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Avoiding Perfectionism

Freeing our families from perfectionism by Thomas S. Greenspon ; edited by Pat Samples — Do you expect too much of yourself or your kids? Do you have a hard time relaxing? These tendencies can be a few of the problems that result from perfectionism, which is a problem for many families. This book will teach you what perfectionism is not and help you free your family from this burden that can take a heavy toll on self-esteem, relationships, and energy.

Baby Games

Help your infant develop brain power and have fun by trying out some new games during playtime. Below are some suggested books filled with ideas for baby and caregiver play. You can find these titles in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby minds: brain-building games your baby will love by Linda Acredolo, Ph.D. and Susan Goodwyn, Ph.D

Baby play by general editors Wendy S. Masi, Roni Cohen Leiderman

Infants and Sleep

Getting your baby to sleep at night can be a challenge. For parents who need tips and advice for successful sleeping, we have several sleep guides available in the Parenting section in the Children's Department. Check out some of the titles listed below to help your baby (and yourself!) get some much-needed rest.

The complete guide to helping your baby sleep through the night so you can too: 101 tips and tricks every parent needs to know by Jessica Linnell

The baby sleeps tonight: your infant sleeping through the night by 9 weeks (yes, really!) by Shari Mezrah

New Parenting Books

Below are some new arrivals to the Parenting collection in the Children's Department. Stop by the Children's New Book Shelf to see what's available!

Smart parenting, smarter kids: the one brain book you need to help your child grow brighter, healthier, and happier by David Walsh

Building resilience in children and teens: giving kids roots and wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg with Martha M. Jablow

Family Dinner

For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.

Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!

Everything For Fall

Everything for fall : a complete activity book for teachers of young children : activities for September, October, and November by edited by Kathy Charner ; illustrations by Joan Waites — can help both teachers and parents plan fun, educational, autumn-based activities for young children. Covering the months of September, October and November, this book offers ideas for language, science and math activities, arts and crafts, snacks, and more. Check this book out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby Sign Language

Many parents teach signs to their young children before they are able to speak. If you'd like to try signing with your baby, we have materials that can help you get started. Below are some suggested books and DVDs that can be found in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby sign language basics: early communication for hearing babies and toddlers by Monta Z. Briant

Baby signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford

Summer Bridge and Other Activities

Parents, are you looking for materials to make sure your kids don't lose important skills over the summer? Check out our books of Summer Bridge Activities for preschool through sixth grade. You can also check out the Spectrum Series for test prep that covers math, language, social studies, and science. And don't forget about the Summer Smarts series that will help your kids review what they've already learned, and get them ready for what's to come in the fall. You can find all these books in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Parenting Help

Hey Parents,
Summer is here and the kids are home. Are you already dreading those two words, "I'm bored"? Well check out the parenting collection in the Children's department. We have a variety of topics in this collection with parenting advice, as well as books to give you tips on summer activities to do with your children. The green hour will help you get your kids outside and Summer smarts for cool kids will help you encourage thinking skills while entertaining at the same time. Family Travel & Resorts is also great if you're going on a vacation.

Outdoor Games

Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.

Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb

Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown

Cyberparenting Forum

Wednesday, March 30
7:00-8:30PM in the Community Room


Join in the discussion and learn from our panel as we talk about cyberparenting, bullying and protecting our kids online. Panelists include P-CEP teens, Erin MacGregor, Plymouth High School’s associate principal; Will Burgess, a GrowthWorks counselor; Sara Boritzki, Canton Township Police Department’s school resource officer; and Ellen Pare, Canton Library’s adult services librarian. The discussion will be moderated by Laurie Golden, CPL marketing and communications manager, and Frank Ruggirello Jr., Plymouth-Canton Community Schools spokesman.

Libraries Save Families Money

Libraries are a valuable resource in area communities as illustrated in a March MetroParent article. Families can save money by borrowing free DVDs, attending library programs, using online databases, downloading eBooks & audiobooks, etc. Many of the resources mentioned are available here at the Canton Public Library. So come visit and start saving today!

Driven Crazy?

Do you ever find yourself saying, "My kids are driving me crazy!" Rest assured, you aren't the only one! Help — My Kid Is Driving Me Crazy is a useful guide to dealing with the various ways kids push the envelope. Learn how to deal with manipulation and keep it from happening over and over again, and bring peace back to your household! Find it in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Love in Spoonfuls

Need a new cookbook for your baby or toddler's meals? Try Love in Spoonfuls from the editors of Parenting magazine. It's full of new recipe ideas for your child from age six months to two years. Accompanying are fabulous color photos of these easy-to-make, healthy recipes. Check it out from the Parenting section for a change of pace at baby's mealtime.

Helping Children Cope with Loss

Loss, of a loved one or pet, can be very difficult for children to understand and deal with. Here are some books that can help parents and caregivers with the task of helping children through the process of grieving that special someone.

I will remember you: what to do when someone you love dies: a guidebook through grief for teens by Laura Dower


150 facts about grieving children by Erin Linn


Father's Day is June 20th

Men Can is a collection of inspirational stories of how the American family is evolving. Fathers are primarily or equally sharing the caregiving responsibilities of raising children. The author tells the stories of real families, from various backgrounds, who have reversed the traditional roles of parenting. This cultural shift in men caring for children has also affected the way dads are perceived in the media, films and advertisements.

The Eco-nomical Baby Guide

Is it possible to be green and raise a baby at the same time? According to The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-To-Earth Ways For Parents To Save Money and the Planet, it is! This book will provide you with tips on shopping green, using cloth diapers, making homemade baby food, and determining how much baby gear you really need. Check this book out and discover that babies can be easier on your wallet (and planet) than you think.

April is Autism Awareness Month

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism is filled with ideas and activities for parents and teachers. This resource presents tips, advice, strategies and solutions in an easy format to make learning fun and fulfilling for children with special challenges. Look for new books on autism this month in the health collection at the library. Wear blue on Friday, April 2nd, to celebrate Autism Awareness Day.

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.