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Want Adventure Books?

You get 'em (cue heroic music)! If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and 39 clues, and you're looking for more books with that same sense of adventure, here's a list for you:

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The angel experiment by James Patterson

Super Science Site

Kids! Parents! Teachers! Check out TryScience. It is one awesome website that is entertaining and educational. Need an experiment idea for school? It has a deck of colorful cards with great experiments and all the info you need to complete the project. Want to visit a science museum or center while sitting at home? Just select one you would like to see from the deck of field trip cards. In the mood for some high-speed online gaming adventures? Just select from the adventure deck and go for it. You have your choice of nine languages to pick from. A search box is on every screen. Parents and teachers have their own sets of great options on pages created especially for them. Soon to come is a page for scientists and engineers. You have to see this site and poke around to really appreciate the just how much it offers. Do it now!

Spaghetti Book Club

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Did you know there are other students out there who have something to tell you about Altoona Baboona, or Aliens for Lunch? It may be that the best way for you to find out if you really want to read a book is to learn about it from another kid. The Spaghetti Book Club is a great site for you. It is the largest site of book reviews written and illustrated by kids, for kids. You can look up book reviews by title, author, or kid reviewers in their state/school. Teachers will be interested in checking out the site too, which explains this literacy program that can help develop students reading and writing skills.

15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay, and Poetry Contest

April 15, 2011 will celebrate the 64th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson's color barrier breaking achievement as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Detroit Tigers invite Michigan schools to participate in the 15th Annual Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest, celebrating this hero of Baseball. For more information, click here to be taken to the webpage on the Detroit Tigers website. Entries are due by 5:00PM March 4, 2011 and need to be submitted to:

Detroit Tigers, Inc.
Attn: Sam Abrams
Manager of Player Relations, Youth and Sports Programs
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Good luck!

Little Knitted Creatures

Little knitted creatures : 26 amigurumi designs by Amy Gaines — Of all the books I've seen on knitting cute little creations, this one is the most friendly to beginning knitters and would be ideal for tweens and kids who want to make their own critters. The instructions are clear, the techniques are not complicated, and the results are adorable.

Tumtum & Nutmeg

Tumtum and Nutmeg are big heroes in tiny packages — they may even be the world's bravest mice. Arthur and Lucy, the children of Rose Cottage, are terribly neglected by their absentminded father and must be looked after. Just as the holidays are approaching, an evil neighboring mouse absconds with the children's Christmas gifts. Will they be able to retrieve them in time? More exciting adventures await them when they take a holiday seaside vacation replete with treasure maps and more evil mice. Even when their world gets chaotic, this is still a cozy read. Mouse-sized vehicles run smoothly, battles are epic, but weapons shoot sherbet powder and peppermint gas. Check out these heart-warming tales to be enjoyed by all during the holidays.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight & Treasure Hunts by Jane Brocket is bursting with nostalgia and inspiration for parents and kids. This delightful book presents recipes and activities from classic children's books. Learn about different kinds of treasure hunting, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's, Treasure Island. Make some Raspberry Jam Cakes like Mary Poppins and Bert enjoyed at an afternoon tea. Or make snow pictures and enjoy Ma's pancake men from Little House in the Big Woods. There are many fun activities and delicious recipes to enjoy in this book celebrating timeless children's classics.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did! Thanksgiving is a time that you get to spend with your family and that's what I did! Some of you had to travel to visit family, and did too, because my family lives in the the Detroit Zoo! I'm sure you've seen my cousins. They're the polar bears, the grizzly bears and the black bears! I took lots of pictures, and you can see them now on Canton Public Library's Flickr account. We had a great time visiting, and boy, did I learn a lot about my family history! For example, my closest cousins are the Grizzly Bears. My next closest cousins, the Brown bears are a little bit smaller. My third cousins, the Polar Bears, live way up north in Canada (eh?). All of them like to swim and eat fish. I only like to eat Swedish Fish. And they all hibernate. So if you see me sleeping in the library this winter, don't wake me up! I'm hibernating!
Lots of grownups come to the library to do research on their family history. After I got back home, I decided I'd do some research on mine too! Turns out, you don't have to look too far to find out about my family! There are lots of books here in the Children's Department about us. I recommend checking one out. My family history is very riveting.
What's your family like? Is it big? Do you have lots of Cousins like me? Do they live far away? Are they funny? Sometimes our friends even feel like family. I'm pretty thankful for mine. I hope you are thankful for your family too! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Ginger

