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 2015 Fiction Librarians' Picks:

A gorgeous literary debut about unlikely heroes, lifelong promises, and last great adventures.  Moving from the hot and dry present of a quiet Canadian farm to a dusty, burnt past of hunger, war, and passion, from trying to remember to trying to forget, Etta and Otto and Russell and James is an astounding literary debut about friendship and love, hope and honor, and the romance of last-great-adventures.

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Five thousand years after a catastrophic event sends a small surviving remnant of humanity into outer space, the progeny of those survivors-- seven distinct races now three billion strong-- embark on a journey into the unknown to return to Earth.

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children-- Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six-- in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty's parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she's worked for and her family's fragile hopes for the future.

Enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor & Park and you're looking for the next great thing? Try one of these:

All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school-- both teetering on the edge-- it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Saint Anything : a novel by Sarah Dessen

Sydney's charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.

I'll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

Have you found yourself growing apart from a friend? Here are some stories about that very same problem.

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

The swap by Megan Shull

When seventh-grader Ellie, who is having best-friend problems, and eighth-grader Jack, who is under tremendous pressure from his father, switch bodies and lives, they learn a great deal about themselves and the opposite sex.

11 birthdays by Wendy Mass

After celebrating their first nine same-day birthdays together, Amanda and Leo, having fallen out on their tenth and not speaking to each other for the last year, prepare to celebrate their eleventh birthday separately but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.

Did you miss our Toys storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a toy themed storytime of your own. The books with stars before the title were shared this evening. It can be a good opportunity to talk with children about sharing, losing, or forgoing toys they have outgrown as times for new toys approach, like birthdays or the holidays.

We also danced to Toy Boat by Jim Gill from his Irrational Anthem CD and found our missing teddy bear hiding under different colored circles. We used a flannel board, but you could do the same thing with pots, boxes, or pillow cases.

Little Bear, Little Bear
Where is Little Bear?
Could he be hiding under
the blue circle there?

* Train! by Judi Abbot

A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, he becomes upset, until he tries some of the other toys for himself. Also available as a board book.

* Where's my teddy? by Jez Alborough

When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.

Where's my t-r-u-c-k? by Karen Beaumont

Tommy searches the entire house to find his lost toy truck and while he casts aside the possible substitutions offered up by his family, Tommy's dog Bowser reaps the benefits.

Are you interested in discovering the fiction of other countries and cultures? There is truly a world of reading out there to explore. To help you get started, we have compiled a list of international authors--from Afghanistan to Zambia.

Did you miss our Bedtime storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a sleepy storytime of your own.

From Storytime

Bedtime is a great time for a rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

I dare you not to yawn by Hélène Boudreau

A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning, from a dozing dog and a cuddly blanket to endearing baby orangutans who stretch out long arms for a nighttime hug.

What We're Watching: December 2015

Don't miss these documentaries.

Good hair [videodisc] by Chris Rock Entertainment [and] HBO Films

Mighty uke [videodisc]: the amazing comeback of a musical underdog by a Tiny Goat film ; written, directed, produced & edited by Tony Coleman & Margaret Meagher

Lights out! [videodisc] by CBC ; written and directed by Michael McNamara ; produced by Judy Holm and Michael McNamara

Route 66 [videodisc]: the ultimate road trip by Greene HD Productions

Wagonmasters [videodisc] by directed by Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski

Free Language Learning Programs and Applications with Mango


Did you know that you could get free language materials and even an application for your computer, smartphone, or tablet with your Canton Public Library Card? Well now that you know you need to jump on board and check out Mango Languages. Click here to see what you can do with Mango Languages and your Canton Library card.

Share a Story: All About Me Storytime

Did you miss our All About Me storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a celebratory storytime of your own.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 

     I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me. 
     I can make them do things, would you like to see? 
     I can shut them up tight;
I can open them wide; 
     I can put them together;
And I can make them all hide. 
     I can put them up high;
I can put them down low; 
     I can fold them together,
And hold them just so.
     Source: rif.org
Another fun action song to try: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Happy in our skin by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Wild about us! by written by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Janet Stevens

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