Hey Kids. Big News coming up in the world of picture books! On Monday, January 28th the American Library Association will award the 75th Caldecott Medal for the best from Seattle WA (Hey! LB just went there!). The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually (that means every year) to the artist of the book with the best illustrations published during the previous year. I would think that would be a tough thing to decide. The committee that chooses the winner thinks so too, so they usually award Caldecott Honor Medals to the runners-up. 75 years is a really long time--like before your parents were born! To celebrate, I thought I'd share some of my favorite picture books from the past year. Here are the top 5 in no particular order:
- Call the Meeting to Order
- Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
- Approval of Agenda
- Approval of Minutes
- Report of the Library Director
- Overview of Canton Public Library Board By-laws
- Amy Lee — Small Business Resource Center Presentation
- Nomination and Election of 2013 Board Officers
- Committee Assignments Discussion
- Approve new contract for wireless services
- Approve printer-copier lease contracts renewal
- Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 47 is right around the corner. While you're waiting, catch up on some of the lives of some of the sport's greatest players and coaches — both past and present:
Moving the chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything by Charles P. Pierce
Namath: a biography by Mark Kriegel
Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).
Starting on January 14, there will be a number of exciting changes to our Storytime roster! We will continue to offer Family Storytimes, add a second Baby Storytime, and unveil our Preschool Storytime sessions. Please read the information below to determine where your child will have the most fun, then follow the links to additional information about objectives and guidelines to create the best experience for your child.
Baby StorytimeBaby Storytime is intended for children who are 18 months and younger. An adult must accompany the baby to storytime which lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Family StorytimeFamily Storytime is intended for children who are 5 and younger. An adult must accompany the child to storytime which lasts approximately 30 minutes.
- Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
- Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
- Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Community Room
- Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM in the Purple Room
Preschool StorytimePreschool Storytime is intended for children who are 3 to 5 years old. We encourage independence in the preschool storytime; children are welcome to attend this session without their caregiver. Caregivers must stay in the Children’s Library while the storytime takes place. If their caregiver decides to attend the session they are expected to take part in the storytime activities. Each Preschool Storytime session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
All structured storytime sessions will be followed by a 30 minute open ABC Activity Time.
On January 8, 1815, during the War of 1812, British forces suffered more than 2,000 casualties in their attack on New Orleans. The defending U.S. forces were led by General Andrew Jackson who became a national hero as a result. Ironically, neither side knew that the war had already ended two weeks before with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.
The Battle of New Orleans by Robert V. Remini
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He would have turned 78 this year. A multi-dimensional performer, Elvis' diverse talents are on display in the many recordings and movies that he left behind:
Careless love: the unmaking of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick
The North American International Automobile Show, known as the Detroit Auto Show around here, opens to the public on Monday, January 19. The first Detroit Auto Show was held in 1907. What began as a local show is now international in scope.
The car: the evolution of the beautiful machine by Rod Green
Merrily we roll along [videodisc]: The early days of the automobile by NBC News Productions
Motorcars of the classic era by Michael Furman
The road to grace [large print]: the third journal of the walk series by Richard Paul Evans
What doesn't kill you [large print] by Iris Johansen
The beginner's goodbye [large print] by Anne Tyler
The hunter [large print]: a novel by John Lescroart
Exhale [videodisc]: Core Fusion 30 day sculpt by produced and directed by Ernie Schultz
Tae Bo express [videodisc] by directed by Darren Capik
Great buns and thighs step workout [videodisc] by Kathy Smith
Need a fun and educational activity for the whole family? Visit Chi-Town in Commerce Township, home of the world's longest model train. The railroad museum is open every weekend now through March from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Admission charges are $5 for adults and kids ages 5-17. Kids under 5 years old are free! Want to learn more, check out this book:
The great railroad revolution: the history of trains in America by Christian Wolmar
The artist written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius — An actor famous for his roles in silent films forms a relationship with an actress who is headed for fame in the new era of sound films.
The avengers written and directed by Joss Whedon — Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America assemble together for the very first time ever in this epic, action-packed blockbuster.
The best exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden — A group of British retirees decide to outsource their retirement to a newly renovated hotel in Jaipur, India, that is being marketed as a retirement residence - but when they arrive, they find it to be in less luxurious condition than they had imagined.
The big year directed by David Frankel — Three men put their lives and careers on hold in an attempt to set a new record for the number of bird species spotted during a year.
The cabin in the woods directed by Drew Goddard — Five college friends head for a cabin in a remote forest and through a tattered diary left behind by a former inhabitant, begin to discover the deadly truth behind their lodging.
The dark knight rises directed by Christopher Nolan — Wi