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Science in the Real World

Ever wondered how things like hybrid cars or solar panels actually work? How do they help to save ethe environment? What is ethanol? What is a solar cell? Find out the answer to these questions with a series of books called Science in the Real World. To learn about hybrid vehicles, check out How Do Hybrid Cars Work? For solar panels, check out How Do Solar Panels Work?

We're on Parade!

One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. Whether I make the trek downtown to see it live or watch it on TV while dinner cooks, it the perfect beginning to Thanksgiving Day. My family's perennial favorites? The Captain Detroit Balloon (who looks surprisingly like my Dad) and the Fred Hill Briefcase Drill Team. This year celebrates our parade's 83rd year. Why not get in the spirit by watching a parade movie? Or by marching about to the "Uninvited Loud Precision Band"? Check out The Parade Company's wonderful website that has a downloadable coloring book for kids.

Homework Help is Here!


Beginning Monday, November 16, the Plymouth District and Canton Public Libraries will team up with National Honor Society tutors to help third through twelfth graders with homework.

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
Monday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk

Elf Yourself (and more!)

If you're in the mood for a good laugh this holiday season, look no further than JibJab's ElfYourself website. It's completely free and guaranteed to provide hours of amusement. You can see what I mean by checking out this video of some of your resident children's librarians! If that's not enough online fun for you, make sure to check out some of our books about cool websites for kids. There's plenty to keep you busy!

Eat This, Not That! 2010

It's amazing how thousands of easy food swaps can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds — or more. Author David Zinczenko explains which foods to avoid and which to substitute in Eat This, Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution! This is the completely expanded and updated for 2010. Recipes are included.

CPL Named as One of America'sTop Libraries

The Canton Public Library has again been identified as one of America's top-rated libraries by Library Journal. For the second straight year, the library received a three-star rating, one of only two libraries in Michigan to get a rating. The rating is based on data for per capita circulation transactions, visits to the library, computer sessions and program attendance.

For more information or to read the entire press release, click on the attachment.

Feminine Knits

Feminine Knits: 22 Timeless Designs by Lene Holme Samsøe
Filled with mostly sweaters and jackets, this book offers delicate, girlie knits you can craft by hand. Many of the patterns feature lace and other decorative elements that give the garments something special. While feminine, most of the garments also appear sturdy enough for everyday wear.

Kids to the Rescue!

If you are on the hold list for Zoobreak, you might want to try some other amazing animal rescues while you wait. Carl Hiaasen wrote some real winners - if you haven't already read them: The movie Hotel for Dogs also comes in several formats. The library has well over a hundred animal rescues involving courageous, animal-loving kids. Check some out!

Fanatical Football

Hey sports fans! Check out the latest stats on your favorite teams in our fun and informative collection of books and DVD's on football. Whether you root for the U of M Wolverines or the Detroit Lions, fill those downtimes during commercial breaks and half-time shows with pages of cool information on teams, players, and bowl games found in our collection! Have fun tossing the pigskin!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I am a proud Bear today. Why? Because it is National American Teddy Bear day, a day celebrating a population I am proud to represent. When I think of the great bears, like Smokey, and Fozzie and Yogi, who have gone before me, my bear hair just stands straight up. Maybe one day, I'll be listed with them. Be sure to hug YOUR bear today. And give him an extra cookie for me.

The Art of Headwrapping - now open to all ages

Attention fashionistas! Get out your favorite piece of fabric or a scarf and come down to the library to meet master wrapper Zarinah El-Amin Naeem! She will be at the library on Saturday, November 21st from 2:00-4:00PM in the Purple Room, to demonstrate how to wrap your head in the Gele style. In addition to showing you how it's done, Zarinah will also discuss the origin and history of this African style now worn by people all over the world. Registration is required. See you there!

