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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

Family Halloween Party

Children in grades Kindergarten thru fourth grade are invited to this Halloween program with a caregiver. Don't forget to wear your costume! Register online beginning October 10. Funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library
Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:00 PM

Plush Pets

Children ages 3-5 can bring their favorite stuffed animal to this program designed especially for the both of you. Special stories and a snack will be part of the fun on October 13, 7:00-7:45 PM.
Register online beginning September 29.

Michigan eLibrary

Michigan eLibrary, or MeL for short, is a great site for students that features many sources of information like full text articles, genealogy, reading advice and online resources, just to name a few. Or check out a YouTube video tutorial which gives a good overview of MeL resources that targets middle/high school students through freshman/sophomores in college.

Eyes on Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country and the children's department offers a lot of books to help you learn about its history and ancient sites. Tour Egypt also offers teachers, parents, and kids information about Egypt's monuments, ancient and modern life, as well as travel and events.

Cake Boss

Do you love cake? Well, it isn't just for birthdays anymore. We will have cake stories, a cake craft and cupcake decorating at this program designed for children ages 5-8. This program will be on September 22, 7:00-7:45 PM. Register online beginning September 8.

Little Book, Big Advice

Sometimes the simplest stories have the most to say. Children's stories can be that way and often give us a lot to think about. Children's authors Eileen and Jerry Spinelli recognize this in their book Today i will . This little book gives a years worth of interesting quotes from children's fiction books, and then challenges the reader with some thoughts and advice. Check out this little green book in the J800 section.

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.