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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!

The Story of Chocolate

Chocolate is so delicious... you can use it to make so many tasty things, like cookies, candy, and cake. But do you ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Read The Story of Chocolate to find out how chocolate begins its journey from cocoa bean to candy bar. Filled with lots of fun facts, this book is also easy enough to read on your own. Be warned - this book along with its yummy pictures might make you hungry! You just might get inspired to whip up a batch of brownies or chocolate chip cookies!

The Great American Staycation

As economic times cause us all to tighten our belts and close up our wallets, many families are turning to the idea of a "staycation" rather than a traditional vacation. But how do you make sure you have a fun, relaxing and fulfilling staycation at home? The Great American Staycation will show you how staying at home can be one of the best vacations of all. Whether it's a romantic staycation for a couple or one for a family with kids, this book will help you out with plenty of top tips.

Give Someone A Hug Today!

Today, January 21st, is National Hugging Day. It's the perfect day to give someone you love - mom, dad, sibling, dog, your stuffed animal — a big hug! And while you're at it, why not read some books about hugs? I like A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross. It talks about all kinds of hugs and even has some cool facts about them. Happy hugging!

Dress Up Your Pet Day

Today, January 14th, is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. It's a pretty good time of the year for that, I think, because it's cold outside and some pets might need to dress up in coats to keep warm! Just for fun, I put a warm scarf on my doggie... see him over there in that picture? If you don't have a pet of your own, or your pet doesn't like to wear clothes (because some of them don't enjoy it!), read some books about pets that get dressed up instead — like Blue from Blue's Clue's, or Annie and her pet rabbit Snowball, who are friends with the famous Henry and Mudge. Happy reading!

Brain, Child

Brain, Child is a parenting magazine described as "the magazine for thinking mothers." First published in 2000, it is the only literary magazine that's dedicated to motherhood. Acclaimed writers such as Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Hoffman and Anne Tyler have all contributed content to this magazine. Go to the Brain, Child website to find out more, and check out copies at the Canton Public Library - you'll find it alongside our other parenting magazines in the Children's Department.

Staying Awake For 2010

Have you ever tried to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve so you could ring in the new year with everyone? For some people, that's easy! But some need to practice staying up so they don't fall asleep. Read Just In Time For New Year's to find out how kittycats Harry and Emily do just that. Maybe you can even try their idea and see if it works for you! Happy New Year!

The Christmas Penguin

Rollie the penguin has one Christmas wish: to be able to fly, just like a reindeer! But penguins can't fly - even though they're birds. On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus asks Rollie to help him deliver toys to all the children. Even though Rollie can't fly, there's something else he can do that most other birds can't.  Find out what that is when a bag of toys drops from Santa's sleigh and it's up to Rollie to save the day!

Together: Creating Family Traditions

This is the time of year when many family traditions are celebrated. Is your family looking for some new ones to share? Together: Creating Family Traditions is filled with recipe and project ideas for holidays throughout the year. For Christmas, there's a yummy recipe for pears in spiced cider, and a fun project to make a lovely garland of glass beads. Take a look and get inspired to create some new memories for yourself and your children!

Waiting For Snow

Well, we didn't get very much snow last night like the weather people kept predicting. I woke up this morning and it was all gone! Looks like it all turned into rain. Are you waiting impatiently for a big snow so that you can go out and play in it (and maybe have a snow day off from school)? Read some books about snow while you wait. I like Oliver And Amanda And The Big Snow, Sam's Snowy Day, and The Snowball.  Hopefully, we won't have to wait too much longer to see those snowflakes coming down again!

Wash Your Hands!

What's the easiest way to stop the spread of germs during this cold and flu season? Wash your hands! This week, December 6-12, happens to be National Handwashing Awareness Week. Go to www.henrythehand.com to find out more about handwashing, germs, and overall health. We want everyone to stay healthy over the holidays, so keep on washing with soap and water as much as possible!

Holiday Reads

Hey kids, did you spend the day doing holiday shopping with the grown-ups? You probably need some down time after navigating through all those crowds at the stores! Come to the library and grab something (free!) to read and wind down. I'm feeling Christmas-y, so here are some of my favorite easy-to-read Christmas tales to get you in the spirit:

Arthur's Christmas cookies by words and pictures by Lillian Hoban

Aunt Eater's mystery Christmas by story and pictures by Doug Cushman

Make Reading Easy With Bob Books

The Bob Books are written with three-letter words and short sentences in order to make learning to read super easy! These are some well-loved books — they always seem to be checked out. We keep them in the Readers section in the Children's Department. If you can't find any on the shelf, just ask a librarian about requesting a hold on them and we'll be happy to help!

Supernanny to the rescue

I've always enjoyed watching "Supernanny" Jo Frost work her magic on her TV show. You may not know that she also has a few books out to help parents. Supernanny: How to Get the Best From Your Children and Ask Supernanny: What Every Parent Wants to Know may just be the next best thing to getting a real live visit from Jo. Check them out today and get Jo's sound, practical advice working for you and your kids.

Try Tongue Twisters Today

Today, November 7th, is International Tongue Twister Day. What is a tongue twister? "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers." Or, "She sells sea shells down by the sea shore." One of my favorites, though short and sweet, is harder to say than you think: "Unique New York." Try that one a few times fast and you'll see what I mean! Check out some of our fun tongue twister books and see how well you can do!
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