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Celebrate Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week Poster with Animals

This year is the 99th anniversary of Children's Book Week. This celebration of children's and teen literature draws attention to the importance of good books for young people. This year, the program inspiration is "One World, Many Stories" and celebrations last from April 30 to May 6. 

Show your support of children's literature at the library during the week of April 30 to May 6. Come dressed as your favorite children's book character and take your picture with Thorndyke our library bear. Or stop by our Children's Reference Desk to pick up additional activities. #CBW18 

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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.

Registration required. Register for individual sessions by clicking the link below. 

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Every year the Canton Public Library staff name their favorite book of the year.  This list is a mixture of  Adult, Teen, Tween, and Children's Non-fiction published between December 2016 - December 2017.

When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common--it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services. 

Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.  In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world's birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species--by far the biggest birding year on record. This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us--and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.

Do you have a traveler's soul? Would you love to try food from another country? Have you ever thought about what it was like in the home country of your ancestors? Canton Public Library has a wonderful database that can help you do all those things! The Global Road Warrior database is located in our list of amazing databases that are available to you both at the library and from home with your Canton Public Library Card. Start traveling today!

Ready to head over to the Teen Space for the first time? These books are great transitions for middle schoolers just starting out with YA.

The angel experiment by James Patterson

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

When Sunday Woodcutter, the youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week, kisses an enchanted frog, he transforms back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland-- a man Sunday's family despises.

Do you enjoy reading books about adventures? Want to learn more about Americans who settled out west and on the prairie during the 1800's? Take a look at these books to see what life was like during this time!

In this original tall tale, Delicious describes her family's journey from Iowa to Oregon in the 1800s. Daddy loves the idea of going west but he can't bear to leave his apple trees behind. He constructs two special wagons, fills them with "good, wormy dirt," and packs in hundreds of plants and trees

In her journal, Rachel chronicles her family's adventures traveling by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail in 1850.

Every year the Canton Public Library staff name their favorite book of the year.  This list is a mixture of  Adult, Teen, Tween, and Children's fiction published between December 2016 - December 2017.

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

"A generations-spanning family of psychics--both blessed and burdened by their abilities--must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us. The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there's Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?"--.

The nix by Nathan Hill
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

"An epic novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own"--.

Did you get a chance to watch the new Anne of Green Gables movie on PBS? Interested in reading the books or watching other movies? Check out this list of Anne of Green Gables titles we have here at the library!

Now thirteen years old, Anne juggles spending time with her best friend Diana, her new friend Gilbert, and keeping Matthew's illness a secret from Marilla..

Set in 1907, orphan Anne Shirley is sent to Prince Edward Island to live with middle-aged brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had wanted to adopt a boy.

Chess Plus

Build your strategic thinking skills while enjoying fun gameplay with the classic board games chess, checkers, and mancala. Assistance about how to play will be provided, or just find a partner and get started playing. No registration required; just drop in! For ages 7 and up.

 

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