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OverDrive Kids Reading Room

The new OverDrive Kids Reading Room opens this week, just in time for Connect Your Summer. The Kids Reading Room makes it easier for kids to find and download eBooks and audiobooks just for them! You can search by book cover, reading or interest level or subject. Many of your favorite books that are checked out in the library are available as an eBook or audiobook. Then download and go! It's a great idea to check here before going on any summer trips. Happy Reading.

It's Screen-Free Week

This week, May 5th-11th is Screen-Free Week. Presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Screen-Free Week encourages families to spend a week without entertainment screen media--i.e. no TV watching, video game playing or internet surfing for entertainment's sake.  Instead families spend the week doing things together, being creative and getting active.  Want to participate?  There are ideas on the official Screen-Free Week website, or Canton Public Library has lots of resources to help you think of fun things to do.

ChopChop: the kids' guide to cooking real food with your family by Sally Sampson ; photographs by Carl Tremblay


Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon


The great book of family games by Chicca Albertini

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.