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Gustafer Yellowgold's Rock Melon Tour

Give a sunshiney, warm welcome to Gustafer Yellowgold! A friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun, Gustafer is living out an explorer’s life in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods with a sensitive Dragon, fashionista Pterodactyl, his best friend the Eel, among many others.  The Rock Melon Tour is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling presented by its creator, Morgan Taylor.

Vote for your Favorite Caldecott

In honor of the 75th Caldecott Medal awarded this year, we are polling patrons for their favorite book.  Come into the Children's Library during February to browse our reference collection of Caldecott winners, and then submit a vote for your favorite.  The winning book will be read at a special Caldecott Celebration in March. 

Creatapillars February 2013

Are you a creative kid? This program is tailored to kids who are 7 to 10 years old. Let your creative side flow in our monthly crafting program, Creatapillars. Our project for February will be working with salt dough. We will meet on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Registration will begin Friday, January 25. See you there!

[Caterpillar by Rickydavid is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Lunch & a Book February 2013

On Thursday, February 14 at Noon we will be discussing:

Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon — In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. Lyndall Gordon, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. Gordon digs deep into the life and work of Emily Dickinson, to reveal the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, and presents a woman beyond her time who found love, spiritual sustenance, and immortality all on her own terms. An enthralling story of creative genius, filled with illicit passion and betrayal.

Tween Service Corps February 2013

Are you in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:00-2:00 PM. See you there!

Mid-Winter Movie Madness

Join us on Monday, February 18 from 12:00-8:45 PM for an all-day family movie extravanganza.  You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy blankets or chairs. 

12:00-1:00 - Wallace and Gromit shorts (G) Join the loveable duo of Wallace and Gromit; inventors of all manner of useful devices.
1:00-3:00 - The Incredibles (PG). A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Lego Fun!

Do you have an itch to build your own car? What about a tower taller than you? Come to our Lego Fun program Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. It's going to be a blast!

STEM Program Series: Supermarket Science

2nd-5th Graders: Join us Tuesday, February 19th at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room for science demonstrations and hands-on experiments using items you can find in your own kitchen or pantry! See the incredible bouncing egg, create a secret message or painting with invisible ink, and more.  Registration begins January 25 and is limited to the first 25 kids, so sign up today!

Intermediate Word 2007

Learn about advanced formatting options useful in creating larger documents, including headers and footers, page numbers and footnotes. Prerequisite: Beginning Word 2007 or previous experience with Word. Join us Tuesday, February 19th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Beginning Excel 2007

Learn to create a spreadsheet and manage a list with Microsoft Excel 2007. Prerequisite: Mouse and keyboarding skills.

Join us Wednesday, February 20th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.

Counseling Sessions With SCORE

Thinking about starting a small business but you're not sure where to begin? Schedule a one hour consultation on Thursday, February 14th from 6:00-9:00 PM with a mentor from SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and receive free and confidential advice from a seasoned professional. To register for a session or for additional information, please contact SCORE representative Ed Krupa.

Black History Month Storyteller

Join noted storyteller Alfreda Harris as she dazzles us with stories about Martin Luther King, Jr and the Walk to Freedom exhibit on loan to the library from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Visit the exhibit, located near the main Information Desk, then listen as Ms. Harris takes us on a journey in celebration of the Civil Rights movement. Suitable for tween, teens and adults on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00 PM.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion February 18

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Group on Monday, February 18 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Killing Lincoln: the shocking assassination that changed America forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard — The host of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic events in American history, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president. On the night of Good Friday, April 14, 1865 just 5 days after General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate Army surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant of the Union Army, President Lincoln was assassinated at the Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth, an acclaimed stage actor of his time. First, read this book and feel like you're there.

Diversity & Inclusion Movie - Akeelah and the Bee

In honor of Black History Month, and in partnership with the Plymouth Canton Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion, we are proud to show Akeelah and the Bee starring Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Keke Palmer.  It's the story of a young girl from south Los Angeles who tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.  The movie will be followed by a discussion on preventing bullying and promoting inclusion led by PCCDI. Join us February 12 at 6:00 PM.

H&R Block Basics with Tom Stires

H&R Block's Tom Stires will walk us through the tax filing basics including withholding status, exemptions, life changes and tax code changes in Michigan. Also learn what the Affordable Care Act and other government mandates mean to you and your taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015. Come learn the best ways to save on Monday, February 25th at 7:00 PM.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Chef Tom Lin

Local Chef Tom Lin will share his extensive culinary skills with a Chinese cuisine cooking demonstration.  You will learn knife skills, cooking techniques and maybe even get a bit of a taste of some great food.  Chef Lin owns several local Chinese restaurants and is well-known and respected among his peers. Adults only please on Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 to 4:30 PM. Registration required.

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of each month in the Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Wednesday, February 13 at 4:00-4:45 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat to work on. Registration for this program begins on January 25.

[Halasana - Postura del Arado/Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have special stories, a snack and a craft designed around a bear theme. Bring your favorite teddy bear and cuddle up for some fun on Tuesday, February 26, 4:00-4:45 PM. Registration begins January 25.

University of Michigan FRS Workshops: Everybody Cooks!

This year at CPL, the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three, fun Family Reading and Science workshops titled Just Like me: exploring culture, biology and the human experience. To tie in with their temporary exhibition at the museum called RACE: Are we so different? (February 2013-June 2013), they are focusing on and exploring how biology, anthropology, physics, geography and chemistry all play a part in race and culture.

We invite you to register for the second of three monthly workshops in the series titled Everybody Cooks! Exploring how geology, geography and human migration influenced food. The workshop takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will learn that every culture has a cuisine, but why do the same ingredients, cooking techniques or types of food pop up all over the world? Families will learn how geology and geography relate to food, what "cultural transmission" is, and will also get to make their very own bread starter. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins January 25.