Saturday STEM Science: Spooky Science

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get? A fun way for families and children in grades 2-5 to learn new things. Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results. Saturday, October 24, from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required.

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Saturday STEM Science: Geology

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get? A fun way for families and children in grades 2-5 to learn new things. Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results. Saturday, September 26, from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required.

September Minecraft for Kids

Two different times for two different age groups! The Canton Public Library is expanding it's Minecraft offerings! Participate in themed-builds in Creative Mode with your friends, collaborate, show off your skills, and provide feedback for future events. No swearing or griefing will be allowed. Participants must have a basic knowledge of the game and have their own PC account. Demo, Playstation and XBox accounts are not compatible with our server. Registration is required.

For kids ages 7-10 years old: Saturday, September 12, from 1:30-3:00 PM in the Computer iLab

For kids ages 11-13 years old: Tuesday, September 22, from 4:00-5:30 PM in the Computer iLab

Hot Kids Series

Be prepared for the continuation of your favorite series with these upcoming releases. We've ordered them so they'll be here soon. Place your holds now for Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, and Rick Riordan's newest book featuring Norse mythology. We'll contact you when your copy arrives.



Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer -- Publication scheduled for August 11, 2015

Amphitrite the bubbly by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams-- Publication scheduled for August 18, 2015

Auggie & me: three wonder stories by R.J. Palacio Publication scheduled for August 18, 2015

Poetry Novels for Middle-Grade Readers

When thinking of books of poetry, most people think of Shel Silverstein, Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas, or nursery rhymes. But there's a wealth of other options. Here are some novel length books written in free verse, which is non-rhyming and does not have a regular meter or flow.

This is just a sampling, with more novels in verse available through our catalog.

The crossover by Kwame Alexander

Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai

Circus and Magic Acts for Adults

The night circus: a novel by Erin Morgenstern — A circus, known as Le Cirque des Rêves features two illusionists, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly competing in a game to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters, and as the two fall deeply and passionately in love with each other, their masters intervene with dangerous consequences

Last chain on Billie: how one extraordinary elephant escaped the big top by Carol Bradley — Against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, Carol Bradley's Last Chain on Billie charts the history of elephants in America, the inspiring story of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and the spellbinding tale of a resilient elephant who defied the system even as she struggled to conquer her past, who never lost sight of the life she was meant to have.

Games and Toys

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood — In 1835, when his father is put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, twelve-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.

Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler — Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

History of Toys and Games


Birth of the chess queen: a history by Marilyn Yalom — Everyone knows that the queen is the most powerful piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. Not until the year 1000, two hundred years after Arab conquerors brought chess to southern Europe, did a chess queen appear on the board.Initially she was the weakest piece, not the formidable force she is today. How and why did this transformation take place? Examine the five-hundred-year period between the chess queens timid emergence and her elevation into the games mightiest piece.

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