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Sesame Beginnings

Do you like Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street? Now, you can meet them all over again - as babies! Sesame Beginnings: Beginning Together is the perfect DVD for parents and young children to enjoy together. Little ones will love seeing their favorite characters sing, dance, and play, while parents can learn how specific activities stimulate their child's curiosity and development. Check out a copy from the Parenting section in the Children's Department!

March Tween Book & Pizza Club

Hey 5th and 6th graders! Looking to enjoy a fun read and a delicious pizza lunch? Look no further than March's Tween Book & Pizza Club. This month we'll be reading Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee. It's a really funny story about a 6th grade basketball player who has to go to summer school after failing English. As if that weren't bad enough, his parents hire the nerdiest girl at his school to tutor him!

First Grade Round-Up

During the month of March, Canton First Graders visit the library with their classes for an exciting program.  They enjoy a puppet show, hear a super story and get a tour of the Children's Library.  This year will mark our 18th Annual First Grade Round-Up.

RV Season

 With spring coming, a lot of us are thinking about our gardens, flower beds and long leisurely walks in the early evening. Ahhh yes, finally! I'm also thinking about RV season and can't wait to see the "old home away from home" again.

Check Our Lobby for Events, Brochures

Check out our lobby bulletin board and display racks for information ranging from community events to financial aid forms and publications on state government. There are sections for seniors and health, too. All publications are free and change on a rotating basis.

African American Cultural Celebration!

La'Ron WilliamsCelebrate Black History Month with interactive stories and songs. Storyteller La'Ron Williams returns to the library, Saturday, February 28th from 2-3pm in the Community Room, with a bag of tales and instruments from the African American tradition. This program is for ages 5 and up.

Parenting book

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!