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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

Family Video Gaming

Hey, parents and kids! Join us October 1st from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Community Room for an evening of gaming for families with children ages 5-12. No registration required.

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date and Time: Thursday, October 8, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie  by: David Adler

Fall is here again

That familiar nip is in the air again. Thoughts are beginning to turn to pumpkins, apples, and doughnuts. Here are some fun picture books to curl up with as we begin these blustery fall days:
Patty's Pumpkin Patch
Maple Syrup Season
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
Apple Cider Making Days
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

Poetic Laughter

Hi friends! If you are looking for laughs that will shake your belly and tickle your toes, try our great selection of humorous poetry! We have gaggles of giggles from author Jeff Foxworthy, stacks of side splitting fun with Shel Silverstein, and barrels of buffoonery from Brod Bagert. Check out our charming selection by clicking here.

The Daddy Shift

Stay-at-home dads are a small but growing group in today's society. The Daddy Shift is a new book by Jeremy Adam Smith that talks about this changing landscape of the parenting world. Smith explores the history, pyschology, and sociology of caregiving fathers, and helps to break down stereotypes associated with men who stay at home with their children. A useful book for families with caregiving dads and men who are exploring the idea of becoming one.

Check out these new picture books!

You've probably noticed our lovely new shelving for new books in the children's area. Here are a few of the fun new picture books that you can find there:
Please Don't Tease Tootsie - a cute little story about being nice to your pets.
Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band - a funny lesson about compromise.
Happy Hector A Tilly and Friends Book - about sharing time with friends, even when you want them all to yourself.
Flip, Flap, Fly! - a gentle story about different kinds of animal babies and how their mommies help them.

Love Board Games?

In recent years, Hasbro came up with the cool idea of publishing some of its popular board games in "library" editions. Now you can get some of your favorite games in compact boxes that look like books and fit right on your shelves!

ABC Activity Time

Explore sensory activities, puzzles, and nesting and matching games with your child ages birth to 5. Caregivers must remain in the room. No registration required.

Program Dates and Times (September 14 - October 24):
Mondays - Fridays, 10:30 - 11am
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1:30 - 2pm
Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 - 8pm

Cool New Book Alert

Our copies of Salem High School's Footsteps in History have arrived! Written by students in Darrin Silvester's Michigan History Class, the book tells a fascinating story inspired by the Shearer Cemetery in Plymouth. Dedicated to the children of the Plymouth-Canton community, this is a wonderful story to share with elementary-aged children. Look for the book in the New Book section behind the Children's reference desk.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Wow! I've already had lots of friends voice their opinions on my poll for what I should be for Halloween. Have I heard from you yet? Don't forget you have until next Monday, September 28th to cast your vote, either here on the website or in the Children's Library! I can't wait to tell you the results, so here's a teaser based on current results--you guys sure like Harry Potter! Will that hold true through next Monday? You'll have to wait until October to find out! What are you going to be for Halloween? If you need some ideas, there are lots of great books here at CPL to give you some ideas!!! Can't wait to see what you'll be for Halloween too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke