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Press Here

Kids, press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book will tell you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and then discover what will happen next! Press Here is great for large groups like storytime, or fun for just one. It is a fantastic "interactive" book; as good, if not better than any new app you can download! We here at CPL give it two BIG thumbs up!

Plain Kate

One of my esteemed colleagues, whose opinion I value very highly, once gave a presentation illustrating that you can tell a book by its cover. So, when I picked up Plain Kate by Erin Bow to read, I looked at its cover and thought I was in for a fanciful tale about an orphan girl and her cat, probably set in 18th century London; a simple, sweet story about a chimney sweep lass — along the lines of Mary Poppins and Bert. Forget it! Witchcraft, mysteriously sinister magic, gyspies, bigotry, superstition, loss of loved ones, hunger, plagues, death… those are but some of the dark elements behind this light dreamy-looking cover.

International Children's Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:

Global babies

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

National Book Foundation eNewsletter

National Book Foundation has been honoring great American books for the past 60 years. In the current eNewsletter from February through April of 2011, the Foundation will host a retrospective examining more than sixty years of American poetry. The retrospective will include a daily blog featuring essays by emerging poets on all past Winners of the National Book Award for Poetry, as well as a series of public programs in three U.S. cities.

Mysteries of the Magnificent Variety

Are you looking for a great mystery with some meat to it? Lewis Buzbee has written such awesome books. In Steinbeck's Ghost, 13-year-old Travis, unhappy about his family's recent move, finds he can still connect with his old life at the Salinas Library re-reading his favorite books. He enjoys Steinbeck — after all, Salinas is Steinbeck's hometown. But suddenly he begins seeing the characters spring to life. As he struggles to solve this mystery, budget cuts threaten his library. In looking for ways to save his haven, Travis uncovers many truths and stumbles into a story Steinbeck might be telling him to write.

Little Black Crow

Little Black Crow follows a young boy as he watches a bird fly through skies that alternate from stormy to sunny, cold to warm. He wonders, "Little black crow, where do you go?" This question is followed by other questions about family, friends, love, and fear. Will Boy and Crow be friends? Check it out to find out. You can always check out some other bird adventures too!

Wild about Mo Willems!

If you love the Pigeon books, or have your own Knuffle Bunny, you will enjoy this night of fun with Mo Willems books. Kids ages 5-8 are invited to join in the fun Wednesday, February 23 at 7:00PM. We will read some classic Mo Willems stories and create a "Mo" inspired craft. Registration is now open.

Please Check Us Out!

Hey! Why aren't you checking us out?? Is it because we are behind the Children's Information Desk? We are put there to greet you when you come into the great Children's Department. Please! Take us home with you and read us. We are awesome! We are new! We are hot-off-the-press! We are the latest and greatest wonder-reads for kids of all ages! Marverlous mysteries, super sports stories, gripping ghost tales, animal adventures, historical happenings, fabulous fantasy, crazy comedies… we are all here. But we want to be there — at your house — with you enjoying us. So stop by and pick us up ASAP!

End-Of-Year Tax Tip

Donate used books, music, movies & more
December is a great month to strategize last-minute ways to reduce your 2010 taxable income. Here's one idea: Go through your gently-used books, music CDs, CD-ROMs, movies and video games that haven't seen the light of day for months. You can donate them to Canton Public Library and then request a donation letter from the Receptionist. Most taxpayers who itemize on their tax return can take the fair market value of the donated items as a charitable donation, which translates into a tax deduction. (Seek information from a tax professional or the IRS if you're unsure how to do this). Donated items may show up either in the library's circulating collection or be passed along to the Friends of Canton Public Library, which operates the Second-Hand Prose store located in the southwest corner of the library (just past the magazine racks). Proceeds from the sale of these items benefit library acquisitions, reading programs and special events for patrons and the community. Please bring your donated items to the large brown donation shelter, located in the southwest area of the library parking lot (you'll see a large Book Donations sign there). Thank you for supporting your Canton Public Library!

Tumtum & Nutmeg

Tumtum and Nutmeg are big heroes in tiny packages — they may even be the world's bravest mice. Arthur and Lucy, the children of Rose Cottage, are terribly neglected by their absentminded father and must be looked after. Just as the holidays are approaching, an evil neighboring mouse absconds with the children's Christmas gifts. Will they be able to retrieve them in time? More exciting adventures await them when they take a holiday seaside vacation replete with treasure maps and more evil mice. Even when their world gets chaotic, this is still a cozy read. Mouse-sized vehicles run smoothly, battles are epic, but weapons shoot sherbet powder and peppermint gas. Check out these heart-warming tales to be enjoyed by all during the holidays.

