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Family Fun Night: Caldecott Celebration

Caldecott BooksThe 75th Caldecott Medal was awarded this January to This Is Not My Hat. We're celebrating 75 years of amazing picture book art with a party at the library. Families with kids ages 5 to 9 years old are invited to join us for games, crafts and a story or two. Registration required.
Program Date: Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

Science Squibs

Looking for fun science videos? If you've enjoyed Bill Nye and the Magic School Bus, you should  discover the Squibs series.  These DVDs created for upper elementary students teach science concepts such as weather, cells, chemistry and the laws of motion with fun animated characters and songs.  The series was developed by Ignite! Learning, which develops Digital Learning materials for schools.   And they have a very similar feel to the popular book series Basher Science. Check one out today!

Christian Music for Kids

If you're looking to expand your music listening from Veggie Tales, here are some new, and classic CDs you might want to try

Seeds of courage [sound recording] by Seeds Family Worship

Children's Foreign Language CDs

Looking for songs in other languages?  We have many scattered through out the children's CD collection

Beth Manners' playtime Spanish for kids [sound recording] by Manners, Beth

Universe of song [sound recording] Spanish by featuring Maria Del Rey

La vida es un carnaval [sound recording] by Las Ardillitas

March is Reading Month: Caldecott Celebration--Postponed

  The ALA awarded the 75th Caldecott Award this year to This is Not My Hat.  Families with children ages 3 to 8? are invited to join us on March 7th at 7:00 PM for a special March is Reading Month party celebrating 75 years of remarkable picture books with stories and activites.   We will culminate the evening by reading the winner of the poll taking place now in our Children's Library.

Cranbrook Science Center

If you are looking for special Mid-winter Break activities (beyond what you can do at Canton Public Library that week) you might want to check out the Cranbrook Science Center. During winter break, visitors will have the unique opportunity to help conserve a 200 year old cannon discovered in the Detroit River.  The cannon has been submerged in a electrolysis bath for the past 18 months in order to loosen the rust and other build up the cannon has accumalated. Now participants can help gently scrub all those deposits away.  You can help save the cannon daily from 1-4 pm February 18th-22nd.  

2013 Carnegie Medal

According to the ALA website, the Carnegie Award "honors the most outstanding video productions for children released duing the previous year". The 2013 award goes to Anna, Emma and the Condor, about two girls who help their parents in their work to release California Condors back into the wild.

Make Your Own Book Tote

Tweens are invited to join us for this fun activity! Re-purpose an old t-shirt into a sweet tote bag to tote home library books.   Bring a t-shirt from home. We'll supply the needles and thread.  Find us in the Purple Room at 2:00 PM on Tuesday February 19th. Registration is required and begins Friday, January 25th.

Program date: Tuesday February 19th at 2:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Vote for your Favorite Caldecott

In honor of the 75th Caldecott Medal awarded this year, we are polling patrons for their favorite book.  Come into the Children's Library during February to browse our reference collection of Caldecott winners, and then submit a vote for your favorite.  The winning book will be read at a special Caldecott Celebration in March. 

Tooth Fairy Party

Have you received a visit from the toothfairy yet?  Families with children ages 4 to 7 are invited to join us at the library as we celebrate National Children's Dental Hygiene Month with a program all about taking care of teeth and visits from the tooth fairy.  We will hear stories and make a "toothy" craft.  Registration required and begins Friday, January 25th.

Program Date: Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room.

Michigan Science Center

Just in time for the holiday break, the Detroit Science Center reopens Wednesday, December 26th, as the Michigan Science Center .  Families with older children may find the grand opening special exhibit, Human Bodies: Anatomy in Motion, interesting. For the younger crowd, try Kids Town, the Chrysler IMAX dome, or take in a show at the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium. 

Make a Cyber Snowflake

While you are waiting for the snow to really start falling, create a few flakes of your own (like the one seen here) over on the Make-a-Flake website. Need inspiration? We have lots of books with beautiful pictures of actual snowflakes here at Canton Public Library.

Thank You For Your Nominations

Thank you for nominating Canton Public Library in the LEGO DUPLO Read! Play! Build! project. CPL received 419 nominations, landing us in the top 200 libraries. We just received a fabulous set of DUPLO blocks — including people, animals, house and vehicle parts — that you will soon see in our ABC Activity Times and Family Lego Days. We also received a special group format version of their Read and Build kits that we are excited to use in other programming. Thank you again for supporting your Canton Public Library!

Detroit Historical Museum Re-Opens

The Detroit Historical Museum will celebrate its  re-opening on Friday, November 23rd. The Museum will stay open for 55 1/2 hours,  offering free admission and special events.  There's plenty to see and do with the entire family, from walking the streets of 19th century Detroit, to mixing up some music at the new Kid Rock Music Lab.  Can't wait until Friday? There's lots of fun to be had on the Detroit Historical Society website right now.   

International Tongue Twister Day

Sunday, November 11th is International Tongue Twister Day. Early childhood research encourages tongue twisters as a method to teach alliteration and nurture young children's love of language. Additionally, they are simply, wonderfully fun! So celebrate by challenging your tongue's dexterity with a couple of twisters after dinner on Sunday. You can find lots of examples here at CPL, or find a few over at Simple Kids.