Did you know that ginger is not only fun to bake with, but a healthy spice as well? Ginger is good for digestion, used to treat nausea and motion sickness, and has anti-inflammatory properties. And of course, it's a great time of year to make some creative gingerbread houses, and yummy cookies. There's also ginger tea, ginger ale and lots of recipes you can use ginger in. Some may even remember this name on Gilligan's Island.

In Your Dreams at the DIA

The DIA is hosting many wonderful exhibits this winter/spring and one of them that you should not miss is In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints running now through January 2, 2011. The DIA is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so check out their website for the latest information on their hours and the cost for this special exhibit. Enjoy!

Love Video Games?

Have you ever considered a career in video games? Maybe writing game scripts is your calling. 26 year old Jeffrey Yohalem talks about being the head writer for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in this article. When Yohalem approached Jordan Mechner (writer for The Prince of Persia) about what classes to take to pursue a career in game script writing, he suggested screen writing and architecture. Who would have guessed?!

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We have discontinued our text-a-librarian program.

Winter Holiday Magic

Families with children ages 4-9, can shake those winter blues with this fun-filled magical program with Joel Tacey.  Registration begins November 25.
Program Date: Thursday, December 9 at 7:00-8:00PM

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

Pure Michigan skiiing

This is the most comprehensive guide to ski and snowboard areas in Michigan. No matter your skill level, Michigan is the place to go downhill skiing. With more than 40 Michigan downhill skiing resorts, the silvery slopes of Michigan offer the best Alpine skiing in the Midwest. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky where the beauty of downhill skiing is Pure Michigan.

Coming Soon...The Rose Bowl

Now that we have made it past Thanksgiving, and with Christmas right around the corner, Rose Bowl time is very quickly coming upon us. This year, on January 1, 2011, we will be able to watch the 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade (my favorite part of the day) followed by the 97th Rose Bowl Game. Wish I was in California to see that (well, mostly the parade, but I am sure the game is fun too)! Check out the Tournament of Roses official website for more information. Also, be sure to check out our great books on the Rose Bowl. Happy reading!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a great day with your family yesterday. I went and visited my family recently (but that's a story for another time). Guess what? I'm taking a road trip next week! I'm sure you've heard about Canton Public Library's Barnes and Noble Book Fair, right? Did you know that Miss Kristen will be there to do storytimes at 11:00AM and 7:00PM? Bet you didn't know that I'm going to be there too! Come see me! And if while you're visiting, you decide you want to buy me a Christmas present, I'll have my Wish List there for you to get ideas. Can't wait to see you on Monday!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Tintin Returns!

The Adventures of Tintin are back in the library! They had been missing for a while, but all 23 adventures are again available for check-out from the Children's Graphic Novel Collection. Many adults fondly remember this series and want to share it with their children, as well as enjoy the adventures again themselves. Kids have always loved Tintin. Steven Speilberg must find Tintin pretty awesome since he is directing a film featuring Tintin (The Secret of the Unicorn) that will be released next year. Visit the official Tintin website and come to the library to check out our great new editions of this classic graphic novel series.

Family Storytime @ Barnes & Noble, Northville

On Monday, November 29, 2010, enjoy a special storytime during our Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Storytimes will take place at Barnes & Noble in Northville, at 11:00-11:30AM or 7:00-7:30PM. Registration is not required.

Looking for Accelerated Reader?

You're at the library. Looking for a book to read for school. The books you planned to get are all checked out. After looking for what seems like forever, you finally find something that's caught your eye. But then the fear strikes. What if there isn't an Accelerated Reading Quiz for this? Never Fear! In the Children's Reference section, we have a few Accelerated Reader lists from local schools. If we don't have your particular school, you can look up books on AR BookFinder. You can type in titles of books and find out if an AR quiz exists. This won't tell you if your school owns the particular quiz, but you'll be able to rest easy and enjoy your book!