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Do You Love Writing?

Do you want to find a way to connect with authors, readers, and writers? If so Figment.com was created for you and people just like you. It is a website that has blogs, contests, forums, new and more all directed at teens who like to read and write. If you want more information, check out the website, or this fabulous article all about Figment.

Youth and Teen Book Awards Announced

Guess what! Award season has begun and the newest award winners in books and media for Youth and Teens were announced at the American Library Association Mid-winter Conference yesterday morning. The 2011 winners can be found at the ALA website but some of the highlights include: Click on the titles to see which ones we have available for checkout. Enjoy!

Author of 'Babe' Passes On

Dick King-Smith, whose book Babe the Gallant Pig inspired the hit 1995 movie Babe, died on January 4, 2011 at his home near Bath, England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before becoming a primary school teacher. He published more than 100 books — mostly about animals and often about pigs, his favorite. He once said of his animal stories, "I never dress my animals in clothes. They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the queen's English." His books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Mr. King-Smith's first wife died in 2000. He is survived by his second wife, 3 children and 14 grandchildren.

Fast Facts about Countries!

Looking for that fast fact about a country for school? Check out geognos.com. For instance, I just learned there are 1,084,748 people living in Cyprus, that they speak French, Swahili, and Kirundi in Burundi, that 42.4% of the people in Thailand work in the agricultural industry, and that there are only 34,000 cellular phone users in Micronesia. Plus, it's got neat lists like the 'Top 20 debtor Nations' (U.S. is #1, of course) and "Where the highest mountains in the world are'. Great for school projects.
[photo courtesy of Boston Public Library]

Narnia Read-alikes

If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:

The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.

Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Children's Books for your iPad

We often talk about all the fancy and exciting apps grownups can download for their iPads. But did you know there are apps for the young (or young at heart) in your life as well?! Kirkus Reviews just started an online iPad app review page and is highlighting 5 children's books apps they recommend. The five range from very simple to very complex. The Green Eggs and Ham app encourages an emergent reader to read along. The Alice in Wonderland app lives up the mayhem of Lewis Carroll's original book. My favorite is the pop up Peter Rabbit Storybook. This app plays like a typical lift-the-flap toy book you'd find at any bookstore, but in a digital format. Take a look! And Happy Digital Reading!

Gingerbread Houses

Come to the Canton Public Library now through the end of the year and see the two gingerbread houses on display by the Reception Desk. Inspired from the book “Gingerbread for All Seasons,” by Teresa Layman, they are a feast for the eyes. The houses are constructed completely from edible materials like fondant, royal icing, candy canes, pretzels, shredded wheat, hand-rolled gingerbread, and more. Come be delighted and inspired by what you see! Created by Susannah Estoker, a junior at Plymouth Christian Academy, her gingerbread creations will add a bit of whimsy to your day.

Please Check Us Out!

Hey! Why aren't you checking us out?? Is it because we are behind the Children's Information Desk? We are put there to greet you when you come into the great Children's Department. Please! Take us home with you and read us. We are awesome! We are new! We are hot-off-the-press! We are the latest and greatest wonder-reads for kids of all ages! Marverlous mysteries, super sports stories, gripping ghost tales, animal adventures, historical happenings, fabulous fantasy, crazy comedies… we are all here. But we want to be there — at your house — with you enjoying us. So stop by and pick us up ASAP!

Jan/Feb Connections Newsletter Online

The January/February issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml
into your feed reader. Please note: The Living Book program date is incorrect in the newsletter. The correct date is February 22, 7:00PM.

Blast Off With a New Astronomy Website!

Check out this awesome new website, Astronomy for Kids, to soar into the outer limits of space! This website has it all — games, star charts, online classes, and photos of deep space! Next time you are online, be sure to take a peek. Don't forget your space helmet.

Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
and
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Felt Me a Smile

Felt me a smile-- for you by Toyoko Sugiwaka — There have been a lot of books about how to make cute stuff lately, and this one rises to the top for its unique approach. The first section includes photographs of the creations - vignettes of each object in its own little world or scene. Later in the workshop section, there are detailed instructions (with step by step photographs) so that you can create your own. Just flipping through this book will make you smile.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB's at it again! While it was snowy and freezing here in Michigan, LB went to sunny, warm Key West, Florida with Miss Marianne! LB must stand for Lucky Bear! There are lots of fun things to see in Key West — Lighthouses, Libraries, Post Offices, Fish, Butterflies and Cats! And you can eat lots of Key Lime Pie! One of the neatest things LB and Marianne did is they went to the most southern point of the whole United States and got their picture taken. You can almost see Cuba from there! Key West is also where Ernest Hemingway lived. Ernest Hemingway is an author who wrote books for grown ups. Some of his books take place in Michigan, because he lived here for awhile too. Then he moved to Key West and ate lots of pie and owned lots of cats. Make sure you check out all the pictures from LB's trip on Flickr! It sure sounds like he had fun! Until next time…
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Winter Break Fun

Are you looking for something to do during Winter Break? Come to one of our fun programs! On Tuesday, December 21 from 2:00-4:00PM, play a board game, test your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills or create with LEGO at Board Game Fun!
On Wednesday, December 22 from 1:00-3:00PM, unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our All Ages Open Video Gaming Day. Feel free to drop by, registration is not required.

Want Adventure Books?

You get 'em (cue heroic music)! If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and 39 clues, and you're looking for more books with that same sense of adventure, here's a list for you:

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The angel experiment by James Patterson

Need a Fun Way to Refresh Your Math Skills?

A+ Click might just be the website for you. This free website offers users grades 1-12 a challenging quiz in many areas of math. You select the grade and the topic and the website takes you through an age appropriate but fun quiz. This website was listed as one of the notable websites for children by the Association for Library Services to Children. Check out the entire list here.

Tech Support in the Family

Google's recently-released site, Teach Parents Tech, features over 50 YouTube videos with friendly explanations of how to perform useful tasks on your computer. For instance, here's how to create a strong password:

You can send your relatives a "care package" of videos you think they'd find useful, or watch the videos yourself to brush up on computer skills.

What Should I Read?

In what order should you read a series? Read everything written by Sue Grafton or Malcolm Gladwell and would like to try a similar author? Books & Authors, available in Canton Public Library's databases, allows you to search by title and/or author, subject, keyword, time period, geographic location, or character. Follow the series links for additional titles, or take advantage of the Expert Picks & Librarian's Favorites for recommendations based on some of your favorite titles or topics.

Super Science Site

Kids! Parents! Teachers! Check out TryScience. It is one awesome website that is entertaining and educational. Need an experiment idea for school? It has a deck of colorful cards with great experiments and all the info you need to complete the project. Want to visit a science museum or center while sitting at home? Just select one you would like to see from the deck of field trip cards. In the mood for some high-speed online gaming adventures? Just select from the adventure deck and go for it. You have your choice of nine languages to pick from. A search box is on every screen. Parents and teachers have their own sets of great options on pages created especially for them. Soon to come is a page for scientists and engineers. You have to see this site and poke around to really appreciate the just how much it offers. Do it now!