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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

El Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Day of the Dead with crafts! Make paper marigolds, a skull mask or an Aztec animal decoration with Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead. Make your own Q-tip skeleton with these instructions. To get you in the holiday spirit, read Clatter Bash!: a Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Cleminson Keep and Ghost Wings by Barbara M. Joosse.

November Tween Book Discussion

Registration is now open for the November Tween Book Discussion. This month we're reading The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr (Book 1 in the Children of the Lamp series). We're meeting over a pizza lunch at 2pm on Saturday, November 7, so sign up today and come to the children's reference desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Ghostly Tales

With Halloween fast approaching, it is time to read some great new ghostly tales. Spellbinder (Helen Stringer) features a twelve-year-old girl, Belladonna Johnson, who lives with the ghosts of her parents in the north of England. She teams up with an always-in-trouble classmate to investigate why all of the ghosts in the world have suddenly disappeared. Another book dealing with disappearing ghosts is by Daniel Pinkwater - The Yggyssey : how Iggy wondered what happened to all the ghosts, found out where they went, and went there. In the mid-1950s, Yggdrasil Birnbaum and her friends, Seamus and Neddie, journey to Old New Hackensack, which is on another plane, to try to learn why ghosts are disappearing from the Birnbaum's hotel and other Hollywood, California, locations.

They could do it!

When the United States entered World War II, American men went into the military and American women filled their places in the offices and factories. "We can do it" was the slogan and Rosie the Riveter was the symbol of these working women. The American Rosie the Riveter Association has gathered together the stories of the "Rosies" and, thanks to a donation by a Rosie, the Canton Library has the set of these books.

HatHeads

HatHeads: 1 Man + 2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs
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!

Save money this Halloween

Take a stroll around the Children's Library and you'll find plenty of inspiration for your Halloween costume. To save money, wear everything you already have in your favorite color and be Purplicious, Pinkalicious or Goldilicious. Pull out a toy instrument for your little one and they could be a Jazz Baby. Celebrate recycling by making a robot or a race car out of a box like our bunny friend in Not A Box. Or, team up with some friends, grab a bunch of old boxes and make your own Freight Train.

Fun History Reads

Looking for some fun history books that won't put you to sleep? Try one of the books in the You Wouldn't Want To series. Each of these books puts you in the place of an average person who lived through some crazy, exciting period in time. From constructing the pyramids to sailing on the Titanic, there's something for everyone. The CPL's newest edition is You Wouldn't Want to be a World War II Pilot! For more information on some of the books in this entertaining series check out the publisher's website.

Pumpkin Chapters

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

World Digital Library

Looking for primary documents? The World Digital Library can help. It contains manuscripts, maps, letters, rare books, recordings, film, photographs and architectural drawings from around the world and in different languages. You can browse their online collection by region, time period, topic, the type of institution that houses the item (like the Library of Congress or the Bibliotheca Alexandrina), or by the type of item. For example, here is a map of British Antarctic expeditions from 1907 to 1909 made by the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton!

Tween Book and Pizza

Get in the Halloween spirit by signing up for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club meeting on Saturday, October 31, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading The Mysterious Benedict Society - a creepy story about a mad scientist trying to brainwash the world! Full of interesting riddles and mysteries for you to solve along the way, it's sure to entertain! Registration begins Saturday, October 17, at 9am, so sign up and come to the children's reference desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Halloween Crafts and Treats

Staying home on Halloween night? Why not make it a fun family night full of crafts to make and sweet treats to eat. Checkout Halloween treats: recipes and crafts for the whole family it has lots of creative treats and crafts, to keep everyone busy. Halloween tricks & treats spooky snacks, creepy crafts and more for the whole family has wonderful ideas too!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I just wanted to make you all aware of some very important holidays this week. Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 14th is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work day. It's kinda like take your Children to Work Day, except for bears. Make sure your parents know! Probably the best way to make sure they celebrate it would be to sneak your teddy bear into their work bag before they leave. Then make sure you ask what your teddy did at work when they get home.