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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Fiction For Cat Lovers

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

The go-between by Joyce Stranger

The nine lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

Of cats and men: stories by Nina de Gramont

Non-Fiction Books About Cats

Non-Fiction Books About Dogs

Healthy Pets

Healthy Kids

Healthy eating by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Healthy foods from A to Z by [executive editor, Stephanie Maze] = Comida sana de la A a la Z / [editora ejecutiva, Stephanie Maze]

10 ways I can live a healthy life by Sara Antill

My healthy body by Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein ; illustrated by Joe Weissmann

Going organic: a healthy guide to making the switch by Dana Meachen Rau

Cool relaxing: healthy & fun ways to chill out! by Alex Kuskowski

Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy mom, healthy baby: the ultimate pregnancy guide by Siobhan Dolan and Alice Lesch Kelly

Be fruitful: the essential guide to maximizing fertility and giving birth to a healthy child by Victoria Maizes ; foreword by Andrew Weil

Beautiful babies: nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding & baby's first foods by Kristen Michaelis

Pregnancy health yoga: your essential guide for bump, birth, and beyond by Tara Lee and Mary Attwood ; foreword by Dr. Gowri Motha creator of the gentle birth method

Mommy IQ: the complete guide to pregnancy by Rosie Pope ; foreword by Amos Grunebaum

Healthy Living

Medical TV Series Dramas

Medical Quiz Show

Earn your Be Well or Curtains Up badge and test your knowledge of a medical TV series on dvd by playing the Medical Quiz Show trivia contest! It's as easy as choose, watch, quiz! Choose a medical TV series on dvd owned by Canton Public Library that interests you. Watch and then take the corresponding quiz. Submit your trivia form and your name will be entered in a drawing for a prize!

Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

Girl and dogGot a four-legged friend? Need to be more active? Want to lose weight this summer? Earn the Be Well Badge or Animal Lover Badge by walking around Heritage Park. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound is the Canton Public Library's Summer Walking Program. Do three laps around the lake or 30 minutes with your dog. It's fun for you and your pet!

Back in Time Word Search Game

This is Week One of our "Back in Time Word Search" series challenge. Throughout the course of six weeks, we'll feature three games. They will focus on different aspects of going back in time. The Back in Time: Historical Events is for this week and the next (until June 2.) Pick one up from the Help Desk, and have fun figuring out the word puzzle. Return it to the Help Desk and you earn yourself a chance for prize drawing!

Be Creative Books for Kids

Crafts for Teens

Historical Fiction for Kids

The blood stone by Jamila Gavin

Destiny, rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Ben and me: a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos by lately discovered, edited & illustrated by Robert Lawson

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak ; illustrated by Philip Hopman ; translated by Laura Watkinson

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Food Mysteries

50 Summer Crafts for Kids

Try one of these 50 summer crafts (courtesy of thelongthread.com) from building a fairy house to making homemade playdough. Nothing to do on those long summer days? Get crafty and impress all your friends.

[Scissor Kit by LollyKnit is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

Recipe Exchange Kiosk

Calling all cooks! We're bringing back last summer's popular recipe exchange kiosk. It's a great way to share your favorite recipes, discover some new ones and earn your Chow Down badge. Use our recipe card or just print out your recipes and deliver them, paper clipped together, to the recipe exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk. If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

For more great cooking (and eating) inspiration, visit our Chow Down Pinterest page.

Bon Appetit!

Chow Down Books For Teens

A teen guide to eco-gardening, food, and cooking by Jen Green

Cooking up a storm by Sam Stern, with Susan Stern

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team ; photographs by Phil Mansfield

Food for feeling healthy by Carol Ballard

Fast food nation: the dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser

Peanut by written by Ayun Halliday ; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

The sweet life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises

Teen Historical Fiction

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The book thief by Markus Zusak

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Never fall down: a novel by Patricia McCormick

What I saw and how I lied by Judy Blundell

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Between shades of gray by Ruta Sepetys

Apron Day

apronParticipate in CPL's Apron Day on July 31, earn your Chow Down badge and you could win a prize! We will have prizes for the following categories:
  • Themed Apron: an apron that expresses a theme, like a holiday or flowers.
  • Craziest Apron: Original and wacky-- that's what we are looking for here.
  • My Story Apron: Submit a story or memory surrounding your apron, like baking cookies with Grandma.

To enter the contest, claim your Chow Down badge by uploading a photo of yourself wearing your apron (or just a photo of your apron if you are camera shy) and write the category in the comments. Or come in to the library on July 31 between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, fill out an entry form and get your picture taken. Photos will be posted online for public voting. May the best apron win!

[Photo by Kristen Valenti is licensed under CC BY 3.0]