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Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.   The ALA Youth Media Awards (aka the Caldecott, amongst others)  Were just announced this morning.  Guess what?  One of my picks won!   Woo hoo! The winner of the 2014 Caldecott Award is....

Locomotive by Brian Floca








And I also picked on of the honor award winners...

Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle








Yay! Congrats to all the winners! 
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:


The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli

Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.  Big things are happening at the library soon.  BIG THINGS.  As in Renovations and Construction.  As you can see, I'm already prepped for the changes to come. I've got my construction hat on and I've established a protective zone all around me.  Why do I need that, do you ask?  Because the Children's Library is where much of the construction stuff will be happening. The construction workers will be storing stuff and working here.  That means...that the Children's Library will be CLOSED for at least two weeks!   I don't know quite how I'll manage.  I'm sure I'll go through withdrawals from seeing all of you. I hope I don't get bear-ied in sawdust! But never fear...I have a plan.    Since I'll literally be hanging it out in the thick of things, I'm going to your Bear-on- the-Spot Reporter.  I'll be giving Bear-Eye views on how the construction is going.  And I may have to venture out to Adult World once in a while to clear the ringing from my ears. What I'm saying is, is that even though you won't see me every day, I'll still be making my presence known.  look for updates from me and my Little Buddy, LB, in the next few weeks here at the library.
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke 

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids. It's that time of year again.  Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award.  Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year.  I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit.  But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks. 

Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest.  The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes? 

K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program created just for them. We will share some silly stories together, and enjoy a snack and a craft around this fun theme. Come join our giggles at the library on February 22, 11:00-11:45 PM.

Target Family Reading Night: Love

Families with children ages 4-8 can enjoy stories, sweets and treats to celebrate Valentine's Day at this program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Registration begins January 20.

Program Date: February 10, 7:00 PM

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of most months in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on February 23 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Conference Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

UofM Family Reading and Science Program II

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, February 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons and Man", participants will find out if humans always been apex predators. The giant mammals of the ice age not only had to worry about the climate but there was a new contender for apex predator status- humans. In this workshop we will examine the rise and fall of the megafauna and human's emerging role as apex predator. Registration begins on Janurary 20.

Superfun Unicorn Party!

unicorn greatUnicorns are so awesome! Come and celebrate their coolness at our Superfun Unicorn Party on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. We will read a magical Unicorn story, make some fun crafts, and have an awesome snack. This program is open to kids ages 4 years to 8 years old and their caregiver. Registration will begin Monday, January 20, 2014. See you there! Horn wearing optional!

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: February 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Detroit Association of Black Storytellers Present: Vickie Slaughter

Join us on February 27 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we celebrate Black History Month and welcome storyteller Vickie Slaughter from the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers.  Ms Slaughter will be weaving tales of African lands, trickster animals and African American heroes.  Listen and enjoy!

No NHS Tutoring January 13 - January 24

The NHS students are taking some time off to study for finals.  They will return on Monday January 27th.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thorndyke's Thoughts

Hi Kids.  With all the snow and cold last week, I sure missed all of you.  I was even cold in my big fur coat. But now that things have warmed up a bit, I'm glad you are back visiting the library. Especially for storytime.  And speaking of Storytime, I have a favor to ask.  This week in Storytime we are celebrating all things bears, because, well, not to toot my own horn, but my Birthday is on Friday.  You know what would be the bear-y best birthday gift?  If you would bring a bear to Storytime.  I love seeing all of you, and I'd love to meet all the bear friends who live at your house.  I promise that they will have a wonderful time! Thanks!Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, January 6. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, January 6-February 15:

Due to library renovations we will be closed on February 3 and 4. Therefore there will be no ABC Activity Time on these days. ABC Activity Time will resume on February 5.
The Children's Library and Purple Room will be closed from February 3 through February 15. All ABC Activity Times will be held in the Community Room during this time.

Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, and fingerplays. Baby Storytime sessions are held in the Purple Room.

Session begins Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 AM.

Due to renovations the library will be closed on Tuesday, February 4. Therefore there will be no Baby Storytime on that day. Baby storytime will resume on February 11 in the Community Room.

Family Storytime

Family Storytimes begin the week of January 6. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Weekday sessions are held in the Community Room. Saturday sessions are in the Purple Room.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, January 6-February 15:


Due to library renovations we will be closed on February 3 and 4. Therefore there will be no storytime on these days. Storytimes will resume on February 5. Saturday Family Storytimes will be held in the Community Room.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, January 7 from 4:30-5:15 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear dark, loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat to work on. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on December 23.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: January 27
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room