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Henry the bear

"Green" and "eco" are popular terms today, but how do we explain these concepts to young children? Why not teach them about nature through a series of picture books based on the life of Henry David Thoreau? In these books, Henry is a bear and a very self-sufficient one. He walks to work, grows his own food, hikes thirty miles to a neighboring town, barters and builds his own home. These picture books are a wonderful way to begin a conversation about the environment and an appreciation for nature.

Vacation with the Berenstains

I love the Berenstain Bears! I also love going on vacation. So, when I found this book that combined these two things, I was pretty psyched! It might be fun to read about The Berenstain Bears Out West, too.  Or how about discovering The Berenstain Bears' Seashore Treasure?  All of these would be great to read during a car or plane trip on your way to your own vacation!

Summer Reading @ the Canton Public Library

Summer Reading sign up for all ages, babies to adults, begins June 15 at the library.  Complete your reading log by August 12 and receive a free book, courtesy of the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Summer Fun!

School's almost out!  Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer?  Why not try some activity books to help keep their summer exciting?  Here are some suggestions: Summer fun!:  60 activities for a kid-perfect summer, Summer activities, Summer smarts for cool kids: over 150 fantastic and fun learning activities to help kids beat the summer blahs, The vacation activity book

Coming Soon...

Gustafer Yellowgold has arrived at the Canton Public Library. Who is Gustafer? He's a creature that moved to Minnesota from the Sun. He has a pet Eel and a Pterodactyl best friend. And in his free time he jumps on cakes and punches cheese. The DVDs in this collection include stunning artwork and original songs and are for ages 3 and up. Of course, if you can't wait to check out the DVDs, the creator of Gustafer Yellowgold will be at the Barnes and Noble in Rochester Hills next Friday, June 12th. Gustafer's website also includes short songs and fun games to play.

Stargazing Fun for the Whole Family

Summer is almost here and with warmer and warmer nights it’s the perfect time to go stargazing! Come into the Children’s room to check out our display of stargazing books including field guides and more:

Constellations

Glow-in-the-dark constellations: a field guide for young stargazers by C.E. Thompson; illustrated by Randy Chewning

All the stars in the sky: Native stories from the heavens by C.J. Taylor

Lil' Fingers Website

Looking for a fun and educational website for your toddler? Why not give Lil' Fingers a try? This website features materials like simple games, short online stories, and coloring sheets. It's completely free, so check it out if you'd like something new to do with your kids.

An introduction to art for kids

Katie loves art and adventure. One day, on a visit to a museum, she finds herself stepping into a painting by Paul Cezanne. On another day, she hangs out with Mona Lisa. Check out these books by James Mayhew and explore the world of art through Katie's eyes. There is something for all ages in these books. Young children will enjoy the shapes, the colors and the movement of turning pages. Older kids will appreciate the story, Katie's curiosity and the beautiful paintings. It may even inspire them to learn how to paint!

Take a Day Trip!

Looking for some fun ways to spend a day? Well, why not spend it exploring our own great state of Michigan? Fun With The Family In Michigan: Hundreds of Ideas For Day Trips With The Kids offers up wonderful suggestions for day trips all over the state. Pick up a copy and see all that Michigan has to offer!

Free Passes to State Parks Available Now!

Just in time for summer vacation, Park & Read passes have arrived at the library. A joint venture of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Macy's, the Hammock Company, and the Library of Michigan, the Park & Read program provides a free one-day vehicle permit to any Michigan State Park & Recreation Area - and at many parks, a free hammock to use for the day. Like the popular Museum Adventure Pass program, the passes are "checked out" for seven days; you pick the day you want to use it. So come in for a pass & a book to read while lolling in that hammock.

Create-a-Card

Create some fun cards to share with your family and friends. Register online today!
Ages: Tweens (5th and 6th graders)
Program Date: Thursday, June 4 at 7pm.

Classic Disney Cartoons

The Walt Disney Studios has recently begun releasing a new line of DVDs called the Walt Disney Animation Collection Classic Short Films. Included in this series is the Three Little Pigs, Mickey and the Beanstalk, The Reluctant Dragon and the Tortoise and the Hare.

CPL Housekeeping Staff Going Green

As part of our ongoing effort to make Canton Library an environmentally friendly building, our Housekeeping staff will be trained and certified in "green" cleaning procedures. It doesn't cost more to use safe effective cleaning products and procedures. In fact, in most cases, it costs less. The benefits are obvious. You get a clean , healthy building without using the products which are harmful to our environment. Using "green"  cleaning products is also much healthier for our Housekeeping staff. There is a wealth of information about "green buildings" available from the U.S. Green Building Council website.  We are also changing over our hand soap to a foaming cleanser and will be installing roll towel dispensers in our restrooms.

June Tween Book & Pizza

Tweens, don't forget to sign up for June's Tween Book & Pizza Club! This month we're reading David Lubar's Flip, a funny story about kids who discover alien disks that let them transform into legendary people from the past. We're meeting on Saturday, June 6, from 1-2pm and I can't wait to hear what you think!

Mysteries for Beginning Readers

Are you looking for a good mystery book that's easy to read? You're in luck, the library has lots of them! Here's a list of some of the great mystery books we have available in the Readers section.

The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by G. Brian Karas — this title is the first in a series about two sleuths in the big city.

Aunt Eater loves a mystery by Doug Cushman — Aunt Eater is an anteater who loves — you guessed it — mysteries!

Pajama Storytime

Children ages 3-5 are welcome to wear their favorite pajamas and fluffy slippers to listen to some fun bedtime stories. Register today for ONE session.
Program Date: Wednesday, May 27  10am OR 7pm

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet

Looking for a new picture book to share with your curious little one? Try these three stories about Yoon, a young Korean girl who learns of her family's many traditions as she adjusts to life in America.

Get Your Guide to Wayne County Parks Events

Wayne County parks are 90 years old this year and they are celebrating with a host of activities throughout the park system. From Movies at Dusk and Jazz on the River, to Pirate Palooza or Mud Day, there's something to appeal to all tastes. Pick up your copy of the 2009 Wayne County Parks Schedule of Events brochure in our lobby and find the event that's right for you.

Tumble into a Good Read

2009-02-03%20%2812%29%20New%20Computers.fave118.jpgDid you know that you can read stories online from our Children's Website?

Click on the Tumblebooks link on the right side. If you go to the Language Learning link, there are even stories offered in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian. There are also games and puzzles to play online. So find a computer here at the library, or check out our website at home, and tumble into a great book!