Kids

Thorndyke and Stormtrooper

Hey Kids,

Our Final Party for Connect Your Summer is tomorrow. There will be so many wonderful things to see and do. You can see how much fun I had last year at the party, and I heard a rumor that there may be a few Star Wars characters walking around again. I am looking forward to celebrating another fun Connect Your Summer, and hope to see you at the party tomorrow.

While I had so much fun participating in CYS this year (I managed to read all about bears), I'm already looking forward to fall and more new books. So don't forget to stop inside the library before or after our party to check out just a few more books to get you through until school starts again. Some of my favorite non-bear picture books this year have been:

Gobbled by a snake, a crafty boy finds a find a way out of his predictament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals.

In light of the upcoming presidential election, take a look at the lives of past Presidents!

A biography of US president Barack Obama, the first African-American to ever become president. 

George W. Bush by Sally Lee

A biography of George W. Bush, whose response to terrorists forever altered the United States and changed the way security was viewed by the government.

Bill Clinton by Josh Gregory

Sometimes called "The Big Dog", Bill Clinton was truly the people's president. This biography offers insights into what made him so popular with the people and how a scandal in the White House almost cost him everything.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.
Thorndyke with Maracas

Hey Kids,

Today is National Dance Day! Celebrate with a dance story or stop by our CD collection in the Children's Department for some boogie-worthy tunes. I've included a few suggestions for books about dance below, but you can always find more under the subject headings for fiction and nonfiction dance books. If you're feeling especially groovy today, come show me your best dance moves. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

Waddle! Waddle! by James Proimos

A penguin waddles along, searching for the dancing friend he met yesterday, while encountering other penguins, and a hungry seal on the way.

I got the rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other childen join her.

Thorndyke and Little Bear

Hey Kids,

I’ve been working on my Connect Your Summer badges. This is a lot of work! I’m lucky I’m On-the-Scene all the time, so finding good books and going to programs isn’t too hard for me. I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to earn your Connect Your Summer badges. If you have any good books or movies to suggest, you can leave them in the comments. I think my favorite book so far has been Finding Winnie, and my favorite movie was DisneyNature’s Bears. I need to work a little harder on my eLectrified badges, too.

Don't forget your last day to earn and claim badges is Wednesday, August 17 before the library closes at 9:00 PM. Then come to our final party on Saturday, August 20 for a fantastic wrap-up to the summer.

Bear hugs,

Thorndyke

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your You Choose: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.
Election Thorndyke

Hey Kids,

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Independence Day. Did you know that it’s an election year? That means that citizens of voting age have the chance to make their voices heard. Some voters will also choose their governors, or vote on laws. Not everyone has always been able to vote, however. There are many stories of people who fought to have the right to vote. I’ve included a few below. During the summer you can make your voice heard at our Decision 2016 station in the Connect Your Summer command center. You can also see who currently represents you.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Looks at the history of voting rights in the United States, examining the struggles of African Americans, Native Americans, and women to have the right to vote.

Sisters Abby and Julia Smith attract the attention of women's suffrage supporters across the country when they refuse to pay property taxes on their cows because they are not allowed to vote--a case they say is taxation without representation.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Dreamer badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

The special Dreamer Badge for our Connect Your Summer program is now active through June 25th. Claim your badge by reading about a real person who achieved their dreams!

As a boy, John James Audubon loved to watch birds. In 1804, at the age of eighteen, he moved from his home in France to Pennsylvania. There he took a particular interest in peewee flycatchers. While observing these birds, John James became determined to answer a pair of two-thousand-year-old questions: Where do small birds go in the winter, and do they return to the same nest in the spring?.

An introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Dare the wind by Tracey E Fern

Describes how Ellen Prentiss received sailing lessons from her father during childhood, married a ship captain, and helped set a world speed record during the Gold Rush era.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Dreamer badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

The special Dreamer Badge for our Connect Your Summer program is now active through June 25th. Here are some suggestions for movies you can watch to claim your badge.

Barbie magically comes to life in this modern adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann classic. The tale begins when Barbie, playing the role of Clara, receives a beautiful wooden Nutcracker as a gift from her favorite aunt. That night, while Clara sleeps, the Nutcracker springs to life to ward off the evil Mouse King who has invaded Clara's parlor. She awakes and aids the Nutcracker, but the Mouse King shrinks her by casting an evil spell.

Marty Bronson raises his son and daughter on his own. He has to sell his homey motel to Barry Nottingham who promises to make Marty's son manager. But, Nottingham pulls down the motel and builds a pricey hotel. Now grown up, Marty's son, Skeeter, works as a janitor and general servant. He still dreams of becoming the manager. When Nottingham announces a brand-new hotel, built on an existing school's property, he makes his future son-in-law, Kendall, manager. Skeeter's sister Wendy, has to leave town for a job interview and asks him to alternate looking after her two children Patrick and Bobbi, with Wendy's colleague, Jill. He doesn't get along with either Jill or the children, but his easy-going attitude loosens them all up. He starts telling the children bedtime stories and the children grow fond of him. They make suggestions about how the stories should go. When the stories become true in real life, Skeeter tries to maneuver the stories into a direction which will make his dream come true, too.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Animal Lover: Super Bookworm badge.
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When Abigail Iris finally gets the new kitten she has been wanting, she learns about the responsibilities that come with pet ownership, as well as the impact a kitten can have on a large family like hers.

Amelia Bedelia goes wild! by Herman Parish

"Amelia Bedelia is sick the day her class goes to visit the zoo. She doesn't want to be left out, so she comes up with a brilliant idea--she'll create a zoo in her backyard, using all her classmates' pets. But she doesn't know exactly how to tell her parents about her great plan"--.

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Canary in the coal mine by Madelyn Rosenberg

Tired of his twelve-hour shifts and facing danger daily, Bitty, a canary whose courage more than makes up for his small size, treks to the state capital to try to improve working conditions in coal mines.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Make something new out of something old! These books feature earth-friendly crafts made out of recycled materials.

Provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for nine eco-friendly craft projects that can be made from old wrappers, cans, and bottles, including picture frames, origami cranes, a ring, and others.

Provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for nine eco-friendly craft projects that can be made from old t-shirts, including dog toys, a bag, a rug, and others.

Step-by-step instructions for crafts made from old jeans and information about reusing and recycling.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

When a valuable painting is stolen from a local art museum, fourth-grade super-sleuth Joe Sherlock investigates, aided by his sister, Hailey.

Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T".

The Blackhope enigma by Teresa Flavin

Fourteeen-year-old Sunni, her stepbrother Dean, and an art-student friend trace the footsteps of a labyrinth built in Blackhope Tower by a mysterious and brilliant sixteenth-century artist, and suddenly find themselves trapped inside his enchanted painting, trying desperately to get out.

Charlotte in New York by Joan Knight

In 1894, Charlotte records in a journal her impressions of a family trip from Giverney, France to New York, where her father's paintings will be featured in an exhibition. Includes biographical sketches of painters and reproductions of artworks.

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