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Beethoven's Birthday - December 16th!

Ludwig van Beethoven, probably born on December 16, 1770, is one of the most well-known classical composers of all times. He is often referred to as a "giant straddling two styles," the Classical and Romatic, and is famous for his tempestuous personality as well as powerful music. His life was full of many challenges, but he managed to soar above them all and bequeathe us with some of the most beautiful, moving, and immortal music ever. How many people have the courage and determination to overcome a harsh childhood? How many would be able to perform, conduct, and write music even though they were stricken with deafness? How many would have the courage to insult a military leader as powerful as Napolean once they realized he was a two-faced dictator instead of a freedom fighter? Despite the harsh realities of Life, Beethoven ended his last major work, the 9th Symphony, with an Ode to Joy.

Dad and Me Lego Fun!

Thank you to all of the families that joined us for our first Dad and Me Lego program. Over 30 families used their creative building skills to make this program a HUGE success. If you missed this event, please join us on Tuesday, December 22 from 2:00-4:00PM for Board Game Fun. There will be Legos, Yu-Gi-Oh, Chess and more!

NHS Tutors Help With Homework

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Days and Times:
Monday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM at the Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk

*Tutors will not be here during the holiday break, they need a break too!

Pokemon Tournament Dec. 12

Join us Saturday Dec. 12 between 1:00 and 5:00 for our Pokemon Tournament. Bring your Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum for a tournament style poke-throwdown the likes of which you've never seen! No registration required.

Brixton Brothers Challenge Hardy Boys?

Meet Steve Brixton, a fan of the Hardy Boys series and The Bailey Brothers' Detective Handbook. He is an aspiring detective who stumbles into a mystery involving the Maguffin quilt, a priceless artifact hidden by its last guardian before his death and is still missing. Steve must elude librarians, police, and the mysterious Mr. E as he tries to track down this elusive quilt containing secret coded information. Action, adventure, and laugh-out-load situations are all contained with the pages of this promising start for the Brixton Brothers series. Jeff Kinney, author of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, claims it is "a book kids will devour." Partake of The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett.

Horse Sense

There's nothing better on cold, snowy days than curling up under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa and a good book. If you're in need of any good reads to curl up with, keep in mind that Saturday, December 12, is National Day of the Horse. There's no shortage of horse books available at the library.

Christmas Time is Here...

Did you, like me, miss A Charlie Brown Christmas last night? :(  Never fear.  ABC will be re-broadcasting it next Tuesday at 8pm.  :)   While you're waiting, CPL just got in a bumper crop of new Holiday movies.   Some of my newer favorites are A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa and Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.   And don'

Great Nordic Fantasy

If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods you should give the Norse Gods and Jack a try. The Nancy Farmer triology which began with the Sea of Trolls is now complete with The Islands of the Blessed which was just published. (Books #2 is The Land of the Silver Apples, in case you are wondering!) It is high fantasy at it best, with bards and apprentice bards, trolls and elves, captures and narrow escapes, trials and learning, humor and wisdome, lads and lasses.

Amulet

You need to check out the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, the legendary creator of the Flight Anthologies, if you haven't yet. The 2nd book just came out. It's amazing how Kibuishi can convey so much action with just a few scenes. And, the storytelling is top notch. I get the same chills of excitement reading this as when I, say, first started reading Bone. It's that good, and I can't wait for the next one. Take a peek at this all-ages fantasy romp about a girl with a magical amulet and a very unique destiny and you won't be disappointed.

Frankenmuth

FrankenmuthEvery fall my family enjoys visiting Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Our visit always gets us in the holiday spirit.  We always start with the world famous family style chicken dinner at Zehnder's or the Bavariann Inn.  Then we head over to Bronner's, the world's largest Christmas store.  If you would like to visit Frankenmuth or another Michigan city, start with The Michigan Travel Companion for a list of accommodations.

Black and White all over!

