Outdoors

Immerse yourself in the natural world around us.

 

Hey Kids,

You might have heard a little something about the sun going dark on August 21. In honor of this amazing event, we have a few out-of-this-world programs coming up in August: a visit from a traveling planetarium (requires registration) and an eclipse viewing gathering (no registration necessary). To prepare for the big day you can also check out some books on this amazing phenomenon. For more information on viewing the eclipse safely, NASA has answers for you. Happy viewing!

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Provides trivia on the planets, the Sun, and other celestial bodies, including the temperature on the surface of the Sun, why Pluto is considered a dwarf planet, and when and where one can see the next total solar eclipse.

Outdoor Challenge Experience: Watch a firework show or launch your own fireworks with friends or family outside. Take pictures and record what you did on your challenge sheet.

Outdoor Challenge Explore: Learn about the 4th of July, America, or how fireworks are made by reading materials from the Canton Public Library.

Outdoor Challenge Engage: Share your fireworks experience by telling someone else (a friend, family member, or neighbor) or share your experience on social media with the hashtag #CYSStoryBox. 

Explore Fireworks With the Following Books

The well-known author of the Paddington Bear books has passed away at 91.

"A chance encounter with a toy bear in a London shop spawned a long line of books, a BBC TV series, a feature film and a lot of merchandise. A prolific writer, he also created The Herbs, featuring Parsley the Lion, which became a successful TV series and the tale-telling guinea pig, Olga da Polga. And for adults there was Monsieur Pamplemousse, the retired detective turned restaurant critic and his bloodhound, Pommes Frites (BBC Obituary)"

Check out some of the books we have here at the library!

Paddington by Michael Bond
Also available in: video

While waiting for their daughter to arrive at Paddington Station, Mr. and Mrs. Brown spot a small bear, recently arrived from darkest Peru, and take him home to join their family.

Paddington here and now by Michael Bond
Also available in: e-book

With trouble apparently following him everywhere he roams, lovable Paddington Bear must use his charm and wit to straighten out dilemmas involving a grouchy neighbor and a strange mishap that lands him center stage at a concert.

Celebrate Asteroid Day on Saturday, July 1, 2017 (1:00 - 4:00pm) at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Asteroid Day is a global movement established to heighten awareness of the potential threat to humanity posed by asteroid impacts. On July 1, the Institute of Science will offer lectures and activities including the chance to inspect and handle genuine meteorites from around the world, and the opportunity to explore a special "Tutankhamun and Rocks from Space" exhibition (free with regular admission). 

June 21st is Go out and Skate or Skateboard day! Have you always wanted to learn how to be a wheeled wonder? Grab a friend and head outside to a nice, paved trail or to your local roller skating rink!  Also we have some great books on skating and skateboarding, so be sure to check them out for inspiration. 

Longboarding by Mary-Lane Kamberg

Provides an overview of longboarding, which is a variation of skateboarding, offering advice on techniques, equipment, and safety.

Skateboarding by Kristen Rajczak

Introduces skateboarding by presenting historical information about the sport, discussing necessary equipment and techniques, and examining safety procedures.

How does water get to us? How do we use it in our daily lives? Most importantly, how can we protect our most valuable resource? Check out a book or online resource about water to learn more. 

The Water Cycle

All the water in the world by George Ella Lyon

So what happens when you tell leaders that they can definitely--right now - reduce the number of children who have asthma attacks, save thousands of Americans from dying of respiratory disease, cut energy bills, increase the security of our energy supply, make it easier for everyone to get around town, increase the number of jobs in their community--all while increasing the long-term stability of the global climate?  In these times, when it's less and less clear if the federal government will be willing to tackle climate change, Bloomberg and Pope lay out a powerfully persuasive argument about how cities can play an outsize role in fighting and reversing the dangerous effects of a warming planet.

The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® is a nationwide trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics, and trail stewardship projects. On Saturday, June 3 area residents are encouraged to hike the Lower Rouge trail and attend a special celebration from 9:00 AM-noon at the Lower Rouge Trailhead, located at Michigan Ave and Morton Taylor Rd. A librarian from Canton Public Library will be stationed at the trail with information on hiking and the outdoors as well as some freebies to help you on your journey. Check out our display in the front lobby, visit cantonfun.org, or call 734-394-5460 for additional trail information about this free family and pet-friendly event. 

Flying Aces: Frisbee Masters

For 30 years the Flying Aces have been wowing audiences with their amazing frisbee feats, tricks and plain ol' good humor. Join us in welcoming the Aces as they share their active and exciting demonstrations with us. This program is fun for all ages.

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