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Kudos for Clockwork Three!

Ready for an awesome page-turner with characters who just can't seem to avoid trouble no matter how good their intentions are? And when you get to the end you can't believe you won't meet up with them again in a sequel, despite your most ardent wishes? Well then, pick up The Clockwork Three, Matthew Kirby's debut novel. Giuseppe was taken from his family in Italy and sold to a ruthless master who forces him to work the streets as a musician and hand over the money he earns — or face dire consequences. Frederick was rescued from a rotten orphanage by a kind clockmaker and is very intelligent. He dreams of a creating a magnificent clockwork man, not unlike the one you might have read about in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

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.

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.

Fantasy, Adventure, and a Touch of the Unexpected

The tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler; illustrated by Sarah Gibb

Hippolyta and the curse of the Amazons by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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.

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

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!

Spaghetti Book Club

spaghetti_and_cheese-sm.JPG Hey kids,
Did you know there are other students out there who have something to tell you about Altoona Baboona, or Aliens for Lunch? It may be that the best way for you to find out if you really want to read a book is to learn about it from another kid. The Spaghetti Book Club is a great site for you. It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids, for kids. You can look up book reviews by title, author, or kid reviewers in their state/school. Teachers will be interested in checking out the site too, which explains this literacy program that can help develop students reading and writing skills.

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!

Little Knitted Creatures

Little knitted creatures : 26 amigurumi designs by Amy Gaines — Of all the books I've seen on knitting cute little creations, this one is the most friendly to beginning knitters and would be ideal for tweens and kids who want to make their own critters. The instructions are clear, the techniques are not complicated, and the results are adorable.

Tumtum & Nutmeg

Tumtum and Nutmeg are big heroes in tiny packages — they may even be the world's bravest mice. Arthur and Lucy, the children of Rose Cottage, are terribly neglected by their absentminded father and must be looked after. Just as the holidays are approaching, an evil neighboring mouse absconds with the children's Christmas gifts. Will they be able to retrieve them in time? More exciting adventures await them when they take a holiday seaside vacation replete with treasure maps and more evil mice. Even when their world gets chaotic, this is still a cozy read. Mouse-sized vehicles run smoothly, battles are epic, but weapons shoot sherbet powder and peppermint gas. Check out these heart-warming tales to be enjoyed by all during the holidays.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts by Jane Brocket is bursting with nostalgia and inspiration for parents and kids. This delightful book presents recipes and activities from classic children's books. Learn about different kinds of treasure hunting, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's, Treasure Island. Make some Raspberry Jam Cakes like Mary Poppins and Bert enjoyed at an afternoon tea. Or make snow pictures and enjoy Ma's pancake men from Little House in the Big Woods. There are many fun activities and delicious recipes to enjoy in this book celebrating timeless children's classics.

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

Ginger

Did you know that ginger is not only fun to bake with, but a healthy spice as well? Ginger is good for digestion, used to treat nausea and motion sickness, and has anti-inflammatory properties. And of course, it's a great time of year to make some creative gingerbread houses, and yummy cookies. There's also ginger tea, ginger ale and lots of recipes you can use ginger in. Some may even remember this name on Gilligan's Island.