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ABCmouse - FREE on All Library Computers

ABCmouse.com is now available for free inside the library!The award-winning ABCmouse.com curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. ABCmouse.com is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music.

To access ABCmouse.com, click on the link above, or on the Kids page under "Early Literacy Online Resources" from any computer in the library. You can even create an ABC mouse account that you child can use to track progress when you visit the library!

LEGO® Dream Vehicle Contest Winners

Thanks to all 52 people who entered our 2015 LEGO®  Dream Vehicle Contest! There were so many amazing creations it was hard for our judges to decide, but here are the winners:

K-2nd Grade


1st: Dhruv Hedge - "Mountain Climber"



2nd: Mason Stone - "Plant Battleship Space"



3rd: Gabriel Chen - "Fire & Rescue"

3rd-5th Grade


1st: Ava Stone - "The Bike Shop On Wheels"



2nd: Devin Friedrich - "Ultra"


3rd: Brian Riley - "The Falcon Motor Jet"

System Migration Outages January 20

On Tuesday, January 20 we are migrating our internal computing system to a new platform that will be more efficient and stable, give us better access to our data and additional resources, and keep us current with industry standards. During the migration, you may check out and return items but most of our computer-based patron services will be unavailable, including:
  • Catalog search
  • MyAccount
  • Renewal of items or ability to place materials on hold
  • Online database resources including Overdrive eBooks, Zinio and hoopla
  • Program registration
  • Interloan requests
  • Payment of fines
  • Library card renewals.
We anticipate that this will take most of the day and apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your patience while we perform this necessary update.

Happy New Year! Learn a new language with Mango.

Resolve to learn a new language at your own pace and for free!  Mango Languages provides access to 64 different languages (including English for non-native speakers) and includes foreign films and specialty lessons. Learn about the Chinese Zodiac in Mandarin for the upcoming Chinese new year by enrolling in a specialty course. All free with your Canton Public Library Card!

NEW Gale Courses Begin January 21

Make a resolution to learn something new in the new year!  Gale Courses can teach you about accounting, sign language, career skills and more!

Gale has added new courses to its catalog!  The Canton Public Library offers free Gale Courses to its cardholders, and the next set of classes is will begin on Wednesday, January 21. Learn on your own schedule, and receive a certificate of completion when you've finished. Our goal is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for you to gain new skills or improve existing ones. New sessions are offered every month. Take advantage of these instructor-led courses on our databases page!

Canton TargetTesting ACT test prep class

CantonTargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing. Jordan Lu, Jeffrey Lu, and Jason Ren have all earned a scored of 35 on the ACT. They have also spent time substituting for and observing lessons of previous TargetTesting sessions.  The experiences they have gained working with students in this capacity have prepared them to teach the class.

Registration through the Canton Public Library website is required to join the class and will be open to those student who have completed their freshman year of high school.  This class is a 10-week session which will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:15PM.  The first session will be on February 1 and the last will be April 5. Having a library card is a requirement for registration. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class. Registration begins on January 12. Any questions regarding class content may be sent to cantontargettesting@gmail.com

SAT not ACT for 2016

The Michigan Department of Education announced the SAT will be the state-required free college entrance exam starting in spring of 2016. Since 2007, the ACT was the state's free test. Current students preparing to take the ACT this spring will do so as planned, but changes go into effect starting next year. The College Board, which administers the SAT, won its competitive bid which will be a cost-savings to taxpayers in the long run. To learn more, click here. The Library offers free ACT or SAT test preparation from the LearningExpress Library on our databases page with a Canton library card.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: January - June 2015

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00PM-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A.  Over the next six months we will be discussing a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

January 22   Canada by Richard Ford

February 26   90 Minutes in Heaven: a True Story of Life and Death by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

March 26   The Sea by John Banville

April 23    Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay


June 25   The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Beginning Excel 2010

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list  
with Microsoft Excel 2010.

Registration required.  Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Murder Will Out: Award Winners 2014

Looking for a good read?  Check out some of this year's award winning Mystery titles for best book.

