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Having Too Much Fun?

December is a month full of many celebrations, and for some of us, final exams.  There seems to be an increase in pressure to get things done before the end of the year, and whether your tasks are enjoyable or not, it's important to remember to take it easy.  So while we have many items in the library that will help you get ready for all the parties and holidays, we also have materials to help you manage stress, relax and exercise to relieve some of the pressure.

Fourscore and Seven Years Ago...

...or maybe a little bit longer than that. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. In this short, but powerful speech that is still known almost one hundred and fifty years later, Lincoln spoke about ideas of both war and freedom. Find out more about our sixteenth president on this historic day.

Happy Belated Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

Well, we've missed the actual day (November 10) of Neil Gaiman's birthday, but it's never too late to celebrate a wonderful author!  He's gotten a lot of attention this year between winning the Newbery Award for The Graveyard Book, and the release of the film version of Coraline.  If those piqued your interest, you might enjoy other books by Neil Gaiman.  You'll find them all over the library, for Children, Teens and Adults.

40 Years of Sunny Days!

Today is the 40th birthday of Sesame Street! As the longest-running children's television show, Sesame Street has been around as many of us have grown up. Celebrate this special day and sing a verse of "Rubber Ducky," play some Sesame Street games, or stop in at the library where we have all kinds of Sesame Street materials.

Happy birthday, Sesame Street!

The Library is Everywhere!

If you've been keeping up with Thorndyke's blog, you probably know we had some serious trick-or-treating going on at the library yesterday. What you might not know is that we're also going to be at the trick-or-treat parade at the Summit tomorrow! If you're going to be there, keep an eye out for librarians in costume handing out treats. Our library staff really gets around Canton; just last week we were at IKEA Metro Detroit, where they let us have a storytime right in the middle of their store! So keep an eye out for future events: you never know where the library might turn up.

Visit the Canton Farmer's Market

There are only two Sundays left to visit the Canton Farmer's Market, so be sure to visit it at least once before the season is over. Open from 10:00AM to 2:00PM at the Bartlett-Travis House, the market features a variety of local produce and craft items, demonstrations, local history and often entertainment. This is a must-see event. Before you go, find out more about eating locally and cooking with farmer's market produce. The market won't return until next May, so get your local veggies now!

It's National Cookie Month!

October is National Cookie Month! Now that the weather is cooler, it's perfect weather for doing some baking and having fun in the kitchen. Get some ideas for cooking with kids online, or come to the library for some cookie cookbooks or stories about this yummy treat.

Celebrate Julie Andrews' Birthday!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  Take some time this week to celebrate Julie Andrews' birthday (October 1).  If you haven't read one of her books before, she has written several under the name Julie Edwards.  It's also the perfect week to check out Mary Poppins, or any of Julie Andrews' other movies.  Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

Celebrate Jim Henson's Birthday this Week

There’s nothing quite like a muppet to cheer you up, no matter how old you are. So celebrate Jim Henson and his muppet creations this week, in honor of his birthday on September 24. Read more about Jim Henson's life, watch some of his creations, or find out more about his legacy organization and the Jim Henson Company.

Get Ready for some Whoppers!

There's nothing like a truly tall tale to stretch the imagination. And what better way to celebrate both Big Whopper Liar Day (September 19) and Keep Kids Creative Week (September 20-27)? So stop by the library this week and check out a tall tale, or find other ways to keep your imagination growing. Maybe you could perform a play or write your own story.

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Maybe you noticed the display in the children's library about Roald Dahl month? Well, get ready, because this weekend is Roald Dahl's birthday! Browse through our scrumdidlyumptious collection of his stories to celebrate, or bake a cake from his cookbook. If you're more interested in the man himself, check out some of our biographies full of information on Roald Dahl.

Happy Birthday, Paul Fleischman!

Celebrate Paul Fleischman's birthday on September 5th! Check out one of his books from our collection, or maybe you're especially interested in his poetry. Either way, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate yet another wonderful author's birthday.

National Dog Day

Make today special for your furry friends! Celebrate National Dog Day all day. If you have a dog, take some time to read them a story about a famous canine, or teach your dog some new tricks. If you don't have a dog at home, check out one of our puppets for Dog Day. Whatever way you celebrate, make sure you do something to honor our Best Friends.

Celebrate Poet's Day!

Celebrate Poet's Day on August 21st. Take the time to honor your favorite poet, especially if it's yourself! Write a poem, read a poem or perform a poem.  You could even comment on this post with one of your favorites.

Are You Geektastic?

Geekt.preview.jpgIf you've been waiting for a chance to celebrate your inner (or outer) geek, check out this collection of short stories and comics put together by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. From Star Wars to Star Trek, gaming, T.V. shows, drama club, and more, a variety of your favorite authors tackle the geek world (and admit they are from it). As a former marching band geek who went through the TAG program, Geektastic is the book I didn't know I was waiting for.