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Black History Month Celebration

Join us on Monday, February 7, for a fun celebration beginning at 5:00PM with crafts presented by the Plymouth Canton African American Student Association followed by a choral presentation by the Voices of Praise Choir at 7:00PM. The African American Cultural Historical Musuem will host a visual art display throughout the night. Registration is not required.

Valentine's Day

When we think of Valentine's Day, we often think of red roses, candy in heart-shaped boxes, mushy valentines, and winged cherubs flying about shooting starry-eyed lovers with arrows.

But did you know that the origin of Valentine's Day, or Saint Valentine's Day, comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr? According to author Martha Zimmerman, the date traditionally celebrated as St. Valentine's Day finds it origin in the Roman festival of romance called Lupercalia, when the gods Juno and Pan were honored. It was a fertility festival or a lover's holiday looking forward to the return of Spring. In the fifth century, in an attempt to abolish the pagan festival, Pope Gelasius changed Lupercalia and its February 15 date to February 14 and called it Saint Valentine's Day. Even though the names and the date were changed, the emphasis continued to be on love.

Do You Love Kirby's Epic Yarn?

Then you might really like Kirby's Epic Patchifyer! You can stitch, frame, and add patchwork to your own photos. Just upload your photo and follow the simple directions for an awesome Kirby like piece of fun!

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. Registration begins Saturday, January 29.
Program Date: Saturday, Feburary 12, 2011, 1:00-2:00PM

Green Beings

Green is definitely not just a color for beans anymore. We all need to be "green" and take responsibility to care for our wonderful planet. Kids can be just as responsible as parents in this area by doing simple things like turning off the lights when they leave a room, or using both sides of a sheet of paper. Of course using the library is a fantastic way to be green, by using the books and sources we have, instead of buying new ones. There are also some great books at the library to help remind kids of the important part they can play in being green. Check out Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint, Uno's Garden, or The Lorax, which all are fun stories to read and help remind us to take care of our Earth.

Turtle in Paradise

Meet Turtle, a charming eleven-year-old who is in under no illusions about the ways of the world. It is 1935 and her "starry-eyed," romantic mother (who is always falling in and out of love with total losers) ships Turtle off to relatives in Key West, Florida because her latest housekeeping job does not allow children. Turtle is thrown into a radically different way of life amid boisterous cousins, eccentric adults, hurricanes, scorpions, and windfall fruit. She isn't allowed into her cousins' Diaper Gang (no girls allowed) to earn spending money, but has high hopes she'll soon be on Easy Street like Little Orphan Annie when she discovers a pirate treasure map.

Happy Birthday Thorndyke!

Some one very special had a birthday this past Sunday, January 16th! Thorndyke, Canton Public Library's very own resident bruin celebrated his special day pretty much the same way he spends every day, hanging around at the library. What's a great way to commemorate his special day? By Checking out a bear friendly movie here from Canton Public Library! Here are a few Thorndyke approved suggestions…

Bear in the Big Blue House: Dance party!

Berenstain Bears: Berenstain Bears adventure & fun for everyone

I Knew It Was An Awesome Book!!!

Check out the blog I posted on this super historical fiction book a couple months ago. It has been named a Newbery Honor Book. I know a winner when I read it! (Well… usually!)

Open Video Games at the Library Today!

Spend your snow day at the library. Come and unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. No registration required.
January 18 from 1:00-4:00PM

Calling All Twi-hards!

If you love Twilight and would like a change to meet Stephenie Meyer then listen up! In honor of the release of The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is throwing an International Fan Event. For more information and a chance to win check out this website.

Super Bowl 45 Coming Soon!

Well football fans, we are getting down to the nitty-gritty here in the 2010 to 2011 football season. There are only 23 days left until Super Bowl 45 in Arlington, Texas. Are you gearing up for the big event? Have you bought all your cheesy snacks and carbonated beverages yet? Is your favorite team going to be the one to raise the trophy at the end of the night? For all the latest and greatest information concerning this year's Super Bowl event, check out the official website here. I'm on pins and needles… are you?

