Winter Break Fun!

Enjoy your Winter Break at the Canton Public Library!

Tuesday, February 22

Board Game Fun — 1:00-3:00PM — Play chess, test your Yu Gi Oh skills, create with Legos.

Wednesday, February 23

Thorndyke's Book Discussion — 2:00-2:45PM — Get together with other first and second graders to read and talk about a great book! You do not have to read the book before coming to the program.
Wild About Mo Willems — 7:00-7:45PM — If you love the Pigeon books, or have your own Knuffle Bunny, you will enjoy this night of fun with Mo Willems books. Kids ages 5-8 are invited to join in the fun.

Thursday, February 24

All Ages Open Videogaming — 1:00PM-3:00PM — Children, tweens and teens can unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. No registration required.
Night in Narnia — 7:00-7:45PM — Kids, ages 8-11, set sail on the high seas as we celebrate the release of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Hot Chocolate

For years I regarded hot chocolate as a warm childhood memory, long pushed aside for the bitter deliciousness that is my morning espresso. After two eye-opening hot chocolate experiences: a thick, sweet cup in NY at Jacques Torres Chocolate and another equally thick, but less sweet serving in Ann Arbor at Frita Batidos, the quest to create my own perfect hot chocolate began.

There are recipes for Jacques Torres' hot chocolate online but I also wanted to expand my horizons. For a baseline, I used Joy of Cooking (the 2006 edition). Hot chocolate is a deceptively simple beverage: many recipes call for only milk/water and chocolate. Despite this, I have yet to create the Platonic Ideal of Hot Chocolate.

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with crafts, songs, dancing and food. Join us at the library for a fun celebration beginning at 5:00PM with crafts for the kids followed by snacks and entertainment; at 7:00PM for everyone. This should be a great Chinese New Year for everyone. No registration is needed for this February 17th event.

This Month on DVD at the Library

New this month on DVD is Conviction directed by Tony Goldwyn. This is the true story of Betty Ann Waters and her struggle to free her brother, Kenny who is sentenced to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. The movie follows Betty Ann's 18 year journey to set Kenny free, as she completes her GED, graduates law and the complications of a new trial. This real life drama touches on the legal system, justice and the strength of a sister and brother love. With an all star cast and a great story the running time of 103 minutes should fly by. So grab some popcorn and enjoy.

Loving our Pets

February is not just for Valentine's Day. It's also Responsible pet owners month. All those squeaky guinea pigs and fluffy kittens our relying on you, their owners, to take good care of them. You can also learn about different kinds of pets to have from library books like, Extreme Pets or The House of a Million Pets. Are you taking good care of your special pet?

Write On!

Learning to be a writer takes a lot of practice, whether you're a kid or an adult. Learning to be a nonfiction writer takes research and asking lots of questions. If you would like to learn how to write books for kids check out Writing World for tips on good writing. Author Fiona Bayrock's website is another good site to get information on writing nonfiction for children.

The New Frugality

The new frugality : how to consume less, save more, and live better by Chris Farrell — Are you looking for small changes you can make in your everyday life to save money? Perhaps to streamline things so that life feels less complicated? This book has many great tips based on a philosophy of living with a "margin of safety" and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Many of the ideas here seem like common sense but that you might not have thought about.

2010 National Film Registry Inductees

The National Film Registry of The Library of Congress recently announced its list of inductees for 2010. Among the titles is George Lucas' 1967 short film which inspired the movie THX 1138. Established in 1989, the films are selected for their enduring importance to United States culture. Also included among the list of 2010 entries are:

Wicked Reads

If you like fiction about vampires, werewolves and other paranormal beings, then give these books about witches a try:

Brida: a novel by Paulo Coelho; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa

Waking the witch by Kelley Armstrong

My favorite witch by Lisa Plumley

Prefer nonfiction? Check these out:

A delusion of Satan: the full story of the Salem witch trials by Frances Hill; introduction by Karen Armstrong

Witchcraze: a new history of the European witch hunts by Anne Llewellyn Barstow