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Hey Kids!
If you look at this picture of me, you can see I'm not at CPL! The CTTS Staff and I went on a little field trip yesterday. We visited the Novi Public Library! The Novi Library built a brand new building last year and we went to look around. It's a pretty cool place. They even have a race car in the Children's Department called the Novi Special! And there are beautiful tiles to look at too. One even has a dinosaur bone in it. And just like at CPL, there a lots of fun computers to play on and interesting books to check out.
Did you know that Canton Public Library has "reciprocal borrowing privileges" with Novi Library? Those big words mean that CPL is friends with Novi Library, and that your Canton Public Library card works all the way over there! I think that's the coolest thing I learned on my tour. You should go "check out" the Novi Library (just a little library humor there!) but don't forget to come visit me too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Plain Kate

One of my esteemed colleagues, whose opinion I value very highly, once gave a presentation illustrating that you can tell a book by its cover. So, when I picked up Plain Kate by Erin Bow to read, I looked at its cover and thought I was in for a fanciful tale about an orphan girl and her cat, probably set in 18th century London; a simple, sweet story about a chimney sweep lass — along the lines of Mary Poppins and Bert. Forget it! Witchcraft, mysteriously sinister magic, gyspies, bigotry, superstition, loss of loved ones, hunger, plagues, death… those are but some of the dark elements behind this light dreamy-looking cover.

Craig Perdue, Naturalist Program

Dr. Craig Perdue will talk about behavioral ecology on Thursday, April 21, 3:00-4:30PM, in a presentation entitled "Bird Ancestors, Adaptations and Conversation." He will share his knowledge about working with birds of prey and other animals and explain how our actions impact their world. There is no registration required for this all ages program.

[Note: Dr. Perdue's program includes live birds.]

Earth Day Events at CPL

We're celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18-22) and want you to join us! There will be events for adults, teens, tweens and children, including:

Our Nation's Symbol — The Bald Eagle

A friend's introduction to the live Eagle Cam at Norfolk Botanical Gardens is fascinating and quite an educational experience for all ages. This eagle couple has three chicks, or are they fledglings? Find the answer to this and the myriad questions you will have after viewing these majestic eagles. Check out this book on our nation's symbol Eagles and for adults, Eagles: Masters of the Sky.

International Children's Book Day

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books. This years theme, The Book Remembers, comes from Estonia. ICBD promotes the idea that children's books can help children learn about people from other countries, learn to appreciate and respect other cultures, and learn to get along with others. Here are some of the great books available to help you celebrate the day:

Global babies

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

March is Reading Month Celebration

The Canton Public Library and Community Financial invite members of the Canton Community to read their favorite children's books. All ages welcome!
Program Date: Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-7:45PM

Make Your Own Memory In A Box

There's still plenty of space available in our Make Your Own Memory In a Box program for tweens. Fifth and sixth graders — do you like scrapbooking? Then come and decorate a box to hold a special memory, just like a scrapbook page. Bring a few photos to glue on; we will provide boxes and crafting supplies. Register online now!
Program Date: March 26, 2:00-2:45PM

[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]

"Classic" Children's Toys

It's hard to find toys these days that don't make loud noises, flash lights, or are based around a television character. But GeekDad from Wired magazine highlights some classic (albeit unusual) toys in his blog post The 5 Best Toys of All Time. The best part? Most are readily available now, especially as we turn to spring weather. Read it for a laugh. Read it for inspiration. Then think of some other "classic toys" you can introduce to your kids.

New Writing Contest

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is promoting a new writing contest on their blog. Reading Rockets/AdLit.org's Citizen Writer contest!
This contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Good luck!

Children's Book Week (May 2-8)

Children's Book Week has been celebrated since 1919 as a way to promote a love of reading in children. There are book parties, storytelling festivals, special author and illustrator appearances… whatever communities feel will inspire young readers to read more. The idea for Children's Book Week really began in 1913 when Franklin K. Matthiews, librarian for the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the United States to promote higher standards in children's books. He enlisted the help of others in the publishing and library fields and a great event was born. As one supporter, Frederic Melcher, said, "A great nation is a reading nation." Although Children's Book Week has changed as to when it is celebrated time and how, this statement has remained true.

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.