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Reviews & MoreIf you have a 2-5 year old, and are struggling with their not-so-great behavior, "I Brake for Meltdowns" is a very helpful book for parents. Written by a mother of five, this book gives excellent tips for disciplining your young child.

One Wish, Two Wish, A Happy Birthday Seuss Wish!

March 2nd marks the 105th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's birth. Local retail stores, such as Meijer, are having birthday events for him this Saturday, February 28th, but his beloved books are always available at the library.

Puppet Fun!

Keep a look-out for the new finger puppets that will soon be arriving to the Children's puppet collection. And while you're waiting for them to arrive, why not try making some puppets of your very own? Disney has lots of great suggestions to check out!

Family Day @ the Movies

Families with children ages 5-12 can join us for to watch Horton Hears a Who on the big screen. And it wouldn't be complete without popcorn! Register online beginning February 12.
Program Date: Thursday, February 26 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Good music for little (and big) ears

If you're looking for some good peaceful tunes to play for naptime or quiet times, you and your child will enjoy these CDs.  Be sure you're not too sleep deprived when you listen to them or they'll soothe you right off to dreamland too!
Classical Naptime for Tots
Lullaby Renditions of Coldplay

Begin With Fancy Nancy

The posh heroine of the Fancy Nancy picture books now has two books in beginning-reader format. In Fancy Nancy at the Museum, Nancy is thrilled to find out her class is taking a trip to the museum — but the bumpy bus ride there leaves Nancy feeling less than fancy! In Fancy Nancy and the Boy From Paris, Nancy finds out the new boy in school isn't quite as fancy as she'd hoped. If you like all things frilly and lacy, you'll definitely adore (that's a fancy word for love!) Fancy Nancy!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Boy!  I can’t wait for March to get here.  Why?  Because March is Reading Month!  And Reading Month means First Grade Round Up!    This is the 18th year the  Children’s Tween and Teen Services Librarians will host first grade classes from local schools.  And I haven’t missed one yet!    Kids get a tour of the library and meet my Giraffe friends Caribou and Rafiki.  Then they make a craft and see a really funny puppet show.  The best part of First Grade Round Up is that each First Grader gets a library card and checks out a book that day

Book Buddies

Book Buddies  come together with other kids and talk about a fantastic book.  Register online then come to the Children’s Information Desk to check out a copy of the book. Please register for only one session per month.

New computers for kids and parents

We have added new computers in the Children's Library:
8 new computers

These eight stations are for kids and their parents, and have the Microsoft Office suite as well as games and Internet access. Kids and parents can surf with or next to each other, or parents can get things done while kids play games or do homework.

World Math Day - March 4, 2009

The 3rd annual World Math Day will take place on March 4, 2009. Children from around the world will be uniting to answer a record breaking number of mental arithmatic questions.  Unicef and 3D Learning have partnered to bring about this event, which is open to kids ages 5-18.  Practice is open now on the website and classrooms, homeschoolers or individual students are invited to register.  Are you ready to participate?

Mid-Winter Break Fun!

Have fun at the library during Mid-Winter Break!

Fun Variety Show - Children ages 5-12 and their caregivers can join us for a fun filled variety show with Vikki Gasko's case of characters. You’ll enter into a hilarious, musical world of fun filled family entertainment. Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM

Norman Rockwell Artist of Life

Starting March 8th and ending May 31st, the DIA will be hosting paintings by the artist Norman Rockwell.  He spent his time painting scenes from the world around him, many of his paintings having a small town feel to them that was both welcoming and enduring.  His recognizable art lives on all around us and brings us back to a time when soda fountains were all the rage and kids really did do the darndest things. For a chance to see Mr.

Common Sense Media

Wondering if the latest movie is appropriate for your kids? Need help determining if a game is too violent for your family before you check it out? Search for reviews, ratings and advice at Common Sense Media, an online resource with information on web sites, books, games, movies, TV and music. One of the niftiest features are the lists of media by age group. This feature is sure to help those of you concerned about age-appropriateness. You can also submit your own review. Hey, they've just added a review for High School Musical 3!

Betcha didn’t know…

That Lucas Grabeel (Ryan of HSM fame) starred in a little known 2008 film called The Adventures of Food Boy.  He plays Ezra, who learns (at a rather inopportune time) that he has the power to make food appear in his hands.  Like every super hero, Ezra struggles to decide whether he will use his powers to benefit himse

Super Adventure

Do you love superhero adventures but aren't so crazy about superhero books being checked out all the time?  Go on some great adventures with these heroes that you may not have heard of:

Picture Books
Traction Man is Here!
Traction Man Meets Turbodog
Superhero ABC
Superhero Max
Super Guinea Pig to the rescue

Biography

Gaiman's Graveyard Grabs the Newbery!

Noboby Owens, or Bod, is a 'normal' boy fated to be raised in a graveyard by ghosts and a guardian who is neither dead nor alive. Magical, terrifying, and filled with gripping adventures, The Graveyard Book is another supernatural masterpiece by Neil Gaiman and was justly awarded the 2009 Newbery Medal. Coraline, another creepy  Gaiman concoction, was made into a 3D step-motion animated film and is now showing at theaters. Check it out!

Pop Culture Universe

Learn about the decades in a fun way by using our database Pop Culture Universe. Each decade, from the 1920s to the 2000s, is populated with facts about the arts, culture, fasion, movies, food and drink, literature, music, politics, TV and radio of the time period. A must-stop for any school "decades research" assignment! An excellent source for a glimpse of Americana!

Narnia For Beginners

Did you love the Chronicles of Narnia movies, but aren't quite ready for the books? Not to worry! Pick up one of these new beginning reader books based on the original Narnia series. The Chronicles of Narnia: This Is Narnia and The Chronicles of Narnia: Lucy's Journey offer plenty of excitement and action perfect for younger readers. Check one out today and begin your own adventure into the magical world of Narnia!

Storytimes

This the last week of storytimes for the winter session.  Our next storytime session will begin on April 20, 2009.  Online registration begins on April 6 for Canton residents and April 8 for non-residents.  For more information about storytimes, view our March-April edition of Connections