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Flower Power!

The storytime theme this week is Flowers. Here are some great picture books about plants and flowers:

V-E Day Anniversary, May 8th

V-E Day, or Victory in Europe Day, commemorates the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allied forces towards the end of WWII. But the joy seen in this photo was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. If you don't have grandparents to share their memories with you about this tragic war, many moving stories available at the library will help you appreciate what this time was like.

So you want to be a farmer

Spring is the perfect time to learn about one of the worlds oldest occupations: farming. Check out these informational books about how to do it, or stop by the Canton Farmer's Market, Sundays from 10am to 2pm, to chat with real farmers and pick up fresh fruits, vegetables and other treats.

Made From Scratch

Made From ScratchMade From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich is another ‘how I did it’ book about living a DIY sustainable lifestyle. The book covers a wide variety of activities (a number of which may not even occur to you as particularly unusual): keeping chickens, bees, working dogs, and rabbits; growing food; baking bread; thrifting; sewing and knitting, and playing music on traditional instruments like dulcimer and banjo.

Annotated Pearls

Pearls Before Swine Treasuries: Hilarious, irreverent, funny. The best thing about these treasuries, though, is the author's annotations. See what inspired each strip, wacky stories of reader feedback, and what Stephan Pastis thinks of his own work looking back. Includes 'never before printed' strips, sort of like deleted scenes, with the reasons why. It's a great insight into a comic artist's mind.

And the winner is...

TheMystery Writers of America announced the  2009 Edgar Awards on Thursday, April 30.  C. J.

Batman Debuts 70 years ago!

Guess what Bat-fans...our hero, Batman, first put fear in the hearts of the notorious criminals of Gotham City 70 years ago today! Holy time flies Batman! If you are in need of a bat-fix until another movie comes out, check out the awesome graphic novels, movies, nonfiction encyclopedias, and cartoons we have here at the library. Hold on to your hats fellow bat-o-philes, the ride has been a wild one so far...what could be up the sleeve of Gotham's sleekest knight? Can't wait for the next 70 years to find out!

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Originally published in 1979, Kindred is a story of a staggering depth and insight.

Have a craftsy Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with crafts! Visit Kaboose to learn how to make a foam mariachi guitar, a clothespin doll and the Mexican flag. For library materials related to the holiday click here.

Get your free comic book!

We're celebrating FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Come to the Children's Desk on Saturday, May 2 any time between 9am to 6pm and pick up your free comic book, compliments of Comic City. After you get your comic, head down to Comic City for an appearance of the Great Lakes Garrison of the Star Wars 501st Legion! From 10am to 2pm you can take your picture with members of the biggest Imperial Star Wars costuming group in the world.

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!

Get Some Cosmic Perspective!

International Astronomy Day is observed on a Saturday near the first quarter moon between mid-April and mid-May. This year it will fall on May 2nd. To learn more contact Gary Tomlinson who is located in Comstock Park, MI or visit the website sponsored by Astronomy Day Headquarters. Great biographies on the most famous astronomers are available at the library, as well as many informative books on outer space. Have fun exploring the realms which inspired such Sci-Fi hits Star Wars and Star Trek!

Go Fly A Kite!

Yikes! It sure has been a windy day today! You know, with winds like these, it's the perfect day to fly a kite. Have you ever flown a kite before? You need lots of wide open space so you don't get your kite stuck in a tree. Trust me, I know! Don't have a kite, but still want to read some stories about them? Try some of the books in our Readers section. How about The Berenstain Bears and the Big Red Kite? Or, find out what happens when Curious George Flies a Kite.

Envy the Night

Indiana author Michael Koryta last night won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Mystery/Thriller category for his 2008 novel, ENVY THE NIGHT.

Hunter X Hunter

From the creator of YuYu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter dishes up a helping of wildly creative tournament style battle with a side of treasure hunting adventure.&n

Farewell, My Subaru

Farewell, My SubaruFarewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living is Doug Fine's autobiographical account of his radical lifestyle change from nomadic journalist to sustainable desert rancher. Fine leaves behind a life of convenience, instead choosing to raise a couple of temperamental milk goats and make his newly acquired New Mexico property (lovingly christened the Funky Butte Ranch) into a self-sufficient, solar-powered homestead.

A Wonderful Town

New York City, the most fun city in the world. It has something(s) for everyone. 
Times Square, Broadway, Museums, Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza (esspecially at Christmastime), the subway (what an adventure), the Brooklyn Bridge, awesome buildings, and many, many restaurants.

Happy 50th anniversary to Hitsville USA!

Motown Records, founded by Berry Gordy, marks it's 50th anniversary by celebrating all year long.  Discover some of Motown's history through the library's collection of books and videos.  Re-live the sounds with some tunes by

Pet… Bugs?

Bugs as PetsThe weather is getting warmer and children are eager to play outside.  Their curiosity often leads them to investigate all the little critters crawling about, and sometimes a bug or two might even make its way home with them.  Then what do you do?  The Animal Planet Pet Care series has a book Bugs as Pets which tells you how to house and properly care for your new "pet".