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.
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.
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.
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!!
by Trond Anfinnsen, photography by Klaus Nilsen Skrudland
Knitting a hat is very satisfying because it follows a predictable, easily memorized pattern and it is nearly instant gratification - a few hours and you're done! This book offers 50 variations on a basic skull cap. Make one and you're on your way to an infinite number of possibilities. Pick up your favorite yarn and go!
It's pumpkin time! And there are some great stories about them beyond the picture book collection. Pick one of these pumpkin plots:
Me and the pumpkin queen by Marlane Kennedy
Ninjas don't bake pumpkin pies by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones; illustrated by John Steven Gurney
The squampkin patch: a Nasselrogt adventure by J.T. Petty