Tweens

The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist of Literature for Young People has been announced. The finalists will be announced on October 10th, so be sure to check back! See the full list of ten at the website or find the books to read from the library.

The poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by Eugene (ILT) Eugene/ Yelchin M. T./ Yelchin Anderson

Screen-Free Spree

Join us in the Children's Library as we turn off the tech and tune in to the world around us. Our iPads and AWE computers will be tucked away, but entertainment is guaranteed! Connect with new friends as you try an analog craft, activity, or game. Enjoy pop-up storytimes throughout the day, interactive play opportunities, and more. Take a break from your screen...it'll be there tomorrow!

Activities will be available all day and all ages are welcome. No registration required. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 22 - 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Children's Library

This day celebrates the sport of geocaching, a real life treasure hunting game which involves using GPS devices to locate hidden containers called geocaches in a variety of locations around the world.  Geocaching is a fun way to work with friends to find items while exploring the outdoors or other new locations.  According to the website www.geocaching.com, there are 4,479 geocaches around Canton.  Check out the resources below to learn how to geocache or to read stories in which geocaching plays a central role!

Teaches readers how to use a Global Positioning System receiver in order to find caches, or hidden objects, while out hiking, and learning orienteering.

Niblet & Ralph by Zachariah OHora

Two cats that look alike live in the same building and, when they sneak out to visit one another, worry their young owners by their changed behavior.

I am a cat by Galia Bernstein

Simon, the housecat, points out that he may not roar like a lion or run fast like a cheetah, but he has many other things in common with the big cats.

Floaty by John Himmelman

Mr. Raisin is a bit of a grump. He lives all alone in a little house, and he likes it that way just fine. One day, a mysterious basket appears on Mr. Raisin's doorstep. When he opens it up, it seems there's nothing inside... until he notices a floating dog bobbing along his ceiling.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Get ready for a SCARY good time at Canton Public Library! On October 30th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, scary stories will be shared in a campfire like setting. The storyteller will read, IN THE DARK, a selection of stories from Alvin Schwartz's book, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." Participants will also share their own scary stories as the flashlight gets passed around the circle. Make sure your register for this SCARY literature experience!

  • Registration Required
  • Ages 9 - 17
  • Tuesday, October 30th, 7:00 pm to 8:00pm

 

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, October 30 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Registration required.

The New Bookshelf is stuffed with great stories and new characters. Be sure to spend some time with them this summer.

When Lizzie and Gael share an irresistible challenge, to find the peacock ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo, Paloma decides it is the perfect way to honor her father.

Summer is a great time to learn new things just for the fun of it! Our new nonfiction is a great place to find a variety of topics that will enlighten your summer days.

Who doesn't love a great mystery? This book presents the eerie accidents and unexplained disappearances that have occurred in the region known as the Bermuda Triangle. Even before it was named, the Bermuda Triangle--roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico--had gained a mythic reputation. The Bermuda Triangle became famous for making boats and ships vanish, and for snatching planes right out of the sky. But are these stories true? And if they are true, is there a more sensible reason that refutes the bad karma of the region? With so many mystifying events to learn about, readers will love disappearing into this story.

In honor of World Refugee Day, browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

Click on the titles for location and availability. Additional media formats included below.

 

90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

The bone sparrow by Zana Fraillon

"Subhi's contained world as a refugee in an Australian permanent detention center rapidly expands when Jimmie arrives on the other side of the fence and she asks him to read her late mother's stories to her"--.

One of my goals for summer is to grow a garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Gardening is a great family activity that teaches children plant lifecycles and where food comes from. Here are some gardening resources for children to get your family started. 

Presents twelve gardening projects using leftover scraps from cooking, including growing celery from stubs, growing a bulb of garlic from a single clove, and growing a ginger plant from a root.

In my garden by Ruth Musgrave

Introduces gardens and gardening, including how a seed grows into a plant, how fruits and vegetables form, and what animals and insects also live in a garden.

 

National Campfire Day is the first Saturday in August, followed shortly by National S'Mores Day on August 10. Either way, curl up with a good book and a marshmallowy treat around a campfire. Suggested titles are below, with those intended for older audiences at the bottom.

Sleepless knight by James Sturm

The Knight and his trusty horse Edward go on a camping trip, but the Knight cannot sleep when he discovers he has left his beloved teddy bear behind.

Nightlights by Paul Paolilli

Celebrates all the ways, after the sun goes down, light finds a way to shine, from lighthouses and fireflies to moonlight in an owl's eyes and a crackling campfire.

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