One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia's most recent book, One Crazy Summer, was named a Newbery Honor Book this week. So what is it about?
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are shipped off by their father to spend a month with their estranged mother in Oakland, CA. But their mother has no time for them. Instead of taking them to Disneyland as they had hoped, she sends them to the People's Center run by the Black Panthers so she can write poetry. Delphine is a remarkable older sister, wise beyond her years, and an expert at handling her siblings. Each girl has a distinct response to their mother and the ideas and people to which they are exposed. They develop a hard-won, tenuous connection with their mother and an awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level. With endearing characters, a vivid depiction of a pivotal moment in African-American history, and beautiful, poetic language, this is a book worth reading more than once. Readers will wonder what happens to the sisters when they return to their father in Brooklyn with their 'radical' new ideas about the world.

History, boring? Never!

Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.

Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore

Google Science Fair 2011

Are you a student who loves science? Do you have a good idea for an experiment that you’d like to share with the world? If so, be a part of the Google Global Science Fair 2011. To help make today’s young scientists the rock stars of tomorrow, in partnership with CERN, The LEGO Group, National Geographic and Scientific American, Google is introducing the first global online science competition: the Goole Science Fair. It’s open to students around the world who are between the ages of 13-18. All you need is access to a computer, the Internet and a web browser.

Youth and Teen Book Awards Announced

Guess what! Award season has begun and the newest award winners in books and media for Youth and Teens were announced at the American Library Association Mid-winter Conference yesterday morning. The 2011 winners can be found at the ALA website but some of the highlights include: Click on the titles to see which ones we have available for checkout. Enjoy!

Author of 'Babe' Passes On

Dick King-Smith, whose book Babe the Gallant Pig inspired the hit 1995 movie Babe, died on January 4, 2011 at his home near Bath, England. He was 88. Mr. King-Smith was a farmer for 20 years before becoming a primary school teacher. He published more than 100 books — mostly about animals and often about pigs, his favorite. He once said of his animal stories, "I never dress my animals in clothes. They behave as animals should behave, with the exception that they open their mouths and speak the queen's English." His books have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Mr. King-Smith's first wife died in 2000. He is survived by his second wife, 3 children and 14 grandchildren.

Kudos for Clockwork Three!

Ready for an awesome page-turner with characters who just can't seem to avoid trouble no matter how good their intentions are? And when you get to the end you can't believe you won't meet up with them again in a sequel, despite your most ardent wishes? Well then, pick up The Clockwork Three, Matthew Kirby's debut novel. Giuseppe was taken from his family in Italy and sold to a ruthless master who forces him to work the streets as a musician and hand over the money he earns — or face dire consequences. Frederick was rescued from a rotten orphanage by a kind clockmaker and is very intelligent. He dreams of a creating a magnificent clockwork man, not unlike the one you might have read about in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Fast Facts about Countries!

Looking for that fast fact about a country for school? Check out geognos.com. For instance, I just learned there are 1,084,748 people living in Cyprus, that they speak French, Swahili, and Kirundi in Burundi, that 42.4% of the people in Thailand work in the agricultural industry, and that there are only 34,000 cellular phone users in Micronesia. Plus, it's got neat lists like the 'Top 20 debtor Nations' (U.S. is #1, of course) and "Where the highest mountains in the world are'. Great for school projects.
[photo courtesy of Boston Public Library]

Narnia Read-alikes

If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:

The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.

Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Gingerbread Houses

Come to the Canton Public Library now through the end of the year and see the two gingerbread houses on display by the Reception Desk. Inspired from the book “Gingerbread for All Seasons,” by Teresa Layman, they are a feast for the eyes. The houses are constructed completely from edible materials like fondant, royal icing, candy canes, pretzels, shredded wheat, hand-rolled gingerbread, and more. Come be delighted and inspired by what you see! Created by Susannah Estoker, a junior at Plymouth Christian Academy, her gingerbread creations will add a bit of whimsy to your day.