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A Pig Like No Other Nanny?

Mary Poppins — move over! Nanny Piggins has arrived. Once employed at a circus as the pig shot out of a cannon, she decides it's time for a career change when she sees a Help Wanted sign at the Green's house. Mr. Green is a stingy widower who won't pay for human nanny, so when a pig applies… But Nanny proves to be totally awesome and Derrick, Samantha, and Michael quickly love her. She lets them eat sweets all day and conjures up extraordinary escapades, like sailing with a boat to China for Chinese carry-out. Nanny knows how to outfox their father and even when their adventures turn into misadventures, they always have tons of fun of laughs — as will the readers of their terrific tales. Let's hope for more Nanny books soon!

Goooooooo Lions!

It's official… football pre-season is upon us. The Detroit Lions have come roaring out of the gate this past weekend with a win over the Cleveland Browns. Tune in and gear up as maybe this will be a sign of good things to come. While you are waiting for the next tramplefest, be sure to check out the great books we have on the Detroit Lions. Grrrrr!

Plymouth Author Extravaganza

You are invited to change the world through the power of the written word at Zoe Live Publishing's Author Extravaganza on Saturday, September 11, benefiting the Canton Public Library.
  • 10:00-11:30AM: Aspiring Author Workshop — Learn to tell your story, or share your message in this free workshop
  • 1:00-5:00PM: Book Expo — More than 20 family-friendly authors sign and sell their works to raise funds for the Canton and Plymouth libraries
  • 6:00-8:00PM: Poetry Slam — A family-friendly open mic venue to share your prose and poetry
The Plymouth Author Extravaganza will be held at the Comfort Inn, 40455 Ann Arbor Road in Plymouth (near Bennigan's). The event is free. Each author will donate $1 from book sales and a signed copy of their book to the Canton and Plymouth libraries. For more information, visit www.zlwriters.com.

Cyber-bullying

Unfortunately, bullying isn't just on the playground anymore. With teens using the internet daily, online bullying has become a new problem that parents should be aware of. In order to help parents and educators better understand and prevent cyber bullying, ebrary has a Cyber Bullying Searchable Information Center. Parents can find a collection of ebooks and government documents listed to help them understand this subject.

Back to School

You've got something someone could use. Likewise, they may have something that would help you out. To help get over this economic hump, let's share. This month's exchange items are book bags, backpacks, lunch boxes and all things needed for school. You may drop your items off beginning one week prior to the exchange day and receive a certificate to use on September 8th between 10:00AM and Noon. Save a couple of bucks and still make the students happy with items new to them. Only items in excellent condition will be accepted.

Costume History at Costume Discounters

If you enjoy Halloween, are very theatrical, or just interested in the way people dressed way back when, check out Costume History at the Costume Discounters website. Each link takes you to different sites that highlight period dress from Ancient Egyptians up to the 1950s and some even include links for patterns for recreating the specific type of dress highlighted. Happy dressing!

Say Hello To Your Friends

Are you a fan of the Baby-Sitters Club book series? Kids ages 8 and up can join us for activities, crafts, snacks, and some fun talk about the books.
This program takes place Tuesday, September 7th from 7:00-8:00PM.
Register online now!

Larceny and Old Lace

Come see the Spotlight "Still Got It" Players in their rendition of Larceny and Old Lace. A show that promises enjoyment for all ages. It will be playing from August 25-29 at Canton's own Village Theater in Cherry Hill Village. Ticket prices range from $11-$15.

Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

Here come the Tigers!

While the skies maybe a bit on the gray side this morning, here's hoping the weather holds for the Tigers to host the Cleveland Indians tonight at Comerica Park. Don't have tickets? Well, then, come and check out our great books on both the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Get your gloves ready… it's going to be a great game!

