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St. Patrick's Day

This Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day. This day is held in honor of St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to the Irish people in the 400's A.D. Over 34 million Americans have some Irish in their blood. But don't worry if you don't. Everyone is at least a little Irish on this day. So wear some green, try some corned beef and cabbage, and "may the wind be always at your back."

Potato Chips

Did you know that March 14 is potato chip day? Potato chips came around in 1853 when Commodore Cornelius Vandervilt sent his fried potatoes back to a chef because they were too thick. The chef sliced them thin, boiled them in oil, fried them, added salt, and sent them back as a joke. But they were an immediate hit! One Michigan company that specializes in potato chips and celebrates its 80th year in Detroit is Better Made Potato Chips. Congratulations Better Made, on a successful Michigan business.

Guess Who?

Hey Kids,
Here's a question for you to answer from the children's department. If you think you know the answer, stop by the children's desk from Monday, February 27 to Monday, March 12 and let us know what animal you think this is:
  • I am intelligent
  • I have an excellent sense of smell
  • I can run a seven minute mile
  • In one children's book I am friends with a spider
We will give you a special bookmark for your correct answer. Good Luck!

Reliable George

George did it by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain ; illustrated by Larry Day — Do you ever get nervous about a big job you have been asked to do? George Washington did. Americans wanted George to be the first President of the United States, and George didn't want to do it. He was nervous about this huge job and all that it entailed. But George was a humble and reliable man, and he put aside his own feelings to help his new country when they needed him. A true hero, George Washington's birthday is on February 22.

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days so they can be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

Target Family Reading: Love is in the Air

On Thursday, February 9, from 7:00-7:45 PM, love is in the air! Along with great love stories there will be crafts, a delicious snack and a free book to add to your collection at home. This Valentine's Day themed programming is supported by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Parent Blogs

Moms and Dads can learn a lot from other parents in the ever growing parenting blogs. On one site, Geek Dad, parents blog about their experiences raising kids in the digital age. Technology, family friendly projects and pop culture are topics that are covered. Cool Mom Picks is another site that gives parents tips on clothes, gifts, and books, to name a few.

Valentine Fun

Valentine's Day is coming up and it's a great time to share your creativity and love for your family. Create your own valentine card for those you love or make a yummy treat with your parents. Special creations are a great way to say "I Love You." Don't forget to check out some books on love at the library too.

For the Birds

Birds of a feather by Jane Yolen — Striking photographs are what caught my eye right away on Jane Yolen's new book. This book has 14 spirited poems about familiar, as well as less common birds in the Eastern U.S. Each poem is matched with a photograph of the bird with realistic colors and sharp details. Yolen has written over 300 books for children and won many medals for her work.

Let's Explore!

Into the unknown: how great explorers found their way by land, sea, and air by Stewart Ross — Brave explorers have vivid stories to tell and they range from sailing on the oceans to landing on the moon. This book takes a fascinating look at the adventures of many great explorers. Fresh storytelling and unfolding cutaways and cross sections keep the reader engaged.

Poetry-Fiction

Edgar Allan's official crime investigation notebook by Mary Amato — There's a thief at Wordsworth Elementary School and Edgar is determined to find out who it is! But this thief doesn't just stop with the classroom goldfish. Soon other classroom items disappear, and the culprit is leaving poems behind for clues. A fun mystery that will surprise readers at how much fun poetry can be.

Twinkle, Twinkle…

Twinkling lights are not just in the night sky this time of year. It's fun to see lights sparkling on houses and trees as well. Whether in the nativity story, or on top of a tree, stars are magical and a wonder to enjoy. There are so many stars in the universe, that an actual number has not been concluded. In the meantime, just enjoy those "diamonds in the sky" on a clear night. You can learn more about stars from books at the library.

History Teaches

Looking back on our American history is an important subject to review as adults, and teach to our children. History can help us learn from mistakes and make our journey better for the future. Teachers that bring history alive and make it interesting for children are a special breed. Check out the J900 section in the children's department which brings our history alive through various series like American History by Decade or Decades of the 20th Century.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so the old saying goes. Apples are very healthy for you and better yet, they're a super delicious snack. October is apple month, and the perfect time for great tasting apples. Did you know there are over 7,500 different types of apple trees? Wow! And don't forget to try apples in different ways like in apple pie, caramel apples or apple muffins. Learn more about apples at the library and at the Michigan Apples site.

To Grandparents Storytime we go…

Grandmas and Grandpas will have as much fun as the grandkids at this special program designed for both of you. Stories, songs, and a craft will all be part of the festivities. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share together.
Monday, November 7, 10:00-10-45 AM
No Registration required