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National Sandwich Day

Did you know that November 3 is National Sandwich Day? Legend has it that Englishman John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, created the first sandwich in 1762 by putting meat between two pieces of bread. Celebrate National Sandwich Day by eating your favorite, or inventing a new kind of sandwich. Find some inspiration in this Super Sandwiches cookbook.

Tween Book and Pizza

There's still space available in this month's Tween Book and Pizza book discussion. Register online and pick up a copy of the book at the Children's Desk. This month's selection is Flip by David Lubar.

Date: November 6th at 2:00PM

Driven Crazy?

Do you ever find yourself saying, "My kids are driving me crazy!" Rest assured, you aren't the only one! Help — My Kid Is Driving Me Crazy is a useful guide to dealing with the various ways kids push the envelope. Learn how to deal with manipulation and keep it from happening over and over again, and bring peace back to your household! Find it in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Storytime @ the Farmer's Market

Drop by the Canton Farmer's Market this Sunday, October 17th, for a special Halloween storytime put on by the Canton Public Library. Dress up in costume, enjoy a Halloween story, and make a Halloween craft. Two sessions, 11:00AM and 1:00PM

The Farmer's Market is located at Preservation Park (at the Bartlett-Travis House), 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton. See you there!

Happy October!

It's October 1st and I'm ready for pumpkins. What about you? Get in the mood for fall and read a pumpkin book. Here are two that are easy to read on your own.

Oh my, pumpkin pie! by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Kenneth Spengler

Marley and the runaway pumpkin by based on the bestselling books by John Grogan; text by Susan Hill; interior illustrations by Lydia Halverson

Or if you want to read about more of the other fun things that happen in fall, try these books below.

Love in Spoonfuls

Need a new cookbook for your baby or toddler's meals? Try Love in Spoonfuls from the editors of Parenting magazine. It's full of new recipe ideas for your child from age six months to two years. Accompanying are fabulous color photos of these easy-to-make, healthy recipes. Check it out from the Parenting section for a change of pace at baby's mealtime.

Second Grade Book Discussion

Registration opens today for the Second Grade Book Discussion on Tuesday, September 21st at 5:00PM. This month we'll be talking about Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet! Register online, then pick up a copy of the book at the Children's Desk. See you there!

Say Hello To Your Friends

Are you a fan of the Baby-Sitters Club book series? Kids ages 8 and up can join us for activities, crafts, snacks, and some fun talk about the books.
This program takes place Tuesday, September 7th from 7:00-8:00PM.
Register online now!

Ready-For-School Easy Reads

Are you preparing for school to start in the next few weeks? Whether you're going off to school for the very first time or you're already an old pro at first days, we have some suggestions for great books all about going back to school! You can find them in the Readers section of the Children's Department.

Amanda Pig, school girl by Jean Van Leeuwen ; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Angel Cat Sugar. Sweet school day by Ellie O'Ryan ; illustrated by Sachiho Hino ; Angel Cat Sugar characters created by Yuko Shimizu

Write It, Film It Video Contest

Want a chance at YouTube fame and some other cool prizes? Reading Rockets is looking for young filmmakers and creative writers to enter their Write It, Film It Video Contest. Open to kids ages 7-18, the contest allows entrants to choose from a list of seven categories for their movie. Movies must be no more than three minutes long, and submissions may be done individually or as a crew of two. For all the contest rules and how to enter, check out the official rules page. Deadline for submission is August 30!
[Photo courtesy of Scott Kinmartin on flickr]

DOGO News

Kids, do want to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news that matters to you? Do you wish there was a great website full of articles written with you in mind? Look no further. Head on over to DOGO News and take a look around. DOGO is filled with news stories covering current events, sports, science, and more — and it's all geared toward kids. The coolest part is that many of DOGO's articles are actually written by kids just like you! Check it out!

Ooey Gooey Oobleck!

Children, grades 3-4, try your hand at making this strange substance and see for yourself! Is this gooey concoction a solid or a liquid? This program takes place July 28 from 2:00-2:45 PM. Register now!

Mitten Award

Are you looking for an award-winning book so you can complete your Summer Reading log? Don't forget about books that have won the Mitten Award. This award is given yearly to an outstanding children's book that has captured the attention of youth librarians across the state of Michigan.

For a listing of books that have won the Mitten Award, click here.

June 24 is International Fairy Day

Did you know that June 24th is International Fairy Day? It's true! Celebrate by reading some books about your favorite fairies. We have the Rainbow Magic series , as well as other books about fairies in both the fiction and nonfiction sections of the Children's Department. Check some out and enjoy the magic and sparkles that fairies bring to you.

Happy Birthday, Richard Scarry!

Richard Scarry, beloved children's book author, was born June 5th, 1919. Famous for many of his works, including those featuring the Busytown characters, Scarry began publishing children's books in 1948. One of his most-loved titles, Best Word Book Ever, made its debut in 1963 and has remained popular ever since. You'll find many of Richard Scarry's books in the Children's Department in both the picture books and Readers sections. Check them out!