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Vegetarian Kids

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. If you've been thinking of converting your family to a vegetarian diet, the library has books that can help you get started. Raising Vegetarian Children is a handy resource for parents who would like to get their kids on the path to a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle. Also, check out some of the many cookbooks we have on vegetarian cooking for recipe ideas.

You're invited to a party...

With Elephant and Piggie! Families with children ages 4 to 9 can join Elephant and Piggie as they prepare for Piggie's very first party. Will there be snacks? Of course there will! And lots of other fun too!

Register online today!

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

Knuffle Bunny on Film

You've read and love the book, but you can't get enough Knuffle Bunny? Check out this video, narrated by Mo Willems and his daughter Trixie! The animation of this short film is so true to the book, it's almost like the pictures came alive. Originally produced by Weston Woods, Knuffle Bunny was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2007. The Carnegie Medal is like the Newbery or Caldecott Awards, except for children's films. Now combined with several other great stories, it's one of many of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures here at CPL, so once you've watched Knuffle Bunny, try one of the other films in the series.

New Addition to the Copy Center: Optelec Viewer

The Canton Lions recently donated a new Optelec Viewer to assist Canton Public Library patrons who have low vision by magnifying text, pictures, and other physical items. The Optelec Viewer is a very powerful closed-circuit television magnifying reading system. Our thanks to the Canton Lions for their generous donation to the community!

Avedon Abound!

Fellow Photogs, put down your cameras and gather around. A new exhibit has hit the DIA that you most certainly won't want to miss — Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000. This luxurious display of fashion photography will grace the walls of the DIA from October 18, 2009 to January 18, 2010. While there taking in glorious shot after glorious shot, be sure to check out a second photo exhibit being housed at the DIA titled Photography — The First 100 Years: A Survey from the DIA's Collection. These photos will be on display from September 2, 2009 to Jaunary 3, 2010. Check out the DIA's website for more information. Also bone up on your photo knowledge with books in our collection. Enjoy! Oh, and you may now resume taking pictures.

A Fall Leaf Project

In some places in the U.S., leaves don't change color in the fall. It's kind of hard to imagine that with all the reds, yellows, and oranges that we're seeing here right now, but there are parts of the country that don't get to enjoy that. In Fall Leaf Project, a first-grade class decides to send some of their colorful fall leaves to another first-grade class in a different state where the leaves don't change color. What a nice thing to do - share fall with others who don't always get to experience it! Maybe they could share some of their warm, summerlike weather with us when we get to January, don't you think?

Domestic Violence - It's Real - It Hurts - It Kills

We've all witnessed domestic violence first hand in our community, It might not be you, it might be a friend or family member.
Some signs to look for are:
  1. Name calling or put downs
  2. Keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  3. Controling of finances - job - vehicle
  4. Forced sexual activity
  5. Stalking
  6. Intimidation
  7. Actual physical harm
Domestic violence should not happen to Anybody — Ever — Period! Unfortunately it does and when it does, help is just a phone call away.
Stop the cycle of violence with FirstStep's 24-hr toll free help line 1-888-453-5900
Come join us at CPL for the FirstStep Domestic Violence Awareness program on October 29th at 2PM in the purple room. No registration is required.

Halloween Crafts and Treats

Staying home on Halloween night? Why not make it a fun family night full of crafts to make and sweet treats to eat. Checkout Halloween treats: recipes and crafts for the whole family it has lots of creative treats and crafts, to keep everyone busy. Halloween tricks & treats spooky snacks, creepy crafts and more for the whole family has wonderful ideas too!

Visit the Canton Farmer's Market

There are only two Sundays left to visit the Canton Farmer's Market, so be sure to visit it at least once before the season is over. Open from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Bartlett-Travis House, the market features a variety of local produce and craft items, demonstrations, local history and often entertainment. This is a must-see event. Before you go, find out more about eating locally and cooking with farmer's market produce. The market won't return until next May, so get your local veggies now!

Busy Moms Book Club

Today at 11:00 a.m., the Busy Moms Book Club will meet in the Children's Library Purple Room for a book discussion on Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez. After the Taliban regime fell in Afghanistan after 9/11, the author traveled with a humanitarian group to help Afghans begin rebuilding their lives. Through American donations, she and other hair stylists established the Kabul Beauty School, where Afghan women learned skills in order to start their own businesses.

Halloween Fun for Young Children

Children ages 2-4 are invited to wear a costume and participate in fun Halloween activities! Register online today.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 28, 10:00-10:45AM

Halloween Fun @ the Library

A spook-tacular Halloween party for families with children in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Don't forget to wear your costumes! Register online today.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 28, 7:00-8:00PM

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

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I just wanted to make you all aware of some very important holidays this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work day. It's kinda like take your Children to Work Day, except for bears. Make sure your parents know! Probably the best way to make sure they celebrate it would be to sneak your teddy bear into their work bag before they leave. Then make sure you ask what your teddy did at work when they get home.

Scary Stories @ the Library

Third and fourth graders, get into the Halloween spirit by wearing your Halloween costume to the library and listening to some scary stories. Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, October 27, 7:00-8:00PM

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other fourth graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Monday, October 26, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman (5th book in the series 39 Clues)

Art Picture Books

As the weather gets colder and we all start staying indoors more, here are some cute picture books about being artistic to inspire you to create!

I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

The dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Harold and the purple crayon by Johnson, Crockett, 1906-

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Chesstastic

Want to play chess? Looking for a worthy opponent? This program is open to children, tweens and teens. Some chess sets will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, October 10, 2:00-4:00PM

Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, October 24 3:00-3:45PM
Book Title: Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 21, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Case of the Spooky Sleepover

Eat Better, Eat Together!

October is National Eat Better; Eat Together Month. It's a time for families to sit down together and celebrate the family meal. It may seem difficult to do this with everyone's busy schedules, but making the effort is well worth it. Sharing mealtime conversation with one another is an excellent way for families to stay connected. Read more about the benefits of eating together in The Surprising Power of Family Meals.