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Summer is Just Around the Corner!

It's hard to believe, but Summer Reading is just a few weeks away (and so is the end of school). This summer is all about being creative, so get inspired by reading about some of the writers who create the stories we have in our library. Or learn more about becoming a creative writer yourself!

Tumble into a Good Read

2009-02-03%20%2812%29%20New%20Computers.fave118.jpgDid you know that you can read stories online from our Children's Website?

Click on the Tumblebooks link on the right side. If you go to the Language Learning link, there are even stories offered in French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian. There are also games and puzzles to play online. So find a computer here at the library, or check out our website at home, and tumble into a great book!

Summer Reading Only a Month Away!?

It's hard to believe that Summer Reading starts just over a month from now.  Did you know that EVERYONE can sign up this year and join the fun?  And we'll have another fantastic selection of prizes and programs all summer long.  While you're waiting for all the summer fun to begin, try exercising your creativity through music - read a story or check out our amazing CD collection for kids!

Celebrate Children's Book Week with Olivia

Next week, May 11-17, is Children's Book Week!  Librarians will be dressing as different children's book characters, and you are welcome to join the fun.  I've got three different costumes ready to go for next week - it was really hard to choose my favorites!  Spend the weekend working on your costume, or celebrating with this year's featured children's book character, Olivia, by reading some of her books

Put a Smile on a Grey Day

Grey weather getting you down?  One of my favorite books with some good rainy day chapters is Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.  Curl up with a good Ramona story, check out Ramona online, or if you're really feeling adventurous, grab your galoshes and raincoat and splash in a few puddles!

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Tap Dance.thumbnail.jpgTomorrow is the beginning of National Dance Week, so get ready to celebrate from April 24 to May 3! Break into spontaneous dance moves, learn more about dancing, or share a dancing story of your own by commenting on this post. In just a few more weeks I’ll have my own tap shoes on and join the recital madness, and while not everyone is going to be on stage, anyone can grab a good dance read!

Spring Break Fever?

Running out of things to do on Spring Break? Besides your favorite programs at the library, there are many places to go and things to see in the Metro Detroit Area. You can access many attractions through the library’s Museum Adventure Pass program, explore Michigan recreation online, sift through Everything Canton for fun activities, or find books filled with things to do!

Do-It-Yourself Book Discussion

Do you love coming to Book Discussions at the library? Do you wish we offered more? There’s good news: you can take matters into your own hands and start your own book club. We have a collection of kits that include multiple copies of a book as well as discussion questions. Just ask at the Children’s Desk for the kit you’re looking for. So grab a kit, nine buddies, maybe a snack and you’ll be ready to have your own Book Discussion!

Go Fly a Kite!

Kite.preview.pngApril is National Fly a Kite Month, so take some time to investigate kites in fact and fiction at your library. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take a trip to one of Canton’s parks to fly your own kite.

Celebrate Betty MacDonald's Birthday Today!

Mrs.%20Piggle-Wiggle.jpgSometimes I wanted to be really bad so I could visit Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s upside-down house, hunt for treasure and get cured by super-smart animals. So celebrate Betty MacDonald’s birthday by reading about some really naughty kids. The Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series and the Mary Poppins stories offer a wealth of mischief. Max from Where the Wild Things Are is another naughty child who will be coming to the big screen in the fall.

Celebrate Spring with a Visit to the Canton Historical Museum

Van Dusen - Canton Twp.preview.jpgDid you know that Canton celebrates its 175th Birthday this year? Find out more about local history by investigating the Township Website or searching for library materials. Take advantage of the spring weather and visit the Canton Historical Museum, which is once again open to visitors (check their website for hours)

Have a special Canton memory to share? Respond to this post!

Happy Birthday, Carl Hiaasen!

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Yes, I know it’s over a month away. But if you’re looking for some great environmental reads in the meantime, try checking out a book by Carl Hiaasen in honor of his birthday today!

If you want to learn even more about the environment, take a look at our April programming for upcoming earth day activities, or look in our collection for more stories and information about protecting the environment!

100 Days Until Summer Reading!

Can’t wait for Summer Reading season? Artist.preview.png It's not that far away!

This year’s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library. Get inspired to do something imaginative by reading about artists and inventors. Remind your parents they can have some fun, too, since all ages are welcome to join Summer Reading.

Let us know what you’re doing to prepare for Summer Reading by commenting on this post!

Got the Winter Blues?

Tired of winter? Check out something new from the library!
A great source of recommendations for all ages is our Fave Fives from staff and fellow patrons. Or take a look at our Books & More pages for Kids, Teens and Adults. Immerse yourself in someone else’s world and brighten up your day.

Remember Pluto?

Once upon a time, long ago, way back in February of 1930, the Pluto formerly known as a planet was first sighted by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  It was the smallest planet out in the far reaches of our solar system, but it was recently reclassified as a dwarf planet. 

Find books about Pluto in our library catalog, or search for Pluto in one of the databases available on our Kids’ Homework Help page.