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If you've ever been interested in the meaning behind a particular country or state's flag, the World Book Encyclopedia of Flags is for you. Covering everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this series provides brief country and state histories, along with detailed information about flags. It's pretty cool to figure out that a colorful stripe or star on a country's flag represents more than just a nifty decoration! Happy Reading!

The Saints go Marching In

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Hey sports fans! Let's take a hockey break for a moment and revel in the world of football for a moment. Super Bowl XLIV is coming fast and furious to the South Florida area. If you get the chance to go, pack a swimsuit and some sunscreen as the weather there will be beachy keen. Get your tickets and root for either the Colts or the Saints. Sorry Lions, maybe next year! I am rooting for the Saints as this is their first Super Bowl appearance ever and also because they are a symbol of hope for the New Orleans area. Here's hoping they bring home the trophy.

Happy Birthday Mozart!

Although Mozart's life was tragically short, his music will live on forever, so he is really immortal. In fact, aliens may be hearing his beautiful musical creations right now since his music was included in that time capsule shot off into space years ago. It is just a shame that he didn't get the royalties on all the products based on his genius in recent years because he was almost always short of money. Learn more about this amazing composer by picking up some of the biographies on him in the Children's Department.

A Mad Hatter Birthday

Maybe you've read about the upcoming version of Alice in Wonderland that is coming to theaters on March 5. Or maybe you watched the SyFy channel's adaptation of this well-known story. There are also some recent literary adaptations of this strange and intriguing tale. All this recent hype is very appropriate, since Lewis Carroll's birthday is tomorrow, on January 27th! Of course, you can always check to see if his classic version of Alice in Wonderland is available here at the library.

Masters of Music

Are you looking for a great biography on a decomposing composer? (I've heard there is a biography assignment now and then that requires the composer to be deader than a doornail!) Well, if that happens to be YOUR assignment the Children's Department now offers you a fine selection of the world's most awesome defunct musical masters of composition. Check out the new series, Masters of Music, in the biography collection.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Have you ever seen someone in the library wearing a red shirt, vest, or sweater like the one I'm wearing? They are called Rovers. Rovers are a lot like the librarians who sit at the desk. They answer questions and help you find stuff (like lost parents) except that they walk around the library. They wear red so people can spot them easily. I'd volunteer to be one, but they tell me you have to be mobile. I'm rather stationary, myself.
Say hello to a Rover the next time you're here! You can usually find one walking around when you are out of school. They might not look so brown and fuzzy, though.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Origami Fun

Children in 3rd through 6th grade are invited to make origami animals. Paper and some instruction will be provided. Register online today.
Program Date: Monday, January 25 5:00-6:00PM

2010 Award Winners Announced

ALA announced the Youth Media Award winners today. To look at all the winners and honors for these and the rest of the awards (including Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpre) take a peek here!

Baby, it's cold outside!

Snow is on the ground, the days are long and grey, and cold wind bites your face when you step outside. Time to head to the beach! If a real beach vacation isn't on your calendar, try a literary vacation with some of these great characters:

Art with Byron Reed

On Saturday, January 16, Canton artist Byron Reed celebrated diversity and his love of art with our patrons. Children were able to create their own art that will be on display at the Village Theater tonight as Canton celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.
The Canton community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration is the result of a continued partnership between the Canton Public Library, Canton Township, the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities, Inc. and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. The event, at the Village Theater, is free to the public with refreshments at 5:30PM and program at 6:00PM.

Appreciate a Dragon Day

Did you know that January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day?! It's a day where kids are encouraged to visit their local library to look for books about dragons. You can study what other cultures and societies believe about dragons, or just read a story about them. It sounds pretty fun, and there's no shortage of dragon books here! Dragonology is a pretty cool one to try, but there's plenty more to choose from, too! Happy reading!

Mick Morris Myth Solver is Here!

