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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.

It's National Pancake Week!

This week, from February 14-20, happens to be National Pancake Week! I don't know about you, but pancakes are one of my all-time favorites. If you're a pancake lover too, celebrate this week by reading some pancake books, trying out some pancake recipes, and of course, eating pancakes. Maybe one night this week you can have pancakes for dinner - that's always a fun thing to do! Enjoy those flapjacks this week, everyone!

Mardi Gras Cupcake Mania

Attention 5th-12th graders, celebrate Mardi Gras with a tasty cupcake treat! Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, February 16 7:00-7:30PM

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Don't forget that Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief released to theaters last Friday. While we currently have a waiting list for the books, you can catch up with everything Percy Jackson related at the series website.
It seems that anytime there is a movie in the works based on a book those books just fly off the shelf. So now would be the time to get your hands on Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The movie based on that book releases on March 19th — just in time for Spring Break!

Winter Break Fun!

Enjoy your Winter Break at the Canton Public Library!

Monday, February 15

Second Grade Book Discussion - 5:00-5:45PM — 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.

Tuesday, February 16

Teen/Tween Cupcake Mania - 7:00-7:30PM — Celebrate Mardi Gras with a tasty treat!

Wednesday, February 17

Create-a-Craft - 11:00AM-1:00PM — Children, ages 5-8 with a caregiver, are invited to make a craft to take home. No registration required.
Teen Animanga Club - 6:30-8:45PM — Manga and anime fans in seventh through twelfth grades can talk, watch, draw and enjoy Japanophilia together. It’s never predictable but it sure is fun. No registration required.

Thursday, February 18

All Ages Open Videogaming - 1:00-3:00PM — No registration required
Batter Up! - 7:00-8:00PM — Hey, batter batter, SWING! Families with children ages 4-9 can come celebrate baseball with stories, crafts and snacks.

Saturday, February 20

Euchre Tournament - 2:00-5:00PM — Teens and adults can join us for a day of euchre showmanship and socializing in a double bracket tournament.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The Swedish film version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson’s phenomenon of a debut thriller, is set to open in U.S. theaters on March 19. Yes, it’s a subtitled flick.

Challenge Your Geography Knowledge!

globeHey Geography fans! Check out lizardpoint to find cool geography quizzes. Test your skills at locating states, countries, or capitals. See how many points you can rack up plus learn where some cool places are! Have fun!

How'd They Do That?

How'd They Do That? is another cool history series that just hit our shelves! It examines how people lived hundreds of years ago. If you've ever wondered what people used to do when they got sick or how they had fun, this is the series for you. It covers everywhere from Ancient Persia to Colonial America. Look for these books on the Children's New Bookshelf today!

Get Help From Fact Monster

Ever find yourself searching online for facts from a reliable source? Do you wish there was a great website that you could go to for help with your homework? Well, there is one! Just go to Fact Monster and take a look around! Whether you need almanacs and atlases or tips for math, science, and your other school subjects, Fact Monster is the place to go. They also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers and information. Check it out today!

Itty-Bitty Toys

Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids by Susan B. Anderson

The handknit toys featured in this book are cute, classic, and are sturdily constructed. It's a winning recipe for both the knitter who makes one and the child who is the recipient. There are a wide variety of creations here, including a bunny, koala mama and baby, a monkey, nesting boxes, and more. The last section even includes some reversibles, like a cat that turns into a mouse and an egg that turns into a bluebird nest.

I'm Feeling Very Olympic Today

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Vancouver, Canada. While I can't imagine you'd have time to squeeze in a movie with all those exciting sports events on, there are several family films with an Olympic bent.

Cool Runnings tells the story of the very first Jamaican Bobsled team. A Caribbean country in the Winter Olympics? They'd have to be the ultimate underdog.

D2: The Mighty Ducks continues the story of a peewee hockey team and their Lawyer turned Minor League Hockey Player Coach as they compete in the Junior Goodwill Games. Of course, the Ducks employ their signature "slapstick" to win games and learn life lessons

Grandparent Fun @ the Canton Public Library

Do you watch your grandchildren on a regular basis? Looking for something fun and different to do with them? Want to meet other grandparents who babysit too? The CPL Grandparents Group provides fun activities for you to share your grandchildren. Register online today.
Program Date: Monday, February 22 10:00-10:45AM

Girldrive

Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism by Nona Willis Aronowitz and Emma Bee Bernstein

This unassuming book is a fascinating peek into a roadtrip of two young women who travel across the United States with no other goal than to connect with other women. They met and spent time with women of varying ages and experiences and this book contains their thoughts, commentary and photographs. Local note: Aronowitz and Bernstein spent time in several Michigan cities: Detroit, Flint, and Ypsilanti.

Getting Guys to Read

Boys have trouble reading. It's true. Girls totally blow us away at this, I'm ashamed to say. The Michigan Reading Association cites factors such as the need for boys to be more active and the fact that if they don't see other guys reading then they don't think of it as a 'guys' activity. Check out the pamphlet attached to get some tips for getting guys to pick up a book. I'll give you a hint: 'Forcing' them to read isn't on the list. Fathers reading to their sons is.
[photo by Cayusa]

Who's Your Favorite Poet?

Do you love poetry? Do you wish you knew more about the poets who wrote the verses that wiggle into your brain never to leave again? Have no fear! The answer is out there. The Academy of American Poets has all the biographical information you could want on poets from all over the world. You can search by poet, poem, first lines, last names, and more. They even have a link for checking out poetry near you. Click here and enjoy!

Power of Gardens

Power of Gardens by Nancy Goslee Power

This book looks at gardens designed by Power, providing details about their history and design in addition to stunning double page spreads of gorgeous photographs. Many styles and types of gardens are included. Power's goal in each garden is to provide a place where people can relax, refresh, and feel at home, and it's easy to see that she's been successful.

Batter Up!

Hey, batter batter, SWING! Families with children ages 4-9 can come celebrate baseball with stories, crafts and snacks. Register online today.
Program Date: Thursday, February 18 7:00-8:00PM

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Somebody just told me about a super cool holiday to celebrate this weekend. The first Saturday in February is Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. I knew there was a reason I liked February! Apparently, this holiday began in the great state of New York by some creative parents who came up with the BRILLIANT idea of eating ice cream for breakfast to liven up some dreary winter days. So I'm celebrating! Now I just have to pick a flavor. I'm thinking Bear Claw! Yum!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke