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Working on a Country Assignment?

Has your teacher assigned a country report assignment recently? Do you need print and online resources to complete your assignment? Don't forget to check out Culturegrams. This database, which you can also access from home, has up to date information and is quite easy to use. You can also find pictures, sound clips, and citing information for your report.

Come Visit Turner Town

We invite you to visit the Children's Library to tour Turner Town, a Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Awareness Campaign, during the month of February (Turner Syndrome Awareness Month). This collection of doll houses is an interactive self-teaching traveling exhibit that depicts the everyday challenges of a girl with Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities from birth and through her later teenage years. It has already been displayed in Livonia libraries, the Plymouth District Library and the Detroit Children's Museum. We are excited to have it visit us as well! Turner Town will be on display for the month of February.

For more information please visit Turner Town's website and the Turner Syndrome Society.

Preschool Prep DVDs

If you haven't heard about the Preschool Prep DVD series, you are in for a real treat! This series began back in 2004 with "Meet the Letters" and "Meet the Numbers" using colors and graphics to familiarize children with letters as they begin to talk. Since then, they have branched out into colors, shapes and phonics. You can find this series in our Parenting collection, that is when they aren't checked out!

Preschool prep company [videodisc]: Meet the colors

Preschool prep company [videodisc]: Meet the letters

Tamil Storytime

All ages may enjoy a storytime program in Tamil presented by Sivakami Rajendran.

Program Date: Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room

Target Family Reading Night: Life's a Beach Luau

Break out the Sunscreen! Sport your sunglasses and dig those flip-flops out of hibernation. There's no better way to beat the winter blues than to spend a night enjoying beach themed stories, games and crafts. Children ages 5 to 8 and their families are invited to join us on Thursday January 12th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room. Registration begins on December 29th.

Funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Neat Spelling Bee Resource

As we begin Bee Season, the Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee is a neat resource to help your student prepare. Spellers are given the definition of a word on screen. A recorded voice pronounces the word (multiple times if needed). Spellers can attempt to spell the word as many times as they like. After the first misspelling, Spelling Bee gives hints to help. Once a a word is spelled correctly (or the speller "gives up") a word map is displayed, given helpful hints to similar words and letter patterns. Try it out today!

Tamil Storytime, New Date

Please note that the day of our Tamil storytime for the month of January has changed. All ages may enjoy a storytime program in Tamil presented by Sivakami Rajendran.

Program Date: Thursday, January 12, 7:00 PM in the Purple Room

…and a Happy New Year

Looking for a film to ring in the New Year for your kids? One that you can show early? Like around 8? Look no further than CPL! Here are some options:

Winnie the Pooh [videodisc]: a very merry Pooh year by Walt Disney Home Entertainment — Winnie the Pooh and friends make New Year resolutions not to bother Rabbit

Year without a Santa Claus [videodisc]: Nestor the long-eared Christmas donkey, Rudolph's shiny new year — Rudolph helps Father Time locate a missing New Year baby

Free iPad Picture Books

Yes, Please! If you have ever accessed TumbleBooks through Canton Public Library, you know that they have fun interactive stories for kids. They've recently begun adding stories in iPad format. From the front page, select the red "Storybooks" button. On the next page, choose the green "iPad Books" button. There are currently only 50 books listed, but the plan is to add more soon. Happy Reading!

New Holiday Videos

Every year in December a bumper crop of new Holiday Kids Movies makes their debut. This year is no exception with many of the new films starring characters kids recognize from their favorite movies. Many of these movies are available at CPL now, with more on the way in the coming weeks. These are great solutions when you need some down time to make dinner (or squirrel away to wrap some gifts). Here are some of this year's offerings:

Merry Madagascar [videodisc] by DreamWorks Animation LLC

Penguins of Madagascar [videodisc]: The all-nighter before Xmas

Christmas with the chipmunks [videodisc] by Bagdasarian Productions LLC

Family Game Day

November 20-26 is National Game and Puzzle Week. If you are looking for some post-Thanksgiving-Day fun, join us on Saturday, November 26th in the Community Room at 1:00 PM for Family Game Day. We'll have many board games here for you to play. You'll also get to make a version of Speed Scrabble to take home with you!

Fables and Fairy Tales on DVD

If you've enjoyed watching The Monkey's Heart puppet show that was posted on our website this week, there are many more similar resources here at the library! The Grammy Award winning Rabbit Ears series are narrated by celebrities and cover a broad range of stories. Animated Tales from Around the World by Schlessinger Media combines two short native stories from one country. You can find both of these series in our fairy tale section of the children's library.

The Monkey's Heart

In this puppet show based on an Indian trickster tale, hungry Crocodile tries to eat Monkey's heart. Will Monkey be able to trick Crocodile and get away? Watch and find out!

October 7th is Ada Lovelace Day

Today, October 7th, is Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, is regarded to be the first computer programmer. In honor of her, this day is designated for the recognition of the achievements of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It would be a great day to check out a book on women inventors, astronaunts, or mathematicians. Or stimulate your own daughter's interest in one or more of these subjects with one of our many science films from here in the library. My favorite is the Disney Imagineering Series. Another good option is The Way Things Work, based of the David Macauley book by the same name.

Family Movie Night

When the weekend weather forcast is like this weekend's — cold, rainy, and dreary — Families start looking for something to do inside. Have a movie marathon! Pop some popcorn, blend up some milkshakes, and pick up some movies from Canton Public Library. Here are a few themes to get you started:

Classics

That movie that you loved as a kid that you can't find anywhere? We may have it here.

The parent trap [videodisc] by Walt Disney Productions

Swiss family Robinson [videodisc]

The great race [videodisc] by Warner Bros. and Patricia- Jalem-Reynard Co.

Baseball

Uh, the Tigers are the AL Central Division Champs! Celebrate with some baseball themed movies:

The Sandlot [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox in association with Island World

Rookie of the year [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox

Angels in the outfield [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures

Muppets

The Muppets return to the big screen in November. Get reacquainted with Kermit and friends by watching some of their many films.

The Muppet movie [videodisc] by Henson Associates; Incorporated Television Company

The Muppet Christmas carol [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents, from Jim Henson Productions a Brian Henson film

The great Muppet caper [videodisc] by Henson Associates; Incorporated Television Company; Universal Pictures