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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.

Please Check Us Out!

Hey! Why aren't you checking us out?? Is it because we are behind the Children's Information Desk? We are put there to greet you when you come into the great Children's Department. Please! Take us home with you and read us. We are awesome! We are new! We are hot-off-the-press! We are the latest and greatest wonder-reads for kids of all ages! Marverlous mysteries, super sports stories, gripping ghost tales, animal adventures, historical happenings, fabulous fantasy, crazy comedies… we are all here. But we want to be there — at your house — with you enjoying us. So stop by and pick us up ASAP!

Jan/Feb Connections Newsletter Online

The January/February issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document.
You may subscribe to an RSS feed of library communications by pasting http://www.cantonpl.org/forpress/rss.xml
into your feed reader. Please note: The Living Book program date is incorrect in the newsletter. The correct date is February 22, 7:00PM.

Blast Off With a New Astronomy Website!

Check out this awesome new website, Astronomy for Kids, to soar into the outer limits of space! This website has it all — games, star charts, online classes, and photos of deep space! Next time you are online, be sure to take a peek. Don't forget your space helmet.

Fantasy, Adventure, and a Touch of the Unexpected

The tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler; illustrated by Sarah Gibb

Hippolyta and the curse of the Amazons by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Library Holiday Closures

The Canton Public Library will be closed on the following days:
  • Friday, December 24, 2010
  • Saturday, December 25, 2010
  • Sunday, December 26, 2010
  • Monday, December 27, 2010
and
  • Friday, December 31, 2010
  • Saturday, January 1, 2011
  • Sunday, January 2, 2011
  • Monday, January 3, 2011
Although the building will be closed, you may return items using the outdoor drop slot. Access to patron accounts, the catalog and databases will be available through the website.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB's at it again! While it was snowy and freezing here in Michigan, LB went to sunny, warm Key West, Florida with Miss Marianne! LB must stand for Lucky Bear! There are lots of fun things to see in Key West — Lighthouses, Libraries, Post Offices, Fish, Butterflies and Cats! And you can eat lots of Key Lime Pie! One of the neatest things LB and Marianne did is they went to the most southern point of the whole United States and got their picture taken. You can almost see Cuba from there! Key West is also where Ernest Hemingway lived. Ernest Hemingway is an author who wrote books for grown ups. Some of his books take place in Michigan, because he lived here for awhile too. Then he moved to Key West and ate lots of pie and owned lots of cats. Make sure you check out all the pictures from LB's trip on Flickr! It sure sounds like he had fun! Until next time…
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Winter Break Fun

Are you looking for something to do during Winter Break? Come to one of our fun programs! On Tuesday, December 21 from 2:00-4:00PM, play a board game, test your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills or create with LEGO at Board Game Fun!
On Wednesday, December 22 from 1:00-3:00PM, unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our All Ages Open Video Gaming Day. Feel free to drop by, registration is not required.

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

spaghetti_and_cheese-sm.JPG Hey kids,
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!