Ducklings Not Reading

Reluctant readers come in all ages, stages, and sizes. This summer, overcome a lack of enthusiasm with these tips, which can be applied to book haters of all ages. Examples will link to children's materials, but all suggestions can work for grown-ups, too.

  • Forget reading level for just a minute, and start with interests or hobbies. Search for fiction and nonfiction that focus on that topic. If you like soccer, use our subject headings to find relevant biographies, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • Explore picture books. There are many beautiful titles that are worth reading, and as a bonus are short and satisfying.
  • Use writing as a springboard and create a summer journal. Then see why journal-format fiction is so popular.
  • Explore the graphic novel shelf. Dense illustrations make a reader slow down to really enjoy the story.
  • Come to a book discussion program, or start your own. Read the book together. Reading can be more fun when it's shared, and even if you hated the book, you can talk about how much you disliked it.
  • Grab some poetry. Sometimes it's serious, but a lot of times it's silly and entertaining.
  • Listen to an audiobook. All of the story and vocabulary words without the visuals.

No matter what, keep trying. Try new formats, try new recommendations, try non-print stories. It's never to late to find something good.

 

 

Ten-year-old Aldo Zelnick chronicles his life and adventures over the course of his summer vacation through journaling and sketches in his diary.

Middle school student, Jamie Kelly, writes all the strange and sometimes not so wonderful things that happens to her or she sees during school in her diary and promises that everything she writes is as true as she wants it to be.

Tales from a not-so-fabulous life by Rachel Renee Russell

Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes and sketches in her diary about her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, and about giving up on being part of the elite group, before figuring out a way to simply be herself.

The first year of middle school can be exciting, or scary, just ask Ginny.

Thorndyke as Leia

Hey Kids,

Did you know it’s one of my favorite times of the year? Connect Your Summer is kicking off today! If you haven’t already started earning badges, check out our Connect Your Summer webpage to find out everything you need to know to have a great summer at your library. Encourage your whole family to participate and you can read, listen, and come to the library together. You can even follow what I’ve been doing to earn badges if you need more inspiration.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Dreamer badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Wild Badge Alert!: The Dreamer badge is back! From today through June 25th you can claim the Dreamer badge by exploring your wildest dreams and fantasies.

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Once you have explored the Dreamer badge, don't forget to:

Claim your Dreamer badge

What would you do if you had no limits? The Canton Public Library is dedicated to helping you reach your goals and achieve your dreams, and we want to hear about the things that make you happy. Stop by our Dream Box this week and tell us about your hopes, wishes, aspirations and goals-and what makes you smile! 

The Dream Box will be open now through Saturday, June 25th

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00 PM, 3:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 - 12:00 PM and 3:00 - 4:00 PM

The Dream Box is a special activity for Connect Your Summer. By stopping in to talk about your dreams, you can earn the Dreamer badge for the chance to win a prize! The Dreamer badge is a "wild badge", and will only be available from June 20 - June 25, so be sure to act quickly! And be on the lookout for other wild badges throughout the summer!

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Explore the arts with your favorite characters (or some new friends)  in these kids movies!

A young girl tours and twirls through museum galleries experiencing different emotions evoked by different styles of art, and then expresses her energy and inspiration when she finds an empty canvas.

Four-year-old Caillou learns new lessons about life and the world around him. Contains twelve art-themed episodes.

Children are introduced to the imaginative world of art and how a picture can really be worth a thousand words in the lead story ART. Other stories include I Like Me, a celebration of self-esteem; The Dot, a journey of self-discovery and expression that will encourage everyone to explore his or her own creative spirit; Ish, Roman discovers that creativity is about a lot more than getting things just 'right'; and more.

Looking to complete your Electrified Path? Check out and play these games as a way to earn some badges. 

Animal Lover

The wildly popular "Zoo Tycoon" series gets fully reimagined and is set to crank up the excitement of building the ultimate zoo.

Keep it Real

ELL Conversation Groups

Practice speaking English in an informal setting with Community Literacy Council volunteers,  Meets every Thursday and Friday.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, August 5 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, August 11 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, August 12 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, August 18 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, August 19 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, August 25 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, August 26 -
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room

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Follow these suggestions (or use your own ideas) to complete your Super Bookworm Path for CYS.

Animal Lover

"THIS IS IT: The final battle for The Red begins here! Teen Titans foe Brother Blood has come to claim the mantle of avatar from Animal Man's daughter Maxine, murdering and plundering his way to power. Now faced with his family being even further torn apart, Buddy Baker must defeat this evil... no matter what the cost. Critically acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire ends his run on the breakout title of The New 52 with this concluding chapter to his epic ANIMAL MAN story. With art from Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Travel Foreman and Lemire himself, ANIMAL MAN VOL. 5: EVOLVE OR DIE! is a fitting ending to a modern classic. Collects ANIMAL MAN #24-29"--.

Check out and read these titles to complete your Super Bookworm Path with Manga! 

Animal Lover

Kamisama kiss. Vol. 3 by Julietta Suzuki

Nanami, missing school because she is distracted by her duties as a local deity, finds everything going wrong in class and is bit on the wrist while following her instinct to save animals.

Keep it Real

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