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Children's Books to Love

From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?

Blackout

This story begins on a normal day. Everyone is busy, no one has time to play with the little boy, until the Blackout! Once it goes dark, the family goes on a hunt for the light, and when they find it, they discover a whole lot more! Check out this picture book about one family that discovers how much fun it is to spend time with each other. You might even be inspired to have your own family "blackout!" If you liked Blackout, here are some other stories by John Rocco.

Let's Go Fly a Kite

April is National Kite Month and we want to share this spring fun with you. At this program on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m., you will be able to make a simple craft to take home and enjoy on those windy spring days. Families with children ages 4-9 can attend this program funded by the Target Store Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Program includes stories, games and snacks. Participants receive a free book. Register today for this fun, family program.

You Can be a Story Snoop

Are you a parent or tween/teen looking for something new to read and you don't have a librarian at your house? Check out StorySnoops. StorySnoops is a website developed by four mothers with a mission to help others find fiction books that will hook kids, ages 9-18, on reading. The site provides children's book reviews from a parent's perspective. Easy-to-use search tools guide users to fiction that reflects varying ages, experiences, and interests of children. Each book entry includes a plot summary and brief recap, along with other pertinent information such as genre, main character's gender, awards bestowed, and more. New reviews are added daily, which parents can follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Great Michigan Read

This year's selection for the Great Michigan Read is the memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh Nguyen. Sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council, this is the second year for the statewide program which inspired more than 500 programs and events in 2008. Stealing Buddha's Dinner chronicles the author's migration from Vietnam to the United States in 1975 and her life growing up in Grand Rapids in the 1980s. Nguyen will embark on a five-city author tour on October 13-17, with stops scheduled for Lansing, Grand Rapids, Midland, Traverse City and Plymouth. She will speak at the Penn Theatre on Saturday, October 17.

See You In September

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group has recessed for the summer.  Book discussions will resume on  the fourth Wednesday of the month in September (9/23), at a new time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  All Canton seniors are welcome,  but registration is required.  To register call the Summit's Senior Adult Department at (734) 394-5485.  Check the Canton Public Library website for future book discussion titles and dates.

Book Clubs

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group meets at 7:00PM on the third Monday of each month. This open, no-registration-required self-directed group is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the every month (except December) from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A. Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternately lead the discussion. No registration required.

Lunch and a Book

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month (Noon to 1:00PM). The December meeting is used to share favorite titles and make suggestions for the coming year. Join us in this open, no-registration-required conversation.