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Diana Wynne Jones (1934-2011)

British writer Diana Wynne Jones passed away today at the age of 76. She was the author of many works of fantasy fiction that are enjoyed by both children and young adults. One of her novels, Howl's Moving Castle, was made into an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. Find a more complete list of her books and see what other great books by Diana Wynne Jones are available at the Canton Public Library.

Make Your Own Memory In A Box

There's still plenty of space available in our Make Your Own Memory In a Box program for tweens. Fifth and sixth graders — do you like scrapbooking? Then come and decorate a box to hold a special memory, just like a scrapbook page. Bring a few photos to glue on; we will provide boxes and crafting supplies. Register online now!
Program Date: March 26, 2:00-2:45PM

[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]

Steven Kroll

Steven Kroll, the author of 96 books for children, passed away on March 8 at the age of 69.

Kroll wrote such children's favorites as That Makes Me Mad!, The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, and Jungle Bullies. Find a more complete listing of his books and see what we have available in the library.

Mem Fox

March 5th is author Mem Fox's birthday. Here in the U.S. it's still March 4th, but right now in Adelaide, Australia where Mem Fox lives, it's already March 5th! If you aren't familiar with Mem's books, check out some of my favorites listed below.

Harriet, you'll drive me wild by Mem Fox; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Time for bed by Mem Fox; illustrated by Jane Dyer

Lunch Box Cookery

Bored with the same old brown-bag lunches? Can't take the thought of another plain PBJ or tuna-fish sandwich? Grab some lunch box cookbooks to help you out. Find something new for those weekday lunches at school, or some fresh ideas for lunchtime at home. Check out some of these books listed below for inspiration.

Brown bag success: making healthy lunches your kids won't trade by Sandra K. Nissenberg and Barbara N. Pearl

Paula Deen's cookbook for the lunch-box set by Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit; illustrated by Susan Mitchell

Pinkalicious Easy Reads

Hey kids! Did you know that you can now find Pinkalicious books in the Readers section of the Children's Department? We've got two new titles in this easy-to-read format. Check them out:

Pink around the rink by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: school rules by Victoria Kann

So next time you're looking for Pinkalicious books, remember that they're not only in the Picture Books section, and don't forget to check the Readers section!

Valentine's Day Celebration

Families with children ages 4-9 can enjoy stories, sweets and treats on Valentine's Day at this program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Register online now.

Program Date: February 14 from 7:00-8:00PM

The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook

Does your baby, toddler, or preschooler need help sleeping peacefully through the night? Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, has the guide for you. West's book, The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook will teach you techniques for giving your child a good night's rest. Covering the newborn stage up to age five, this book offers many solutions for the tired household. Check it out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Local Illustrator Wins Caldecott Medal!

Each year, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. Ann Arbor illustrator Erin E. Stead has won the 2011 Caldecott Medal for the picture book A Sick Day for Amos McGee! In this funny story illustrated with woodblock prints, Amos, a shy zookeeper, gets a surprise visit from his animal friends while at home with a cold.
Congratulations to Ms. Stead on winning this prestigious award!

Target Reading Pledge

Take the Target Pledge to spend time reading with the children in your lives. For each pledge received, Target will donate one book to a child in need, up to one million books! All you'll need is a valid e-mail address to count your pledge. Sign up today and make the future bright for your child as well as others. A few great read-together titles for you to consider:

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle

Where are Dora and Diego?

"Where are the Dora books?" "Where are the Diego books?" These are two questions the Children's Librarians often hear. While we have many Dora and Diego books in the Picture Book section, don't forget that there's another place to find them. That place is the Readers section, where you can find books for both Dora and Diego shelved under J READER DOR. Ask a librarian to show you next time you come to the library!

Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet

Have you ever wanted to make your own homemade food for your baby, but think you'd never have time to do so? The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet offers over 200 healthy recipes, and many of them can be made in less than ten minutes. You'll rest assured knowing what goes into every bite of food your baby takes!

Story Blocks

Story Blocks is a great resource for parents, caregivers and librarians alike. A project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, Story Blocks is filled with short video demonstrations of rhymes, songs and fingerplays for your baby, toddler, or preschooler. You'll pick up some useful early literacy tips, and a little Spanish vocabulary, too, thanks to a selection of bilingual video clips. Explore the videos and learn something new that your little one will love. I've definitely learned a few new tricks for story time!

Holiday Books

Have you ever wished you could browse all the books for a certain holiday at once? Now you can! The Children's Department now has a section just for holiday books. You'll be able to find picture books for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and many more holidays with the greatest of ease. This new section is located across from the Parenting magazines in the Children's Department. Ask a librarian to show you next time you stop in. Happy Holidays!

Pajama Storytime

Families with kids up to age 5, wear your PJs to this special storytime filled with bedtime stories, songs and a craft. Register online now.

Program date: Monday, December 6, 7:00-7:45PM