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Canton Super Speller!

Congratulations are in order for Canton Charter School student Siddharth Varanasi! A resident of Canton Township, Siddharth, 11, just won the Detroit News Spelling Bee this past weekend and will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this June! If you're interested in learning more about the kinds of words used in these competitions, check out the Scripps/Merriam-Webster study site or one of the library's many dictionaries! Happy spelling!

Save Food, Save Money

Do you know how much food you throw away each year? Ever wonder how much that's costing you? A new website, Love Food Hate Waste, has a ton of great information about how we can save money by wasting less. There are tips for making fresh produce last longer, recipes for using up the little bits of various foods you might have left over, and you can even add your own tips and join the community of folks to discuss and ask questions.

Photo by svacher used under Creative Commons license

Pathway Pals

Get your bikes and hiking boots ready! The I-275 Pathway is receiving a major facelift in 2010. Work on portions of the trail is expected to start in the spring.

MDOT is hosting an open house to explain the planned improvements to the Hines Drive-Michigan Avenue sections from 6:00-8:00PM on Tuesday, March 2nd in the Freedom Room of the Canton Township Administrative Building on Canton Center Rd. south of Cherry Hill.

Check out Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance for more info.

Felties

Felties: How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends by Nelly Pailloux

Felt is such a versatile and easy to work with material. It's perfect for small projects like these adorable felt figures. You only need some basic hand-sewing skills and you can whip up a passel of pals from felt and materials you probably have around the house.

Strand Magazine Critics Awards Nominees

The Strand Magazine has announced its nominees for the 2009 Strand Magazine Critics Awards. The awards will be presented in the categories of Best Novel and Best First Novel at an invitation-only cocktail party, hosted by The Strand on July 7, 2010, in New York City.

Coming to PBS: Sherlock Holmes & Aurelio Zen Mysteries

MASTERPIECE on PBS and BBC Worldwide Sales and Distribution, Americas have announced a major co-production deal that includes Sherlock, a Sherlock Holmes with a 21st. century spin on it and three Aurelio Zen mysteries based on the series written by Michael Didbin (1947-2007).

Snowboard Swooshing!

Wow, to just take a look outside is breathtaking. I love the snow and these past few days we certainly have gotten our fair share. Sometimes I stare at it and wonder, wouldn't snowboarding just be a blast on all this snow! I have never actually snowboarded, so I better check out some of these books on snowboarding! Be sure to check them out too. Happy swooshing!

Motawi Tile Program

Karim Motawi from the Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor gives a presentation on tile making, after which caregiver and child, 5th grade and older, can craft a tile. Register online today.
Program Date: Sunday, February 28, 1:00-2:00PM

Winter Farmers Market? In Canton?!

No, you’re not dreaming! This Sunday, February 28, visit the Canton “Mini” Farmers Market anytime between 10:00AM and 2:00PM inside the Cady-Boyer Barn at Preservation Park (500 N. Ridge Rd. just north of Cherry Hill Rd.). Buy local foods and select Michigan-made products, including apples, cider, honey, eggs, cheese, grass-fed meats, jerky, smoked fish and meats, jams, baked goods, pasta and BBQ sauces, salsa — even dog treats! Also, mark your calendar for the other two “Mini” Market dates: Sundays, March 28 and April 25. For more details, visit cantonfun.org.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids!
No, I haven't shrunk! Remember my little friend LB? Well he had himself an adventure recently. He snuck into a librarian's suitcase and traveled all the way to the Dominican Republic! Man, he's so lucky to be travel size. I think someone would notice if I tried to do something like that. Any who, LB told me all about the fun things that he did. Sounds like the DR is a pretty fun place! You should check out some of the books we have at the library and read about it!

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Monday, March 8, 2010, 7:00-7:30PM
Book Title: Chalk Box Kid by Clyde Bulla

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010, 1:00-1:30PM
Book Title: Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline

Glamour Dogs

Glamour DogsGlamour Dogs by Catherine Ledner

Are you a dog person? Or someone who appreciates the art of photography? This book is a stunning gallery of beautiful dogs of all shapes and sizes. My favorite is Petunia the Boston Terrier - how about you?

Yes, We're Open!

The Canton Public Library is open today for regular business hours (9:00AM-9:00PM)

My All-Time Favorite Movies

Citizen Kane [videodisc] Directed, written by, and starring Orson Welles. Technically the most innovative movie ever made. Still looks fresh and striking today.

Singin' in the rain [videodisc] Starring and co-directed by Gene Kelly. Best musical ever! Cant conceive as to how it could be improved.




Busy Moms Book Club

The April title selection for the Busy Moms Book has been changed to Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. In the follow up to Eat, Pray, Love (2006), Gilbert examines her reluctant marriage to Felipe, the Brazilian businessman she met at the end of her post-divorce travels, and considers her doubts about the institution of marriage. Join us Thursday April 15th in the Children's Purple Room at 11 am for what should be an interesting discussion.

All About Pianos

Everything you wanted to know about pianos will be discussed by the experts from Evola Music in Canton. They will even take a piano apart so we can see the inner workings. Learn the history, how they're made and how to select the perfect piano for your needs. I bet we'll even hear a little music.
Wednesday, February 24 at 7:00PM in the Community Room.

Report Resources

What do Biographies, Animals, Dinosaurs, Science Experiments, Countries, States all have in common? They are all frequently assigned report topics for elementary students. If you are having difficulty locating information on your particular topic, don't forget to investigate our great selection of Children's Databases. These are kid-friendly resources that contain pictures, maps, magazine articles, and more on a variety of subjects. You can even access them from your home computer! Here are a few to get you started...

CultureGrams begins with a clickable map of the world. Find the country your researching and find facts, pictures and even sound clips of that country's national anthem right at your fingertips.

Educational Easy Readers

If you're looking for a variety of books for your beginning reader, keep the children's non-fiction collection in mind. There are many easy readers there covering everything from scientific topics to world geography. I really like the Pull Ahead Books and Rookie Read About series. What could be better than learning about the world, while getting to practice reading? Check one out today!

Road to Rock

Road to Rock Road to Rock by the Boogers

What more perfect name for a punk rock band for kids could there be than the Boogers?  This album is loaded with high-energy Ramones-style punk that is completely appropriate for all ages. From new takes on old standbys (Bah Bah Black Sheep, The Wheels on the Bus) to originals, this album is raucous and irreverent, and a real treat for parents and kids alike.