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Fast Facts About The 50 States

If you enjoy wacky trivia, you have to check out Fast Facts About the 50 States. It's a quick read full of funny and interesting information about the United States, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. After all, who wouldn't want to know where to find the world's largest potato chip?! Look for this book in the Children's New Book area today!

40 Years of Sunny Days!

Today is the 40th birthday of Sesame Street! As the longest-running children's television show, Sesame Street has been around as many of us have grown up. Celebrate this special day and sing a verse of "Rubber Ducky," play some Sesame Street games, or stop in at the library where we have all kinds of Sesame Street materials.

Happy birthday, Sesame Street!

Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. CPL has many children's films that explain the origins of Thanksgiving holiday to little wondering minds. We also have several films that encourage having an attitude of gratitude. Families with older children may want to check out the Academy Award winning film, Molly's Pilgrim. When her teacher gives the assignment to create a doll based on a Thanksgiving character, recently immigrated Molly and her mother create a doll that looks like their Russian Jewish culture, because they are pilgrims too. Happy viewing!

Week 2 - About Your Lifestyle

Help Us Help YouNow that we know a little more about YOU, we'd like to understand more about your home-life, your family, your lifestyle. This week in the comments, let's talk about lifestyle. How would you describe yourself in terms of personal lifestyle or culture?

Happy Halloween

halloween craftsWhat a blustery day we have for Halloween this year! Hold on to your hats kids, and try not to let your candy blow away. When you get home, be sure to check out one of our fun craft books and keep the Halloween spirit going by making one or more of the supercute crafts or one of the yummy treats that some of the books have to offer. Enjoy!

Sweet potatoes have their own month?

Yes, it's true. November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month. So what exactly are we supposed to be aware of when it comes to sweet potatoes? Well, here's two things to be aware of: sweet potatoes and yams are not the same! Strange, but true. Also, sweet potato fries are really, really tasty. I know because I've had them myself! Read this book called Sweet Potato Pie to see another way this veggie can be enjoyed, then, check out World War II Days, which includes a recipe so you can make your own sweet potato pie, too! Yum! [Photo courtesy of eLibrary]

The Library is Everywhere!

If you've been keeping up with Thorndyke's blog, you probably know we had some serious trick-or-treating going on at the library yesterday. What you might not know is that we're also going to be at the trick-or-treat parade at the Summit tomorrow! If you're going to be there, keep an eye out for librarians in costume handing out treats. Our library staff really gets around Canton; just last week we were at IKEA Metro Detroit, where they let us have a storytime right in the middle of their store! So keep an eye out for future events: you never know where the library might turn up.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Boy did I have a great morning! I got to help out at the Halloween Fun program. Not only that, I was the Grand Marshall for the Trick or Treat parade portion of the program! What fun! I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I really really loved all the kids in their cool and cute costumes! You should really should have seen all the fun we had. But guess what? You still can! Just check out the Canton Public Library's Flickr account! 'Cause let's face it, no one can resist seeing pictures of cute kids in costumes. Which reminds me, are you coming to the library on Halloween? I wanna see your costumes! So make sure the library's on your stop this Halloween — early because we close at six. You might just see some unusual library staff that day--and Friday too!!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Storytime at Home

Bummed that storytime is on break until November 9th? Share these stories at home with your children to tide them over with some great story fun!

Princess Pig by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Tim Bowers — when the Pickle Princess's sash blows away from her parade and lands on Pig, things change around the barnyard. As Pig begins to explore the possibilies of royalty, Pony reminds her that you don't have to be a princess to be special.

Traction Man is here! by Mini Grey — the hilarious domestic adventures of a boy and his action figure.

Diabetes

November is American Diabetes month. 24 million children and adults in the United States live with Diabetes. 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 Diabetes. American Diabetes Association is launching a national movement to Stop Diabetes. Learn more about this by visiting stopdiabetes.com

In the Heart of the Canyon

For those of you who have wanted to do some adventure travel, you will want to read Elizabeth Hyde's new fiction book — In the Heart of the Canyon. Everyone who signs on to this trip gets more than they bargained for, the elements of heat and white water being only the parts they planned on, the rest comes from their fellow travelers. As a reader you will hold your breath at times for the next turn in the river and be grateful you are safe at home reading the book. This will make you view your fellow travelers in a whole new light as you learn the reasons and secrets of our adventurers on this trip. Enjoy!

Spooky Rhymes for Spooky Times

Can you feel it in the air? The leaves are drifting down and colors are a-changing. The crisp fall air is bringing a chill to your bones and come October 31st, that chill won't just be from the newly falling temperatures. Get into the Halloween spirit with some of our very spooky, very funny, or very imaginative Halloween poetry books. Beware--ghostly giggles may ensue.

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!