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Family Reading Night Programs

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a $2,000 Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant. Money from the grant, combined with funds from the Friends of the Canton Public Library, is used for Family Reading Nights at the Canton Public Library. Programs include stories, games and snacks and are open to families with children ages 4-9. Participants receive a free book.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Tense, gripping, and even at times gruesome, this mystery has an extra punch from the fact that it's true. If you are looking for a great bit of historical non-fiction that reads as well as any fictional thriller then check this out. Chasing Lincoln's Killer chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth in all its harrowing detail. It's excellent as an audio book too with voice work by Will Paton.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
You may have noticed that there's been lots of talk in the library lately about CPL's 30th anniversary.  There are only a very few people who've been a part of Canton Public Library as long as I have, so I thought I'd chime in with my own experiences here at CPL. You can find my story on the library's Flickr account.  Yup!  I'm a pretty tech savvy bear. In some of the pictures I look kind of funny because they were taken a long time ago.  You'd better not laugh!

Historical Fantasy At Its Best!

Suspense, action, mystery, historical facts, supernatural, good and evil — the Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh combines all of these elements to make one gripping read. Warning! You may not be able to put the book down to do the basic necessities of life.

Must-Read Fiction!

It has been quite a while since I read a book that impressed me as much as The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. The story revolves around a best-selling author who has been estranged from her famous rock-singer son for the past four years, a residual effect of a past family tragedy. When her son is suddenly charged with the murder of his girlfriend, however, she desperately tries to make her way back into his life and piece together what actually happened. Interspersed throughout the novel are chapters of the newest book the main character is working on, which is a compilation of the endings of all of her previous books followed by new endings for each them.

30 Best Films You've Never Seen…

…but I have because co-workers and library patrons have recommended them.

Alphaville: une étrange adventure de Lemmy Caution by Chaumaine Production-Film-Studio

The band's visit by July August Productions; Bleiberg Entertainment; Sophie Dulac Productions

Eco Books

Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor

Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.

Contest: Most Intriguing People

Three presidential candidates took part in the 1992 presidential debates: Republican nominee and then current President George H.W. Bush, Democratic nominee William Jefferson Clinton, and Independent Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot. Which two of these nominees were also named to People Weekly's annual list of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1992?

The first poster with a correct answer that includes a link to the CPL database where you found it wins a prize!

Making Summer Reading History


We've shown CPL's history with Summer Reading… but what about recent history? Our 2010 program was huge and successful, despite road construction and further budget constraints. The above video shows just some of the activities and programs hosted at the library. We were busy this Summer!

2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition!


Fancy yourself a writer? Enter the 2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition and you could win a $30,000 scholarship to the creative writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy. For those currently in grades 8-11. Deadline Dec. 15, 2010.

MAP Program Updates

Starting October 1, 2010 Museum Adventure Pass kicks off with nine new participants. Added to the program are:The following organizations will no longer be participating:
  • Cranbrook House and Gardens
  • Ford Rouge Factory Tour
  • Henry Ford Estate, Fairlane
  • Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Writing Workshop

Sylvan Learning Center presents an introductory class focusing on basic writing skills for 7th-12th graders. Register today! Program Date & Time: Saturday, October 9 at 1:00-2:00PM

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!

Well, LB is at it again. This past weekend he went to a wedding with Miss Ruth in New York. On the way home they stopped at Niagara Falls. This means that LB has been to Niagara TWICE and New York TWICE this year! Wow! What a lucky bear! But since there are always new things to try, he had some new adventures. Miss Ruth introduced LB to Yogen Fruz, which is really yummy frozen yogurt. It's hard to explain really, so he took lots of pictures. Basically you get to pick the flavors of your frozen yogurt from the fresh fruit provided, and then they blend it all up! The result is cold, fruity, pink wonderfulness! Sadly, there isn't any Yogen Fruz in Michigan, so I doubt I will get any soon. But it is located in other cool places! Maybe someone will take LB to California or Iowa or Minnesota or Hawaii or Bulgaria so he can get some more. Wow! Yogen Fruz is in a lot of places!

I can't wait to see where LB ends up next! Until then...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

Banned Book Week: Celebrate The Freedom To Read

Banned Books Week is celebrated annually to highlight our First Amendment and the freedom to read. In honor of Banned Books Week, check out this list of frequently challenged classics. There is also a list of Banned Books Weeks activities listed here. How will you celebrate your freedom?

Breaking News: Girl Fiction Invades Manga Book Shelves

O.k., so, fans of both teen girl fiction and manga can stop holding their breath. Yes, we've got the first Gossip Girl Manga: for Your eyes only and the first Clique Manga both now in! Go crazy. Go ahead. Just don't let anyone get caught in the wake of your reading frenzy. Ah, it's always slightly dangerous when two popular worlds collide...

Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo Baggins

Wednesday, September 22nd is the birthday of Frodo Baggins and his uncle Bilbo Baggins, but in different years. Frodo's quest chronicled in The Lord of the Rings also begins on this date, when Bilbo leaves him a mysterious ring. Many of us are familiar with the three movie epic that was released a few years back, but fewer are familiar with the cartoon version completed by Rankin Bass back in 1980. This version is much less scary and much shorter too! With singing orcs (I kid you not!), this is a great introduction for younger kids to Tolkien's tales. Why not celebrate Hobbit Day with a Hobbit party?

Create Your Own Instant Comic!


If you're looking to pass the time, Pikikids.com lets you create an instant comic strip! It's got lots of little extras to add to the scene, like viking hats and fake noses. Some quick fun for the comic lover! Check it out.