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Saving Zasha

Are you in the mood for a simple, sweet dog story? Then Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow is just for you. It takes place in the Soviet Union right after World War II and is based on the real situation of canines in Russia at this time. Two brothers are determined to save a beautiful German Shepherd from certain death, since anything 'German' should be destroyed. Service in the military, starvation, abandonment, illness, and injury had all but eliminated the entire dog population in the Soviet Union. Finally realizing the value of dogs the Soviet government decided to create a new breed of dog — a "superdog" — to be used for work and military purposes. What few dogs remained were being kidnapped and sold for large sums of money.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I've got new pictures for you! LB just got back from an amazing trip with Marta, who works here at the library! Why was this trip so amazing? Well, first of all, LB went to Phoenix, Arizona. It's sunny there. You probably know about the Grand Canyon, right? well that's in Arizona! And they have Cactus and Grapefruit!
Secondly, LB got to try all kinds of musical instruments at a museum he visited. Makes me want to play an instrument. Maybe I'll learn to play the drums!
And then finally, and most excitingly, LB got to travel by train, car and plane on this trip! He rode the train all the way to Arizona! He told me the train has beds that are like bunk beds. You can see the picture of LB getting ready for bed in the picture up above. He also went to a special train car where you could go get food! I think that would be my favorite spot on the train! That sounds like a pretty fun way to travel. Makes me want to check out some train books right now! Maybe I will… but I'll save some for you too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Book Sightings!

Hey Kids,
How well do you really know your book characters, like Flat Stanley or Amelia Bedelia? One way to find out is to take some book quizzes given on the HarperCollins Children's Book Site. Lots of great books have quizzes you can take to test your knowledge, or there are also fun games to play. Look for secrets in the Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman object game or help Bernie feed the beast in The Rotten School Game. The more you read, the better you will do!

March is Reading Month Fun!

March is National Reading Month. This annual celebration is designed to encourage reading as a fun activity for the whole family. Various community organizations are helping us promote reading in fun ways. On March 4, the Plymouth Canton Preschool staff presented a storytime in honor of Dr. Seuss. Later in the month, Community Finanacial and the Kiwanis Club of Canton will be at the library to share their love of reading. Come on in to help get your children started on a lifetime of reading!

Program Registration Email Confirmations

If you have registered for a program in last couple of days, you may have noticed that you did not get an email confirmation. This does not mean that your registration did not go through. We are experiencing problems with our email confirmations, but are working to fix the problem. You can confirm your registration by checking My Account. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Kids Read Comics Extravaganza!

Attention Comic Lovers! Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 12th. From 10:00AM to 8:00PM at the Ann Arbor Art Center an awesome free event is being presented. Interact with real cartoonists, enjoy some great hands-on workshops and create your very own comics.
Learn more about this spectacular event by visiting the event website.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the talented dancers from O'Hare School of Irish Dance in Plymouth. We'll all be clapping our hands, tapping our toes and feeling very Irish for the evening. The dancers will be followed by an Irish folktale as told by one of our very clever librarians. Faith and Begorrah!
See you Thursday, March 10 at 7:00PM in the Community Room.

It's Report Season!

Maybe it's animals. Or maybe it's a state or a country. Maybe it's a biography. Maybe you just need pictures for your display. Whatever it is, Canton Public Library is your one stop spot for all things report related. Here are some nifty databases and online resources you can access here or at home to make researching your report a breeze.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia Search the index of this eBook to find that animal you have to write about when all the books are checked out. Search Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations the same way for country information. Yes! This will count as a book resource in your bibliography!

Family Science and Reading Program

Children, ages 6-11 with a caregiver, are invited to explore science with students from the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The theme for this month's program is "Water Wisdom: Caring for Our Water Resources." Register online beginning Saturday, March 5. We are currently experiencing problems with our email confirmations.  You can confirm your registration by checking My Account.
Program Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1:00-2:00PM.

Blow Some Bubbles!

What comes in all kinds of colors and is really sweet and chewy? Bubble gum, of course. The 2nd week of March is Bubble Gum Week and it's not just for chewing. There's bubble gum ice cream, bubble gum slushies, bubble gum lip gloss… The possibilities are all over the place, and it's a favorite flavor for many kids. There's also the important job of blowing bubbles and competing with bubbles. There are even World Bubble Records out there. So if you have a lot of hot air, blow it into a bubble today, and watch it grow (or pop!).

Irish Fun

The O'Hare School of Irish Dance in Plymouth will get us in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day when dancers, ages four and up, entertain us. Stories and crafts will follow the entertainment. Registration not required.
Program Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 7:00-8:30PM.

Mysteries of the Magnificent Variety

Are you looking for a great mystery with some meat to it? Lewis Buzbee has written such awesome books. In Steinbeck's Ghost, 13-year-old Travis, unhappy about his family's recent move, finds he can still connect with his old life at the Salinas Library re-reading his favorite books. He enjoys Steinbeck — after all, Salinas is Steinbeck's hometown. But suddenly he begins seeing the characters spring to life. As he struggles to solve this mystery, budget cuts threaten his library. In looking for ways to save his haven, Travis uncovers many truths and stumbles into a story Steinbeck might be telling him to write.

Enter to Win: "What's Your Story?"

Tell us about your favorite book, story or character! One lucky winner drawn at random will receive a free personal audiobook to keep and your local library will recieve $500.00 worth of Children's or Teen audiobooks. Enter to win at: http://www.tapededitions.com/.
Hurry! Entry deadline is midnight March 15, 2011.

Chocolate Fever Book Discussion

Kids, you are invited to join us in discussing Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. Registration begins Tuesday, March 2. Register with your library card and come to the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. This book discussion will meet, Tuesday, March 15 from 5:00 to 5:45PM. See you all there!

Libraries Save Families Money

Libraries are a valuable resource in area communities as illustrated in a March MetroParent article. Families can save money by borrowing free DVDs, attending library programs, using online databases, downloading eBooks & audiobooks, etc. Many of the resources mentioned are available here at the Canton Public Library. So come visit and start saving today!

Harriet The Spy Book Discussion Registration

Hi Everyone! Don't forget that registration for the March Book Discussion starts on Wednesday, March 2nd! We will be discussing Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Be sure to use your library card to register online and then stop at the Children's Reference Desk to pick up your copy of the book. The book group will meet on Wednesday, March 16th from 5:00 to 5:45PM. Enjoy!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
So Wednesday was my first book discussion! And I have to say a good time was had by all! You know, you can still read our book discussion? It's over on Sleepy Bear's blog. You may have to scroll down a bit to get to the beginning of the conversation. It's fun to talk to friends about books. I also learned a lot about Sleepy Bear, and his friend Moosey-Moose too. Thanks Sleepy Bear for reading with us! :o)
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Cookery for Kids

Love a book so much you wish you could eat it? Try making a few of these yummy recipes featured in your favorite books or inspired by your favorite characters.

Turkish delight & treasure hunts: delightful treats and games from classic children's books by Jane Brocket

The kids' book club book: reading ideas, recipes, activities, and smart tips for organizing terrific kids' book clubs by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

Sewing School

Sewing school: 21 sewing projects kids will love to make by Amie Petronis Plumley & Andria Lisle; photography by Justin Fox Burks — This book is a perfect place for any kid to start to learn to sew. For that matter, it's so easy to follow and well-designed, it's a great start for a sewing novice of any age. Covering hand-stitching and basic sewing machine techniques, you can learn to make a pincushion, a pillow, and a stuffed animal just to start with.

No Homework Help This Week!

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week due to the mid-winter break. They will, however, return Monday, February 28th.