Outdoor Games

Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.

Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb

Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown

Let's go outside!: outdoor activities and projects to get you and your kids closer to nature by Jennifer Ward; illustrations by Susie Ghahremani

Sidewalk games by Glen Vecchione; illustrated by Blanche Sims

New Romances

Looking for a few good summer reads? Put your name on the hold list for these recently ordered romances. Then relax in your chaise lounge, knowing you will have some excellent beach reads on their way soon.

Hunter's Fall by Walker, Shiloh

Forgotten Sea by Kantra, Virginia

Baby, Come Home by Bond, Stephanie

Dark Awakening by Castle, Kendra Leigh

Silk Is for Seduction by Chase, Loretta Lynda

Park and Read

Just in time for summer vacation, Park & Read passes have arrived at the library. A joint venture of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan, the Park & Read program provides a free one-day vehicle permit to any Michigan State Park & Recreation Area. Like the popular Museum Adventure Pass program, the passes are "checked out" for seven days; you pick the day you want to use it. Park & Read runs through October 1, 2011. So visit the Canton Public Library for a pass and a great book to read.

75 Birds, Butterflies, & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet

75 birds, butterflies & little beasts to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield — Amigurumi and critter knitting have gotten quite popular lately, and this book brings a natural approach to each. Included here are patterns for flowers, bugs, leaves, sea life, fruit and veg, and even eggs and bird nests. All of the projects within are realistic rather than cartoonish, and some even use non-traditional knitting/crochet materials such as raffia.

Services to Garden City Public Library Cardholders

Eva DavisTo all Garden City residents and Garden City Public Library cardholders:

In preparation for their anticipated closing due to lack of funding, the Garden City Public Library has announced that the last day they will lend materials is Thursday, May 26, 2011. GCPL will remain open to the public to use materials within the building until June 25, 2011.

Between the Lions

Have you checked out Between the Lions yet? This PBS show is the step between Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow. Between the Lions teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other reading methods. Kids just like it because the Lion family — Theo, Cleo, Lionel and Leona — are funny and there are lots of cartoons and songs. Canton Public Library has both seasons here on DVD. You can also visit Between the Lions online. There are lots of tips for parents and teachers there too!

Traveling our National Parks with AAA

Be an armchair traveler and visit the National Parks with the help of David Moorman travel specialist of AAA of Michigan. The presentation Traveling our National Parks is scheduled for Thursday, June 9th at 7:00PM in our Community Room. Almost everyone's fondest memories growing up are of summer vacations the family took together. For outdoor enthusiasts, the National Parks encompass stunning stretches of scenery and perfect mountains for hiking and miles and miles of spectacular terrain. Whether you want expert advise on the Big Meadows of Shenandoah National Park or take in the peaks of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the presentation Traveling our National Parks is for you. Apart from being informative and fun, you will also have a chance to win two free tickets to Cedar Point or a car safety kit which will be given away at the presentation.

Award Winning Military History Books

Celebrate Memorial Day by checking out some of these books. Each year, the Society for Military History gives awards to outstanding literature in this genre. Here are some of the titles that we own:

Society for Military History — Distinguished Book Awards

Vietnam's forgotten army: heroism and betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew Wiest

Caesar: life of a colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy

The regulars: the American Army, 1898-1941 by Edward M. Coffman

An army at dawn: the war in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: May 25, 2011

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, May 25 at the Canton Public Library in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00PM. Copies of the discussion book can be picked up at Canton Public Library's Adult Reference Desk. This month we will be discussing Little Bee by Clive Cleave.

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