Did you miss our Garden Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

From Storytime

This week, the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged and/or banned books of 2018. Which challenged books have you read?

For more information, visit the Banned & Challenged Books page of the Office for Intellectual Freedom's website. 

George by Alex Gino

Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character

Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints

Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section. 

Ask the passengers : a novel by 1970- A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The We Need Diverse Books movement began in 2014 as a call to reform the publishing industry. It is now a nonprofit organization which promotes young people's literature that is reflective of many diverse backgrounds. The titles below represent a sample of books showcasing main characters of color, LGBTQIA characters, and characters with disabilities or mental illnesses. For more suggestions, visit Where To Find Diverse Books or the Walter Award

BIPOC Characters

After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.

Love is hard...but reading about it isn't! These romantic titles are sweet, charming, and easy to dive into. 

Camp by Lev AC Rosen

At Camp Outland, a camp for LGBTQIA teens, sixteen-year-old Randall "Del" Kapplehoff's plan to have Hudson Aaronson-Lim fall in love with him succeeds, but both are hiding their true selves.

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn

The Tech sisters don't date in high school. Not because they're not asked. Not because they're not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name--hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they're not allowed. Until now..

Tween Test Kitchen

Do you want to experiment in the kitchen? This is your chance! Test out your cooking chops with unique and silly recipes that you can recreate at home. All supplies will be provided.

For ages 9-12. Registration is required and begins July 11. 

Some recipes may contain dairy, gelatin, or gluten. Substitutions for these will be provided when possible.

[#Food by Med Coolman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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With the debut of Hamilton at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, no one can get enough of the Founding Father! Use your CPL card to learn more about the music and the man himself, Alexander Hamilton. 

Books

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Hi/Lo Fiction offers subject matter of high interest to teens, written for those who are reading at a lower level. These titles are sure to spark interest and encourage engagement!

Looking for more? Trying searching the series Orca Limelights or Orca Soundings.

Raw talent by Jocelyn Shipley

In this high-interest novel for teen readers, Paisley has to get over her fear of performing in public if she ever wants to be a famous pop star.

Identify by 1951- Lesley Choyce

Anxiety-ridden Ethan is befriended by Gabriella, who prefers to dress in masculine clothes and be called Gabe, and becomes embroiled in a school-wide controversy when he confronts Gabe's tormentor.

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

Got a case of the winter blues? Recharge with our Fully Charged Spark Sheet! Explore the many library services available to you beyond books and movies. With your CPL card, you have access to:

  • Hoopla (streaming music, comics, ebooks, movies, TV shows)
  • Kanopy (streaming movies)
  • RBdigital (digital magazines)
  • Mango Languages (language learning)

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