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Video Game Fun!

Unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Program Date: July 19, 1:00-3:00PM

Birdfeeder Program

Hey friends! If you are in Kindergarten to 2nd grade, register on or after Thursday, July 8th for our Birdfeeder program being held on Thursday, July 22nd from 11:00 to 11:45AM. We will have a great time learning about birds and you'll get the chance to make a birdfeeder to take home and enjoy. See you there!

July is National Blueberry Month!

Some fun facts about blueberries:
  1. The blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the United States
  2. The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey
  3. A single bush can produce as many as 6,000 blueberries a year
  4. There are only three commercial fruits native to North America: blueberries, cranberries and Concord grapes
Learn more about National Blueberry Month.

Award Winning Books

Hello Summer Readers! Are you looking for a good book to read this summer? Why not check out a book that has won an award? There a ton of great books that have been recognized for how good they are and have recieved awards such as the Caldecott Award, the Newbery Award, or the Coretta Scott King Book Award among others. Plus, these books can help you complete your summer reading log.

Mitten Award

Are you looking for an award-winning book so you can complete your Summer Reading log? Don't forget about books that have won the Mitten Award. This award is given yearly to an outstanding children's book that has captured the attention of youth librarians across the state of Michigan.

For a listing of books that have won the Mitten Award, click here.

Working to Improve Our Service to You

Our new returns system is here! This new system will allow us to better serve you and more accurately handle the 2 million+ items you checkout each year by automatically checking in returns as you put them into the slot. "Why aren't my returned items checked in yet"? is the most common question we receive over the phone and through our website, and our new system will take care of most of those issues.

With our budget cuts due to the recession — we've cut nearly 20%, or $1.2 million, from our budget since 2008 — we have held nearly all vacant positions open to save money. With fewer people working, but ever-increasing demand for materials (we hit a record of 2 million checkouts in 2009), we have struggled to keep up with all of the work that needs to be done. Many of you have experienced this when you return an item to the library and it takes us a day to clear your record. After holiday closures, it was not uncommon for us to need several days to catch up with all of the returns. We are only human, and simply reached a breaking point where our manual processes could not keep up.

Realizing that we were overwhelmed, a team of library staff who know and do the work examined how we do things and made suggestions for improvement. One of their suggestions was to install an automated checkin and sorting system (the conveyor system we are using is the same as/similar to conveyor and sorting systems used by UPS, USPS, Netflix, and Wal-Mart) that would let us devote more staff time to shelving and other patron services, such as retrieving and processing holds. These suggestions coincided with our need to upgrade our RFID inventory system, and last year we began the work of retagging all of our 300,000 materials with new RFID tags, eliminating nearly all of the locking cases that so many of you hated, and six months ago we launched new checkout, self-checkout, and processing equipment.

This past spring, our Copy Center services were distributed to other areas of the library, and the room converted for the new Sorting Room. New outside and inside return slots were installed, which feed directly into that space. The sorting system arrived this week, and today's launch of our new Sorting Room marks the end of this long journey. The majority of returns will be checked in and removed from your record automatically and pre-sorted into categories (bins). This means fewer hands have to touch items to get them back on the shelves. This, along with the other improvements made and suggested by our staff, means your library card record is more accurate, we will make fewer errors, and you'll see faster turn-around of items to the hold shelf or their home shelf location.

Check out our video for a demonstration, or stop by during our regular hours to look through the glass doors and see the sorting system in action.

These improvements were funded through the library's savings account and the generous donations of the Friends of the Library. We still have some kinks to work out — nicer signage for the new outside return slot, for example, among other things — and I thank you for your support, patience, and good humor while we work on fine-tuning our new system.

Best,

Eva M. Davis, Director

Celebrate Siblings at CPL

In honor of the new Ramona and Beezus movie, children, tweens and teens with siblings 8 and up can join us Wednesday, July 21st at 2:00PM as we celebrate that special sibling bond with games, crafts and activities! Registration is required and begins July 7th.

Take a Reading Road Trip to Michigan!

Looking for a great book about Michigan to read this summer? Check out some of the books listed on this Take a Reading Trip to Michigan reading list on The Michigan Department of Education website.

Pirate Picture Books Ahoy!

Are ye lookin' fer some picture books wi' seafarin' heartys in them fer yer wee buccaneers?  Look nay further!  We be havin' lots o' books t' pick from here at CPL.   Here be some suggestions:

How I became a pirate by written by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon — This be the buccanneer tale! But don't avast wi' just this one!



Pirates don't change diapers by written by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Hi there Summer Readers! I hope you guys are having a great time reading and having fun. Are you looking for an award-winning book to fulfill one of your activity spaces on your log? Try the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! The ALA website describes the award by saying, "The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year." Just click here to be taken to the ALA website to see the list of Geisel Award winners and runners-up! The 2010 winner is Benny and Penny in the Big No-No by Geoffrey Hayes. Happy Reading!

Register for Ice Blast on July 16th!

Hey everyone! If you are in Kindergarten to grade 2, registration opens Friday, July 2nd, for the Ice Blast program! Be sure to get a space in this fun program and join us as we have fun beating the heat in this ice themed program! See you there!
[Image courtesy of Kyle May]

Magic Tree House Goes Digital!

If you can't find the Magic Tree House book you are dying to read in the Series aisle here at the library, you can now read it in electronic format. Check out any of the 43 titles now available in the United States and Canada wherever Random House e-books are sold. A fun-filled Magic Tree House website is also a great place to visit online this summer.
FYI - Over 70 million copies of the books in this beloved have been sold since it was first published in 1992. It has been translated into 31 languages and is sold in 31 countries. Kids, parents, and teachers all know that the adventures of Jack and Annie instill of a love of reading in young readers everywhere.

Move over Babelfish!

Traveling to a non-English speaking country this summer? Getting letters from a pen pal or family member in a language you're learning? Feeling a little shaky with your translation?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this cool online translation dictionary. You can also click on the suggested definitions to see how they're pronounced.
They currently offer 28 dictionaries, including Arabic and Hindi, as well as European languages.

Second Grade Book Discussion

Registration for the July edition of our Second Grade Book discussion begins today. It will be on Wednesday, July 14th at 2:00PM. We will be reading Song Lee in Room 2B by Suzy Kline. If you love Horrible Harry, you will love this book! After you register, come to the library to pick up your copy! Then join us for some snacks and great discussion on July 14th!

Dogs and Poetry

Do you love dogs? Do you love poetry? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then head over to the Children's New Book Shelf and check out our newest poetry book full of doggie poems, Name that Dog: Puppy Poems from A to Z! Who knows...it just might inspire you to write your own ode to to your favorite dog. Happy reading!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Thorndyke here! I am so enjoying seeing all of you here at the library! I hope you are having a great summer! As promised, here's the latest update of what LB has been up to. This time he went some where local, the Toledo Zoo! And he got to see some REAL bears! Did you know that the Toledo Zoo has a new polar bear cub? In fact, he's the only polar bear cub in the whole US! And there's a whole website about him! Isn't it cool to have something so neat so close to home? Makes me want to check out some books about polar bear books! Sometimes the librarians say that they work in a zoo, but they're just joking... I think.
LB's been here at the library for a week or so, but he's gearing up to go on another big adventure soon! The people here at the library sure love taking him on their trips! He's a pretty popular bear! I'll give you a hint to where he's headed next. It's not in the USA, but you can get there by car! Where do you think he's going? Tell me your guesses!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
As promised, here's an update on where LB has been! Did you make a guess about where he was headed? He just got back from Williamsburg Virginia! Were you right? LB came back with this really great letter about where he'd been, which he said I could share with you...

Wow! It's only mid June and I've already become a well-traveled bear! I had a great time up north with Ms. Ophelia and after a short stop back at CPL, I was on my way south on a road trip with Ms. Jeanine and her daughter. We left June 10th and drove all the way to Williamsburg, VA, in one day (about 12 hours driving)! We stayed at the Patrick Henry Inn, just a short walk from Colonial Williamsburg. (Patrick Henry was the patriot famous for saying, "Give me liberty or give me death!") The next morning, we visited the Yankee Candle "flagship" location in Williamsburg. They have a really cool room that looks like a starry sky at night, and every 15 minutes it "snows" right in the room! I made myself right at home in the shop full of stuffed animals. Needless to say, there are a lot more than candles at the Yankee Candle complex!

In the afternoon, we stepped back in time and walked through Colonial Williamsburg. It looks a lot like it did back in the late 1700s, around the time of the Revolutionary War. At the town hall, Ms. Jeannine put me in the stocks (where they used to punish convicted criminals), but it was just for fun, because I'm a really good bear! We also visited the campus of William and Mary College, the second oldest college in the country and the place where Thomas Jefferson earned his law degree. We later had dinner at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, where George Washington himself often dined! Then at night, we took a "Ghosts of Williamsburg" candlelight tour — kinda scary, but I'm a really brave little bear! No ghosts were spotted that night...whew!

Saturday morning, we were back on the road, this time to Kill Devil Hills, NC, which was the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful airplane flight and literally "flew" into the history books! They picked Devil Hills because it's a flat, sandy and very windy island on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. It's a great place to fly kites, too! I got a taste of salty air and ocean breezes on the beach and wanted to stay all day, but unfortunately, they don't make sunscreen for bears. :-( . Ms. Jeanine's daughter gets to spend all summer in Kill Devil Hills (she has a summer job there), but Ms. Jeanine had to get back to Michigan and CPL, so we flew Monday evening from Norfolk, VA, to Detroit. Hmmmm, maybe I should sign up for frequent flyer miles so I can get a free airplane trip later in the year!

love,
LB

Wow! What a fun adventure! Thanks Ms. Jeanine for taking LB with you! Now I've got a whole bunch of new places to read about. Remember, you can see all the pictures from LB's adventure on the library's flickr account. LB left on another fun adventure almost as soon as he got home. This time it was somewhere more local. I'll give you a hint, there's lots of animals and it starts with the letter Z! Can you guess?

Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Register Saturday June 26th for Stellar Science Saturday

If you like science and are looking for a great time, join us Saturday July 10th from 11:00-11:45AM for our Stellar Science Program! We'll have a great time exploring, learning, and discovering the world of science. Program is open to children in the 3rd through 6th grade. Registration starts Saturday June 26th. See you there!

June 24 is International Fairy Day

Did you know that June 24th is International Fairy Day? It's true! Celebrate by reading some books about your favorite fairies. We have the Rainbow Magic series , as well as other books about fairies in both the fiction and nonfiction sections of the Children's Department. Check some out and enjoy the magic and sparkles that fairies bring to you.

Happy anniversary to the Post-it Note

The Post-It Note will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. This was an accidental invention and is now a popular office supply item. We have a few materials that feature the post-it:

Why didn't I think of that? : 101 inventions that changed the world by hardly trying by Anthony Rubino, Jr

Accidental inventions [videodisc] : 10 inventions, 10 extraordinary stories