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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.

It was a dark and stormy night...

Perfect for gathering the everyone on the couch for Family Movie Night! But if you're going to have Family Movie Night, you absolutely must have popcorn! October is National Popcorn Popping Month. Here's an interesting thought: Since most popcorn is made in the microwave these days, most kids have never seen popcorn pop before. Be adventurous and make it on your stove (Make sure you put on the lid!) or show them this short YouTube clip of how a kernel pops in slow motion.

It's National Cookie Month!

October is National Cookie Month! Now that the weather is cooler, it's perfect weather for doing some baking and having fun in the kitchen. Get some ideas for cooking with kids online, or come to the library for some cookie cookbooks or stories about this yummy treat.

Weird Al, Accordionist and...Author?

Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic is the latest celebrity to snag a deal to write a picture book. His book will be published in 2011 and will feature an eight-year-old protagonist who fantasizes about the unusual careers he wants to pursue when he grows up.

“I’ve always wanted to write children's books,” said Yankovic. “And now, it’s not only a goal, it’s a contractual obligation.”

Since it'll be awhile before the book is published, why not check out some of Weird Al's music in the meantime?

photo by mufan96 used under Creative Commons license

Free & Easy: Document Scanning at CPL

Did you know Canton Public Library's three public-use copy machines also double as document scanners? Because the machines have auto sheet feeders, they are great (and fast) for scanning and saving multi-page documents in either pdf or tiff format. You'll need to have an email address, because scanned files are sent electronically to the email address(es) you enter. The Copy Center also offers two letter-size flatbed scanners, which work well for photos and other graphics because you can save your scans in the popular jpeg or a variety of other formats. The flatbed scanners also have OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities, which allow you to scan text pages that convert easily to Word documents so you can edit them. There is no fee to use any of the Copy Center scanners.

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.

Polish-American Heritage Month

October is Polish American Heritage Month and your library can help you celebrate! Our International Language Collection features fiction and non-fiction materials written in Polish. Who wouldn't savor, Cooking the Polish Way by Zamojska-Hutchings. Children may enjoy I am Polish American by Samuel Kapowski, about a young boy who talks of his Polish heritage, including foods, customs and famous Poles. If music is more your style our CD collection features Homage to Polish Music and myriad polkas for all. For additional information on Polish Heritage Month visit the Polish American Center.

Make Your Own Halloween Costume

Need ideas for Halloween costumes and don't feel like spending tons of money on store-bought fare? You may want to consider making your own costume with one of our helpful instructional books. Even those of us who can't sew will find the instructions in books like The Most Excellent Book of Dress Up or Glue & Go Costumes for Kids easy and fun!