Family Sunday at the DIA

Here's a chance to play with the art! Artist Andy Malone returns to the DIA this Sunday, August 22 to demonstrate games he has designed as well as allow visitors to play with some of the games. Andy's interactive creations have been previously exhibited at the DIA and galleries around Metro Detroit. Sunday's exhibit runs from 12:00-4:00PM

Short Story Contest Winners

We received so many great entries for our Summer Reading Short Story Contest, it was really difficult to decide on winners! Below are the winners following a long deliberation:

Tween

  1. Mardi F
  2. Sarah N

Teen

  1. Emily D
  2. Abigail A
  3. Aylin L
Prizes can be picked up at the Children's Desk.

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

2010 Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

We had over 50 people enter our 2010 contest with some of the most amazing art we've ever seen! This year, for our 'Making Waves' theme, bonus points were awarded to those who incorporated something 'water related'. Kudos to all the creative ways you guys did this, including those who used water colors! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners and 4 honorable mentions for each age group. Take a look at all of 2010's manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners:

Thank You to our Summer Reading Sponsors

The Canton Public Library would like to express our appreciation to our Summer Reading sponsors: We are very fortunate to have such generous sponsors. Thank you!

Summer Reading Celebration

Celebrate the end of summer reading with fun in the sun. Activities include crafts, entertainment, face painting and farm animals. All activities will take place behind the library. Registration is not required.
All are welcome!
Program Date: Saturday, August 14, Noon-3:00PM

Back to School Technology Tips

Believe it or not, the school year starts in less than a month. Many students and parents will be looking at technology as part of their back to school shopping list. Notebooks, Netbooks, and iPads may all be items of interest this school year, but it can be hard choosing the right device. Check out this article by David A. Milman to get tips on making the right choice!

Summer Reading 2010

Today, Wednesday, August 11 is the last of Summer Reading. You have until 9:00 PM tonight to turn in your reading logs, receive prizes and choose your prize book from the Scholastic Book Fair. We hope to see you at the Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 14 from 12-3.

Write It, Film It Video Contest

Want a chance at YouTube fame and some other cool prizes? Reading Rockets is looking for young filmmakers and creative writers to enter their Write It, Film It Video Contest. Open to kids ages 7-18, the contest allows entrants to choose from a list of seven categories for their movie. Movies must be no more than three minutes long, and submissions may be done individually or as a crew of two. For all the contest rules and how to enter, check out the official rules page. Deadline for submission is August 30!
[Photo courtesy of Scott Kinmartin on flickr]

FETCH - Science Fun: Fathers & Daughters

Join us for fun science activities, just like those on the PBS show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman! Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, August 21 at 2:00-2:45PM

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Reporting again for LB. He's just returned from his latest adventure. Did you guess where he was headed? If you guessed Boston, you were right! But that's not the only place he ended up on this massive road trip. Stay tuned and find out!
LB started his journey in Boston. There's a lot to see there and in the surrounding area. In the City of Boston, LB toured the Mapparium, a big glass globe you can walk through, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the New England Aquarium. Boston has some pretty crazy transportation though. Did you see LB's picture? He's in a truck that can drive on roads or be a boat in the water! How crazy is that? It's called an amphibious truck. It must belong to the same family as salamanders and frogs. LB also saw where Paul Revere rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming and where the colonists defeated the British at Concord.
Some of the other things LB saw around Concord where Henry David Thoreau's house. Did you know there's a bear named after him? And that there are books written about this bear? Thoreau must have been a pretty cool guy. And LB saw Orchard House too. Have you read Little Women? The lady who lived at Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott, wrote Little Women.
Then LB spent an afternoon in Rhode Island touring fancy houses. Lots of rich people used to go to Rhode Island for vacations and live in big houses. Now they just go to the Caribbean. What do you know about Rhode Island? Did you know it's the smallest state?
And then LB went to New York! There are lots of neat things to do there! And not just in the big city! LB saw the Art Museum, and Ellis Island and...the LIBRARY! New York City has a lot bigger library than CPL. LB met the Statue of Liberty too. If you've never read about how the Statue of Liberty was built, it's a pretty cool story!
LB finished his tour of New England with some more fancy houses and a mountain. One of the houses was a house made of glass. Better not play Baseball there! But LB did get to sit in a pretty special chair. Those fancy houses sure are BIG! And they have lots of fancy furniture. And lots of grass to run and play. The mountain is named Mt. Greylock. It's a pretty big one. It's the tallest one in Massachussetts. But I think at that time LB was getting a little homesick.
Which is why he's home for a while now. LB has loved going on adventures with all his library friends. But he's glad he made it home in time for the end of Summer Reading. He's got to turn in his reading log (he did a lot of reading on all those car trips!) so he can get his prizes. Have you finished YOUR reading log yet? You only have until Wednesday to get all your prizes! Don't forget to look at all the pictures of LB's latest adventure! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.