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Cookery for Kids

Love a book so much you wish you could eat it? Try making a few of these yummy recipes featured in your favorite books or inspired by your favorite characters.

Turkish delight & treasure hunts: delightful treats and games from classic children's books by Jane Brocket

The kids' book club book: reading ideas, recipes, activities, and smart tips for organizing terrific kids' book clubs by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

History, boring? Never!

Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore

Where Did All the Board Books Go?

Looking for those little books perfect for little hands?

Our board book collection has moved. If you're searching for a sturdy book just right for your exploring young child, look no further. The board books now live in our new Baby Nook!

A Mixed Bag of Teen Reads from 2010

Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.

Ostrich boys by Keith Gray

Sisters red by Jackson Pearce

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Never Too Sick to Enjoy These Holiday Movies

It seems like the holidays are also peak sickness time. After spending my Thanksgiving under the weather, I came up with my favorite holiday movies that I'm never too sick to enjoy.

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch stole Christmas!





White Christmas





Christmas in Connecticut




Share Some Silliness with your Little One

If you're looking for something silly and short to share with your little one, take a look at the Sandra Boynton items in our collection. The board books are quick little reads: some have silly themes like belly buttons and others are fun stories about animals. If you're looking for children's music that won't drive you crazy, Philadelphia Chickens is my favorite. The songs aren't obnoxious, but they are catchy enough that you'll remember them later if you need to entertain your baby on the go.

The Expectant Parent: A Journey

It may be a stretch to fit these books into our Set Sail for Summer Reading travel category, but being an expectant parent is clearly an adventure!  Some of the books that I've found informative or entertaining on my own prenatal journey include:

You having a baby : the owner's manual to a happy and healthy pregnancy by Michael F. Roizen, and Mehmet C. Oz

The modern girl's guide to motherhood by Jane Buckingham with Jen Furmaniak


Explore Canton's History

Interested in your community or state's history? The Canton Historical Society is having a general meeting tonight, with featured speaker Jennifer Huff. The topic is the school district busing plan that was to affect metro Detroit in the early 1970s, and while you're at the museum you can check out the quilting exhibit. For more information, visit the Historical Society's events page on their website. Before the meeting, stop by the library to find more information about race relations in Detroit or other metropolitan busing proposals. You can also check out materials on Canton's history.

Fiction with a Historical Twist

Like a good story? Travel back in time to read about young people from all times in history.

Catherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman — (1290) Karen Cushman has written several books set in medieval England.  This one is about a thirteen-year-old girl who is not quite ready to be married off.  She has several adventures and records her thoughts in her diary.

Girl in a cage by Jane Yolen & Robert J.

Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

It's Judy Blume's birthday tomorrow, February 12! Celebrate by checking out one of her books. One of my favorites is

Blubber — which is about bullying and name-calling and standing up for yourself.

A Mad Hatter Birthday

Maybe you've read about the upcoming version of Alice in Wonderland that is coming to theaters on March 5. Or maybe you watched the SyFy channel's adaptation of this well-known story. There are also some recent literary adaptations of this strange and intriguing tale. All this recent hype is very appropriate, since Lewis Carroll's birthday is tomorrow, on January 27th! Of course, you can always check to see if his classic version of Alice in Wonderland is available here at the library.

Did you Return to Cranford?

If you've been keeping up with the current Masterpiece season on PBS, maybe you finished watching Return to Cranford last weekend. I had high expectations after the first Cranford, and while I wasn't disappointed, there were several shocking developments in the course of the new mini-series. Bessie, one of my favorite characters, suffered perhaps more than was deserved. But there were many moments of humor as well, and I enjoyed my second visit to Cranford. Don't forget to check the library's collection for more materials related to Elizabeth Gaskell.
The next feature on Masterpiece will be Emma, which begins this Sunday evening.

Happy Birthday Michael Bond!

Celebrate the January 13th birthday of the author who brought us Paddington Bear! Check out one of Michael Bond's books about Paddington, and be sure to watch our website for another very special bear-related birthday this week!

Celebrate Rudyard Kipling!

Celebrate Rudyard Kipling's birthday on December 30th! Read one of his many stories for adults or children, or find out more about his life.

Happy Birthday Noel Streatfeild!

Celebrate Noel Streatfeild's birthday on December 24th!  Come to the library early (we're closed on the 24th and 25th) to check out some of her books.  My favorite is Ballet Shoes, and the library has many other fiction books about ballet, or informative books on dance.  Come check them out!