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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!

A Mixed Bag of Teen Reads from 2010

Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.

Ostrich boys by Keith Gray

Sisters red by Jackson Pearce

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay, and Poetry Contest

April 15, 2011 will celebrate the 64th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's color barrier breaking achievement as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Detroit Tigers invite Michigan schools to participate in the 15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest, celebrating this hero of Baseball. For more information, click here to be taken to the webpage on the Detroit Tigers website. Entries are due by 5:00PM March 4, 2011 and need to be submitted to:

Detroit Tigers, Inc.
Attn: Sam Abrams
Manager of Player Relations, Youth and Sports Programs
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Good luck!

Is the Book You're Reading Award-Worthy?

The 2011 MLA Thumbs Up! Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Thumbs Up! Award.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by Michigan Library Association teen services librarians to an author for outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. The book must appeal to teens, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Additional criteria for the award:
  • Books must be original works commercially published in the U.S. during 2010 (January 1st-December 31st)
  • Books originally published outside the U.S. are eligible if their first U.S. printing occurred during this same time period
  • Books may be hardcover or original paperback, fiction or nonfiction
  • Authors may include co-authors or editor(s)
If you have a book you would like to nominate, please send the title to:
Amelia Yunker, 2011 Thumbs Up! Committee Chair
Amelia.Yunker@yahoo.com
Submissions accepted through January 31st, 2011

Overdue Fines Change

Remember that we’re standardizing overdue fines throughout the library beginning January 4, 2011. Late charges on Children’s, Tween, and Teen materials will increase from 10¢ to 20¢ for each day they are returned after their due date. This increase will make fine amounts consistent throughout the collections. See our loan policies for more borrowing information.

Beautiful Clothing; Cute Stuffed Dog

Drama and friendship? Check. Gorgeously drawn clothing? Check. Stuffed animal as a main character? Double Check. Everything you love about CLAMP is here in their new series, Kobato. It's about a girl on a mission with a magical bottle that fills a little each time she helps heal someone with a broken heart. The only rule is that she can't fall in love with aynone whose heart she's helped fix. Yep, you know where this going... drama aplenty. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did! Thanksgiving is a time that you get to spend with your family and that's what I did! Some of you had to travel to visit family, and did too, because my family lives in the the Detroit Zoo! I'm sure you've seen my cousins. They're the polar bears, the grizzly bears and the black bears! I took lots of pictures, and you can see them now on Canton Public Library's Flickr account. We had a great time visiting, and boy, did I learn a lot about my family history! For example, my closest cousins are the Grizzly Bears. My next closest cousins, the Brown bears are a little bit smaller. My third cousins, the Polar Bears, live way up north in Canada (eh?). All of them like to swim and eat fish. I only like to eat Swedish Fish. And they all hibernate. So if you see me sleeping in the library this winter, don't wake me up! I'm hibernating!
Lots of grownups come to the library to do research on their family history. After I got back home, I decided I'd do some research on mine too! Turns out, you don't have to look too far to find out about my family! There are lots of books here in the Children's Department about us. I recommend checking one out. My family history is very riveting.
What's your family like? Is it big? Do you have lots of Cousins like me? Do they live far away? Are they funny? Sometimes our friends even feel like family. I'm pretty thankful for mine. I hope you are thankful for your family too! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Detroit Style Science Fiction

Anya Kalinczyk may spend her days as an arson investigator for the city of Detroit, but at night, she's a ghost hunter. She's not just any ghost hunter, however, but a Lantern, with the ability to consume ghosts and demons. If you're an urban science fiction fan, try these two books, with a dash of red hot demons in the motor city.

Embers by Laura Bickle



Sparks by Laura Bickle

In Your Dreams at the DIA

The DIA is hosting many wonderful exhibits this winter/spring and one of them that you should not miss is In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints running now through January 2, 2011. The DIA is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so check out their website for the latest information on their hours and the cost for this special exhibit. Enjoy!

Love Video Games?

Have you ever considered a career in video games? Maybe writing game scripts is your calling. 26 year old Jeffrey Yohalem talks about being the head writer for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in this article. When Yohalem approached Jordan Mechner (writer for The Prince of Persia) about what classes to take to pursue a career in game script writing, he suggested screen writing and architecture. Who would have guessed?!

Add Us To Your Phone

We have discontinued our text-a-librarian program.

Pure Michigan skiiing

This is the most comprehensive guide to ski and snowboard areas in Michigan. No matter your skill level, Michigan is the place to go downhill skiing. With more than 40 Michigan downhill skiing resorts, the silvery slopes of Michigan offer the best Alpine skiing in the Midwest. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky where the beauty of downhill skiing is Pure Michigan.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Mark Twain, one of America's best-known and well-loved authors, was born on November 30, 1835. His works have been translated into hundreds of languages, and Hollywood continues to produce film adaptations of his books. The following Special Collection focuses on his life and work.