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Mysteries, Mysteries, Everywhere...

Go Around the World in 80 Mysteries with Carole Marsh's new series. Delve into investigations in 12 countries now and look forward to more adventures that are sure to follow. What a great way to enjoy International Month!

Food in your back and front yard

Ever heard of the Food Not Lawns movement? If you have and are planning to get an early start on growing your own foods this spring, we have goodies for you. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, marjoram, potatoes, parsley...what seeds should you plant in March?

Go on a world tour...one meal at a time

Try these new and improved cookbooks with low-fat and vegetarian recipes.

Going to the Dogs

Bolt, Beverly Hills ChihuahuaHotel for Dogs.  There have been a lot of family films released with dogs in them lately.  But they've always been a surefire Hollywood hit all the way back to the days of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.

Do you speak or want to learn a non-English language?

Do you speak a language other than English? Are you studying a language in school? Do you want to learn another language for your own enrichment? If you answered YES to any of those questions, you need to check out the children's international language collection.

Last year we added non-English juvenile feature films and learning DVDs and all languages available in the Muzzy language learning series, and this year we've eliminated the old book/cassette language kits and have updated with book/CD kits.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi Kids!  Thorndyke here!  Did you know that today—March 19th –is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day?   And since all the kids who come to the Canton Public Library are absolutely incredible, it’s a very important day to celebrate.   My favorite way?  With a song!  Maybe "Skinnamarink" by Sharon, Lois, and Bram. Another great way is with ice cream!  May I suggest the flavor Bear Claw?  It’s my favorite!   Have a great week, kids! 

Bear Hugs! 

Who was Buckminster Fuller?

R. Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was the architect, mathematician and inventor who popularized geodesic domes. Chosen by many today for energy efficiency, domes can be a fun do-it-yourself project. Want to build your own clubhouse? Check out Domes by David MacCaulay then make your own geodesic dome with these instructions.

If You Liked Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time . . .

. . . why not try reading the other books in this popular Lisa Yee series? Read about Stanford's love interest Emily Ebers or his super-genius tutor Millicent Min. They're really funny stories, and let you keep up with all of Stanford's adventures!

Craving a Candy Apple???

It is now easier than ever for you to grab a Candy Apple Book when you get the urge to read one. They are shelved in the J SERIES Collection (aisle 19) under "C" for Candy Apple.

Langston Hughes

One of my favorite poets is Langston Hughes. I love the way his words weave pictures of Jazz, big cities, and the roaring 20s.

You Must Have Read My Mind

Jane GoodallJane Goodall is acclaimed for her work with chimpanzees, but her new video, When Animals Talk, looks at cross-species communication with a range of animals, including dogs, cats, birds, elephants and even rats.  The program explores some fascinating research on telepathy, and the mutual benefits that accrue when humans bond and partner 

Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

"I think so, Brain, but if they called them 'sad meals' no one would buy them." If this quote brings a smile to your face, chances are you grew up watching Pinky and the Brain.

Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility Coming Soon

Have you done all you can with Animal Crossing: City Folk?  Are you looking for a new world to control?  Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility has so much to offer!  You can farm your land and tend to your crops, marry and raise a family, work part-time jobs, and save the island town where you live all from the comfort of your couch!

Happy Birthday, Carl Hiaasen!

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Yes, I know it’s over a month away. But if you’re looking for some great environmental reads in the meantime, try checking out a book by Carl Hiaasen in honor of his birthday today!

If you want to learn even more about the environment, take a look at our April programming for upcoming earth day activities, or look in our collection for more stories and information about protecting the environment!

Now for Kids: Inspiring Books from "Three Cups of Tea"

Three Cups of Tea has been on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list for 108 weeks running (currently in the #1 slot) for good reason: Greg Mortenson, who is carrying out his mission to build schools — and peace — in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is living proof of how one person can truly make a difference in the world. Now, Mortenson’s story is accessible to young children through the newly published picture book Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea. A Young Readers’ version of Three Cups of Tea has also just been published. My 8-yr-old son and I saw Mortenson in late January when he spoke to a packed auditorium (800+ people) at Ann Arbor’s Huron High School.

Opposing Viewpoints

When you are looking for a research topic, or supporting materials for a debate, Opposing Viewpoints database is your solution. Here you'll find different viewpoints on a wide range of current issues, such as global warming and welfare reform. Social science instructors will find the 7,000 viewpoint articles useful for preparing lesson plans. The ability to print, download or email documents makes it easy to use.

Fun with Recycling

Celebrate the spring equinox on March 20th by making a craft with natural materials. Make a bird feeder, wind vanes and herb dolls with the help of Nature Smart: Awesome Projects to Make with Mother Nature's Help or learn how to make paper-bag puppets, clothespin cowboys and a space station with

Alyss in Wonderland

I just started the Looking Glass Wars and I have to say I am impressed. I was a little worried because Alice in Wonderland is a little dear to my heart but this series Is extremely creative; a world where imagination is a weapon and the Mad Hatter is really Hatter Madigan the blade wielding, top hat wearing bodyguard....

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! Guess What? Today it is only 100 days until Summer Reading! Aren’t you excited? This year the theme is Get Creative @ Your Library—but I can’t tell you any more because that would spoil all the surprises we have planned! All I can tell you is that it will be FUN! And guess what? Today also means it’s only 100 days until summer vacation. Good times. So if it gets cold later next week, just repeat this to yourself “Summer Reading’s Coming! Summer Reading’s Coming!” and the day will be a whole lot sunnier.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Knit Night

knittingKnit Night is Monday, March 9 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Drop in to enjoy time with other handcrafters of all ages. Compare projects, ask for help with a tricky stitch, or learn how to knit! Crochet, embroidery, and other handcrafts are also welcome.

photo by Todd Huffman used under Creative Commons license