Catalog

Search our Catalog

Marianne's Blog

Brain, Child

Brain, Child is a parenting magazine described as "the magazine for thinking mothers." First published in 2000, it is the only literary magazine that's dedicated to motherhood. Acclaimed writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Hoffman and Anne Tyler have all contributed content to this magazine. Go to the Brain, Child website to find out more, and check out copies at the Canton Public Library - you'll find it alongside our other parenting magazines in the Children's Department.

Staying Awake For 2010

Have you ever tried to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve so you could ring in the new year with everyone? For some people, that's easy! But some need to practice staying up so they don't fall asleep. Read Just In Time For New Year's to find out how kittycats Harry and Emily do just that. Maybe you can even try their idea and see if it works for you! Happy New Year!

The Christmas Penguin

Rollie the penguin has one Christmas wish: to be able to fly, just like a reindeer! But penguins can't fly - even though they're birds. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus asks Rollie to help him deliver toys to all the children. Even though Rollie can't fly, there's something else he can do that most other birds can't.  Find out what that is when a bag of toys drops from Santa's sleigh and it's up to Rollie to save the day!

Together: Creating Family Traditions

This is the time of year when many family traditions are celebrated. Is your family looking for some new ones to share? Together: Creating Family Traditions is filled with recipe and project ideas for holidays throughout the year. For Christmas, there's a yummy recipe for pears in spiced cider, and a fun project to make a lovely garland of glass beads. Take a look and get inspired to create some new memories for yourself and your children!

Waiting For Snow

Well, we didn't get very much snow last night like the weather people kept predicting. I woke up this morning and it was all gone! Looks like it all turned into rain. Are you waiting impatiently for a big snow so that you can go out and play in it (and maybe have a snow day off from school)? Read some books about snow while you wait. I like Oliver And Amanda And The Big Snow, Sam's Snowy Day, and The Snowball.  Hopefully, we won't have to wait too much longer to see those snowflakes coming down again!

Wash Your Hands!

What's the easiest way to stop the spread of germs during this cold and flu season? Wash your hands! This week, December 6-12, happens to be National Handwashing Awareness Week. Go to www.henrythehand.com to find out more about handwashing, germs, and overall health. We want everyone to stay healthy over the holidays, so keep on washing with soap and water as much as possible!

Holiday Reads

Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to-read Christmas tales to get you in the spirit:

Arthur's Christmas cookies by words and pictures by Lillian Hoban

Aunt Eater's mystery Christmas by story and pictures by Doug Cushman

Make Reading Easy With Bob Books

The Bob Books are written with three-letter words and short sentences in order to make learning to read super easy! These are some well-loved books — they always seem to be checked out. We keep them in the Readers section in the Children's Department. If you can't find any on the shelf, just ask a librarian about requesting a hold on them and we'll be happy to help!

Supernanny to the rescue

I've always enjoyed watching "Supernanny" Jo Frost work her magic on her TV show. You may not know that she also has a few books out to help parents. Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children and Ask Supernanny: What Every Parent Wants to Know may just be the next best thing to getting a real live visit from Jo. Check them out today and get Jo's sound, practical advice working for you and your kids.

Try Tongue Twisters Today

Today, November 7th, is International Tongue Twister Day. What is a tongue twister? "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." Or, "She sells sea shells down by the sea shore." One of my favorites, though short and sweet, is harder to say than you think: "Unique New York." Try that one a few times fast and you'll see what I mean! Check out some of our fun tongue twister books and see how well you can do!
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Sweet potatoes have their own month?

Yes, it's true. November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month. So what exactly are we supposed to be aware of when it comes to sweet potatoes? Well, here's two things to be aware of: sweet potatoes and yams are not the same! Strange, but true. Also, sweet potato fries are really, really tasty. I know because I've had them myself! Read this book called Sweet Potato Pie to see another way this veggie can be enjoyed, then, check out World War II Days, which includes a recipe so you can make your own sweet potato pie, too! Yum! [Photo courtesy of eLibrary]

Vegetarian Kids

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. If you've been thinking of converting your family to a vegetarian diet, the library has books that can help you get started. Raising Vegetarian Children is a handy resource for parents who would like to get their kids on the path to a healthy, vegetarian lifestyle. Also, check out some of the many cookbooks we have on vegetarian cooking for recipe ideas.

A Fall Leaf Project

In some places in the U.S., leaves don't change color in the fall. It's kind of hard to imagine that with all the reds, yellows, and oranges that we're seeing here right now, but there are parts of the country that don't get to enjoy that. In Fall Leaf Project, a first-grade class decides to send some of their colorful fall leaves to another first-grade class in a different state where the leaves don't change color. What a nice thing to do - share fall with others who don't always get to experience it! Maybe they could share some of their warm, summerlike weather with us when we get to January, don't you think?

Eat Better, Eat Together!

October is National Eat Better; Eat Together Month. It's a time for families to sit down together and celebrate the family meal. It may seem difficult to do this with everyone's busy schedules, but making the effort is well worth it. Sharing mealtime conversation with one another is an excellent way for families to stay connected. Read more about the benefits of eating together in The Surprising Power of Family Meals.