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Informational Books for Preschoolers

Plymouth Canton Community Schools Early Childhood staff developed this list of recommended information books for Preschoolers looking for something factual and fun. For the original list of 100 books, open the attachment at the bottom of this post. Items currently included in the library catalog are listed below. Click on the titles for availability.

ALL ABOUT ME

Bread comes to life: a garden of wheat and a loaf to eat by George Levenson ; photography by Shmuel Thaler

Eyes, nose, fingers and toes: a first book about you by Judy Hindley ; illustrated by Brita Granström

Families by Ann Morris

The little brainwaves investigate— human body by [written and edited by Caroline Bingham] ; illustrated by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - July

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, July 26 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the A.R.T. of Healing (Awareness Realization and Transformation). This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - August

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, August 30 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the theme of Be Well, Stay Well and Go Well. This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Hummingbird Music Together Presents: The Zoo

On Wednesday, August 6 from 10:00-10:45 AM, you and your child, 0-5 years old, will love taking a musical trip to the Zoo together starting with a train ride with This Train,  seeing different animals including Two Little Blackbirds, and cuddling together under the big night sky with Great Big Stars. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.
[Detroit Zoo Train by WyanPhoto is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Parenting Seminar: Excellent Education during Early Childhood

On July 26 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM we are welcoming Sr. Leonor J Esnard, Principal of Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute (http://www.admtei.org/) for an informative session covering a variety of important topics including:

  • Ages and stages of a child's brain development and early cognitive development
  • Building concentration, confidence, coordination, independence and order
  • Tenets of the Montessori philosophy
  • Using the Montessori philosophy at home to encourage positive brain development

And much, much more.

There will also be a Q & A session with our esteemed presenter. This program is developed for parents, teachers and student teachers o ALL teaching philosophies. Register today!

This program is presented in cooperation with Banyan Montessori of Canton

[Material Montessori by Colegio Andolina in licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Starfish Family Services: Schedules and Routines

On Tuesday, June 24 from 9:30-11:30 AM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present What's Next: Schedules and Routines. Participants will learn the benefits of keeping a daily routine and the importance of providing a predictable social frame for their children and/or the children they care for. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Build Your Own Minecraft Server

At this program, brought to our library by Kidpreneur, kids aged 9-13 will learn how to build, maintain and update their own Minecraft server. They will focus on building a server by installing a GUI and configuring port forwarding on modem; learn administrator/OP commands like white list, banning users, giving items and more; updating the server and adding important plugins. No coding skill is required. All attendees must bring their own PC/Mac laptop and have an active Minecraft account. This program takes place on Saturday, July 12 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Registration for this program begins on May 29.   

Kidpreneur offers an environment for learning skills in coding, robotics, web design and more that is taught by top practitioners with real-world experience. By providing a space that encourages entrepreneurship, mentoring young thinkers, and collaboration, Kidpreneur cultivates a community of like-minded kids united by common goals, similar interests, and the occassional gaming challenges.

Robotics Information Session

Parents and kids grades 4-8 (for 2014-15) are welcome and encouraged to attend an information and demonstration session about FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. East Middle School robotics teams and student built robots will be available for demonstration.

FIRST – For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is designed to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Come and learn how you can participate in these FIRST fun and educational activities.

Event Information: Thursday, June 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM, Community Room

Summer Storytime @ Canton Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  The Canton Farmers Market is a celebration of locally grown food, delicious food vendors and a thriving community spirit.  It takes place every Sunday through the summer at Preservation Park.  Join us at the market on the following Sundays for summer storytimes and activities:

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation - June

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.
On Saturday, June 28 from 4:00-5:45 PM, participants will explore the Heart of Well Being. This session will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

TargetTesting ACT Test Prep

TargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing. Prateek Sharma, a senior, scored a 35 on the ACT.  Benjamin Yang, a junior, scored a 33 on the ACT.  Charlie Hou, a junior, scored a 36 on the ACT.  All three scored within the top 1% of test takers nationally.  The instructors have also spent time helping fellow students for the ACT in independent efforts in the past year.

Registeration is required to join the class, which will be in 10-week sessions on Sundays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00.  The first session will take place on Sunday, June 22 and the last session will be on Wednesday, August 27. Having a library card is a requirement for registration.  This class is geared toward patrons who have completed 9th grade and above as the classes taken in 9th grade are the foundation on which the testing is based.  Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class.
 

NHS Homework Help Ends May 22nd

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the East Wing

There will be no tutoring during school closures, library closures, and snow days.  Tutoring ends May 22nd.

Spring Storytime @ the Farmers Market

We are thrilled to be back at the Canton Farmers Market this year.  Join us on Sunday, May 25 from 9:00AM-1:00PM as we read stories and have spring time fun. Check back later to get the complete list of our Farmers Market visits this summer.

[Eden 2010_D10868 by Barry is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Grocery Savings

everydaysavvy.comMelissa Buckles, the "Bargain Shopper Mom" from EverydaySavvy.com will share her secrets for saving money at the grocery store. Join us Tuesday May 20 at 7:00 PM and learn how to cut your monthly food bill in half.

Help Them Read


Help get books into the hands of kids.  The Barbara Bush Foundation is partnering with Scholastic on the Help Them Read initiative. It's easy.  Just vote for your favorite book from the list provided, or suggest your own.  For every vote, Scholastic will donate one book to a program that support children and family literacy.  Vote now. Vote later.  Vote often.  

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Program: Tuesday, April 8. 7:00-8:00 PM  

Budgeting 101: A Balancing Act

Created by the Federal Reserve in 2002, Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. This year, during the first week of April, organizations across the country will be providing free programs to address financial concerns. This year we are joining forces with the Financial Planning Association of Michigan to present this great program. Local FPA member Russ Jones will cover the basics of creating and maintaining a household or personal budget, including why to create one, how to create one and, most importantly, how to stick to one. Our presenter will also addresses the issue of debt – how to manage it and ways to begin eliminating it. Join us on Tuesday, April 8 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this fabulous and informational program!

Sylvan Presents: Educational and Financial Planning

MoneySmart2014Join us on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-8:30 PM as we welcome Sylvan Learning Center and financial adviser, Kristina Wittner (Edward Jones Investments) for a conversation about financial and academic strategies to adopt now as you plan ahead for your child. A question and answer period will be included.

Sylvan Saturday: ACT Test Prep

Sylvan Saturdays are back Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. Teens are invited to attend this introductory ACT Prep course, that will give students some tips and strategies for scoring higher on the ACT. It will also include a full length practice test with scoring. You must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Green Opportunities in the City of Detroit

In honor of Earth Week, which includes Earth Day and Arbor Day, we will have representatives from The Greening of Detroit on hand to discuss what they are doing to transform the physical, and metaphorical, landscape of Detroit. For over two decades, this non-profit organization has been instrumental in spear-heading green initiatives, most notably the repatriation of trees, in conjunction with the City of Detroit and Detroit Public Schools. If you are interested in learning about an innovative and fun project focused on the revitalization of the city, and how you can get involved, please join us on April 24 from 7:00-8:00 PM for this event. There will be the opportunity to sign up for tree-planting and park clean-up volunteer activities as well as enroll in the Citizen Forester program. Check out the Greening on Channel 7 News and in the Detroit Free Press. See the attached document for more details.