Super Science Site

Kids! Parents! Teachers! Check out TryScience. It is one awesome website that is entertaining and educational. Need an experiment idea for school? It has a deck of colorful cards with great experiments and all the info you need to complete the project. Want to visit a science museum or center while sitting at home? Just select one you would like to see from the deck of field trip cards. In the mood for some high-speed online gaming adventures? Just select from the adventure deck and go for it. You have your choice of nine languages to pick from. A search box is on every screen. Parents and teachers have their own sets of great options on pages created especially for them. Soon to come is a page for scientists and engineers. You have to see this site and poke around to really appreciate the just how much it offers. Do it now!

Underrated Christmas Movies

These five movies are, in my opinion, some of the most overlooked and underrated Christmas movies of all time.  Give them a shot this holiday season, and escape the films you've already seen hundreds and hundreds of times.

The Muppet Christmas carol — There have been plenty of Muppet movies, and even more versions of Dickens' Christmas Carol, but Michael Caine's Scrooge makes this my favorite movie in both categories.

Die hard — An often overlooked fact about Die Hard: it takes place during a Christmas Eve holiday party in Los Angeles. Maybe the lack of snow is what makes people forget this?

Jingle all the way — Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad are the stars of this film. But it's still a fun, mad-cap adventure about the lengths one man will go to get the season's "It" toy.

Santa Claus the movie — John Lithgow chews the scenery as a villainous toy baron in this oft-forgotten film about Santa's origins and a plot against Christmas.

Spaghetti Book Club

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Did you know there are other students out there who have something to tell you about Altoona Baboona, or Aliens for Lunch? It may be that the best way for you to find out if you really want to read a book is to learn about it from another kid. The Spaghetti Book Club is a great site for you. It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids, for kids. You can look up book reviews by title, author, or kid reviewers in their state/school. Teachers will be interested in checking out the site too, which explains this literacy program that can help develop students reading and writing skills.

Are you Ready?

Things happen. Emergencies of all types happen. Sometimes we are prepared, sometimes we are not. The Department of Homeland Security has developed Ready Kids, a website for kids and their families, aimed to help everyone be ready for many different types of unexpected situations! There are activities and information to help your family get prepared for a variety of emergencies, from fires to tornadoes to earthquakes. Let the Mountain Lion family guide you through the planning process so you can graduate from Readiness U!

Enjoy Project Gutenberg eBooks Today!

Choose from over 15,000 free public domain titles selected by OverDrive from Project Gutenberg, and mounted on the library's eBook Collection page. These titles never expire and won't count against your library checkout limit! They are for the use of any one with almost no restrictions whatsoever. Our page includes tips on using these files with Adobe Digital Editions.

A Mixed Bag of Teen Reads from 2010

Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.

Ostrich boys by Keith Gray

Sisters red by Jackson Pearce

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

The cardturner: a novel about a king, a queen, and a joker by Louis Sachar

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Library Board Meeting Agenda - December 16, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010 — 7:30PM

  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
    • Appointment of Board Finance/Budget Committee (Chair appoints)
    • Director's evaluation (Director will ask for closed session)
  • New Business
    • Nomination of Officers for 2011 (item of discussion)
    • JJX lease renewal (item of discussion)
    • Endowment Fund with Canton Community Foundation (item of discussion)
    • 4th Quarter Budget Amendment (item of action)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

Amy Butler's Style Stitches

Amy Butler's style stitches : 12 easy ways to 26 wonderful bags! by photographs by David Butler — Amy Butler is back with another great book of stylish items you can make yourself. This time it's handbags, and the variety of styles here means you're sure to find something that suits your needs. Because you can completely change the look of a bag by choosing a unique fabric, you could go with the bold prints Butler is known for, or select something different that makes the statement you're looking for.

Christmas Traditions, Why Are They?

Who made the first Nativity Scene? What is the symbolic meaning of the candy cane, the holly leaf or the Christmas tree? How did the legend of Santa Claus begin and why is kissing associated with mistletoe? Answers to these and other legends may be found at this website link.

To check out information on Christmas customs, crafts, recipes, movies, music, stories, legends, (or more), check out these sources in our library to enhance your enjoyment of this beautiful season!

Is the Book You're Reading Award-Worthy?

The 2011 MLA Thumbs Up! Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Thumbs Up! Award.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by Michigan Library Association teen services librarians to an author for outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. The book must appeal to teens, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Additional criteria for the award:

  • Books must be original works commercially published in the U.S. during 2010 (January 1st-December 31st)
  • Books originally published outside the U.S. are eligible if their first U.S. printing occurred during this same time period
  • Books may be hardcover or original paperback, fiction or nonfiction
  • Authors may include co-authors or editor(s)

If you have a book you would like to nominate, please send the title to:
Amelia Yunker, 2011 Thumbs Up! Committee Chair
Amelia.Yunker@yahoo.com
Submissions accepted through January 31st, 2011

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