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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.

2010 Internships Available

We are currently accepting applications for five summer interns. Application packets — including a cover letter, resume, and completed job application — postmarked or received by 6:00pm on Sunday, April 4, 2010 will be eligible for consideration. The job description for this position and an employment application are available on our jobs page.

Author & Adventurer, Pam Flowers

Adventurer and author, Pam Flowers, returns to Michigan from her home in Alaska to share her latest adventure of dog sledding to the Magnetic North Pole. Pam will share two books that are the result of her travels:
Magnetic North: A Journey to the Magnetic North Pole and Douggie: The Playful Pup Who Became a Sled Dog Hero. Bring the entire family on Thursday, March 25 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. You really must meet this incredible, brave woman.

Guilty?

The Michigan State Police Forensic Lab presents its own version of CSI-style crime solving techniques, only this is the real thing! Trooper Nicole Bock, Forensic Scientist Guy Nutter and Laboratory Commander F/Lt. Charles Morden will present this fascinating look in conjunction with our popular Everyone's Reading program. The forensics tie in very nicely with Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent, the original courtroom thriller. Join us in the Community Room on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:00PM for a thrilling evening.

Education Tax Credits

As the April 15th Tax Deadline fast approaches don’t forget about the American Opportunity Credit. This credit which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act modifies existing education credits and makes them available to a broader range of taxpayers. It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two. Many of those eligible will qualify for the maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. For more information visit IRS.gov.

Core Standards for K-12 Students

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers has, as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), presented the K-12 standards's draft which is now available for public comment. The draft standards, developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, seeks to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. Public comment is encouraged and can be made until Friday, April 2, 2010.

First Grade Round Up

To celebrate March is Reading Month, many Canton first graders will be visiting the library with their classes for an exciting field trip. They'll see a puppet show, go on a tour and check out a book. For some children, it's their first visit to the library. This year marks our 19th annual First Grade Round Up. We love our first grader visitors!

Language Blogs


Language blogs can help you learn about another culture as well as words and meanings that have altered, adapted or changed from one country to another.

Canton Super Speller!

Congratulations are in order for Canton Charter School student Siddharth Varanasi! A resident of Canton Township, Siddharth, 11, just won the Detroit News Spelling Bee this past weekend and will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this June! If you're interested in learning more about the kinds of words used in these competitions, check out the Scripps/Merriam-Webster study site or one of the library's many dictionaries! Happy spelling!

Everyone's Reading 2010

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow is the 2010 Everyone's Reading selection. This novel defined the legal thriller genre and has an infamous surprise ending that most of us don't see coming. Everyone's Reading promotes community dialogue through the shared experience of reading the same book. Pick up a copy of Presumed Innocent at the Canton Public Library and join the discussion.
 
Author Scott Turow will make a special appearance at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill this evening at 7 PM.  A limited number of unclaimed tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, in the theatre lobby beginning at 6 PM.

No Tutoring This Week, But They Will Be Back!

The NHS tutors will not be here this week (they need a break too). However, they will resume their regular schedule starting Tuesday February 23rd!

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 7, your parent must remain with you
  • If you are under 12, NHS requires your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
Monday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone

Need More Information About College?

MatchCollege.com is an excellent free website that helps you find the information you need about college, financial aid, tuition, admissions, and more. This website also lists the top careers (librarian came in respectfully at #141), and gives information related to salary, job condition, and employee satisfaction. Chosing a college can be a hard decision, but this website gives you plenty of information to make the choice a little easier.

Get Help From Fact Monster

Ever find yourself searching online for facts from a reliable source? Do you wish there was a great website that you could go to for help with your homework? Well, there is one! Just go to Fact Monster and take a look around! Whether you need almanacs and atlases or tips for math, science, and your other school subjects, Fact Monster is the place to go. They also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers and information. Check it out today!

Toad-ling up the numbers

Each year the Friends of the Rouge conduct a volunteer watershed Frog and Toad Survey. On Wednesday, March 3 from 7:00-9:00PM a training session will be held at The Summit in Canton. Volunteers will be trained to distinguish what type of frog or toad is making the various calls heard in local wetlands. The session is open to all ages (children welcome when accompanied by a participating adult). The session is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Friends of the Rouge at (313) 792-9621 or email monitoring@therouge.org. To help you get a "jump" on the training, the Canton Library has many books on frogs and toads, such as A field guide to reptiles & amphibians: eastern and central North America.

Looking For Information About College?

Braintrack.com has a full database of colleges and universities. Not only can you search by school, but also by location or career. This website also has plenty of helpful articles about financial aid, transferring, and even college student stories. The best part about Braintrack is that it's free!

Howard Zinn, Historian, Civil Rights Activist, Educator, Dead at 87

Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010) an American historian and Professor of Political Science at Boston University from 1964 to 1988, died on Wednesday, January 27, 2010. He was the author of more than 20 books. Zinn was active in and wrote extensively about the African-American Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968, civil rights and civil liberties and peace movements. In his best-selling A People's History of the United States, "he concentrated on what he saw as the genocidal depredations of Christopher Columbus, the blood lust of Theodore Roosevelt and the racial failings of Abraham Lincoln.

'Catcher In The Rye' Author J.D. Salinger Dies At 91

The famously reclusive author J.D. Salinger has died at his New Hampshire home, his literary representative said in a statement. He was 91 years old. He was best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. Salinger's other works included Nine stories and Franny and Zoey.

Katherine Paterson named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Katherine Paterson has been named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2010-2011. An award-winning author of books for youth, Paterson takes over for Jon Scieszka who was the first person named to this ambassadorship. We have many of Paterson's amazing books, including Newbery-winner Bridge to Terabithia.

Reflexology with Deanna Proske

Reflexology is the scientific study and manipulation of corresponding areas in the hands or feet to organs in your body to reduce stress, encourage good health and promote relaxation. Canton's own Deanna Proske will share the art of reflexology with us on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 pm in the library Community Room. Registration is available online.

Learn About Yoga

Join Canton resident Sharon Brand and learn about the benefits of Yoga. Sharon has nine years experience teaching the flowing style of Hatha Yoga. We offer this program as a way to promote Canton's 100 Days of Health.
Only a few spots remain, so register online soon. Wear loose fitting clothing, bring a mat or beach towel and bring a water bottle. Let's stretch, bend and breathe with Sharon on Thursday, January 14th at 7:00PM in the library's Community Room.