Teens

Healthy Pets

Dog Memoirs

Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:

The puppy diaries: raising a dog named Scout by Jill Abramson

A dog named Boo: how one dog and one woman rescued each other—and the lives they transformed along the way by Lisa J. Edwards

A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock

Saving Gracie: how one dog escaped the shadowy world of American puppy mills by Carol Bradley

Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin

Around the World with Teen Fiction

Looking for a way to earn your Around the World Badge? Here are some great Teen titles to get you on your way!

A bride's story. Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori ; [translation, William Flanagan ; lettering, Abigail Blackman]

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Chains [sound recording] by Lauri Halse Anderson

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 
For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.


The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles

Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Creative Inspiration

True stories of creative people and inspirations for sparking your own creativity.

How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrations by Hadley Hooper

Access Creativity Through eMagazines

Explore our Zinio magazine database for all your creative needs this summer. Enjoy access to eMagazines on gardening, crafting, cooking, parenting, decorating and more, and be inspired to do some creating of your own.

Access to the Zinio database requires an email address and an active Canton Public Library card. Use our handy instruction sheet for more information on the database and for tips on how to get started. 

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