Tweens

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Guts by Raina Telgemeier

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, the author describes her childhood anxiety, in a story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer her fears.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

American Girl Club

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Join us as we discuss a different American Girl character or theme at each meeting, and enjoy crafts, games and activities. Celebrate a love of both historical and modern stories from all walks of life.

No prior knowledge of the books or character is needed. If you have an American Girl doll feel free to bring them, and a friend! This program is open to ages 8-12.

Register for individual sessions by clicking the link below. 

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, December 18 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Josefina Montoya, 1824 Register
Wednesday, February 19 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Melody Ellison, 1964
Wednesday, April 15 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Lea Clark, 2016

If you enjoyed reading about Blaire Wilson, the American Girl of the Year 2019, you might enjoy these other books about local farming and food, and community service.

Fiction

Gabriela Rivera is a sixth-grader with a serious peanut allergy, lots of artistic talent, one friend at her school, and a total lack of self-confidence--but when she meets Daisy, the owner and baker at Daisy's Desserts, who makes allergy free treats, she finally starts to gain some confidence in her own considerable abilities.

On Tuesday the National Book Foundation unveiled the finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards. There are five finalists in each of the following categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature. The winners of the Award will be announced on November 20.

See below for the Finalist titles available at the library.

 

Trust exercise : a novel by 1969- Susan Choi
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls--until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true--though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place--revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults. 

Sabrina & Corina : stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls--until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true--though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place--revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Susan Choi's Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave readers with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults. 

Experience To Go Kits are created to help you pursue your best life and try something new. The Card-making Party Kit includes all of the supplies you may need to bring together loved ones for a crafty, creative time. Items such as blank notecards and envelopes, fine tip pens and markers, calligraphy pens, washi tape, stamps + stamp pad, and patterned paper. Also included is a book on the art of lettering and even resources for where your final product can be sent to brighten someone's day. 

Want to work on your card design skills in advance? Try one of the titles listed below:

The ultimate guide to chalk lettering and design, by a renowned chalk artist: 60 step-by-step lessons with full-colour photos, three foldout chalkboards for practice, and 12 projects including a birthday greeting, a holiday design, and fun signage for a party. 

Learn to create gorgeous hand-drawn letterforms in 14 different styles (including ribbon, wester, circus, retro and more!) and develop your own personal look with flourishes, banners and other illustration techniques. 

Start with the basics (how to write your name, design a chalk layout, create a monogram), add charming details (illustrations like flowers and snowflakes), and graduate to wonderfully creative projects including a study in heart shaped lettering, and inspirational quote in whimsical script, a coffee shop-inspired bake sale sign, greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions, festive projects for the holidays, and three different projects for a backyard blowout party (including a right-on-trend Photo Booth sign!

Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors--including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists, and graphic designers--give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favorite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos, and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.

Scary Flashlight Stories

Join us on October 29th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm to listen to scary stories told IN THE DARK. A storyteller will read a selection of scary stories using only a flashlight for light. Participants will also get a chance to share their own scary story told by flashlight or read one of the stories provided. This program is recommended for ages 8 - 12. 

 

Image: Spoooky Stories, Day 294 of 365 under (CC BY 2.0)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

BrainFuse

Brainfuse services offer a variety of tools to help you succeed, including live help from 2-11pm every day. Create an account and get started today!

*Canton Public Library card required for off-site access.

HelpNow by Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse offers live homework help, study tools, test preparation and virtual group study space for K-12 students and lifelong learners. HelpNow provides assistance in multiple formats to help you write a great paper, ace the test, or better understand a tough math problem.

JobNow by Brainfuse

JobNow by Brainfuse provides a wealth of resources to boost your career, or help with your job search. Work with a live tutor to prepare for an interview, or receive personalized feedback on your resume or cover letter.

STEAM Curiosity

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Kids aged 8-12 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math are first introduced to a topic and supporting ideas behind it. After learning about the sessions' topic, participants will be given a problem and challenged to engineer a solution or create an example. 

Registration required and begins November 21

Upcoming sessions

Friday, December 27 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Community Room Crystallography Register
Thursday, January 30 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Community Room Mystery STEAM

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the "Oscars" of the comics world. Check below for a list the award-winning titles. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con site for the complete list of categories and nominees

Best Continuing Series

Giant days. Volume ten by 1976- John Allison
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