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Teen Animanga Club

Naruto ShippudenWednesday, September 16, 6:30-8:45 PM join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, September 14. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, September 14-October 24:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Monday, October 12. The library will be closed.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of September 14. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, September 14-October 24:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (CommunityRoom)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no storytime on Monday, October 12. The library will be closed.

Starfish Family Services: Look What I Can Do

On Monday, September 14, from 6:30-8:30 PM the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Look What I Can Do: Understanding Preschool Development. Participants will learn how to recognize the uniqueness in the way children think and view the world around them. They will also learn about a child's brain development and different strategies to support children's thinking. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Baby Storytime

Designed for children 0-18 months with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Registration begins August 27.
Storytime session begins Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 AM

Tween Service Corps September 2015

Are you in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for an opportunity to volunteer at the library? It's time for another school year, which means our Tween Service Corps is starting back up again. We'll brainstorm about volunteer activities for October and beyond, so come prepared with any ideas you have! 

Our first meeting will be Saturday, September 12th from 9:30-10:30 AM in the Purple Room. No registration is required. 

Preschool Storytimes

Preschool Storytimes are a fun celebration of stories and activities designed for children ages 3-5.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend without siblings, or must remain in the children's department. Please choose a Monday OR Friday session as this is a registered program. Sessions begin Monday, September 14  and end Friday, October 23. Registration is online and begins Thursday, August 27. We welcome you at ONE of the following sessions:

Mondays, 10:00-10:30
Fridays, 1:00-1:30

Easy Robotics: Brushbots

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Make your own robot out of a toothbrush and motor, then build a track to race it on. For Tweens and Teens. Registration required.

Top Universities in the World

The World Ranking of Academic Universities has been using transparent methodology and third-party data to rank the world's top universities since 2003. For the 13th year in a row, Harvard University remained in the number one spot. University of Michigan scored number 22 on the list. Interested in attending an Ivy League school? Get valuable admissions advice from this book, 50 Successful Ivy League Application Essays. 





If You Like Psychological Suspense Novels

If you enjoyed psychological suspense novels like Defending Jacob, Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, check these out...


Leaving Berlin: a novel by Joseph Kanon

Monday's lie by Jamie Mason

Edge by Nick Oldham

Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon

The stolen ones by Owen Laukkanen

Disclaimer by Renée Knight

Beginning Excel 2013

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list
with Microsoft Excel 2013. Registration required.

Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us on Thursday, September 10 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

Dungeons & Dragons Gaming Club in September

DiceRoll up some fun with kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons Gaming.  This monthly program takes place the fourth Monday of every month. Have fun using your imagination while also working on building problem-solving skills, practicing mathematics and chart-reading, and learning new vocabulary. The next session is September 28, 4:30-5:30 PM.  All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice.  This program is suggested for ages 9-12.  Families are welcome.  No registration is required.

Photo Dungeons & Dragons by River Siren (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Nonfiction Book Group September 2015

Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond — Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this brilliant work answers the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. The people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide. Join us Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 AM.

Lunch and a Book September 2015

Us by David Nicholls — After almost 30 years of marriage, Connie tells Douglas that she thinks she wants a divorce. But she can't bring herself to cancel their month-long tour of European capitals experiencing the world's greatest works of art with their son Albie. Douglas is privately convinced that this trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and may even help him to bond with Albie. Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves and learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger. Join us Thursday, September 10 at noon.

Adult Writers' Group September 2015

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet at 2:00 PM on:
  • Saturday, September 12
  • Saturday, September 26

Special Needs Storytime

Please join us on Saturday, September 26 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room to discuss:

I am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai ; with Christina Lamb — When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

Thorndyke Thoughts: CYS is Over

Hey Kids,
I hope you enjoyed our Connect Your Summer program as much as I did. The badges, the activities, and all the programs were so exciting! I especially enjoyed the Stormtroopers who came to the Final Party.

Even though summer is almost over, I've still been reading, and one of my favorite books from the last week is 
Julia Child: an extraordinary life in words and pictures by Erin Hagar  — The story is so interesting, and I loved the pictures, which made Julia look so friendly. It took Julia a long time to figure out what she wanted to do, but before she learned to be a chef she worked with spies in World War II. And afterward she became one of the first chefs on TV. When I finished the book one of the first things I did was to find her TV show on how to make omelettes. Then I made an omelette, and it was delicious.


If you're looking for more books on cooking adventures, try one of these.

Alice Waters and the trip to delicious by written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Hayelin Choi ; afterword by Alice Waters

Not in Our Town Art Contest

In partnership with the Canton Response to Hate Crime Coalition and Canton Police Department, the library is sponsoring an art contest. Students are invited to submit artwork around the theme of inclusion, unity and peace to be displayed during the Community Unity & Peace Rally on September 26 in Heritage Park. Art work entries should be turned in at the Children's Desk.

RULES:
  1. Submissions accepted beginning September 1 and ending September 18 at 6:00 PM.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be confined to a 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own original work. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but do not copy someone else's art.
  5. First place and second place prizes will be awarded in three different age categories: Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade. The decision of the judges is final.
  6. Winners will be announced September 26 at the Community Unity & Peace Rally.
  7. All entries will be displayed at Heritage Park during the rally.
  8. A completed contest entry form must accompany each submission.

For questions or clarification, email Laurie Golden, community relations department head.