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Celebrate the great outdoors with a visit to the Friends' Wings of Wonder butterfly garden behind the library. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet from the Connect Your Summer command center and look for the plants and landmarks pictured. If you want to try your hand at identifying the plants or animals you see, resources for identifying Michigan species are listed below.

Claim your Great Outdoors On-the-Scene badge online and don't forget to submit your completed scavenger hunt sheet in the drop box. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

A handbook which features a black-and-white sketch of 40-50 animal tracks on a right-hand page, with information about the animal on the facing page.

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Audiobooks come in many forms, both physical and electronic. If you have any questions about which is which, please stop and ask a Librarian.

Alex and Irene stayed together through thick and thin-despite sneers from experts, extraordinary financial sacrifices, and a nomadic existence from one university to another. The story of their thirty-year adventure is equally a landmark of scientific achievement and of an unforgettable human-animal bond.

Also available in: e-book

A species-by-species tour of the interactions that have occurred between scientists and animal subjects explains what is being discovered about animal communication and awareness and how new findings are raising related moral and ethical issues.

Marine biologist Nate Quinn is in love with the majestic ocean-dwelling behemoths who have been singing their haunting song for twenty million years. But why do the humpback whales sing? That's the question that has Nate and his crew filming, charting, and recording every whale that crosses their path. Until one day when a whale lifts its tail to display a message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.... 

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Picture Books

A collection of poems that explore the life of Louis Fuertes and his sense of wonder when he painted living, flying birds in their natural habitats.

Beatrix Potter by Margaret Speaker-Yuan

Traces the life of Harriet Powers, who was born a slave in Georgia but spent the years after the Civil War providing for her family by creating elaborate pictorial quilts, earning her recognition as an African-American folk artist.

 

Did you miss our Monday Favorites Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Read to tiger by S. J. Fore

A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling, and practicing karate kicks.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of April 18. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, April 18-May 28:

  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Friends' Activity Room)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, April 18. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, April 18-May 28:

  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM(Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM(Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM  (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM  (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM  (Friends' Activity Room)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

Did you miss our Monday Seed Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a blooming storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

If you plant a seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

 

"Dig a Little Hole" Action Rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime

​     Dig a little hole. (dig)

     Plant a little seed. (drop a seed)

     Pour a little water. (pour)

     Pull a little weed. (pull up and throw away)

     Chase a little bug. (chase or shoo)

     Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)

     Wait for some sun. (make sun)

     Grow a little rose. (bring hands up and smell a flower)

 

Did you miss our Monday Bird Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a bird storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Sweep up the sun by Helen Frost

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to take flight with the birds outside their windows.

 

You'll find many variations of this rhyme. Here is the one adapted for this week's bird storytime:

     Six feathered birds, so glad to be alive;

     One flew away and then there were five.

     Five feathered birds flying over my door;
     One flew away and then there were four.
     Four feathered birds singing in my tree,
     One flew away and then there were three.
     Three feathered birds looking at you,
     One flew away and then there were two.
     Two feathered birds sleeping in the sun,
     One flew away and then there was one.
     One feathered bird looking like a hero,
     He flew away and now there are zero!

 

Suggested biographies that fall between 100 and 150 pages.

The "Who was..." series.

The Wicked History series.

A biography of Nellie Bly, the pioneering journalist whose showy but substantive stunts skyrocketed her to fame.

Ada Lovelace by Gina Hagler

A computing pioneer.

Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.

 

Did you miss our Monday Balloons Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a light-hearted storytime you can do at home.
 

From Storytime

And away we go! by Miguel Ornia-Blanco

Mr. Fox is going to the moon. Away he goes in his hot air balloon. But wait. Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let's bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox's balloon, but look out--a surprise is in store for everyone too.

 

 

Counting Up Fingerplay:

     A bunch of balloons in my hand

     I tripped, one slipped, and…

     I lost the green (red, orange, yellow…) one, it floated away.

     How many balloons did I lose today?