Happy Belated Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Well, we've missed the actual day (November 10) of Neil Gaiman's birthday, but it's never too late to celebrate a wonderful author!  He's gotten a lot of attention this year between winning the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book, and the release of the film version of Coraline.  If those piqued your interest, you might enjoy other books by Neil Gaiman.  You'll find them all over the library, for Children, Teens and Adults.

How many cakes are fit for a king?

The Lion's Share by Matthew McElligott is a great way to learn about sharing, math and kindness. In this story, an ant is invited to dine with lion, king of the jungle. But when the other guests greedily gobble down dessert, they leave little for ant to share with the king. Ant's proposed solution quickly turns into a lesson in what happens when you promise to do something twice as much as someone else resulting in the perfect introduction to multiplication. How will it all turn out? If you like this book you might also enjoy Bean Thirteen, McElligott's story about division.

Oh PLEASE...No More Parched Parents!

If you have read Book #6 in The 39 Clues series you will know what I am talking about. Maybe it started with Harry Potter, but A Series of Unfortunate Events definitely fried the poor orphans parents. Teen books have long been notorious for killing off the parents, but now it is becoming increasingly standard fare for fantasy/sci-fi books for younger readers. As if the poor orphans don't have enough challenges with their quests and learning to discern real friends and guides from evil posers out to thwart their success, they are now burdened with guilt since their parents were torched trying to save them.

Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. CPL has many children's films that explain the origins of Thanksgiving holiday to little wondering minds. We also have several films that encourage having an attitude of gratitude. Families with older children may want to check out the Academy Award winning film, Molly's Pilgrim. When her teacher gives the assignment to create a doll based on a Thanksgiving character, recently immigrated Molly and her mother create a doll that looks like their Russian Jewish culture, because they are pilgrims too. Happy viewing!

The Sounds of Silence

They're always there amid the noise and bustle of our daily lives though we never quite notice them until the silence of a summer morning or the tranquility of a perfect twilight brings them into our awareness. Birdsongs; they're as close as our own backyard. Robins and bluejays, finches and sparrows all sharing their own unique language with us if we choose to listen.

We have a wonderful guide in our collection that not only gives vivid descriptions and beautiful color images but also the actual distinct calls made by each bird with just the touch of a button. Check out The Backyard Birdsong Guide by Donald Kroodsma for a really unique look into the lyrical world of our feathered friends.

Kanzashi in Bloom

KanzashiKanzashi in Bloom: 20 Simple Fold-and-Sew Projects to Wear and Give
by Diane Gilleland

Kanzashi is a Japanese technique of folding and sewing fabric into beautiful shapes, like the flowers featured in this book. The flowers range in size from small enough to be used as earrings to some large enough to compose a bouquet or accent a wall hanging. This is a technique I'm anxious to practice.

Steampunk?

Steampunk appears to be gaining steam… but what exactly is it? Well, here is a definition from Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.

The Library is Everywhere!

If you've been keeping up with Thorndyke's blog, you probably know we had some serious trick-or-treating going on at the library yesterday. What you might not know is that we're also going to be at the trick-or-treat parade at the Summit tomorrow! If you're going to be there, keep an eye out for librarians in costume handing out treats. Our library staff really gets around Canton; just last week we were at IKEA Metro Detroit, where they let us have a storytime right in the middle of their store! So keep an eye out for future events: you never know where the library might turn up.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Boy did I have a great morning! I got to help out at the Halloween Fun program. Not only that, I was the Grand Marshall for the Trick or Treat parade portion of the program! What fun! I saw some old friends and made some new ones. I really really loved all the kids in their cool and cute costumes! You should really should have seen all the fun we had. But guess what? You still can! Just check out the Canton Public Library's Flickr account! 'Cause let's face it, no one can resist seeing pictures of cute kids in costumes. Which reminds me, are you coming to the library on Halloween? I wanna see your costumes! So make sure the library's on your stop this Halloween — early because we close at six. You might just see some unusual library staff that day--and Friday too!!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke