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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Don't forget that Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief released to theaters last Friday. While we currently have a waiting list for the books, you can catch up with everything Percy Jackson related at the series website.
It seems that anytime there is a movie in the works based on a book those books just fly off the shelf. So now would be the time to get your hands on Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The movie based on that book releases on March 19th — just in time for Spring Break!

Winter Break Fun!

Enjoy your Winter Break at the Canton Public Library!

Monday, February 15

Second Grade Book Discussion - 5:00-5:45PM — Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.

Tuesday, February 16

Teen/Tween Cupcake Mania - 7:00-7:30PM — Celebrate Mardi Gras with a tasty treat!

Wednesday, February 17

Create-a-Craft - 11:00AM-1:00PM — Children, ages 5-8 with a caregiver, are invited to make a craft to take home. No registration required.
Teen Animanga Club - 6:30-8:45PM — Manga and anime fans in seventh through twelfth grades can talk, watch, draw and enjoy Japanophilia together. It’s never predictable but it sure is fun. No registration required.

Thursday, February 18

All Ages Open Videogaming - 1:00-3:00PM — No registration required
Batter Up! - 7:00-8:00PM — Hey, batter batter, SWING! Families with children ages 4-9 can come celebrate baseball with stories, crafts and snacks.

Saturday, February 20

Euchre Tournament - 2:00-5:00PM — Teens and adults can join us for a day of euchre showmanship and socializing in a double bracket tournament.

Challenge Your Geography Knowledge!

globeHey Geography fans! Check out lizardpoint to find cool geography quizzes. Test your skills at locating states, countries, or capitals. See how many points you can rack up plus learn where some cool places are! Have fun!

How'd They Do That?

How'd They Do That? is another cool history series that just hit our shelves! It examines how people lived hundreds of years ago. If you've ever wondered what people used to do when they got sick or how they had fun, this is the series for you. It covers everywhere from Ancient Persia to Colonial America. Look for these books on the Children's New Bookshelf today!

Happy Birthday, Judy Blume!

It's Judy Blume's birthday tomorrow, February 12! Celebrate by checking out one of her books. One of my favorites is

Blubber — which is about bullying and name-calling and standing up for yourself.

Get Help From Fact Monster

Ever find yourself searching online for facts from a reliable source? Do you wish there was a great website that you could go to for help with your homework? Well, there is one! Just go to Fact Monster and take a look around! Whether you need almanacs and atlases or tips for math, science, and your other school subjects, Fact Monster is the place to go. They also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions with answers and information. Check it out today!

Bridget Biddy Mason was a...

former slave, nurse/midwife, successful entrepreneur, humanitarian and founder of Los Angeles's first African-American congregation. She was born a slave in August of 1818 on a Mississippi plantation owned by Robert Marion Smith and his wife Rebecca (Crosby) Smith. Mason had three daughters, Ellen, Ann and Harriet, whose father was reputedly Smith himself.

I'm Feeling Very Olympic Today

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin on Friday in Vancouver, Canada. While I can't imagine you'd have time to squeeze in a movie with all those exciting sports events on, there are several family films with an Olympic bent.

Cool Runnings tells the story of the very first Jamaican Bobsled team. A Caribbean country in the Winter Olympics? They'd have to be the ultimate underdog.

D2: The Mighty Ducks continues the story of a peewee hockey team and their Lawyer turned Minor League Hockey Player Coach as they compete in the Junior Goodwill Games. Of course, the Ducks employ their signature "slapstick" to win games and learn life lessons

Getting Guys to Read

Boys have trouble reading. It's true. Girls totally blow us away at this, I'm ashamed to say. The Michigan Reading Association cites factors such as the need for boys to be more active and the fact that if they don't see other guys reading then they don't think of it as a 'guys' activity. Check out the pamphlet attached to get some tips for getting guys to pick up a book. I'll give you a hint: 'Forcing' them to read isn't on the list. Fathers reading to their sons is.
[photo by Cayusa]

Who's Your Favorite Poet?

