Dance

Make-Your-Own Monster Mash Masquerade

Group of costumed children dancing in circle

 

In need of a monstrously fun movement extravaganza? Take home our make-your-own Monster Mash Masquerade kit to inspire a spooky celebration in your own home. Get creative and craft your own mask for the occasion, then use our suggested playlist to get moving and boogie down. Dancing is a great way to have fun as a family. This program is intended for walkers up to age 5.

 

Kit contains: a selection of mask-making materials, some spooky swag, and suggestions for further fun.

If you are interested in picking up a kit you will need to:

  1. Register to reserve a kit between September 24 and October 21st.
  2. An email with instructions on how to pick up your kit will be sent out after registration ends.
  3. Schedule a day and time to pick up your kit. You will have 10 days to pick up your kit.
  4. Enjoy your kit at home!

If you didn't manage to snap up a kit, you don't need to miss out on all the fun. Check out our spooky music resources and our on-demand spine-tingling story suggestions.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 22 (All day) Last Day to Register for a Kit Register
Single Person Having a Dance Break in their Home

 

Complete this square by hosting a home dance party or by choosing a dance activity of your choosing.

To host a home dance party you will need:

  • A Person or Persons interested in dancing (required)
  • Music (recommended)
  • Special Outfits (optional)
  • Disco Ball, Instruments, Scarves or other Accessories (optional)

 

Music Resources from the Library

  • Find dance music on Hoopla** or browse its Dance Your Way to Health video category.
  • Explore our Alexander Street American Music database,** which features an entire dance category. For other music and movement tastes, Alexander Street also has Jazz, and Classical Music options.
  • Check Out our Summer Jams playlists for more music ideas.

**Hoopla and Alexander Street databases are accessible with a Canton Public Library card.

 

ePrint and eAudio Highlights

How do you dance? by Thyra Heder
Also available in: e-book

People of all different shapes, sizes, and ages demonstrate how they like to dance, but one boy does not want to dance and wants to be left alone. A lovely tribute to dancers of all ages and styles.

Dancer in Brazil by Diego Rosa on Unsplash.jpg

 

 

Looking for inspiration to start your next dance party? Maybe you just need a rest from an endless succession of dance breaks?

Try some of the dance-themed reads listed below. Those intended for older audiences are further down. Those at the beginning might be appreciated by all ages.

And of course, there are always more dance books to be found in our library catalog. Use the search options to browse our collections, you can use keywords and subject headings to find different lists of items to browse. You can also ask a librarian for assistance.

Flora and the peacocks by Molly Schaar Idle
Also available in: e-book

In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a little girl named Flora forms a friendship with two peacocks as the three learn to dance together. You can find Flora in many other books if you can't get enough. She's also on Hoopla.

 

If you enjoyed reading about Gabriela McBride, the American Girl of the Year from 2017, you might be interested in these titles.

Fiction

Marisol by Gary Soto

 

Did you miss our Dancing Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a rhythmic storytime you can do at home. 

 

From Storytime

Edgar Degas walks through the streets of Paris observing life in the city and creating art based on some of the things he sees. He stops at the opera house to watch the ballerinas.

Thorndyke the Bear's Foot

 

Hey Kids,

Misty Copeland has been chosen as the honorary chair for National Library Week. Mark your calendars for April 8-14, because it will be a great week to celebrate our fabulous library. Misty Copeland is an accomplished ballet dancer and author, so she knows a lot about telling a good story in many different ways. I've included some suggestions below, some books about interesting dancers and of course, those by Misty Copeland herself.

Enjoy your National Library Week celebrations. Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Nonfiction

If you missed our Music Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a storytime that will get your toes tapping at home. 

From Storytime

Hiccupotamus by Steve Smallman

The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?

Thorndyke with Maracas

Hey Kids,

Today is National Dance Day! Celebrate with a dance story or stop by our CD collection in the Children's Department for some boogie-worthy tunes. I've included a few suggestions for books about dance below, but you can always find more under the subject headings for fiction and nonfiction dance books. If you're feeling especially groovy today, come show me your best dance moves. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

Waddle! Waddle! by James Proimos

A penguin waddles along, searching for the dancing friend he met yesterday, while encountering other penguins, and a hungry seal on the way.

Dance Your Fanny Off

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your My Mitten: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Dance Your Fanny Off

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

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