It's December!  Which means that the winter penguin display is up in the Children's Library.  This year they're hanging out admidst the snow castle.  Come play a little Library I Spy while you are here.  Can you find the kissing penguins?  How about the Penguin King?  What about the penguin sliding on his backside?  How many penguins are wearing hats?  Then find the ice-skating penguins, and the stuffed animal penguins somewhere else in the library.  Still can't get enough of fun black and white buddies?  There are lots of films starring penguins here in the Children's Library!  And we're not just talking Happy Feet.  T

Holiday Handiwork

Wondering what gifts to buy for this gift-giving season? Well, why not make your own gifts like some celebrants of Kwanzaa do. You could make ornaments, dolls, treasure boxes or candle out of old jewelry, marbles, yarn, string or other small pieces you already have around. Here are some craft books to help you along.

All new crafts for Kwanzaa by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

Chinese New Year crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe

Video Games Have Temporarily Been Moved

Due to the retagging project going on in the library, the video games have temporarily been moved. They are now behind the check-out desk, but that doesn't mean you still can't check them out! Feel free to ask any of the librarians to pull titles for you, or you can continue to put holds on games. If you'd like to see what we have, check out the list of all 1002 video games.

Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting

Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting: Celebrating the Gift of Knitting with 24 Beautiful Patterns by Lorna Miser
This book of patterns by the founder of Lorna's Laces (drool-worthy fibers available locally at the Old Village Yarn Shoppe) includes patterns for socks, mittens, sweaters, stuffies, and even how to make your own decorative knitting needles. Interspersed with the patterns are brief stories explaining how Miser came up with the pattern and how it connects to her life.

Omen of the Stars #1 is Here...

and will soon be ready for check-out for all the Warriors series fans.

Jayfeather and Lionblaze are prophesied to be two of three cats who hold the power of the stars in their paws. Now they must wait for a sign from StarClan to tell them which of their Clanmates will complete the prophecy. Soon, a StarClan warrior will visit a new ThunderClan apprentice - and the lives of the three chosen cats will be forever linked.

While waiting for The Fourth Apprentice, visit the Warriors website or find out if Erin Hunter really writes this multi-volume series all on her own by visiting the Wikipedia entry for her.

Gobble, Gobble, Add Some Glue!

Hey glue and glitter fans! Hope you have been having a festive holiday season. I know I have eaten way more food than I thought I could in the last couple of days, and I hope your tummies are full of yummy food too. While you are digesting, check out our fabulous Thanksgiving craft books. That way while you are waiting to be hungry for more pie and mashed potatoes and biscuits, make a turkey with some glue and feathers or paint your favorite holiday picture full of dinner, family, and friends. Have a great weekend!

John Fogerty

John Fogerty's rockabilly style returns with The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. This CD, released in 2009, features accompanying musicians Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit. This CD is a follow up to the Blue Ridge Rangers album that was released in 1973 after the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival.  Check out this cd and other John Fogerty CDs at the Canton Public Library.

Headwrapping success!

We had a fabulous time at the Gele Headwrapping program this past Saturday. We learned three different ways to style our favorite fabrics and we learned about headwrapping from different cultural perspectives. We took some pictures in case you missed it. If you would like to see this program happen again, just let us know. A special thanks to Zarinah El-Amin Naeem for a colorfully fun workshop!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
It's the week of Thanksgiving! I know most of you are headed out to see family and friends. I have plans for Thanksgiving too! Me and my animal library friends — the giraffes, the Monkeys, the armadillo, and all the others — are going to have a great big Thanksgiving here at the library. We're going to raid the staff fridge, and then we'll play some video games and watch a movie on the big screen in the Community room. Of course, this is a secret from all the librarians, so don't tell anyone! I told you because I like you!
That reminds me. At Thanksgiving you're supposed to think about what you are thankful for. I'm thankful for all of you! You always make my day when you come into the library and say "Hi!" And I'm thankful for the library for giving me this great job and feeding me with cookies. What are you thankful for? Let me know — respond to the blog!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving whatever your plans are!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

December Tween Book Discussion

There's still plenty of time to register for the Tween Book Discussion on December 5. We're meeting over a pizza lunch from 2-3pm to discuss From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, a fun story about a brother and sister who run away to live in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Make sure you pick up a copy of the book at the children's reference desk once you've signed up! Looking forward to hearing what you think!