Museum of Thieves

Just when you thought there couldn't be… there is another great fantasy series in the works. It starts out with Museum of Thieves, an action-packed story filled with very strong, memorable characters. Goldie and Toadspit are two runaway 'thieves' from the city of Jewel. But you will learn that sometimes it behooves you to be a good thief. They are hidden by the 'good guys' from the 'bad guys' in the Museum of Dunt, which is a museum like you've never encountered before, so that they can help protect Jewel from a great evil that could destroy everything and everyone. Transmuting creatures, evil designs, magical mysteries, suspense, comic relief — this enticing world created by Lian Tanner has it all. You will be lucky to get your hands on a copy of the book or CD as the series is continued and word gets out!

Historical Fantasy At Its Best!

Suspense, action, mystery, historical facts, supernatural, good and evil — the Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh combines all of these elements to make one gripping read. Warning! You may not be able to put the book down to do the basic necessities of life.

Take a Reading Road Trip to Michigan!

Looking for a great book about Michigan to read this summer? Check out some of the books listed on this Take a Reading Trip to Michigan reading list on The Michigan Department of Education website.

Looking for a Fun Fantasy-Mystery Series?

Try the highly recommended (by teen and tween Amazon reviewers) Grim Hill series. It is a fast, fun, clean urban fantasy series that is now up to Book #4. The first book, The Secret of Grim Hill, introduces you to Cat Peters who hates her new life after her parents' divorce. She gets detention at school for silly things such as wearing blue jeans. Things seem to be take a wondrous turn for the better when she wins a soccer scholarship to an exclusive school over the hill, Grimoire, and gains celebrity status as the whole town becomes crazed about soccer games. Her little sister, Sookie, and Jasper, their nerdy neighbor, however, sense that things are "all wrong." In fact, terrible things soon start happening.

Snicket + Bronte + Meyer =

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, a new series by Maryrose Wood. At the end of Book I, The Mysterious Howling, the reader is left with a myriad of questions and hanging on the proverbial cliff. So what's the story?? Basically this: Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children (Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia) who appear to have been raised by wolves in the forests of Ashton Place. But Penelope is sage, intrepid and a bit of a miracle worker. Within a few months she has these 'wild children' civilized enough to eat cooked meat, albeit rare and with gobs of ketchup, listen to music, and compose poetry, although they still are wont to give chase to squirrels.

Attention all Second Graders!

Register now for the next book discussion on May 18th at 5:00PM. My Father's Dragon is a Newbery Honor book about a boy, Elmer Elevator, determined to rescue a baby dragon being held captive on Wild Island. He puts important supplies in his knapsack, like bubble gum, lollipops, and rubber bands, and sneaks aboard a ship headed for the island. Elmer meets many weird animals along the way who try to sidetrack him, but he is prepared for their tricks, or thinks he is. Will Elmer be able to rescue the poor baby dragon? Read and find out!

Grab a Great New Graphic Novel

Graphic Novels aren't what they used to be! Some really awesome, innovative works have arrived at the library this year and more are on the way. Meanwhile by Jason Shiga is one example. As one review says, "In this graphic-novel mind boggler, Shiga blows the choose-your-own-adventure concept out of the water." Readers like you play the role of Jimmy. On page one you must decide whether to order a vanilla or chocolate ice-cream cone. This may seem like a simple decision, but your choice can lead to a simply idiotic ending, or a really horrific one. You stumble into a bizarre science lab with 3 machines: a time-travel machine, a mind-melding machine, and a contraption that can control entropy. Tubes connect panels in all directions and veer off into tabs on other pages.

Easy Recycling Reads

In honor of Earth Day, read a book about recycling. Here are a few easy-to-read choices:
  • Recycled! — a beginning reader story about recycling in the classroom
  • Choose To Reuse — a board book to teach even the very youngest about recycling
  • Reusing and Recycling — an easy-to-read nonfiction title about recycling household materials
Happy Earth Day! Be sure to recycle something today!

Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin

Adult Services Department Head Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin shows off the new book shelf at the old library.

Pepins and their Problems

The Pepins and Their Problems by Polly Horvath
Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on their roof, or searching for cheese when their cow starts producing lemonade instead of milk, the Pepins always seem to get into bizarre scrapes. Get together with other third graders to share your ideas on how to help the Pepins solve their problems.

Register now for this Third Grade Book Discussion held Monday, April 12th at 7:00PM