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Free Comic Book Day, May 1st 2010!

Come to the library on May 1st and pick out a FREE comic book from Comic City. They will be available at the Children's and Teen information desks. Comic City and Mad World Radio are also teaming up for Free Comic Book Day. Music, fun, and prizes are also awaiting you at Comic City in Canton on May 1st beginning at 11:00AM as MWR broadcasts live in the store.

Pepins and their Problems

The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath
Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on their roof, or searching for cheese when their cow starts producing lemonade instead of milk, the Pepins always seem to get into bizarre scrapes. Get together with other third graders to share your ideas on how to help the Pepins solve their problems.

Register now for this Third Grade Book Discussion held Monday, April 12th at 7:00PM

Win a Wimpy Kid Movie Screening...or try anyway

by entering the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Sweepstakes. IF you win (which you may not if you are at all like the Wimpy Kid...or if you do....something will go awry) you will win a special advance screening of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie with the film's cast AND the Jeff Kinney himself for your entire school on March 18th. Learn more by going to the movie sweepstakes website. Also check out fun and factual stuff at the official Diary of a Wimpy Kid website. The library has many copies of these terrific books, and will soon have one about the making of the upcoming movie as well. Let's hear it for the Wimpy Kid!

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) is considered the first African American woman to become a millionaire. She was orphaned at age 7 and raised by her older brother. She was widowed in 1887 with one daughter after 6 years of marriage and began working as a washerwoman in St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that she developed and started selling a line of hair care products. In 1905 she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she met and married Charles J. Walker, a newspaper man. Walker demonstated and sold her products door-to-door in African American communities. She trained women to establish their own businesses for selling her hair care products and other cosmetics. The "Walker Agents" were soon well-known in the United States and the Caribbean.

George Washington Carver

Carver was born about 1864 and lived until 1943. His work as a scientist won him international fame for his agricultural research. He was especially noted for his work with peanuts. He made more than 300 products from peanuts, including a milk subsitute, face powder, ink, and soap. Carver also created more than 75 products from pecans and over 100 products from sweet potatoes. In addition, he developed a synthetic marble from wood shaving along with many other products. His achivements enabled poor Southern farmers to grow crops that would sustain them instead of just cotton. In 1910, he became head of Tuskegee's Department of Research and gave his life savings to this institute.

Bridget Biddy Mason was a...

former slave, nurse/midwife, successful entrepreneur, humanitarian and founder of Los Angeles's first African-American congregation. She was born a slave in August of 1818 on a Mississippi plantation owned by Robert Marion Smith and his wife Rebecca (Crosby) Smith. Mason had three daughters, Ellen, Ann and Harriet, whose father was reputedly Smith himself.

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Maryland. His father and grandfather were former slaves. Despite being a farmer of modest means, he lived a life of unusual achievement. He was unwilling to let his race or age hinder in any way his thirst for intellectual development and has become known as an American Scientific Pioneer. To learn more about this inspirational African American read this Signature Lives book about him. Other biographies on him for youth are also available at the library. Check some out!

Happy Birthday Mozart!

Although Mozart's life was tragically short, his music will live on forever, so he is really immortal. In fact, aliens may be hearing his beautiful musical creations right now since his music was included in that time capsule shot off into space years ago. It is just a shame that he didn't get the royalties on all the products based on his genius in recent years because he was almost always short of money. Learn more about this amazing composer by picking up some of the biographies on him in the Children's Department.

Masters of Music

Are you looking for a great biography on a decomposing composer? (I've heard there is a biography assignment now and then that requires the composer to be deader than a doornail!) Well, if that happens to be YOUR assignment the Children's Department now offers you a fine selection of the world's most awesome defunct musical masters of composition. Check out the new series, Masters of Music, in the biography collection.

Mick Morris Myth Solver is Here!

YOU must decide how to end these thrilling, sensational tales. Five different options are possible with each story, ranging from 'normal' to very scary, to freakish, to shocking, to time traveling, to computer instant messaging, etc. These exciting page-turners are full of laughs that keep guys and gals coming back for more. Get started on this great new series by Michigan author Karen Bell-Brege and illustator Darrin Brege. Visit their website and find even more fun stuff. Go Michigan literary creators!

The Youngest Templar, Book II

In Book I of The Youngest Templar, the orphan Tristan teams up with Robard Hode and Maryam on a dangerous mission to return the Holy Grail to Britain. This exciting historical saga continues in Book II, Trail of Fate, as the three adventurers work together to protect the Holy Grail as they travel across France toward England, a journey that takes them to the Cathar fortress of Montségur.
There are many other captivating stories about knights and knighthood in the Children's Department, so come in and check some out!

The Christmas Genie

You might know Dan Gutman as the author of My Weird School and My Weird School Daze series. Or perhaps you like to read the books in his Baseball Card Adventures series. Well, just in time for the holidays, he has created a classroom fantasy story that you are sure to enjoy, The Christmas Genie. "When a meteorite crashes into a fifth-grade classroom at Lincoln School in Oak Park, Illinois, the genie inside agrees to grant the class a Christmas wish — if they can agree on one within an hour.

Beethoven's Birthday - December 16th!

Ludwig van Beethoven, probably born on December 16, 1770, is one of the most well-known classical composers of all times. He is often referred to as a "giant straddling two styles," the Classical and Romatic, and is famous for his tempestuous personality as well as powerful music. His life was full of many challenges, but he managed to soar above them all and bequeathe us with some of the most beautiful, moving, and immortal music ever. How many people have the courage and determination to overcome a harsh childhood? How many would be able to perform, conduct, and write music even though they were stricken with deafness? How many would have the courage to insult a military leader as powerful as Napolean once they realized he was a two-faced dictator instead of a freedom fighter? Despite the harsh realities of Life, Beethoven ended his last major work, the 9th Symphony, with an Ode to Joy.

Brixton Brothers Challenge Hardy Boys?

Meet Steve Brixton, a fan of the Hardy Boys series and The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook. He is an aspiring detective who stumbles into a mystery involving the Maguffin quilt, a priceless artifact hidden by its last guardian before his death and is still missing. Steve must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he tries to track down this elusive quilt containing secret coded information. Action, adventure, and laugh-out-load situations are all contained with the pages of this promising start for the Brixton Brothers series. Jeff Kinney, author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, claims it is "a book kids will devour." Partake of The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett.