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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!

Hug a Squirrel Today!

squirrelThe month of October is truly a special one. Why, you ask? During October 1-31st, we are celebrating Squirrel Awareness Month. There are so many great ways you can be a part of Squirrel Awareness Month, including checking out some of our fabulous art books. You could make crocheted squirrels, paintings of squirrels, ceramic squirrels, or squirrel collages. So let your inner squirrel run wild and have fun being creative!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Well, you voted, and the results are in! Now you need to come to the Library to check out my cool Halloween costume! "Wizard" won with a whopping 30 votes. "Superhero" came a distant second with 11 votes. And there was even a write in vote for "Princess". Hmmmm, Royalty could be a good costume for next year. I like the sound of King Thorndyke. Thanks for all your votes--in the library and online! And don't forget to wear your Halloween costume to the library too, 'cause I want to see them! Now I just need to practice my magic words. Abracadabra, Abracazoom! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Help! How Do I Pay For College?

Learn about financial aid options, the FAFSA form, scholarships, the MET program and more at this program designed to help you put together a plan for funding your college costs. Judy Benfield Tatum, Financial Ad Director at U of M-Dearborn, a representative from the Michigan Educational Trust and Joan Noricks from the Canton Community Foundation will be at the library on October 5, 6:00-8:00PM to guide you and answer your questions. Registration is required.

Fun With Food

Children in kindergarten - second grade are invited to listen to some yummy stories and create some delicious snacks. Register online today.
Program Date: Thursday, October 15, 7:00-7:45PM