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How to Build a Birdhouse

On August 18 from 12:00-2:00 PM join Kyle Davison, local Eagle Scout-to-be, as he instructs on how to build birdhouses and creates a natural habitat around our library pond. Kyle will also share his knowledge of bat and butterfly houses as well as the local creatures that reside within them. The program will take place under the tents in the back of the library and many of the birdhouses will be hung around the library's pond to shelter our local flying critters. All construction materials will be provided. Children five-12 years old and their caretakers are welcome. One birdhouse kit per family. Registration by one family member only is required and begins July 25.
[Birdhouses in Hongdae by Adam_Inglis is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

Connect Your Summer Final CELEBRATION!

Come one - come all! We are celebrating the end of our Connect Your Summer reading program. We have something for everyone including:

We promise an afternoon of fun, food, games and prizes for all ages in our big back yard on Saturday, August 17 from 11:00 to 1:00 PM. Join us!!!

MeLCat Server Scheduled Down Time July 24

The MeLCat server will be down Wednesday, July 24 beginning at 1:00 PM to perform a software upgrade. This upgrade should take approximately two hours and will mean that you will not be able to search MeLCat, place new requests or renew items on MeLCat. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Read Free ebooks During the Month of July

Star Walk Kids Media has made it's collection of ebooks, 160-plus, free of charge during the month of July. Anyone with internet access can visit their streaming collection and immediately read any book!

Farmer's Market w/guest author Shanda Trent

As you may know, we hold storytimes at the Canton Farmer's Market on various Sundays throughout the summer. What you may not know is that on Sunday, August 4 at 10:30 AM we will host local Ann Arbor author Shanda Trent as she presents her book Farmer's Market Day. This book follows a little girl as she explores the wonders of the local Farmer's Market searching for the perfect treat. Join us in welcoming Ms Trent to the Canton Farmer's Market!

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #4

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #4", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #4 - The play's the thing. We want tickets!
LB and Clarke 5

At Home Story Fun

Are you looking for something to do this summer to earn your badges for CYS? For a fun activity, have an at home storytime! Here are some great books and songs that will be fun and festive:

Twist and Shout by the Beatles
Rock and Roll Freeze Dance by Hap Palmer

Go back to bed! by Ginger Foglesong Guy ; illustrations by James Bernardin

Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne ; with words by Nick Bromley

The day Louis got eaten by John Fardell

Have fun!

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #3

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #3", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #3 - Lots of places to shop and eat along the very busy street. Had to stop to rest on this unusual, artsy bench.
LB and Clarke 3

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #2

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #2", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #2 - Found a very colorful rock. Maybe we should take a class in geology.

Easy Fiction to Love

Here is a list of Easy Fiction for kids to Love this summer. Many of them have other books in a series:

Clara Lee and the apple pie dream by Jenny Han ; with pictures by Julia Kuo

Mallory on the move by Laurie B. Friedman ; illustrations by Tamara Schmitz

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken by Sally Warner ; illustrated by Jamie Harper

Waiting for the magic by Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Amy June Bates

Horrible Harry and the stolen cookie by Suzy Kline ; pictures by Amy Wummer

Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins ; illustrations by Harry Bliss

Find the Geocache

Gone are the days of the wrinkled map marked with an X but treasures can still be found using the modern-day method of geocaching. Like the old-fashioned treasure hunt, participants seek out hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS devices or smart phone applications, then report their experiences online. In fact, there are two active caches right here at the library (one inside and one outside)! According to Geocaching.com, there are 1,188,372 active caches and between 4-5 million geocachers worldwide. For more information on geocaching in Michigan, visit the MiGo website and look for a hunt in your area.

New to geocaching? These books will help!

The geocaching handbook by Layne Cameron ; with a foreword by Dave Ulmer

The complete idiot's guide to geocaching by the editors and staff of Geocaching.com

Go West [Michigan], Young Man!

When your family is debating their upcoming summer vacation, don't forget to consider the often overlooked Michigan beachtowns along the southwest Michigan shoreline. The areas along this shoreline offer many amenities and family fun, are quite affordable and travel-friendly. Follow the link above for additional information on these possible vacation spots.

Thorndyke Thoughts


ALOHA! If you haven't guessed yet, LB just got home from Hawaii. He visited the island of Oahu last week and had all kinds of adventures. He went to a Luau and saw fire dancers. He tried to climb a HUGE Kapok Tree at the Botanical Gardens. And he ate pineapple flavored ice cream at the Dole Plantation. That's where many of the pineapples we buy at the grocery store are grown. But he also took a trip to the Hawaii State Library to learn about Hawaii. (He's a pretty smart bear!) Did you know that some Hawaiians speak a different language? While LB was at the library, he saw an entire section of picture books written Hawaiiana. LB also learned that Hawaii is the only State that was once ruled by a King and Queen. He then toured the palace where Hawaii's last ruler, Princess Kaiulani lived. You can read about her here at the Canton Public Library too! But you'll have to wait for me to finish reading about her first. I think that might count as my Back in Time Badge. Hawaii sure sounds like fun!
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #1

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #1", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #1 - Didn't go far to have a lesson about Canton's past.

Be a Track Detective!

Can you tell us who made these tracks? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from one of the Help Desks.
  2. Locate the animal tracks and photos on the window of the Purple room in the Children’s department or along the bottom part of the New Book shelf in the Adult department.
  3. Look at an animal track and read the attached hint. Do you know which animal made the track or can you recognize the animal from the added description?
  4. Now look at all the animal photos displayed. Do you see the animal you think was described and could have made the track? If so...
  5. Find the letter next to the track. Write that letter next to the correct animal on the activity log.
  6. Put your completed activity log in the box on the reception desk for a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your ANIMAL LOVER badge online, too!

Kids Read Comics

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics!  Learn, draw, meet cartoonists!  Can't make it to KRC?  Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

Hercules: the twelve labors by story by Paul Storrie ; pencils by Steve Kurth ; inks by Barbara Schulz

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green]

Giants beware! by written by Jorge Aguirre ; art by Rafael Rosado ; story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre ; colors by John Novak, Matthew Schenk

Phineas and Ferb: it's about time! by adapted by John Green

More Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

Special Events Calendar - Pure Michigan Style

Wondering what special events are going on in Michigan this summer? If so, check out Pure Michigan's Special Events Calendar. This interactive calendar lets you search by date and event type (Fairs & Festivals, Exhibits & Shows, etc.) to find an event in Michigan that's just right for you! Find an event and earn your My Mitten badge by attending.

Michigan Myths, Legends & Folklore for Kids

Have you ever wondered how the Sleeping Bear Dunes got their name? Or how Mackinac Island came to be? If so, check out these books on Michigan myths, legends, and folklore and earn your 'My Mitten' badge.

The legend of the Petoskey stone by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Leelanau by written by Kathy-Jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of sleeping bear by text by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter

Children's Historical Fiction Set in Michigan

Travel back in time to various points in Michigan history with these historical fiction novels:

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

The locked garden by Gloria Whelan

The sign of the sinister sorcerer by Brad Strickland

The shadow of the wolf by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Tony Meers