YOU must decide how to end these thrilling, sensational tales. Five different options are possible with each story, ranging from 'normal' to very scary, to freakish, to shocking, to time traveling, to computer instant messaging, etc. These exciting page-turners are full of laughs that keep guys and gals coming back for more. Get started on this great new series by Michigan author Karen Bell-Brege and illustator Darrin Brege. Visit their website and find even more fun stuff. Go Michigan literary creators!

Thorndyke Thoughts!

Hey Kids!
Guess What? My birthday is January 16th — this Saturday!!! Ironically, it happens to fall just before Storytime Teddy Bear week (by the way kids — don't forget to bring your teddy bears to Storytime next week!). I share my birthday month with some very cool people who also work at the library. And I even share a Birthday with Brad the Teen Librarian! If you are a human and you work at the library, you get the day off for your birthday. But since I live here, I get to celebrate my Birthday with all of you! Make sure you come and sing! I even accept gifts. I like cookies. After the library closes on Saturday, me and LB (remember him? My Little Buddy that Santa brought?) are going to eat cake. Honey flavored cake. Yum. I can't wait until Saturday. Happy Birthday to me....

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

On the Road Again

A little bit of nostalgia arrived at the library this week. Growing up, Sunday nights were always reserved for a wonderful little series called Road to Avonlea. This series expanded on the Story Girl Books by L. M. Montgomery and was filmed on the author's home soil of Prince Edward Island. Watching the stories of Sarah, Felicity, Gus, Felix, Aunt Hetty and many others was my first introduction to period films. The stories always appealed to everyone in our family (including my dad!). It was always fun to see who the guest star was that week, a notable list that included actors like Christopher Reeve, Christopher Lloyd, Stockard Channing, Faye Dunaway, and a young Ryan Gosling.

$250 for college? Don't mind if I do!

Local kids in grades 1-8 are invited to take part in the Young Authors & Illustrators Competition through Metro Parent Magazine! The Grand Prize includes $250 for college and more! Here at CPL, we see many talented and creative kids, so, while you're on break, write or revise your very own story and submit it to Metro Parent Magazine. Details and entry form available here.

Tween Book & Pizza

Attention 5th and 6th graders, get together with other tweens, eat pizza and talk about a great book. Register online today, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Saturday, January 23, 2:00-3:00PM
Book Title: The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

The Youngest Templar, Book II

In Book I of The Youngest Templar, the orphan Tristan teams up with Robard Hode and Maryam on a dangerous mission to return the Holy Grail to Britain. This exciting historical saga continues in Book II, Trail of Fate, as the three adventurers work together to protect the Holy Grail as they travel across France toward England, a journey that takes them to the Cathar fortress of Montségur.
There are many other captivating stories about knights and knighthood in the Children's Department, so come in and check some out!

Fun and Fancy Free!

astronomyWith school back in session, homework is inevitable. Come check out the J500 section for all your science homework needs. One series we have by author Dan Green, focuses on different science topics--astronomy, rocks and minerals, biology and physics.

Katherine Paterson named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Katherine Paterson has been named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2010-2011. An award-winning author of books for youth, Paterson takes over for Jon Scieszka who was the first person named to this ambassadorship. We have many of Paterson's amazing books, including Newbery-winner Bridge to Terabithia.

Flurries of Excitement over the Snow

So school started back on Monday, but are you already hoping for a snow day later this week? Are you tired of the little "dusting" and "flurries" we've gotten so far this winter? Have you been waiting for January when the snowflakes will be "ripe" enough to catch on your tongue? Are you ready for a full blown school-stopping, snowman-sustaining, hot-chocolate-inspiring snowstorm? If you are a grown-up did that last sentence strike fear in your heart? :)
Well, if you're serious about that snow day, one of the long standing "rituals" for getting one is to go to bed with your pajamas inside out. If that doesn't work, you can always have a snow day vicariously by checking out one of our Snow-themed movies from the children's library. Good Luck!