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Help Them Read


Help get books into the hands of kids.  The Barbara Bush Foundation is partnering with Scholastic on the Help Them Read initiative. It's easy.  Just vote for your favorite book from the list provided, or suggest your own.  For every vote, Scholastic will donate one book to a program that support children and family literacy.  Vote now. Vote later.  Vote often.  

Children's Musicians You Haven't Discovered

You've exhausted Raffi, Laurie Berkner, Caspar Babypants and Jim Gill.  Looking for some fresh music?  Here's some artists you may not have found yet. 

Target Family Reading Night: CPL Winter Olympics

In preparation for Sochi 2014, we will be hosting our own Winter Olympics, Target Family Reading Night style, here at the library. Children ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers are invited to join us for games, stories and crafts on Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Every child will take home a medal.  Registration required and begins Monday, December 23rd.

Track Santa

Are you eagerly waiting for Santa to arrive?  You can track his progress towards the big day with a couple of online Santa Trackers with lots of extra holiday fun.
NORAD:  The classic Santa Tracker,  Norad has been tracking Santa for more  than 50 years.  It's website has lots of fun games and Santa info

Google: Google's Santa Tracker uses Google Maps to track where Santa is. The games here are easier if you have younger kids.

Santa Claus.net:  You'll find much of the same information here, along with a weather tracker to see what the temps are in Santa's North Pole Home.  You can also dash a last minute email to Santa. 

Loved Frozen?

Did you love Disney's newest movie release, Frozen?  Or maybe the temps this week have you just feeling frozen?  Here are icy reads, views and listens to fit your favorite theme. 

Frozen read-along storybook and CD [kit] by adapted by Calliope Glass ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Frozen: the essential guide by written by Barbara Bazaldua

Frozen land [videodisc] by Phase 4 Films, Carpediem Film & TV and 10th Ave. Productions present ; KaBOOM! Entertainment ; animation studio, Modus FX ; written by Pierre Tremblay & Roger Harvey ; adapted by Paul Risacher ; directed by Nancy Florence Savard.


Frozen [sound recording]: soundtrack by score, Christophe Beck, songwriters, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez.

November is Picture Book Month

As in many other libraries, picture books are one of the highest circulating collections here at Canton Public Library. To celebrate that, November is Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative supported by the Children's Book Council, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and other groups. Need some ideas of great picture books to share with your kids? You can sort our Kids Book Lists by Picture Books. And our helpful children librarians are always happy to suggest some of their very favorite books. The official website of Picture Book Month has lots of activities links and wonderful essays on the importance of Picture Books written by popular children's authors.

New Homework Resources

We've highlighted three new kid friendly resources on the databases section of our Kids page. They are great for homework helps or just for fun!

Early World of Learning: This is a collection of a basic encyclopedia, games and stories for our youngest patrons. There are lots of opportunities for early literacy learning fun here!

NoveList K8 Plus: Finished that series you really like and can't decide what to read next? This database provides lots of help finding read-a-likes. Does your school use Lexile Levels? You can search by Lexile Level here.

World Book Kids: The well loved physical encyclopedia set in database form. If you need pictures for an assignment, this is a great place to look.

Resources for Children's App Reviews

Are you interested in finding vetted, age appropriate apps for your child to use on your mobile device? There are several great web sites out there that do just that!

CommonSenseMedia : The website that reviews children's movies, games, books and TV shows also does apps. If you are concerned about content like violence or consumerism, you'll like this website which highlights this information in the "What Parents Need to Know" section.

Best Apps for Kids: This website, developed by a mom, lets you look for apps by age, device, category or education. And they highlight free apps on Friday.

Best Kids Apps: Another site where the reviews are written by moms, this site covers the fun and games as well as the educational. You can narrow your results by platform on this site, which significantly sharpens your search at the start. There's also a link at the home page highlighting the currently popular apps.

The iMums: This is a global review site, with review from moms from all over the world. Reviews of apps for Moms and Dads and for those with Special Needs make this one unique.


Child with Apple iPad by Intel Free Press (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Escape from Lemoncello's Library--the Canton Library Version

In the very popular book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, a group of tweens must use their wits to solve puzzles and escape from the new public library. Think you are up to the challenge? Students ages 9 to 12 years old can join us on Saturday, November 9 at 2:00 PM in the Purple Room for a scavenger hunt based on the book. You might even learn a little bit about the Dewey Decimal system while you're having so much fun. Registration is required and begins on October 25.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Games

Hey Kids, have you seen Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 yet? Scholastic has a way to continue the fun with games for kids and fun educational resources for parents that tie into the movie. Check them out!

2nd Annual LEGO contest: Dream House Winners

Congratulations to Junaid Raza who won the Popular Vote in our Dream House LEGO contest with his spy themed "House on Secret Island".  The Popular Vote was decided by votes by patrons visiting the LEGO exhibit this weekend.  
Our other winners:

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd
1st:  Ty Edwards
2nd:  David Li
3rd:  Shlok Masurkar
Honorable Mention:  Arivan and Iniya Mudaliyar

3rd and 4th 
1st: Zachary Jaeger  
2nd: Cecilia and Oscar Bermudez
3rd: Adham Musa
Honorable Mention: Layal Musa

4th and 5th
1st:  Curtis Jeffress and Brendan Chorian  
2nd: Ryan Sheahan
3rd: Isaac Fong
Honorable Mention: Christian Ristovski

6th and 7th
1st: Ethan and Gabriel Fritz
2nd: Josiah Cunningham
3rd: Caitlin Sheahan
Honorable Mention: Labiba Qazi

Congratulations to all the winners and participants on your amazing and wonderful LEGO Dream Houses.  

LEGO Contest Exhibit

The amazing, creative entries in our 2013 LEGO Contest: Family Dream House will be available to view in the Community Room of the Canton Public Library beginning on Saturday, September 28 at 10:30 AM. Help us decide on the Grand Winner of our contest by voting for your favorite. Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room.

Canton Public Library's 2013 LEGO contest

Canton Public Library's second annual LEGO contest will be held September 28-29. This year, participants are asked to think creatively and build a Family Dream House. Please read all contest rules and register before hand to ensure space for display. There will be one winner for each grade division, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-8th as well as one popular-vote winner decided by library patrons. Winners will be announced at a reception at the close of the contest on Sunday, September 29 at 4:00 PM.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO compatible plastic brick.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO designed kit, project found online/in a book or magazine.
  3. Your creation must fit on one 10" by 10" LEGO baseplate. Your completed project may be no taller than 2 feet tall.
  4. Participants must register to ensure a space for display. One entry per registrant.
  5. Entries may be submitted by a team of up to 3 builders. Team entries should be registered under the name of the oldest participant. They will be judged in that age division. If you choose to submit a project as a team you will not be able to also submit an individual creation.
  6. Please provide a sign/label with your first name and age, the title of your project, and a short description highlighting what makes your "Dream Home" special. This will help voters make their decisions.
  7. Participants can begin to drop off projects on Monday, September 23rd at 9:00AM.