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Arghhhhh! Artful Thoughts!

Avast me hearties! Prepare to board this website all about craftin' for the piratey sort! Get out yer swords and glue to slice up yer very own pirate hat or ship. Aye, or if be pages you be likin' to turn, check out this book on the very shelves of this here liberry! Hoist those sails mateys and head out on the seven seas for treasure and adventure, just be sure to be home for dinner. Arghhh!

Hosting An At-Home Children's Birthday Party

Got the birthday party blues? Want to host a wonderful birthday party for your youngster but can’t afford the trendy birthday venues? Then throw a great children’s party at home. It’s easy and fun with some great craft and food ideas from some books at the CPL. I would recommend the easy to follow craft books, The Crafty Diva’s D.I. Y. Stylebook, and make it!. Both are loaded with information and ideas for simple crafts that are appropriate for kids aged 5 to 18. As an added bonus, all the crafts contained within make it! are eco-friendly because they are made from items you would normally recycle or throw away.

Pumpkin Easy Reads

I'm definitely in a fall mood. With the weather getting cooler, I keep thinking about fall stuff like apple cider, warm soup, and pumpkins. I'm ready to go buy some pumpkins right now, but it's still a little too early for that. In the meantime, I think I'll just read some books about them. Here are some of my favorite easy-reading titles all about pumpkins. Enjoy!

Buster and the giant pumpkin by Marc Brown

Oh my, pumpkin pie! by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Busy Moms...A Sweet Success!

Busy moms talking booksThe inaugural meeting of the Busy Moms Book Club was held today! We enjoyed discussing our first book selection, Eat Cake, while snacking on complimentary cupcakes provided by Swirls Cafe located here in Canton. Our October 15th selection is Kabul Beauty School. Get copies at the reference desk now. Registration opens October 8th.

Personal Identity

If you enjoyed Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time or The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen, you might be interested in learning that we have many more books about children coming to terms with being multiple races/ethnicities. I enjoyed Half and Half by Lensey Namioka and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Christina Garcia. There are many more to choose from (ranging from picture books to chapter books), so stop by the Children's Department today to pick up a good read!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I need your help with something. See, my third favorite holiday (after Christmas and the First Day of Summer Reading) is coming up soon. It’s Halloween! But I can’t decide what to be. I have to decide soon, because I get to wear my costume for the whole month of October!! This is where you come in. You’ll see that I’ve posted a poll below on the web site. You can either vote for what you think I should be for Halloween there, or you can come into the Children’s Library and vote! Sorry, there’s no prize. The library pays me in cookies--that’s how I keep my nice round physique! But you’ll definitely see what costume was the favorite, 'cause that’s what I’ll be wearing come October! Of course, in order to make my costume in time, I’ll need all your votes by Monday, September 28th. Gotta have time to make that costume you know! Thanks soooo much for your help!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

What should Thorndyke be for Halloween?

Superhero
35% (7 votes)
Cowboy
10% (2 votes)
Wizard
45% (9 votes)
Pirate
10% (2 votes)
Total votes: 20

Author Bich Minh Nguyen to speak in Plymouth

Author Bich Minh Nguyen, who wrote Stealing Buddha's Dinner will speak at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 17th at the Penn Theatre in Plymouth.

Nguyen and her family left Vietnam in 1975, and relocated to Michigan. Stealing Buddha's Dinner is a memoir of the author's childhood and experiences of assimilation into American culture. This is Nguyen's only appearance in the Detroit area; and her presentation is not to be missed.

How to become vegetarian

vegetarian vegetable soupAre you thinking of adopting a vegetarian diet? Many people have, but there are important facts to know to make sure you stay healthy and get all the nutrition you need on a restricted diet. How to Become Vegetarian: 5 Key Steps (& Famous Vegetarian Celebrities) offers information and lots of links for further research that you may find helpful if you're considering vegetarianism. Even if you're already veggie, there is a lot of good info here that you may not have seen before.

Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide

Raising Your Child: The Complete Illustrated Guide is a new book that covers child-rearing from birth to age six. Not only will you find out what to expect at every age and stage of your child's development, but you'll also find techniques and advice on what to do to create a happy, healthy youngster throughout those first critical years. Check out this book today, and lay the groundwork for your child's success! Find it in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

paper castle craft for kids

paper castleLooking for a quick and easy craft you can do with materials from around the house? Check out this way cool paper castle! The best part about it is that you can use whatever materials you happen to have on hand - if it looks like the photo, great, but you can also show your creativity and make it look however you'd like.
You can also check out our wide selection of stories about castles or read up on what it was like to live in a castle.

what does your net filter know about your kids?

apple kidMany parents use web monitoring software to keep track of what their children do online - it's the next best thing to being there, right? Maybe not. The Associated Press reports that several major brands of this type of software offer kids' chat message logs to businesses hoping to tailor their marketing messages to children. There are some software companies that do not sell information to other businesses - you may want to check to see what practices your web monitoring software engages in. CPL also has lots of resources for parents and kids on Internet safety.

Fantastic Origami

We've done it this time! We've got 1000 sheets of origami paper just waiting to be folded at our Fantastic Origami program on Tuesday, September 22 from 5-7pm in the Purple Room. Come learn about Sadako Sasaki and celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 by making paper cranes. Registration is now open for third and fourth graders.

the new literacy

textingWith the increasingly digital nature of our culture, will writing become a lost art? No!
A recent study showed that the time young people spend on Facebook, texting, and other digital (text-based) interactions actually improves their writing. They are, on the whole, better able to write effectively to specific audiences and have far more experience writing than previous generations.

photo by Zawezome used under Creative Commons license

President's Speech to Students

President Obama addressed students today in a back-to-school speech focused on staying in school and trying your best. He encouraged them to set their own goals including "spending time each day reading a book." As a new school year begins, Raising Bookworms, can help parents instill the love of reading in their child. Author Emma Walton Hamilton also has written 16 books for children with her mother, Julie Andrews.

Sports for Labor Day

Now that Labor Day weekend is upon us, grab some friends for some rousing sporting events. You could have backyard foot races, play a little badminton, toss a few horseshoes, or get a baseball or football team together. Check out our wide variety of sports books to help you learn how to play a new sport or brush up on the rules of an old favorite! Have a great weekend!

the power of positive parenting

Positive parenting pays off more than you might think. Researchers at Oregon State University have released the results of an extensive study which shows that positive parenting has lasting impact on children and on the way those children parent when they have their own children.
For more info, check out the multitude of parenting resources available to you here at CPL.

image Family Story Minute by sean dreilinger used under Creative Commons license

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Thursday, 09-17-2009, 7:00PM - 7:45PM
Book Title: The Adventures of Snail at School by John Stadler