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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.

Reasons For Reading To Babies

Why is it important to read to your baby? You may think your baby is too young to truly benefit from being read to, but in reality, it's never too early to start. This article, Reading Books to Babies, outlines why every parent should make books a priority with their babies, and offers suggestions for how, when, and what to read. By starting a love of books at a young age, you will help pave the way for your child to become a reader for life.

Children Reading

Children reading on the carpeted steps in the Children's area of the old library.

100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading

Everyone hopes their child will grow up loving books. In these busy times, though, it can be difficult to find time to share your love of books with your kids and help them become better readers. A Busy Mom's Guide: 100 Easy Ways To Get Your Kids Reading has tips for busy moms (and dads!) to get their kids reading and enjoying it, starting right from babyhood. Check it out from the Parenting section today.

An Online Treasure for Readers

Every Monday morning, my email contains a special book. The email book club sends out a few pages every day in email. By the end of the week, you have read two to three chapters of a new book. You can then decide whether you want to check it out at the library or purchase it. It's a great way to discover new authors and genres. There are twelve categories from which to choose - pick one or all of them, including fiction, audio, romance, teen, good news, thrillers, classics and more. Your only requirement is an email account. The next Monday, it starts all over again with new books. What a great idea! This service is sponsored by the Friends of the Canton Public Library and is free to our patrons. Just log onto our web site at www.cantonpl.org, go to the column on the left and click on services. Next, click on book clubs and scroll down to email book club.

President's Speech to Students

President Obama addressed students today in a back-to-school speech focused on staying in school and trying your best. He encouraged them to set their own goals including "spending time each day reading a book." As a new school year begins, Raising Bookworms, can help parents instill the love of reading in their child. Author Emma Walton Hamilton also has written 16 books for children with her mother, Julie Andrews.

Library Reading Program Receives Funding Boost From Target Store Grant

The Canton Public Library is the recipient of a $3,000 Target store Early Childhood Reading Grant. Money from the grant, combined with funds from the Friends of the Canton Public Library, will be used to sponsor Family Reading Nights at the Canton Public Library.

Librarian Anne Cnockaert applied for the grant on behalf of the library and helped to create the Family Reading Night program, which will start in October and run through June, 2010.

"This program encourages the whole family to become involved in reading," says Cnockaert. "There will be a themed storytime, then families can complete a craft and have a snack related to the story. The family will receive a free book that they can read together and take home to keep."

reading levels for kids

A lot of people think that it's important or positive for a child to read "above grade level", but does it really matter? Is it even good for a child to read books that were intended for an older audience? Many literacy experts believe that it doesn't matter, and that it isn't necessarily good - a child should read books that make for a pleasurable, positive reading experience.

Put a Smile on a Grey Day

Grey weather getting you down?  One of my favorite books with some good rainy day chapters is Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.  Curl up with a good Ramona story, check out Ramona online, or if you're really feeling adventurous, grab your galoshes and raincoat and splash in a few puddles!

Hurry...Reading Month is Ending Soon!

Book WhispererDonalyn Miller, Teacher Magazine blogger and author, couldn't find a book that demonstrated her love for reading to her students so she decided to write one herself. It's a shame we aren't born with the desire to love books. We have to discover the world of books on our own, or from parents and teachers. Many of us have cherished childhood memories of visiting the library and happily leaving with an armful of books.

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We post many book suggestions to the May We Suggest? blog. If you'd like your own, just
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Book Clubs

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.

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.