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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

Year 2014 Top Movie Picks

About time [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents ; in association with Relativity Media ; a Working Title production ; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Nicky Kentish Barnes ; written and directed by Richard Curtis — The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time.


Bad words [videodisc] by director, Jason Bateman — Guy Trilby is a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by hijacking the competition.


Begin again [videodisc] by the Weinstein Company and Exclusive Media present ; in association with Sycamore Pictures and Black Label Media ; an Exclusive Media production ; a Likely Story production ; produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow ; written and directed by John Carney — British songwriter Gretta is adrift in Manhattan after getting dumped by her philandering rock star boyfriend.


Blue Jasmine [videodisc] by produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Edward Walson ; written and directed by Woody Allen — When her life falls apart, socialite Jasmine moves to San Francisco to stay with her sister.

Dress for December

Froggy%20Gets%20Dressed%20London.jpgFroggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London is the ultimate of cold weather checklists. Excited Froggy repeatedly gets called out of the snow and back into his house by his mother because he forgot to put on an important article of warm weather gear. But there are plenty more picture books highlighting all those extra layers you need to stay warm. Here's your own checklist of corresponding books.

Hat%20by%20Brett.jpgThe Hat by Jan Brett


While Jan Brett’s The Mitten is more well-known, don’t miss this equally entertaining story. Brett’s signature illustrations relay the trouble Hedgie the hedgehog faces when he gets stuck in a discovered hat.


Mitten by Aylesworth.jpgThe Mitten by Jim Aylesworth


Jim Aylesworth’s rhyming retelling of the tale is complemented by Barbara McClintock’s expressive characters.


Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth


Dance your socks off with these daring ducks as they debut their fashionable footwear.

Printable Program and Event Listing, January 2015

Here's a printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL in January 2015.

New Language Learning Resource: Pronunciator

Start the New Year with a new language!

The Canton Public Library is adding to its language learning databases with Pronunciator. Choose from any of 80 languages, with 22 months of guided instruction for each language. You can even get feedback on your pronunciation! Pronunciator also offers ESL programs for speakers of Hindi, Spanish, Telugu, Chinese, and many other languages.

Murder Will Out: January 2015

M.C. Beaton's first Agatha Raisin mystery has been made into a television movie. It premiers in Great Britain on Boxing Day (December 26), hopefully we will be seeing “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death” in the States soon.

Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Chairperson, Nancy Eggenberger, called the meeting to order at 7:31 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, J. Fausone, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, D. Turner

Absent: M. Farell

Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, G. Nixon, L. Papa, N. Szczepanski) – None

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved as amended by unanimous consent.

Communications

E. Davis shared a Christmas letter received from former Board Trustees George Snow and Cecil Young.

The Patron Service Improvement Project (PSIP) – Phase II brochure, which will be given out to patrons to explain the scope, cost and timeline of the construction project, was provided to the board.

Among items in the publicity packet was a news story in the Canton Observer about the PSIP (Phase II) and also one about a local teenage runaway who was found by police on library property.

Community Relations department head L. Golden provided the board with proofs of the eight (8) pages of library events which will appear in the next Discover brochure.

Director's Report

The Friends of the Library fundraiser at Tony Sacco’s Pizzeria raised $80; the Friends were pleased and will pursue other, similarly small fundraising efforts as revenue from the Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore continues to drop.

LOL Audiobooks to check out/download

Good omens [sound recording] by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. .


A walk in the woods [sound recording]: [rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail] by Bill Bryson

 Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you'll find to the Appalachian Trail. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way-and a couple of bears. Already a classic, "A Walk in the Woods " will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).


Confessions of a shopaholic [sound recording] by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Bloomwood is bored to death writing for Successful Saving. So, with a handsome credit line from her bank, she liberates herself the best way she knows how-- by shopping! Think of it as an investment, she tells herself. But, soon she is buried in bank notices and cursed VISA bills

Epic Fantasy for Teens

The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Graceling by Kristin Cashore


Grave mercy by Robin LaFevers


Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas


Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo


Falling kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes


The Paladin prophecy. Book 1 by Mark Frost


Finnikin of the rock by Melina Marchetta

Teen Mysteries

Trust me, I'm lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer


Jackaby by William Ritter


Also known as by Robin Benway


The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Jimmy Coates: assassin? by Joe Craig


We were liars by E. Lockhart


Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old to get moving with their caregivers, dancing is a great way to have some fun. 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

U of M STEM

The Canton Public Library has partnered with the University of Michigan’s Technical Communications department to bring a series of fun and exciting STEM workshops to the library. These workshops will present a wide range of topics in the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Each session has been designed and developed for kids aged 11 – 13 by engineering students at the university. The Canton Public Library will be hosting several sessions throughout 2015. Registration required for each program.