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Parent Workshop

Parents,
If you have a college-bound high school student this may be the workshop for you. Huntington Learning Center has a free 30-40 minute parent workshop on the College Entrance/Application process and how you can help your child with the ACT/SAT exam. Refreshments, raffle prizes, and tours will be offered on Aug. 9, 7-9:00 p.m. Call 734-207-7930 for more information.

Outdoor Stories

Hey Families,
We're going to have a family program outside this summer with stories, songs/activities. Bring a blanket and a snack and be prepared to join in. You can even get an entertainment badge for this in our Connect Your Summer program. The program will be July 20, from 10:00 to 10:45AM.

Summer Reading

Summer is a great time of year for some fun, easy reading. We hope all kids and families are taking advantage of a little leisure time this summer by catching up on some great books. Reading is fun to do with others as well. Parents can read to kids, kids can read to parents, and siblings can read to each other. And don't forget about grandparents and babysitters. You also have the advantage in the summer of broadening your reading corners. Try reading on a raft in the pool, under a shady tree, or in a tent. Check out reading categories in Connect your Summer. Happy Summer Reading!

Do You Have The Blues?

Did you know July is national Blueberry Month? Blueberries are a delicious fruit and super good for you too. Plus, there are many different ways to enjoy them… Blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, blueberry pancakes, blueberry ice cream, blueberry smoothies, just to name a few. And of course blueberries have some loyal fans to be sure like, the Smurfs and Madame Blueberry, not to mention our loyal bear, Thorndyke. There are even many books named after blueberries. So go get the blues and have yourself some great summer snackin'.

Happy Birthday U.S.A.

Children ages 5-8 can come to our U.S.A. program that will celebrate Independence Day with stories, a craft, and a snack. Wear red, white and blue and join the fun! Register online beginning June 14.

Flag Day

June 14 is Flag Day, and with the Fourth of July coming up we will see our flag flying in many places. It took many years for our flag to look the way it does now, as changes in our nation brought changes to the flag. In 1818 Congress made a decision that there would only be 13 stripes in the flag, representing each colony, and there would be a star for every state. In 1912 President Taft decided the stars should be in rows. That is how our flag looks today. So wave it proudly in a parade, or hang it high at your home, as it represents freedom and our great country!

Parenting Help

Hey Parents,
Summer is here and the kids are home. Are you already dreading those two words, "I'm bored"? Well check out the parenting collection in the Children's department. We have a variety of topics in this collection with parenting advice, as well as books to give you tips on summer activities to do with your children. The green hour will help you get your kids outside and Summer smarts for cool kids will help you encourage thinking skills while entertaining at the same time. Family Travel & Resorts is also great if you're going on a vacation.

Beach Party Fun!

Can't wait for summer vacation? Then get the party started early and come to our beach party program on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00PM. Children ages 4-9 can come hear stories, play a game and have a snack at this sunny program. Don't forget your beach towel and sunglasses. Register online beginning May 24.
This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Poetry — Birthdays, Alligator Pie and Detestable Vegetables

What do these three topics have in common? Well, they are all covered in the poetry section in the children's department. We have poems on all different kinds of subjects from baseball to ice cream to best friends. Not only do our poetry books cover all kinds of topics, but there are many that are very funny to read. When you feel like a few giggles check out Exploding Gravy or Oh, No! Where are my Pants? You'll find these books in the J800 section in the Children's Department, or a librarian can direct you right to the poetry books. They're also easy to find this month on our octagon book display. So check out our awesome poetry section where the reading is easy, and fun.

African Tribes

It's always good to have options and different sources of information for school reports and assignments. For those kids looking for report information on African Tribes, here are some websites for you. Art and Life in Africa: Peoples Resource and Information on African Tribes and African People. These sites are a quick way to find information on tribes, especially when a book is not available.

Everything Green

Hey Kids,
Being green is definitely the color to be these days, whether you're a kid or a frog. Kermit the frog from the Muppets is green and even sang a song about it. This fun program for 1st-3rd graders will be all about things that are green, as well as celebrating the coming of spring. Online Registration opens April 4.
Program Date: Monday, April 18, 11:00-11:45AM.

Dogs

Reading to a friendly dog has become a popular program here at CPL. But you don't have to save your dog reading for that program alone. I bet your own dog would love for you to read to them, especially a book about dogs. The kids department has lots of fiction and non-fiction books on dogs. To keep it short and simple, check out some fun poems in It's About Dogs, Little Dogs Poems, or I Didn't Do it, which offers a irresistible glimpse into your puppy's mind.

Rain

Now that it's Spring, we can expect a few rain showers here and there. It's easy to grumble about those rainy days, but rain is all part of the water cycle that helps grow plants and trees. Rain is one of the sources for freshwater in our homes, and in factories to make paper for library books. Check out a book on rain like, One Big Rain, or Who Likes Rain, and go ahead and jump in a puddle (sshh)! And remember, those May flowers are coming!

Book Sightings!

Hey Kids,
How well do you really know your book characters, like Flat Stanley or Amelia Bedelia? One way to find out is to take some book quizzes given on the HarperCollins Children's Book Site. Lots of great books have quizzes you can take to test your knowledge, or there are also fun games to play. Look for secrets in the Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman object game or help Bernie feed the beast in The Rotten School Game. The more you read, the better you will do!

Blow Some Bubbles!

What comes in all kinds of colors and is really sweet and chewy? Bubble gum, of course. The 2nd week of March is Bubble Gum Week and it's not just for chewing. There's bubble gum ice cream, bubble gum slushies, bubble gum lip gloss… The possibilities are all over the place, and it's a favorite flavor for many kids. There's also the important job of blowing bubbles and competing with bubbles. There are even World Bubble Records out there. So if you have a lot of hot air, blow it into a bubble today, and watch it grow (or pop!).