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To vaccine or not to vaccine, that seems to be a controversial topic among parents. The state of Michigan requires schoolchildren to be immunized from 14 contagious diseases, but it also allows exemptions. Measles is an especially potent virus. According to the CDC, there's been 101 cases reported of a measles outbreak in 10 states. The CDC has a link to a fact sheet for parents called Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent them. Want to know more? Here's some books to help separate fact from fiction. 

One of the most important tools in the public health arsenal, vaccines are to thank for the global eradication of smallpox, and for allowing us to defeat the dire threat of infectious disease for more than one hundred years. Vaccine development is where scientists turn when faced with the frightening spread of new diseases like Zika, SARS, and Ebola. So if vaccines have proven to be such an effective tool, why are growing numbers of people questioning the wisdom of vaccinating children? Why have public-sector vaccine producers almost vanished? And can we trust the multinational corporations that increasingly dominate vaccine development and production? In this highly original and controversial new book, Stuart Blume argues that processes of globalization and unmet healthcare needs are eroding faith in the institutions producing and providing vaccines. He brings together short, readable histories of immunization practices over the past century, from the work of early pioneers such as Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch to the establishment of the World Health Organization and the introduction of genetic engineered vaccines. Focusing on today's "vaccine hesitancy," the book exposes the inadequacies of public health persuasion, and discusses what will be needed to restore parents' confidence. This is a timely history, one that not only sheds new light on the origins of our global vaccine crisis, but also points a way forward.

In 1994, Peter J. Hotez's nineteen-month-old daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with autism. Dr. Hotez, a pediatrician-scientist who develops vaccines for neglected tropical diseases affecting the world's poorest people, became troubled by the decades-long rise of the influential anti-vaccine community and their inescapable narrative around childhood vaccines and autism. The alleged link between the two was first espoused in a fraudulent scientific paper, long since retracted, but the story shows no signs of letting up. As a result, we've seen deadly and disabling outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the country, and Texas, where Hotez lives, is at particular risk.

In Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism, Hotez draws on his experiences as a pediatrician, vaccine scientist, and father of an autistic child. Outlining the arguments on both sides of the debate, he examines the science that refutes the concerns of the anti-vaccine movement, debunks current conspiracy theories alleging a cover-up by the CDC, and critiques the scientific community's failure to effectively communicate the facts about vaccines and autism to the general public, all while sharing his very personal story of raising a now-adult daughter with autism.

What was it like to be a student in a small, one-room schoolhouse, where students of all ages learned together under the direction of a single teacher? We've curated a list of recommended fiction and non-fiction for you to read all about it.

Want to take it a step further to create a more hands-on experience? Check out our Experience History: Old School kit! With the candle, slate, chalk, and McGuffey Primer included in the kit, you can act out an old-fashioned school day - the perfect activity for a cozy weekend at home.

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Bands of Happiness Collaborative Art Piece

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Drop in from Wednesday, March 13 thru Tuesday, March 19 and take part in our Bands of Happiness program. Contribute to our collaborative art piece by sharing things that make you happy and acts of kindness you have done, witnessed, or would like to do. These bands will create a chain that will be on display at the International Day of Happiness celebration on March 20 and then the Children's Library through the end of March.

Upcoming sessions

Wednesday, March 13 (All day) Children's Library
Thursday, March 14 (All day) Children's Library
Friday, March 15 (All day) Children's Library
Monday, March 18 (All day) Children's Library
Tuesday, March 19 (All day) Children's Library

Looking for books to read with your child for Black History Month? Here are just a few of our books we have about African American history and African American biographies. 

Dream big, little one by Vashti Harrison

Canton Public Library wants you to Electrify Your Winter and Spark Your Year! We've created a whole packet of "Spark Sheets" to help you set goals and achieve great things. We will be rolling these out over the winter with curated experiences to encourage connectivity and growth for all ages. Our kids and family components are called Take Time Together. We will link to the relevant Spark Sheets as well as suggest activities you can do at home to grow in ways you never thought of. Catered to fit your busy lives, suggestions vary for families who have 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours to spend with each other. The choice is yours!

Got a case of the winter blues? Recharge with our Fully Charged Spark Sheet! Explore the many library services available to you beyond books and movies. With your CPL card, you have access to:

  • Hoopla (streaming music, comics, ebooks, movies, TV shows)
  • Kanopy (streaming movies)
  • RBdigital (digital magazines)
  • Mango Languages (language learning)

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Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for First Grade, but since every Reader is different, you might find something interesting at another level. For more suggestions, you can always ask a librarian.

And two boys booed by Judith Viorst

On the day of the talent show, a boy is ready to sing his song, and he isn't one bit scared because he has practiced a billion times, plus he's wearing his lucky blue boots and his pants with all ten pockets. But as all of the other kids perform before him, he gets more and more nervous. 

Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan
Also available in: e-book

Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite.

For more Barkus, check out Dog Dreams.

Have you ever wondered what going to school was like in the olden days? Maybe you've read about Laura Ingalls Wilder heading off to school for the first time in On The Banks of Plum Creek. Or, maybe you've visited the Canton Historical Museum and wondered what it was like to attend a one-room school.

Now, you can bring that era to life with the Experience History: Old School kit. Each kit contains a slate, chalk, candle, a McGuffey Reader, and a nonfiction book comparing school days past and present. 

Check out an Experience History: Old School kit today and transport yourself back in time!

It may have been desperately cold outside, but we were cozy and warm in Storytime today as we talked about food. Do you have a favorite food? Enjoy these stories and songs from Storytime as you ponder what your favorite food is.

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Today the American Library Association announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the Pura ​Belpré Awards. The Pura ​Belpré Awards are given by the Association for Library Services to Children to a Latinx writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm, and celebrate the Latino cultural experience. 

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2019 Illustrator Award Winner

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Today the American Library Association announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. 

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2019 Winner

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