Kids

Every year on March 21 since 2012, we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. It's a global call to action to help raise awareness for those with Down Syndrome. For special needs parents, it becomes a life-long quest to advocate for acceptance and to make world a more inclusive and accessible place. To learn more, this article by a mom whose son has Down Syndrome is very illuminating. Here's some resources to peruse from our collection.

Based on The New York Times bestseller by Andrew Solomon, an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children society deems 'abnormal': a mother and son determined to show the world that his Down syndrome does not define him; a couple learning to communicate with their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime.

As a parent of a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, you may be feeling unsure of what to do next or where your child's journey will take you. In this book, authors Jen Jacob and Mardra Sikora share their experiences and guide you through life with Ds with expert advice from diagnosis to adulthood. Each page teaches you ways to support your child through major milestones; nurture their development; and ensure that they succeed behaviorally, socially, and cognitively. You'll also find valuable information on:

  • Sharing the news with loved ones
  • Transitioning into primary school
  • Developing your child's social skills
  • Discussing future opportunities, including employment and housing options

With The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome, you will have the tools you need to raise a happy, healthy, and thriving child.

Kindness Pie Chart filled in with various kind words and deeds

 

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

 

When you make an effort to be kind to others you can really make a difference in their day, or even their life. They might be inspired to pass that kindness on, and you can spark a kindness wave that ripples outward. One of the great things about choosing to be kind is that you can choose a small thing or a big thing, and you can still have an impact.

 

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Looking for something to spark a discussion of kindness, or even to inspire you or your family to commit more acts of kindness? Try one of these movies. Titles geared to younger audiences are listed first.

Kids will learn to keep it kind with these six pleasing Nick Jr. play dates. They'll work with Wally to make his grumpy neighbors smile, help the Bubble Guppies learn royal manners, say 'por favor' with Dora, and help Kai-Lan's friends master the art of the apology.

Also available in: print | e-video

Other children are afraid of Ghoulia. But when Halloween rolls around, the little zombie girl hatches a brilliant plan to make new friends.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Also available in: audiobook

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
Also available in: e-video

A young boy and his dog decide they have had enough of winter, so they resolve to plant a garden. Join them as they savor the anticipation of new growth. 

100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week 2019 Poster: Yuyi Morales Read Now Read Forever

Join us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week from April 29th - May 5th.

It's a great time to acknowledge your favorite children's books, authors, and illustrators OR to find new favorites to share. Get involved on your own, or participate with family and friends while you explore the amazing world of children's books.

Our week-long festivities offer many opportunities to join in the fun.

  • Register for Lit Lab: Children's Book Week, open to families with kids ages 4-9 (Monday, April 29th).
  • Dress up as children's book character and visit the Children's Reference Desk for a small prize (all week).
  • Pick up Children's Book Week activities and bookmarks, available on the Children's Reference Desk (all week).
  • Test your knowledge of Children's Book Illustrators at the Teen Reference Desk (all week).
  • Stop by for Free Comic Book day and May the Fourth (Saturday, May 4th).
  • Bonus: this is also Screen Free Week, and you can find activities at screenfree.org.

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes feature longer books, flannel board and rhymes designed for children ages 3 1/2 - 5. These activities help develop pre-reading and school-readiness skills.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may temporarily attend, if needed, to help transition their child to this program. All parents must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Friends Activity starting Monday, April 8 through Friday, May 17. Please pick a Monday OR a Friday session. Registration begins March 21.

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 am; Register for Mondays

Fridays, 1:00 - 1:30 pm; Register for Fridays

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This is NOT a Book Club*

Do you love scary stories? Have you read "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?" Did you know the movie based on these scary stories will be in theatures on August 9th? If you're a hardcore fan, or just started reading, or are looking forward to the movie... we have got you covered! Patrons aged 10+ are welcomed to join us for snacks, activities, and a discussion related to the popular Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz. Registration required. Registration for the August session begins on July 11.

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This might be a book club

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of.

 

There are so many amazing ways to show gratitude in your life. Hopefully, these suggestions will help get you started whether you have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. 

 

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