Family storytime Thursday morning got out and about as we talked about Bicycles. We love to ride them and we even talked about how fast we like to go. Enjoy these stories and songs from today's storytime.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

 

If you enjoyed reading about Kaya, the American Girl character from the Nimiipuu tribe in 1764, you might be interested in some of these titles about other Native Americans (tribal names are noted when applicable) both past and present. There's also one title about Appaloosa horses, which feature in the Kaya stories, and a few other people whose stories include interactions with Native American tribes. 

Fiction

I am not a number by Jenny Kay Dupuis

Anishinaabe-Ojibway 

Research shows that one of the fastest ways to improve your own mood is to do something nice for another. Not only does being kind make you feel good, it benefits others. That is why we have created a special Spark Sheet to help you help others. Use this Acts of Kindness Tracker to plan and create happiness in your community. 

 

A few years ago, local author Josh Malerman brought the story of "Bird Box" to life. Now it's traveled from Michigan suburbs and backwoods to the small screen and folks can't get enough! So take off your blindfold for these other books and films that will have you shutting your blinds...

 

Bird box by Josh Malerman

Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world--a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Black mad wheel by Josh Malerman

 From the author of the hit literary horror debut Bird Box comes a chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound.

The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound?

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The Federal 1040 tax forms booklet and instruction booklet are now available in the lobby of the library. New this year, the 1040 tax form booklet includes Schedules 1-6 and the instruction booklet applies to all these forms. For additional tax materials, speak with one of our librarians or click here for the IRS Forms, Instructions & Publications.

We will update this post upon receipt of State of MI tax materials.

Every year, the Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan selects 20 books either set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region or are written by a Michigan author. The Michigan Notable Books program started in 1991 as part of Michigan Week celebrations designed to raise awareness of local Michigan authors who write about what makes Michigan life so unique. Selections include non-fiction, fiction, adult and children's titles that have a wide appeal to audiences of all ages and covers a variety of topics of interest to Michigan readers. My favorite is Notes from a Public Typewriter

Abbott by Saladin Ahmed

While investigating police brutality and corruption in 1970s Detroit, journalist Elena Abbott uncovers supernatural forces being controlled by a secret society of the city's elite. In the uncertain social and political climate of 1972 Detroit, hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy. Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Star Wars: Canto Bight, Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman's search for the truth that destroyed her family amidst an exploration of the systemic societal constructs that haunt our country to this day.

Across the great lake by Lee Zacharias

As his wife lies dying in the brutally cold winter of 1936, Henrik Halvorsen takes his daughter Fern away with him. He captains a great coal-fired vessel, the Manitou, transporting railroad cars across the icy lake. The five-year-old girl revels in the freedom of the ferry, making friends with a stowaway cat and a gentle young deckhand. The sighting of a ghost ship, though, presages danger for all aboard.

Mid-Winter Movie Madness

Looking for something to do during Mid-Winter Break? Come see a movie on the big screen :) Bring your own pillows, and/or blankets to cozy-up with and your own snacks to munch on. We will provide the flick. No registration required.

Smallfoot - Atop a high mountain, hidden by clouds, live a tribe of yetis. Sometimes, they gather around a fire and share stories about the "smallfoot" - a mythical creature they've never seen. They don't really believe in such a creature. But, one day, a yeti has an encounter with a human being. He rushes home, yelling about the "smallfoot", but the other yetis don't believe him. Determined to prove the existence of these creatures, the yeti sets out on a mission to gather proof. This film is rated PG.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, February 18 - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Community Room Smallfoot

Sylvan Practice Test: SAT

Sylvan Learning Center is returning to administer a full length SAT practice test. This test  is open to teens aged 14-17.  Participants are asked to bring their own calculator and pencils. They must attend the entire session. Registration is required and although participants do not need to be Canton residents, they do need to have a valid library card entered in the CPL system to register. Registration begins on January 24.

Please Note: Sylvan administers one form of the SAT diagnostic test. If you attend more than one of these sessions, you will be repeating the same test each time. As a result, any improvements in SAT scores from one Sylvan session to another may not accurately reflect how one might do on the actual SAT test.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, February 16 - 12:00 PM to 3:15 PM Community Room
Sheet with goals and steps to achieve the goal

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

Planning and Goal Tracking Spark Sheets help us to get our ideas for growth visualized and helps us track what we will be doing in the new year. 

5 minutes:

Take 5 minutes to talk as a family about your goal and how you will make it happen. Sometimes it is fun to share ideas and get input from those you love to help develop the best goal and plan to make it happen.  

30 Minutes:

Take 30 minutes to watch an inspiring documentary using Kanopy (free with your CPL library card), watch a TED talk, or listening to a family friendly podcast. See the links below for some recommendations, or find one that suits your family.

Documentaries on Kanopy

Maine Girls

Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

TED talks online

Why We Laugh?

If I Should Have a Daughter...

A One-Woman Global Village

Family Friendly Podcasts

Dream Big

But Why?

Stuff You Should Know

2 hours:

Take 2 hours to make a family vision board and use it to visualize and see if your goals overlap as a family. Write down your goals from your Spark Sheets across a large piece of construction paper, craft paper, or poster board and connect lines where you see common themes and ideas. How can you accomplish things together? Is it a place to visit? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Do you need literature on how to organize or manage time wisely? How about tips on crafting? The Canton Public Library may hold the resources you need accessible online or by calling or visiting our library. What can we help your family achieve?

Try these CPL links:

E-resources

Databases

May We Suggest

Languages

Volunteering At CPL

 

 

 

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