Edgar A. Poe Award for Best Novel, Anthony Award for Best Mystery Novel, Dilys Award, Barry Award Best Novel, The Squid, The Macavity Award Best Novel

Ordinary grace: a novel by William Kent Krueger.   Best known for his Conor O'Cork series, Mr. Krueger's stand-alone novel about a young woman's murder and its' impact on family, friends, and community garnered six awards this year.







Nero Wolf Award for Best American Mystery

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell


Agatha Christie Award for Best Historical Mystery

A question of honor by Charles Todd.  


Shamus Award Best P. I. Paperback Original (Private Eye Writers of America)

Murder Will Out: January 2015

Charlaine Harris's character Aurora Teagarden makes her TV debut on Sunday, January 11 at 9:00PM on the Hallmark Channel Mysteries & Movies Channel. In the first book of the series, REAL MURDERS twenty-eight-year-old Aurora (Roe) Teagarden is a professional Librarian and belongs to the Real Murders club, a group of 12 enthusiasts who gather monthly to study famous baffling or unsolved crimes. Ms. Harris wrote eight novels featuring Aurora Teagarden between 1990 and 2003.

The K Club

Bring your favorite Teddy Bear to our K Club program on Saturday, February 21, 11:00-11:45. We will share some great Bear stories, make a craft, and eat a bear snack. This program is designed for children ages 4-6.

Library Board Meeting Agenda — Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:30 PM

  • Call the Meeting to Order
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of General Meeting Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Trustee Comments
  • Committee Reports
    • Finance Committee
  • Unfinished Business and General Orders
    • None
  • New Business
    • Nomination and Election of Board Officers
    • Re-schedule July 2015 Board Meeting
    • Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest
    • Statistic of the Month
  • Call to Audience (5 min. maximum)
  • Adjourn

Biographies for First Graders

Looking for true stories about real people? Try some of these. Suggestions are geared toward first graders.

The little plant doctor: a story about George Washington Carver by Jean Marzollo  An introduction to the life of George Washington Carver.

Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer by Carole Gerber  A biography about an early female astronomer.

Thorndyke Thoughts: Paddington on the Big Screen

Hey Kids,

I’m so excited to announce a dear friend of mine is coming to the big screen in January. On my birthday. Some of you may be familiar with my marmalade-loving buddy, Paddington, but if not, be sure to check him out here before seeing him in theaters. I’ve made some handy lists below of bear stories, some that are also available as movies. What are some of your favorite bear stories? You can tell me in the comments or stop by to chat the next time you’re in the library.
 

“Classic” Bears

A bear called Paddington by Michael Bond ; with drawings by Peggy Fortnum

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne ; with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Realistic Fiction for First Grade

Want stories about regular people like you? Try these suggestions.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee — This is the start of a series about two very different friends. Look for the rest of the Bink and Gollie stories at JFICTION DICAMILLO.

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant — find more in this series by searching for Henry and Mudge.

Soupy Saturdays: with the Pain & the Great One by Judy Blume — Sibling rivalry abounds. More stories about Pain and the Great One in the fiction shelves at JFICTION BLUME.

Building, Construction, Demolition, etc.

Beginning in January 2015, the library will embark on phase two of a renovation project to update the building, make the library accessible to all users and to fulfill our core values of Relevance, Access, Integrity and Leadership. Phase II will include a complete renovation of the public restrooms located in the lobby with new tile and fixtures, making them ADA compliant. During this phase of the construction, patrons will be asked to use the restrooms located in the Children's Library. The Cafe will be inaccessible, as well as the main doors of the Community Room. While adults might be interested in the details of the project, kids will also have questions, and we've compiled a list of recommendations of some construction themed books.


b1547133.jpgDemolition by Sally Sutton ; illustrated by Brian Lovelock


Sometimes you have to get rid of the old to make way for the new, and that is shown here through the use of numerous sound effects. Don't forget the last page, where the machines and their jobs are identified.


Job Site by ClementJob site by Nathan Clement


Nathan Clement's brightly colored illustrations belie the dust and dirt that is usually found on a job site, but each machine has a task that's portrayed in sparse and easy to explain text.

Lunch and a Book 2015 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — January 8



The talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith — February 12




Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — March 12


The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard — April 9


The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel by Fannie Flagg — May 14