boynton items in our collection. The board books are quick little reads: some have silly themes like belly buttons and others are fun stories about animals. If you're looking for children's music that won't drive you crazy, Philadelphia Chickens is my favorite. The songs aren't obnoxious, but they are catchy enough that you'll remember them later if you need to entertain your baby on the go.

Sleepy Sheep Registration

Hey kids! If you are between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, register for our Sleepy Sheep Program! The program will be Monday, November 29th from 7:00-7:45PM. Come in your PJ's to hear stories about some very sleepy sheep, make a craft, and enjoy a slumbertime snack. This program is open to the child and their caregiver. Registration starts Monday, November 15th!

Art That Moves

Art That Moves: Animation Around the World by John Bliss is a new book in our Children's Nonfiction collection. Not only does it explore the history of animation, different types of animation, and how animation works; but it also has cool photographs and activities you can try at home! Be sure to keep an eye out for it on our New Book Shelf. Enjoy!

Fun with Books

Too old for Storytime but not quite ready for a book discussion? We have just the right program for you! Join us for Fun with Books on November 27th at 2:00PM. This new program is designed to get early readers excited about books and reading. Kids in kindergarten and first grade will hear a story and engage in discussion and literacy activities based on that book. Registration begins Saturday, November 13th.

Mother Daughter Book Discussion

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a Giving Hope Women's Giving Circle Grant. Money from this grant is used for this Mother Daughter Book Discussion, a group for girls and their mothers or other significant women in their lives. Register online today!
This month's book selection is Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
Program Date: Saturday, November 20, 4:00-5:00PM

25th Anniversary of Les Miserables

Canton Cinema on Ford Road is participating with theaters across the U.S. in a one-night only showing of the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables from London. For those of us who cannot make London, it will be shown at the Cinema at 7:30PM on Wednesday, November 17. Tickets are available for purchase anytime prior to the showing for $10.00. If you love "Les Miz" this is one show you will not want to miss!

Storytimes at the Canton Public Library

Storytimes provide opportunity for parents to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. At Storytime, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning. Register up for a Family Storytime today or attend one of our Drop-In Storytimes.

Jill Eaton's Knitting School

Jil Eaton's knitting school : the complete guide to becoming a confident knitter by Jil Eaton ; photographs by Nina Fuller — This book has everything the beginning knitter needs to know, and illustrates it all with clear color photographs and drawings. There are also some neat beginner projects, way more interesting than the typical scarf, though that's included, too. Who thought their first project could be a hand puppet? It can be!

Great Fall books for Children

Looking for great Fall stories to read to your little ones? If so, these books,

Pumpkins : a story for a field by written by Mary Lyn Ray ; illustrated by Barry Root

Apples and pumpkins by Anne Rockwell ; pictures by Lizzy Rockwell

Too many pumpkins by Linda White ; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

could be just what you're looking for. My granddaughter sure loved them.

No-Bake Recipes For Kids

Kids in grades 2-4 can learn how to create some yummy no-cook, no-bake snacks. Register online now.
Program Date: November 22, 7:00PM

Get Up and Move to the Music

Are you looking for some ways to keep your children busy at home as the temperature outside turns colder, and you find yourself inside more? Here are some CDs that feature stories, songs, dances, and movement exercises for children, babies on up. Try a few out and stay active!

We're going on a bear hunt story by Michael Rosen

Leaping literacy: rhythm sticks, ribbons, & games for reading readiness by Pam Schiller

Preschool action time: activities and finger plays by Carol Hammett

Nursery rhyme time: songs, rhymes and movement activities created by Georgiana Stewart

Diaper gym: fun activities for babies on the move by presented by Playful Parenting; activities created by Priscilla Hegner & Rose Grasselli]

Stitched So Cute

Stitched so cute! by Mary Engelbreit — Parents or grandparents looking for cute projects to decorate their children's rooms, look no further. Everyone else, there are also a lot of adorable projects here for you, too! Complete with patterns and instructions, this book offers the tools to make the projects pictured and then expand to your own original ideas. The toadstool pincushion is my favorite, what's yours?

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Don't panic! If you come to the library this weekend, you probably won't see me. I'm not sick or hurt, and I didn't get grounded. I'm on vacation! I'm off to visit some friends, and I have to pick up LB from his latest trip. But I'll be back on Tuesday. I hope you kiddos who are coming to the library on Monday for storytime have a wonderful time. Hey did you know that Monday starts National Young Reader's Week! Storytime is a great way to celebrate.
Well, I just didn't want you all to worry. See you soon!
Until then,
Bear Hugs!

Dare to Be Square Quilting

Dare to be square quilting : a block-by-block guide to making patchwork and quilts by Boo Davis — This guide to quilt-making lays out the basics for the beginner and offers some really cool project ideas and patterns. Watch a trailer for the book to see some of the neat designs.

National Sandwich Day

Did you know that November 3 is National Sandwich Day? Legend has it that Englishman John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, created the first sandwich in 1762 by putting meat between two pieces of bread. Celebrate National Sandwich Day by eating your favorite, or inventing a new kind of sandwich. Find some inspiration in this Super Sandwiches cookbook.

Brave New Knits

Brave new knits : 26 projects and personalities from the knitting blogosphere by Julie Turjoman ; foreword by Jessica Marshall Forbes ; photography by Jared Flood — If you follow knitting blogs, many of the names here will sound familiar: Stefanie Japel, Shannon Okey, Hilary Smith Callis, and more. Included here are many sweaters (lots of them cardigans), hats, scarves, socks, and more.

"Stuff the Truck" Diaper Drive November 17 & 18

Last year, you helped us collect over 17,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank. This year, we're going for a truck full. Fat Chef in a Little Coat owners Steve and David Hulett have donated a truck for the cause and our director, Eva Davis, will camp out while we fill it.

We're asking for your help to "Stuff the Truck" so bring diapers, any brand or size, baby through adult, to the library on November 17 and 18. Open packages, pull ups and swim diapers are all acceptable; if diapers are loose, please label with the size.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a nonprofit charitable organization serving SE Michigan to meet the need for diapers at partner agencies working with people in crisis. Please help support those in need in our community with your donation.