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Children's Foreign Language CDs

Looking for songs in other languages?  We have many scattered through out the children's CD collection

Beth Manners' playtime Spanish for kids [sound recording] by Manners, Beth



Universe of song [sound recording] Spanish by featuring Maria Del Rey



La vida es un carnaval [sound recording] by Las Ardillitas

Celebrate Seuss!

Theodor Seuss Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) was born on March 2nd, 1904 in Springfield, MA.  He began his career with articles and cartoons aimed at adults, but in 1937 he published his first book for children, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. He went on to write more than 60 books, many of which are considered core reading for early readers. 

One great way to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday is to participate in Read Across America by reading to your child this evening. You can also watch Seuss videos or play games on the Seuss-themed website Seussville.

The Price is Right! Best Colleges for Your Buck!

The Princeton Review named the nation's best colleges based on outstanding educational value for families. Check which schools made the list online. or browse through the newest edition, Best Value Colleges.
  

Native American Dancers for Mother Earth

Celebrate Mother Earth with authentic Native American Dancers led by Reg Pettibone. To wrap up our week-long Earth Week activities, we welcome the Native American Dancers who will entertain us in a very special way on Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 PM. Everyone is welcome to see the beautiful, colorful costumes and the outstanding dance moves that praise our planet.

Merrill Lynch: Preparing for your kids college education

It's coming, no matter how young or old your children are.  College will soon be looming on the horizon for them.  How do you plan for this expensive event?  What's the best way to save without ruining your own financial well-being?  Deborah McKinney and Michael Congleton of Merrill Lynch will will help us on the path to a sercure financial future for ourselves and a way to make our children's dreams come true.  Join us onThursday, April 11 at 7:00 PM to learn which of the plans would work best for your family.

Canton Community Foundation’s Annual College Scholarships

Listen up Plymouth and Canton residents!  If you are a high school senior planning for college or an adult returning to school, this is a scholarship opportunity you don't want to miss.  In the past 20 years, the Canton Community Foundation has awarded $540,000 to more than 500 recipients.  For more information and the application visit the foundation's website.  All applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15th.
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March Tween Service Corps

Are you in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department.Our next date will be Wedenesday, March 13, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Please be prompt as we will have a special guest!

University of Michigan FSR Workshops: Can you Feel the Beat?

This year at CPL, the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three, fun Family Reading and Science workshops titled Just Like me: exploring culture, biology and the human experience. To tie in with their temporary exhibition at the museum called RACE: Are we so different? (February 2013-June 2013), they are focusing on and exploring how biology, anthropology, physics, geography and chemistry all play a part in race and culture.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Hey all of you little folk, come to our library and get your dance on!  This program is an open dance party with both guided and freestyle songs to get you movin' and groovin'.  This program is designed for new walkers up to 5 years old and is a great way to have some fun!

Starfish Family Services - Caregiver Interactions

On Thursday, March 28, 9:00-11:30 AM trainers from Starfish Family Services will present the workshop Caregiver Interactions: What You Say Is Important.  They will share what techniques may be used to enhance caregiver-child interactions.  Parents, grandparents and day-care providers are all welcome.  Bring your children, too as Starfish's licensed childcare providers will be on hand to watch them during the workshop. 

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days to be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

Cranbrook Science Center

If you are looking for special Mid-winter Break activities (beyond what you can do at Canton Public Library that week) you might want to check out the Cranbrook Science Center. During winter break, visitors will have the unique opportunity to help conserve a 200 year old cannon discovered in the Detroit River.  The cannon has been submerged in a electrolysis bath for the past 18 months in order to loosen the rust and other build up the cannon has accumalated. Now participants can help gently scrub all those deposits away.  You can help save the cannon daily from 1-4 pm February 18th-22nd.  

National Frozen Yogurt Day

Wednesday, February 6th is National Frozen Yogurt Day.  Canton's own Menchie's Frozen Yogurt will be giving away 6 ounces of frozen yogurt to customers with a coupon all day.  To get a coupon visit the Menchie's website for details. If you prefer to stay in and make your own frozen yogurt, check out one of our books with tons of tasty recipes.  No matter how you celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day, it is sure to be delicious!

Women Who Changed America

In celebration of Women's History Month, we are pleased to host two luminaries from our past:  former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and famous author Beatrix Potter.  Re-enactor Marie Papciak will bring these two famous women to life in her presentation.  With over 30 years of experience, Ms. Papciak will bring the characters to life to the delight of children and adults alike on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 PM.  No registration is required.  

Family Fun Night

Have you found  yourself following rainbows to find pots of gold? Do you have a four-leaf clover tucked in your pocket? Come to our March Family Fun Night, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 7:00-8:00 PM. We'll have a green snack, do some fun St. Patty's Day activities, and if luck travels with us--a surprise! Registration is open on Friday, February 22, 2013 and open to kids ages 5 to 9 years old with a caregiver. See you there!
[Baby Leprechaun at Play by ihave3kids is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Schneider Family Book Award

"Back to Front and Upside Down!" written and illustrated by Claire Alexander, is the winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 2013 for children ages 0-10. This award is for books that embody an artistic expression of the disabililty experience. A Dog called Homeless" written by Sarah Lean, is the winner of this award for middle school kids, ages 11-13. The teen award winner, for ages 13-18, is "Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am," by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis.

2013 Newbery Winners

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao has been awarded the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for the year 2013. This heart-moving tale about a captive silverback gorilla was inspired by a true story. Ivan has spent 27 years of his life at The Big Top Mall, a cheap roadside circus attraction, confined to an enclosure of glass, metal, and concrete. He has become numb to his existence, watching TV, dabbling with art, and eating food thrown to him. Bob, a spunky dog, and Stella, an aging elephant are his only friends and companions. Ivan's melancholy life begins to change, however, when Ruby, a young vibrant elephant appears on the scene and Stella dies from neglect. Stella's dying plea to Ivan is help Ruby escape.

2013 Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards

Awards season is upon us and here are your 2013 Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards:

Author Award:
"Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author Honor Books:
"Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson

"No Crystal Stair:  A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller" by Vonda Micheaux Nelson

Illustrator Award:
"I, Too, Am America" illustrated by Bryan Collier

Illustrator Honor Books:
"H.O.R.S.E." illustrated by Christopher Myers

"Ellen's Broom" illustrated by Daniel Minter

"I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr." illustrated by Kadir Nelson

2013 Caldecott Honor Books

Along with the 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner, the 2013 Caldecott Honor books have also been announced. This year five picture books were selected to receive the Caldecott Honor. Those five recipients are:

Creepy carrots! by words, Aaron Reynolds ; pictures, Peter Brown



Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen


2013 Caldecott Medal Winner

This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, has been awarded the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Klassen's story of a little fish, a big fish, a stolen hat and the consequences that follow is told through spare text and simple, yet clever illustrations. This award-winner will have kids and parents turning the pages over and over to enjoy both the story and the artwork.