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Connections Newsletter - Sep/Oct 2008

Our bimonthly newsletter, Connections, is now available online as a pdf file (attached below).

New Look to Out & About

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Our Internet Branch has expanded the activity options that you see when visiting our Fun Stuff page. Instead of just one event, now you'll see one, two or three tips (each linked to the event's page). Further, we've added some popular calendar links to the feature so you can explore for other entertainment options for half- or one-day excursions.

10 Tips of To-Do's During First Week in College

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/professors-guide/2008/8/27/10-must-dos-the-first-week-of-college.html

Retired Professors Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy H. Hyman share their advice for college success in their column at the link above. For more pointers, check out their website, Professor's Guide, and check the book in our collection Professor's Guide to Getting Good Grades.

Green Resource Bibliography

The following materials are found in the collections of the Canton Public Library.

Green Consumers

Theme — Winter

Books For Toddlers (ages 18 months - 3 years)

For Preschoolers (ages 4 - 5 years)

Theme — Under the Sea

Books

Poems/Fingerplays

Theme — Trains

Books

September 2008 Lunch & a Book - September 11

Everybody was so youngEverybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story (Amanda Vaill): A finely written biography brings to life the globe-trotting, high-living socialites who were models for works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pablo Picasso until tragedy struck their children at the end of the Roaring Twenties.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion - Sep 15, 2008

Cannery RowCannery Row (John Steinbeck): Vividly depicts the colorful, sometimes disreputable, inhabitants of a run-down area in Monterey, California.

Seniors Book Discussion - Sept 24, 2008

Ellen FosterEllen Foster (Kaye Gibbons): Ellen Foster is the often heart-wrenching tale of an 11-year-old girl who loses her dearly loved mother through suicide and is left to coexist with her alcoholic father. Gibbons has produced a warm and caring first novel about a backwoods child persevering through hard times to establish a new and satisfying identity. (Note: Beginning August 20, participants can pick up a copy of the book at the Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk).

America's Best Colleges 2009

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/college/

Find out what college got the No. 1 ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report edition.

Poems and Fingerplays

Whether for an infant or toddler, these songs and nursery rhymes can aide in preschool development; while being a lot of fun! For more helpful storytime tips, see Storytime Success.

Theme — Pets

Books

Theme — Numbers

Books

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

  • "I have ten little fingers" from

Theme — All About Me!

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

Storytime Success

Infants

Developmental characteristics

  • Recognizes and looks for familiar voices and sounds
  • Explores objects by touching, shaking, banging or mouthing
  • Babbles expresively as if talking
  • Imitates sounds, facial expressions and actions made by others

Advice

  • It is never too early to begin reading to a child. Hearing the rhythm of stories, even as a newborn, is both soothing and important for developing literacy
  • If it is too difficult to hold both baby and book, then just tell stories that you know. Use hand motions, facial expressions and baby's toys to "illustrate" your story
  • Speak clearly and expressively. Even if they don't understand all the words of a story, you are conveying meaning through emotion
  • Repeat sections when the child shows interest
  • Ask questions about the story. (ex: What color is that house?

Theme — Frogs

Books

For Toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years)

For Preschoolers (age 4-5 years)

Theme — Food

Books

Poems/Fingerplays

Theme — Farm

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

Activities

Try one of the farm art pr