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Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

Curtains Up Children's Non-Fiction Books

Kids make music!: clapping & tapping from Bach to rock by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell ; illustrated by Loretta Trezzo Braren

M is for melody: a music alphabet by written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Katherine Larson

Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson

The twelve dancing princesses by a fairy tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell ; illustrated by Dorothée Duntze

Cool painting: the art of creativity for kids by Anders Hanson

Painting by Jane Bower

Curtains Up Adult Non-Fiction Books

Digital close-up photography Q & A: great tips and hints from a top pro by Paul Harcourt Davies

Digital capture after dark by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler, Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Digital photography for dummies by Julie Adair King

Painting below zero: notes on a life in art by James Rosenquist with David Dalton

Great paintings: [the world's masterpieces explored and explained] by [contributors, Karen Hosack Janes, Ian Chilvers, Ian Zaczek]

Watercolor secrets: over 200 tips and techniques for painting the easy way by Robin Berry

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Geeky Non-Fiction for Kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to help you geek out.

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Star Wars head to head by Pablo Hidalgo

Lego Star wars: character encyclopedia by written by Hannah Dolan with Elizabeth Dowsett, Shari Last, and Victoria Taylor

The Lego ideas book: unlock your imagination by author, Daniel Lipkowitz

Crazy concoctions: a mad scientist's guide to messy mixtures by Jordan D. Brown; illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Discovery Channel young scientist challenge: taking science to the extreme! by Rosanna Hansen and Sherry Gerstein

Books for Geek Parents

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

The geek dad's guide to weekend fun: cool hacks, cutting -edge games, and more awesome projects for the whole family by Ken Denmead


And for Moms who want to get in on the fungeek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!

Book About Animals for Children

Hey Kids! Are you a lover of animals? If so, check out these awesome animal books and get your Animal Lover Badge.

Picture Books

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Animals home alone by Loes Riphagen

Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by David Roberts

Mini racer by Kristin Dempsey; illustrations by Bridget Strevens

Unusual Pets

Dog Memoirs

Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:

A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock

Dog house: a love story by Carol Prisant

Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin

Fixing Freddie: a true story about a boy, a mom, and a very, very bad beagle by Paula Munier

It's okay to miss the bed on the first jump: and other life lessons I learned from dogs by John O'Hurley

Izzy and Lenore: two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me by Jon Katz

Non-Fiction Books About Cats

Non-Fiction Books About Dogs

Savvy Seniors: June is National Men's Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month and a time when we remind men about the real life benefits of exercise and physical activity, which can have a positive impact on men’s health and may help manage certain health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Heart Disease. (Resource: GetFit4Life)

Cuts fitness for men: the ultimate 30-minute workout by John Gennaro, with Myatt Murphy and Steven Haase

The FastDiet: lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer with the simple secret of intermittent fasting by Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer

Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

Best practices for a healthy heart: how to stop heart disease before or after it starts by Sarah Samaan

Murder Will Out: Magna Cum Murder XIX

Of special interest to writers of Mystery, Crime, or Thriller fiction. Magna Cum Murder XIX is being held October 25-27, 2013 at Ball State University's Columbia Circle in Indianapolis. Steve Hamilton, author of the Alex McKnight series set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is the Guest of Honor. This year's Banquet Speaker is Hank Phillipi Ryan, an investigative reporter in Boston and author of the Charlotte McNally series.

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

The other woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Time was...Time is... June 2013

This month in history Benedict Arnold was executed, Marilyn Monroe was born, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released, WWII Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York.

The real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy

The making of Some like it hot: my memories of Marilyn Monroe and the classic American movie by Tony Curtis with Mark A. Vieira

D-day: the battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [sound recording] by The Beatles

Enlightening the world: the creation of the Statue of Liberty by Yasmin Sabina Khan

Lunch & a Book August 2013

On Thursday, August 8 at noon, we will be discussing:

Lots of candles, plenty of cake by Anna Quindlen — From childhood memories to manic motherhood to middle age, Quindlen uses the events of her own life to illuminate our own in this humorous memoir. Along with the downsides of age, she says, can come wisdom, a perspective on life that makes it satisfying and even joyful. Candid, funny, moving, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen's status as America's laureate of real life.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July - December 2013

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We meet every month except December. Information Services librarians, Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski, alternate leading the discussion. Copies of the discussion book are distributed at the monthly meeting or request a copy at the Adult Services Help Desk. No registration required.

South of Broad: a novel by Pat Conroy meets July 25

Case histories: a novel by Kate Atkinson meets August 22

River of doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey by Candice Millard meets September 26

Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser meets October 24

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain meets November 21