Tweens

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

Also available in: audiobook

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson

"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart." Similar to Raina Telgemeier's style, if you're looking for more in this vein, check Thorndyke's blog post.

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced today. To explore the latest in distinguished children's and teen literature, and to see what we have in our collection, check out our posts on the Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Geisel Award, and the Printz Award.

For more information on these and other awards, check the ALA Website.

Additional 2016 award winners in our catalog are listed below.

 

Coretta Scott King Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize African American authors and illustrators.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Traces three generations of the famous Wyeth art family, offering insight into the events that shaped their achievements in a volume complemented by reproductions of their most famous masterpieces.

Illustrator James McMullan discusses how his early childhood in China and his wartime journeys with his mother influenced his life and career.

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Profiles the renowned author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, focusing on his study of medieval texts and languages and other factors that influenced his writings. Lists chronologically his published writings, including those which were edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, and published after J.R.R. Tolkien's death.

Examines the life and accomplishments of Temple Grandin, whose childhood diagnosis of autism and love of cows led her to revolutionize the livestock industry.

Recounts Emily Dickinson's schooling, seclusion, and the slant rhymes for which she became famous. Interested in exploring her poetry? Try A Brighter Garden.

This is the year to check out a new language with Mango

It is a New Year so why not learn a new language for free with your Canton Public Library card?

Mango Languages offers interactive lessons and applications for PC, MAC, Android, and iOS devices. Take a moment to check out Mango today!

Have you found yourself growing apart from a friend? Here are some stories about that very same problem.

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

The swap by Megan Shull

When seventh-grader Ellie, who is having best-friend problems, and eighth-grader Jack, who is under tremendous pressure from his father, switch bodies and lives, they learn a great deal about themselves and the opposite sex.

11 birthdays by Wendy Mass

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Two different times for two different age groups! The Canton Public Library is expanding it's Minecraft offerings! Participate in themed-builds in Creative Mode with your friends, collaborate, show off your skills, and provide feedback for future events. No swearing or griefing will be allowed. Participants must have a basic knowledge of the game and have their own PC account. Demo, Playstation and XBox accounts are not compatible with our server. Registration is required.

For kids ages 8-16 years old: Monday, January 18, from 1:00-2:30 PM in the Computer iLab

For kids ages 11 years old and up: CANCELLED

Calling all cyber-sleuths!  Develop your detective skills at Web Detectives on Wednesday, February 17, 2:00-3:00 PM, in the Community Room.  You'll learn how to evaluate web sites and determine if the information they provide is reliable.  This program is for ages 9-12 and registration is required.

Macbook Pro Keyboard by Wee Keat Chin (CC BY 2.0) (modified with magnifying glass)

DiceRoll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming. This monthly program takes place the fourth Monday of every month. Have fun using your imagination while also working on building problem-solving skills, practicing mathematics and chart-reading, and learning new vocabulary. The next session is February 22, 4:30-5:30 PM. All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice. This program is suggested for ages 9-12, and no registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We're happy to announce the start of the Children's Department remodeling project in January 2016.  Due to our limited meeting space during this time, instead of meeting on a monthly basis we’ll be emailing our list when volunteer opportunities arise. You can sign-up on a first-come, first-served basis for those hands on events from January through May 2016. We’ll update the monthly calendar when regular meetings will begin again. 

 If you would like to be added to our email list, submit your information to the librarians or by using our online form, located in the volunteer section on our website.

We truly appreciate the great assistance from our tween volunteers, and want to direct you to other volunteer opportunities in the area. Some great resources in your search are:

 

PB&J Club: http://pbjoutreach.org/volunteer/

Open Door Ministry Food Pantry takes volunteers of all ages on a weekly basis on Thursday evenings: http://www.opendoorfoodministry.org/wanttohelp.php

For other opportunities, the city maintains a list of local volunteer opportunities at http://www.canton-mi.org/582/Volunteer-Scholarship-Opportunities

 

Please contact me, Michelle, or Amelia at (734) 397-0999 with any questions.

 

 

 

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