The following fiction and non-fiction titles may be enjoyed by children in second grade. Please remember, readers have different interests and read at different levels so not all of these titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, every second grader. 

For more specific recommendations, we encourage you to chat with the librarian at the Children's Desk about your child's reading interests or use our May We Suggest form

Fiction Titles

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Part 1- Holiday Action Movies

 

Welcome back! Today we're completing our alternative holiday viewing party by giving a gift to people who like their Christmas movies to come with spooky chills and thrills. So come along dear reader as we present this list of six holiday horror films available via the library's physical or digital collections

Krampus (2015)

This horror comedy about a monstrous anti-Santa preying upon a dysfunctional family is a lot of fun. It features great characters portrayed by some fantastic actors like Toni Collette, Adam Scott, and Alison Tolman. It also looks incredible. The creatures are creepy and ethereal and the production design captures the spirit of the season. There's even an animated flashback sequence. Plus, it's really funny. The opening perfectly satirizes the chaos of last minute holiday shopping

Available Via DVD

Gremlins (1984)

Contemporary realistic fiction takes place in the present and covers topics that are likely to happen in real life. These novels explore many common issues for modern teenagers. Looking for a funny story? Jump down to the "Humor" section. 

All-American Muslim girl by 1980- Nadine Jolie Courtney

Sixteen-year-old Allie, aged seven when she knew her family was different and feared, struggles to claim her Muslim and Arabic heritage while finding her place as an American teenager.

Clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Two sisters mourn their father's death after his plane crashes on a flight to the Dominican Republic.

CPL Story Go Round

Story Go Round

Hello Storytimers! As snows falls and meeting inside is not safe just yet, we present to you CPL Story Go Round, a collection of storytime nuggets designed just for you. Head over to our Youtube channel to see a collection of very short videos ranging from stories to songs to action rhymes and more. Follow a theme curated by one of our wonderful librarians OR mix and match the videos yourself. Want to watch all songs? Sing out! How about listen to stories? Put your listening ears on and go for it! These videos are designed to give you the freedom to build your own storytime with your kids and continue to enjoy a guided storytime experience from your home at a time that is best for you. They will remain on the site so that you can view new videos as they are posted or watch your favorites over and over again. Videos will start going live on January 4!

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The holiday season is upon us and because of the ongoing Covid pandemic it's going to look and feel different for a lot of us. You can still take a little escape or get into the holiday spirit with the viewing of  some classic Christmas film like It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or A Christmas Carol.

Others may require something more from their holiday fare this year. They might be looking for something that harkens back to when Christmas was a spookier time where people used to share ghost stories around the fire. Or perhaps they're looking for a little supernatural darkness to contrast with the holiday lights. Or maybe they're just in the mood to watch the action filled exploits of brave heroes who are out to insure that there is peace on earth and good will towards men during the holiday season.

If you're one of those people we're here to help with our suggestions for 12 holiday themed or set films in the library's physical or digital collections. In today's installment we'll kick this Yuletide movie party off with bang by recommending six action films

Die Hard (1988)

It wouldn't be a celebration of holiday themed action movies without Die Hard; one of the greatest action movies of all time. This spectacular film is probably already part of many people's holiday season viewing traditions, and if not it should be! It's got incredible action, a charismatic hero, and one of the best on screen villains ever in Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman).

Available via DVD

How did Cyberpunk 2077 go from the most anticipated game of 2020 to the hot mess gamers received? Since Cyberpunk 2077's release on December 10th, the gaming community has experienced a much different game than promised from CD Projekt Red. Gamers are reporting several bugs, game crashes, and even being unplayable on base consoles. Epileptic gamers have reported seizure triggering gameplay as well. On December 14th, CD Projekt Red apologizes on Twitter and recommends unhappy players seek a refund from where they purchased the game. 

 

So what happened? CD Projekt Red kept promises high through trailers and official gameplay footage while keeping console footage hidden. The game was delayed 3 times this year even though CD Projekt Red claimed the game was playable. Reviewers only received a PC copy of Cyberpunk 2077 to review after signing a non-disclosure agreement not to show gameplay footage. This resulted in high reviews from gaming journalists including IGN. Hopes were high when players opened their brand new game, only to be disappointed with an unfinished project. 

 

What has been your experience playing Cyberpunk 2077? Do you think CD Projekt Red should have delayed the game again? Try out the game yourself by checking out one of our copies below. 

 

The Game Awards announced their winners for 2020. Did your favorite(s) make the list? What game helped you get through 2020?

  • Game of the Year
  • Best Game Direction
  • Best Narrative
  • Best Audio Design
  • Best Performance: Laura Bailey as Abby
  • Innovation in Accessibility
  • Best Action/Adventure

"Breaking from the James Bond mold, he turned the spy novel into high art as he explored the moral compromises of agents on both sides of the Iron curtain." (New York Times)

From page to screen, check out the library's selection of works by this master of dark, emotional intrigue.

The spy who came in from the cold by 1931- John Le Carré
Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy by 1931- John Le Carré
Also available in: video
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You may have received a notice that your holds that are "ready for pickup" were cancelled. This was a mistake on our part--your holds are here, waiting for you, through Monday, December 14. Call 734-397-0999 or Contact Us if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience. We are sorry for the confusion.

•       Call the Meeting to Order — 7:30 PM

•       Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)

•       Approval of Agenda

•       Approval of General Meeting Minutes

•       Communications

•       Report of the Library Director

•       Trustee Comments

•       Unfinished Business & General Orders

  •        Update on Phased Reopening
  •        Nomination & Election of 2021 Board Officers

•       New Business

  •        Closed session to receive and discuss material exempted by statute (Library Privacy Act
           455 of 1982, MCL 397.603)
  •        Patron Appeal 2020-12-01, Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials – To uphold
           or rescind the library director’s decision to retain the item in all formats
  •        Approval of 4th Quarter Budget Amendment

•       Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)

•       Adjourn

Please note that the December meeting of the Canton Public Library Board will be held remotely, in accordance with MDHHS Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253. Members of the public who wish to participate in this meeting may join the Zoom meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, December 17. Attendees will be muted automatically except for the Call To Audience portions of the agenda, where members of the public may use the "raise hand" function within the Zoom meeting application, at which point they will be unmuted for up to 5 minutes of public comment per person.

The meeting packet is available below. The meeting will be recorded and posted following the meeting. Members of the public needing accommodation due to a disability should contact the library director, Eva Davis, at davise@cantonpl.org.

 

 

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