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Knitted Wild Animals

Knitted wild animals : 15 adorable, easy-to-knit toys by Sarah Keen — If you're looking for a cuddly, cute gift for a child, it's hard to beat a handknit toy. Included here are patterns for animals including the tiger you see on the cover as well as for an elephant, zebra, panda, crocodile, snake, warthog, koala, moose, penguin and more. Also included are basic knitting instructions, tips for construction, and other helpful hints.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
I'm on a roll now! I went to Outdoor Storytime today and earned my Reader badge! I have to admit… it was a little warm outside! But I think that's because I have my big fur coat. Storytime was super fun. I heard neat stories about Dots and a pig who likes pancakes. That second story made me hungry. I like pancakes too! It was so fun to see so many families outside enjoying stories today. I made lots of new friends and had a great time! Head over to Flickr to see the fun we had this morning!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
We're on a roll now! Thanks to the neat Three Cities Art Show here at the library this weekend, I earned another badge! The Artist Badge! First, I went and looked at all the art work and voted for my favorites. Then, I was feeling inspired, so I asked Miss Michelle to help me find some fun art books. And, Boy! Did she find me some! She even stopped to read a book with me! I like to read books by myself, but I really like to read books with people too. Three Badges down, seven to go. What Badge are you working on?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

International Games

Kids around the world like to have fun just like you. They just do it a little differently. Come learn some new games at our International Games Day on July 26th at 1:00PM. If it is nice and sunny, we'll meet out behind the library. The rain location is the Community Room inside the library. If you haven't earned your Multicultural Badge yet, this is a fun, easy way to claim it!

Canton Cricket

Wicket, gully, bowler, batsman… learn all about the game of cricket from the Michigan Cricket Association on Thursday July 21st from 7:00-8:30PM. A major sport in England and India, cricket is becoming more popular here in the United States. In fact, Canton recently unveiled the Township's first cricket field in Heritage Park. Find out more about this game of fierce competition and skill while earning a Connect Your Summer Sports Fan Badge! No registration necessary.
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Books on the Daily Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report feature notable authors constantly. If you're looking for a list of all the books from all the guests on either of those programs (going back to 2006), the Daily Show Book List and Colbert Report Book List might be for you. Please note that these are Amazon affiliate marketing pages not associated with the shows in any way [via reddit]. Here are some selections from 2011:

Through my eyes by Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker

The savage city: race, murder, and a generation on the edge by T. J. English

Modern Vintage Style

Modern vintage style by Emily Chalmers ; words by Ali Hanan ; photography by Debi Treloar — Do you have an appreciation for items that have been around for awhile? For furniture that was carefully designed to fit a certain era or aesthetic? This book can help you pull it all together, including furniture, lighting, textiles, decorating, and collections, and displays. Even better, the second half of the book is dedicated to making a beautifully curated home actually livable for day-to-day use.

Children's Featured Films

It's one of the highest trafficked areas of Canton Public Library's Children's Department. We're talking about rows 20-22, where all the Children's Feature Films live. Here you'll find current favorites like Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, and Thomas the Tank Engine. You'll also find full length movies, like Tangled, The Sandlot, and The Great Muppet Caper, when they're not already checked out that is! Have a favorite cartoon from when Mom and Dad were little? We probably have those too! Movies check out for a week and are free! So stop here first the next time you plan a Family Movie Night.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
So LB and I have earned our next Connect Your Summer badge. LB had an adventure in Seattle, and we earned the Adventurer Badge! Before he left, I started reading all sorts of books about Washington State, so I knew where LB was going. It's quite a cool state! There are lots of mountains, and ocean. LB even saw a seal!

But the real adventure happened at Pike Place Fish Market. The Market is a lot like Canton's Farmers Market, except that it's open every day and is a lot bigger than ours. And they sell fish! They don't just sell fish, however, they also THROW them! When LB went to the market, they were throwing more than just fish. Here's a video to prove it!

Man. LB gets to have all the fun. Over on Flickr you can see all the other fun things LB did in Seattle, including his visit to Seattle Public Library. LB's just itching to get to go on another adventure soon. I can't wait to see where he goes next!

Goodness! The summer is almost half over! I'm going to have to start working double time on my badges to have them all earned by the end of the summer! Hope you are having fun earning all of yours! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Hugo Award Winning Science Fiction

Looking for a great science fiction read? These Hugo Award winners have been voted as being the best in their genre.

Salad as a Meal

Salad as a meal : healthy main-dish salads for every season by Patricia Wells ; photography by Jeff Kauck — If, like me, you planted too much lettuce in your garden this year, you'll find this book useful. It includes a wide variety of salad meals to suit a variety of tastes. I think the first one I'll try is Provence on a Plate: Eggplant, tomatoes, goat cheese, and tapenade.

Paper Airplane Contest

Place your bets: Which airplane will go the farthest? Come to the Great Paper Airplane Contest of 2011 on July 21, 11:00AM-Noon to see if you guessed right and to create and fly your own planes.

Wanted: Your Recyclable Papers

Give us your tired, your poor, your worn out magazines, newspapers, and catalogs; your huddled masses of school and office papers; the wretched refuse of your teeming junk mail yearning to be recycled! Place your recyclable papers in our large bright yellow and green bins (in the southwest corner of the library parking lot), and the library will receive money from Paper Retriever Recycling. You'll not only help the library, but you'll also make a positive impact on the environment.

Girl Scouts Spearhead Book Donation Drive

Girl Scouts Maha Zahid and Christina Christianson need your help to restock Detroit's Bennet Elementary School library, which was destroyed by fire. Bring in your new or gently-used books (for ages preschool through grade 5) to the Canton Public Library through this Sunday (July 17). Chapter books, accelerated reader books and reference books (dictionaries, thesauruses and encyclopedias) are needed the most. The pair organized the book drive as a community project to demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to achieve the Girl Scout Cadette's Silver Award.

Fun with Pets

Kids, have you always wanted a pet but didn't know how to take care of it? Do you have a pet but want to learn more about bonding with your four-legged friend? Come to our Fun with Pets Program on July 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 4:45PM. We'll have fun hanging out with a local vet, learning about pets, making a fun craft, and having a yummy snack. Registration starts July 11, 2011 and is open to Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregiver. Can't wait to see you!

Landscaping for Your Home

Landscaping for your home by Catriona Tudor Erler — Curb appeal is extremely important to many homeowners. Buyers look for good landscaping when scoping out a possible purchase, and attractive exteriors help raise property values even if you're not planning to sell anytime soon. This book is a how-to DIY guide for many projects, as well as offering inspiration and ideas that can be as easy as adding a sundial or a container garden. Whatever the scope of your landscaping project, you will likely find this book helpful.