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Now for Kids: Inspiring Books from "Three Cups of Tea"

Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 108 weeks running (currently in the #1 slot) for good reason: Greg Mortenson, who is carrying out his mission to build schools — and peace — in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is living proof of how one person can truly make a difference in the world. Now, Mortenson’s story is accessible to young children through the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. A Young Readers’ version of Three Cups of Tea has also just been published. My 8-yr-old son and I saw Mortenson in late January when he spoke to a packed auditorium (800+ people) at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School.

New Puppet Kits Have Arrived!

A couple new puppet kits, such as Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway, have arrived to the children's puppet collection! Bring one home today and share storytime fun with your family.

Rock and Learn!

Do you want to be a better writer? Want to polish those school assignments and make them sound great? Rock n' Learn: Writing Strategies can help! With this DVD, you will learn how to come up with good ideas, organize your ideas and sentences clearly, and more.  If you're ready for your writing to rock, check out this DVD today!

March is Reading Month Celebration

Children ages 4 - 12 are invited to attend our "March is Reading Month Celebration." Members of the Canton community will read some of their favorite children's books.  Refreshments will be provided. 
Program Date & Time: March 12   7:00 - 8:00 PM

Share a Story, Shape a Future

shape a story, share a futureDuring the week of March 9 - 13, visit Share a Story, Shape a Future. Each day, a different blog will feature links to posts on a variety of topics related to children and literacy. So far the list of events (which will be updated with more new stuff) looks pretty awesome!

100 Days Until Summer Reading!

Can’t wait for Summer Reading season? Artist.preview.png It's not that far away!

This year’s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library. Get inspired to do something imaginative by reading about artists and inventors. Remind your parents they can have some fun, too, since all ages are welcome to join Summer Reading.

Let us know what you’re doing to prepare for Summer Reading by commenting on this post!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! Guess What? Today it is only 100 days until Summer Reading! Aren’t you excited? This year the theme is Get Creative @ Your Library—but I can’t tell you any more because that would spoil all the surprises we have planned! All I can tell you is that it will be FUN! And guess what? Today also means it’s only 100 days until summer vacation. Good times. So if it gets cold later next week, just repeat this to yourself “Summer Reading’s Coming! Summer Reading’s Coming!” and the day will be a whole lot sunnier.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Spring Crafts

art suppliesSpring is in the air! Check out some of our great craft books, especially the ones highlighting spring. Get out the scissors, glue, glitter, and brightly colored paper to have fun making flowers, birds, and baby animals. Enjoy!

LearningExpress Library

The ACT test is just around the corner, and you need to study for it! All the test prep study guides have been checked out from the library. Don't despair! You can practice your test on CPL's online database LearningExpress Library. Upon setting up your account online, you can study and practice from the computer at home or in the library.

Talk About Books

Talk About Books is a book discussion for 1st and 2nd graders. Register online, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.

indexCAWYCBPL.jpgindexCATMA8A2.jpgMercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate Dicamillo

Consumer Reports

The annual auto issue includes the BEST & WORST 2009 CARS.  Exclusive ratings, reliability, performance and value are also included in the April/09 edition of Consumer Reports.  CR is available for patron use on the Adult magazine shelf and at the Adult Reference desk.

Dancing Picture Books

If you enjoy dancing, you may enjoy some fun picture books about these little dancers:

Tessa's tip-tapping toes by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington

Dancing class by H.M. Ehrlich; pictures by Laura Rader

Harriet dancing by Ruth Symes; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Don't Be Clueless.....!!!!


Start reading about the Cahills, one of the most powerful families the world has ever known, and join the search for The 39 Clues guarding their wealth and power. Read the books, visit the website, play the game, and you might win thousands of dollars in prizes.

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.