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What We're Reading: November, 2014

An event in autumn by Henning Mankell ; translated from the Swedish by Laurie Thompson.  Fans of Mankell's Swedish detective, Kurt Wallander, will enjoy this story set just before Wallander's final case. 

The teacher wars: a history of America's most embattled profession by Dana Goldstein.  Everyone has an opinion about America's public schools and the responsibility of its' teachers. Would you be surprised to learn teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries?

A share in death by Deborah Crombie. This is the first in Crombie's long running Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series.  It's been on my To Read list for awhile and I thought it's time had come. Nominated for an Agatha Award.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

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. On Saturday, November 29 from 4:00-5:45PM, 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. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, November 14 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, November 22 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs, and sign language especially designed for children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Fine Art for Kids: Drawing & Coloring

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach, step by step, how to improve your drawing skills and uncover your hidden artistic talent. You will begin by sketching the basic shapes and lines and then will combine these pieces to create a more realistic drawing. You will also apply coloring and shading to make it a finished piece of art. This class is designed for kids aged 5-8 years old.  Join us on Saturday, Nov 1 from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room.  Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[colored pencils by Mark Lehigh is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

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. On Saturday, October 25 from 4:00-5:45PM, 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. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Sylvan ACT Practice Test

Sylvan is back Thursday, October 30, from 1:00-4:30 PM. Teens can attend this session to partake in a full length ACT practice test.  Participants are to bring their own calculator and pencils. They must attend the entire session. Registration required.

Astute Artistry: Halloween Make-up How-to

Have you ever wanted to look like a zombie?  How about a witch or a princess? What about a beautiful Mexican sugar skull?  Join the highly skilled professionals from Astute Artistry Studios as they help you prepare for Halloween and beyond!  On Saturday, October 25 from 12:30-3:00 PM participants will learn the ins and outs of many different kinds of make up application.  Bring your creativity! This program is designed for patrons aged 10 through adults.  Registration is required and begins on September 25

Starfish Family Services: Planning with Children

On Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Planning with Children. Participants will learn the benefits of planning with children and create planning props to use during the planning process.  Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, October 3 at 4:00-4:30 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for older children (ages 13 and over) and adults with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

NHS Homework Help Will Begin October 14th

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
  • Tutoring is on a first come first served basis
  • Tutoring sessions will be a half an hour

Days and Times

  • Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00 PM by the Teen Desk

The first day of tutoring will be Tuesday, October 14th.

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

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. On Saturday, September 27 from 4:00-5:45PM, 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. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Starfish Family Services: Math Learning in the Home

On Thursday, September 11 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Math Learning in the Home. Participants will learn the importance of math in the preschool years, as well as materials to use from home to support learning. Bring your children to this program as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Canton TargetTesting ACT Test prep class

CantonTargetTesting, 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.

Registration through the Canton Public Library website is required to join the class and will be open to those student who have completed their freshman year of high school.  This class is a 10-week session which will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:15PM.  The first session will be on September 21 and the last will be November 23. Having a library card is a requirement for registration. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class. Registration begins on August 25. Any questions regarding class content may be sent to cantontargettesting@gmail.com

Special Needs Storytime: Folktale Fridays

Please join us on Friday, September 5 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Folktale Fridays. This is an interactive, sensory-friendly storytime filled with folktales and fairytales especially designed for older children (ages 13 and over) and adults with developmental delays and/or other special needs. Families and caregivers are welcome after completing the registration process. Registration begins August 22. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

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 - 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]