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ArtFest

Looking for something to do this week-end? Visit the ArtFest in downtown Plymouth or check out craft books at the library.  Street performers will entertain with music, chalk art, juggling, balloon twisting, and face painting. The fest is free for everyone to enjoy!
Friday, May 15th and Saturday May 16th, 2009 from 10am - 6 pm

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time is a drop-in play program for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. Registration not required.
Program Dates: Monday, May 18 from 10 - 11 am
AND Wednesday, May 20 from 7 - 8 pm

Fun Night

Children ages 5-8 and caregivers are invited to gather 'round the campfire under the stars and enjoy stories, crafts, snacks and games. Register today.
Program Date:  May 21 from 7 - 8 pm

College Night Open House at CPL

Need information about local options for college? The Canton Public Library is hosting a College Night Open House on June 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. Come by and get information from 17 local colleges, including community colleges and schools with online and alternative education programs. Learn about financial aid, admissions, degree programs and transfer credits. It’s not too late to make plans for the fall semester!

Most Popular Baby Names

The Social Security Administration recently released its annual list of the country's most popular baby names, and for the first time since 1995 the most popular girl's name is not Emily. The new winner is Emma, followed by Isabella, Emily, Madison and Ava. The name Jacob retained its top spot on the boy's list for the tenth straight year, followed by Michael, Ethan, Joshua and Daniel.

More storytime hits

Here are a few more CDs that the children's librarians like to use in storytime.  They're easy on the ears and fun too!

Songs for Wiggleworms
Jim Gill's irrational anthem: and more salutes to nonsense
Singable songs for the very young
Wee sing for baby

Hickory Dickory Dock...

Kids like Nursery Rhymes a lot!
We’ve got them on video, Here at the library
Hickory Dickory Dock!

We get many requests for Nursery Rhymes videos. My favorites are Jim Henson’s Mother Goose Stories, but there are many others to choose from here at CPL!

Fun Crafts For The Kids!

Looking for something fun to keep the kids occupied? Or maybe something nice that they can make for a gift? Pack-o-fun magazine is the perfect craft magazine for parents and kids. It has craft projects that range from very simple to more complicated, from things that you can make with your kids, to projects that they can do on their own. Each issue is packed with so many crafts that there is seriously something for everyone. Check it out today and start crafting!

Boredom Busters For Summer

With summer fast approaching, you're probably trying to think of ways to keep busy during that long break from school. Of course, you should visit the library as often as possible (and read lots of books!), but on those non-library days, you'll need some other things to do. Try some of the ideas in this book: The Family Manager's Guide To Summer Survival. It has over 300 boredom-busting ideas to keep your summer fun and interesting!

The Bugs Are Back!

Now that spring is in full swing, you might be seeing lots more bugs crawling, buzzing, and flying all over the place! Learning about them doesn't have to be icky and gross...you can read books and find out all kinds of cool stuff without ever having to touch a bug! Here's one very simple book all about bugs that you can read on your own. Ask one of the librarians to show you more bug books next time you come to the library!

Flower Power!

The storytime theme this week is Flowers. Here are some great picture books about plants and flowers:

New Puppet Arrivals!

Our new shipment of Folkmanis puppets has arrived and these cute friends are ready to go home and play with you! Check out some of my personal favorites: Frog in a Spaceship or Frog Prince - they're awesome!

V-E Day Anniversary, May 8th

V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day, commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces towards the end of WWII. But the joy seen in this photo was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. If you don't have grandparents to share their memories with you about this tragic war, many moving stories available at the library will help you appreciate what this time was like.

Teen Volunteers Wanted

We are now accepting applications for teen volunteers! The deadline for applications is May 18. This is a great experience-building opportunity, and a peek into the inner workings of a public library!  For more info visit here.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! It’s Thorndyke again. Next week is going to be a great week at the library. Know why? Because it’s Children’s Book Week! The librarians are so very excited. They are going to dress like their favorite book characters all week, which explains why you’ll see them looking sillier than usual. I’m planning on getting in on the fun too, but I still have to think of a costume. I’d love your suggestions! And we’d love for you to tell us who your favorite book characters are too—you could even dress like them! Don't worry. If you can’t make it to the library next week, we’ll have pictures of the great costumes up in the library! Man, CPL’s such a fun place!
Bear Hugs!,
Thorndyke

Traveling Museum Features WWII POWs Held in the Midwest

The popular TRACES traveling buseum makes a return trip to CPL on May 22 from 9 a.m. to noon with the story of 372,000 German POWs held in U.S. Army-operated work camps in the Midwest during World War II. Learn how these men worked alongside U.S. citizen German immigrants to build roads, harvest crops and roof barns. Some POWs returned to the Midwest after the war to live.

Storytime songs

Did you enjoy some of the songs you heard in storytime but don't know how to find them?  Here are a few of our favorite CDs for storytime fun.
The Second Line: Scarf Activity Songs
Good Morning Exercises for Kids
Six Little Ducks
Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes

Family Fairy House

Beginning Saturday, April 18, register your family for our 3rd annual Family Fairy House program!  This year, the program will be held Saturday, May 2 from 11am-12pm.  If the weather cooperates, we'll trek behind the library to build all natural fairy houses on the grounds.  Please bring your own supply of building materials: bark, dried flowers, leaves, pine cones, seed pods, shells, etc.  We will have a limited supply on hand to share. 

Batman Debuts 70 years ago!

Guess what Bat-fans...our hero, Batman, first put fear in the hearts of the notorious criminals of Gotham City 70 years ago today! Holy time flies Batman! If you are in need of a bat-fix until another movie comes out, check out the awesome graphic novels, movies, nonfiction encyclopedias, and cartoons we have here at the library. Hold on to your hats fellow bat-o-philes, the ride has been a wild one so far...what could be up the sleeve of Gotham's sleekest knight? Can't wait for the next 70 years to find out!

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Did you know that May 1st marks the beginning of the 30th Annual Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? Celebrate by checking out a great read like Half and Half by Lensey Namioka. Or mark the occasion by attending the CPL's Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month program on Tuesday, May 5, from 6-8pm. We'll have different kinds of traditional Asian snacks for you to sample, a variety of dance performances to see, henna, and more!