Do you love poetry? Do you wish you knew more about the poets who wrote the verses that wiggle into your brain never to leave again? Have no fear! The answer is out there. The Academy of American Poets has all the biographical information you could want on poets from all over the world. You can search by poet, poem, first lines, last names, and more. They even have a link for checking out poetry near you. Click here and enjoy!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Somebody just told me about a super cool holiday to celebrate this weekend. The first Saturday in February is Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. I knew there was a reason I liked February! Apparently, this holiday began in the great state of New York by some creative parents who came up with the BRILLIANT idea of eating ice cream for breakfast to liven up some dreary winter days. So I'm celebrating! Now I just have to pick a flavor. I'm thinking Bear Claw! Yum!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Toad-ling up the numbers

Each year the Friends of the Rouge conduct a volunteer watershed Frog and Toad Survey. On Wednesday, March 3 from 7:00-9:00PM a training session will be held at The Summit in Canton. Volunteers will be trained to distinguish what type of frog or toad is making the various calls heard in local wetlands. The session is open to all ages (children welcome when accompanied by a participating adult). The session is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the Friends of the Rouge at (313) 792-9621 or email monitoring@therouge.org. To help you get a "jump" on the training, the Canton Library has many books on frogs and toads, such as A field guide to reptiles & amphibians: eastern and central North America.

Cool Book Series Alert!

If you've ever been interested in the history of famous Wonders of the World, check out Elizabeth Mann's series. Covering structures from the Taj Mahal to the Brooklyn Bridge, there's all sorts of cool information and beautiful photos/artwork in these books. Look for them today on the Children's Department New Bookshelf!

February Tween Book Discussion

Registration for February's Tween Book Discussion is now open. We're meeting on Saturday, February 13, from 1:00-2:00PM to talk about Gordon Korman's Schooled. This funny book is about the adventures of a boy raised by a hippie grandmother, trying to survive when he has to go to a "normal" public school. Sign up today - we look forward to hearing what you think!

Move over Youtube!

There's a new video website in town and it's just for kids! Tired of finding strange and innappropriate videos on Youtube? Then try out www.kideos.com It has different categories to choose from, including book characters, Muppets, Cute Animals, and more. You can also choose videos based on your age, from 0-12 years old. Kids can upload their own videos too. The site claims to be closely monitored so there shouldn't be any nasty surprises. Take a look and tell us what you think!

Wanted: 20 Canton Families For Environmental Partnership Project

The Canton Public Library is looking for 20 families to become leaders in a local environmental stewardship effort by participating in Action for Earth, a partnership project between the library, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Project S.N.A.P. (Share, Nurture, Act Preserve).

The families selected will participate in two workshops held at the Canton Public Library and led by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, one Project S.N.A.P. session creating art with a message for a community mural, and one community-wide environmental event. Families should be Canton residents, have children in K-8 classes and be willing to commit their time and energy to the Action for Earth project.

For details or to apply for the program, call the Canton Public Library at 734-397-0999 or read more on the CPL blog.

To see entire press release, download the attachment.

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Maryland. His father and grandfather were former slaves. Despite being a farmer of modest means, he lived a life of unusual achievement. He was unwilling to let his race or age hinder in any way his thirst for intellectual development and has become known as an American Scientific Pioneer. To learn more about this inspirational African American read this Signature Lives book about him. Other biographies on him for youth are also available at the library. Check some out!

Trivia Resource

If you've ever been interested in the meaning behind a particular country or state's flag, the World Book Encyclopedia of Flags is for you. Covering everywhere from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this series provides brief country and state histories, along with detailed information about flags. It's pretty cool to figure out that a colorful stripe or star on a country's flag represents more than just a nifty decoration! Happy Reading!

The Saints go Marching In

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Hey sports fans! Let's take a hockey break for a moment and revel in the world of football for a moment. Super Bowl XLIV is coming fast and furious to the South Florida area. If you get the chance to go, pack a swimsuit and some sunscreen as the weather there will be beachy keen. Get your tickets and root for either the Colts or the Saints. Sorry Lions, maybe next year! I am rooting for the Saints as this is their first Super Bowl appearance ever and also because they are a symbol of hope for the New Orleans area. Here's hoping they bring home the trophy.

Happy Birthday Mozart!

Although Mozart's life was tragically short, his music will live on forever, so he is really immortal. In fact, aliens may be hearing his beautiful musical creations right now since his music was included in that time capsule shot off into space years ago. It is just a shame that he didn't get the royalties on all the products based on his genius in recent years because he was almost always short of money. Learn more about this amazing composer by picking up some of the biographies on him in the Children's Department.