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STEM Books for Young Readers

The Cook Prize honors the best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) picture books published for children each year. Check out the winner or one of the honor books today. 

Winner

Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George ; paintings by Wendell Minor


Honor Books

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks


Mr. Ferris and his wheel by written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis ; illustrated by Gilbert Ford


Mysterious patterns: finding fractals in nature by Sarah C. Campbell ; photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell

What We're Reading: September 2015

This month we're not reading, but watching.  Check out these films.

SuperMensch [videodisc]: the legend of Shep Gordon.  Recounts the career and times of talent manager and Hollywood insider Shep Gordon, told through interviews with Shep Gordon himself as well as Alice Cooper, Emeril Lagasse, Michael Douglas, Anne Murray and many of his other clients and friends.  Mike Myers directed this film.

  

Birders [videodisc]: the Central Park effect.  A look at the vast variety of wild birds which can be found in Manhattan's Central Park and the birdwatchers who flock to the park to see them.


What Will You Find in the Wild? Volcanoes!

Explore a volcano with Park Ranger Rebecca Carvalho and Volcanologist Dr. Don Swanson! You'll learn tons of facts about volcanoes, plus get a chance to snap virtual photos at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Click here and let us know what you learned when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Camp Google: What's in My Backyard?

Learn what's hiding in your own backyard with Camp Google! You'll discover the magic of magnification and learn how to create a magnifying glass with your smartphone.

Click here to get started. Let us know what you discover when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Camp Google: What Are Constellations?

Join Google Expert Stephen Russell in exploring the cosmos at Camp Google. You'll learn how to study the stars, then create your own constellation projector to use at home!

Click here to begin your exploration. Don't forget to tell us your favorite constellation when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Explore the Ocean with Camp Google!

Experience a deep sea dive with experts Sylvia Earle and Erika Bergman at Camp Google. You'll see wildlife and reef habitats, learn about life undersea, and hear sea stories from Sylvia and Erika.

Click to find out "What's Down There?" and share your discoveries when you claim your badge!

Canton TargetTesting ACT Test Prep

CantonTargetTesting, an ACT preparation nonprofit founded by high school students, is offering free ACT preparation to students.  This class is designed to raise students’ scores in the least amount of time by focusing on weaknesses, working on the application of knowledge to the ACT, and learning only the essential content.  TargetTesting further increases preparation efficiency by individualizing lessons.

The instructors are experienced on the subject of standardized testing and have all earned scores of 35 or above on the ACT. They have also spent time substituting for and observing lessons of previous TargetTesting sessions.  The experiences they have gained working with students in this capacity have prepared them to teach the class.

Registration through the Canton Public Library website is required to join the class and will be open to those student who have completed their freshman year of high school.  This class is a 10-week session which will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-5:15PM.  The first session will be on June 28 and the last will be August 30. Having a library card is a requirement for registration. Please be aware that attendance is mandatory to get the most out of this class. Registration begins on June 18. Any questions regarding class content may be sent to cantontargettesting@gmail.com

Constellation Connect-the-Dots

The night sky is full of stars, and some of them cluster together in to shapes. Did you know that the night sky changes throughout the year, and looks different from other areas of the world?

Stop by the CYS Command Center and connect the dots to find the constellations. Turn in your sheet for the chance to win a prize, and don't forget to claim your Great Outdoors badge online!

Name the Constellations Quiz

Did you know that the night sky changes throughout the year, and looks different from other areas of the world? While some constellations are visible throughout the year in their respective hemispheres, others are seasonal, appearing in summer, or winter.

Do you know your constellations? Stop by the CYS Command Center to fill out a Constellation quiz and earn your Great Outdoors badge online.

Want to know what constellations are in the sky above Canton this month? Check out these Detroit-area sky maps!

Cryptids: Crazy, Mysterious Animals

Tales of the cryptids: mysterious creatures that may or may not exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young

Sea monsters by Melissa Higgins ; content consultant Joseph Nigg, author of Wonder Beasts and other books on mythical animals

Mysteries unwrapped: mutants & monsters by written by Oliver Ho ; illustrated by Josh Cochran

Biggest, baddest book of monsters by Anders Hanson & Elissa Mann

Go Buggy this Summer

Beetle busters: a rogue insect and the people who track it by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz ; tree and forest illustrations by Rachel Newborn

Face bug by poems by J. Patrick Lewis ; photographs by Frederic B. Siskind ; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Bug detective: amazing facts, myths, and quirks of nature by Maggie Li

The spider by Elise Gravel

Fly guy presents: insects by Tedd Arnold

Bugged: how insects changed history by Sarah Albee ; illustrated by Robert Leighton

Unicorns and Mythical Creatures

The last unicorn by Peter S. Beagle ; illustrated by Mel Grant

The Adventures of Tintin: The secret of the unicorn by Herge ; [translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner]

Book of enchantments by Patricia C. Wrede

Medicine on TV

Making, Tinkering, and Coding for Kids

Discover Space

The space book: from the beginning to the end of time, 250 milestones in the history of space & astronomy by Jim Bell

New frontiers of space by Jeffrey Kluger, Michael D. Lemonick and Time contributors

Space exploration: triumphs and tragedies by Kim Masters Evans

Space atlas: mapping the universe and beyond by James Trefil ; foreword by Buzz Aldrin

Smithsonian atlas of space exploration by Roger D. Launius & Andrew K. Johnston

The next space age by edited by Christopher Mari

The Science of Sound

Bubble Man Ron Loyd

Bubbleologist Ron Loyd has been presenting bubble programs for over 25 years to audiences from preschoolers to septuagenarians!  He makes big bubbles and little bubbles, bubbles IN bubbles and beyond.  Join us in welcoming this bubble professional on Thursday, July 30 from 10:00-11:00AM.

Gross Science

Like to be grossed out? Check out these books that describe yucky, icky, or downright disgusting stuff from the world of science, from bacteria to body functions.

Micro mania: a really close-up look at bacteria, bedbugs & the zillions of other gross little creatures that live in, on & all around you! by Jordan D. Brown



Don't touch that!: the book of gross, poisonous, and downright icky plants and critters by Jeff Day


Hawk & drool: gross stuff in your mouth by Sandy Donovan and Michael Slack