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Available Holds

Busy week? Our staff is here to help you! Patrons with a Canton or Plymouth Library card can place holds on available items. Simply browse our on-line catalog for books, DVDs, CDs, video games - we have over 300,000 items to request. Our catalog is available 24 hours a day, so you can browse at your convenience. We will pull the item you request, put it on our hold shelf and notify you when it is ready, usually within 12 hours! And you don’t have to come right in, once you are notified, you have four days to pick up your item.  

Is the item you’re looking for checked out to someone else? No problem, again place a hold and you will be next on the list to receive the item. Even if we don’t have the item, you may be able to request it from another library using the MeLCat system in our catalog. We will have the item delivered and waiting for you.

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department are on
vacation for a few days to be cleaned. They will be back soon to play with their many fans.
 

Historical Fiction for Sixth Graders

Sixth Grade

Stowaway by Karen Hesse; with illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker

Journey to the river sea by Eva Ibbotson; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Sword by Da Chen

A single shard by Linda Sue Park

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Historical Fiction for Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade

Shooting the moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Boston Jane: an adventure by Jennifer L. Holm

Number the stars by Lois Lowry

Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Maroo of the winter caves by Ann Turnbull

Historical Fiction for Fourth Graders

Fourth Grade

My side of the mountain written and illustrated by Jean George

Whittington by Alan Armstrong; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Crispin: the cross of lead by Avi

My last skirt: the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union soldier by Lynda Durrant

The lacemaker by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Adventure Fiction for Sixth Graders

Sixth Grade

Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George ; pictures by John Schoenherr

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Kiki Strike: inside the shadow city by Kirsten Miller

Camel rider by Prue Mason

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Adventure Fiction for Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade

Akiko in the Sprubly Islands written and illustrated by Mark Crilley

Take me to the river by Will Hobbs

Getting air by Dan Gutman

Nature Girl by Jane Kelley

We are not eaten by yaks by C. Alexander London

Adventure Fiction for Fourth Graders

Fourth Grade

Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson

MVP*: *Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans; pictures by John Shelley

The white giraffe by Lauren St. John; illustrated by David Dean

The adventures of a South Pole pig by Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

The African safari discovery created by Jeff Brown; written by Josh Greenhut; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

Adventure Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Red Knit Cap Girl to the rescue by Naoko Stoop

Sebastian and the balloon by Philip C. Stead

All aboard the dinotrain by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo ; illustrated by Amy Wummer

Need more suggestions? See this list of Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Emma in Paris by written and illustrated by Claire Frossard ; photographs by Christophe Urbain

African American Children's Biographies

February is National African American History Month, and we've put together a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. The library has an assortment of biographies featuring African Americans throughout history. Several of these titles have been recognized by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciate of African American culture and universal human values.

NOTE: Children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.
 

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Recognized with the National Book and Coretta Scott King Author Awards among other honors, this poetic autobiography of an award winning author takes us back in time to the 1960s and 1970s.

Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade

Kindergarten

Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Graphic novels for older girls!

The secret valley by Jeff Weigel

Adventure time ; pixel princesses by created by Pendleton Ward ; written by Danielle Corsetto ; illustrated by Zack Sterling with Tessa Stone, Corey Lewis, Chrystin Garland, Paulina Ganucheau ; inks by Stephanie Hocutt and Aubrey Aiese ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais ; letters by Kel McDonald ; "The mind of Gunter" by Meredith McClaren ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais

Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Ernest & Rebecca. [1], "My best friend is a germ" by Guillaume Bianco, writer ; Antonello Dalena, artist ; Cecilia Giumento, colorist ; [Joe Johnson, translation]

The Dare! Detectives. Vol. 1, "The snow-pea plot" by Ben Caldwell ; additional colors and inks by Bill Hallier and Mike Mucci

Graphic Novels for Girls

Britt Wilson's cat dad, king of the Goblins by Wilson, Britt, artist, author

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hilda and the bird parade by Luke Pearson

Pippi fixes everything by Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman ; translated by Tiina Nunnally

Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang

Babymouse. Vol. 1, Queen of the world! by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department. Our next date will be Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2-3 PM.

March is Reading Month Open Mic Night

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child" (Dr. Seuss).

Come one, come all! To celebrate March is Reading Month, we are hosting an open mic night for readers of all ages. We want you to bring in your favorite family-friendly short passage, poetry or picture book, step up to the mic and share with other literature lovers in the library. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

March is Reading Month celebrations will continue as we pick up a book and read to you. We'll celebrate our love of reading by sharing some of our favorite picture books for older children as well as a few chapter book excerpts. All ages are encouraged to stop by for a listen.
[rev reading at oceeaa by sanzibar is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

African American Children's Fiction

February is National African American History Month, and we've put together a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. These are chapter books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Also on this list are several authors that have been honored or won the Newbery Award, awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in the previous year.

NOTE: Children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.

 

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award and recognized as a 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, this novel in verse follows twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

No Tutoring February 16-February 27

There will be no NHS tutoring February 16, 17, or 19 due to midwinter break.  Tutoring will also be canceled February 23, 24, and 26 due to the ongoing library renovations.  Tutors will return March 2nd.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

Good Morning! In the world of Children's Books, today is awesome! Among the many winners and honorees announced early this morning, we had the winners and honorees named for the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Award. Be sure to check out these really well done non-fiction titles!

2015 Winner:

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator




2015 Honorees:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


The family Romanov: murder, rebellion & the fall of imperial Russia by Candace Fleming


Josephine: the dazzling life of Josephine Baker by words by Patricia Hruby Powell ; pictures by Christian Robinson


Neighborhood sharks: hunting with great whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Newbery Award Winners 2015

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

The John Newbery Medal for 2015 has been awarded to:

The crossover by Kwame Alexander


The John Newbery Honor Books for 2015 are:

Brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky

Movie Madness: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It's time again for Movie Madness! Join us on Wednesday, February 18, at 2:00 PM as we show How to Train Your Dragon 2.  In the latest adventure, Hiccup and Toothless must protect the peace when they find a cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons.

You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy chairs. This film is rated PG.