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Ranger Rick

Hey Kids, check out Ranger Rick magazine in the Children's Department. Ranger Rick is a clever raccoon who is the leader of a small group of animals. He and his friends come up with ways to solve some of our environmental problems. This magazine offers you great information and photographs of all kind of animals, as well as cool stuff in the ocean. It also offers "green tips" for kids, Ranger Rick's comic adventures, games, crafts and stories about real kids and their adventures. It's a fun read, with lots to look at!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!

Well, LB is at it again. This past weekend he went to a wedding with Miss Ruth in New York. On the way home they stopped at Niagara Falls. This means that LB has been to Niagara TWICE and New York TWICE this year! Wow! What a lucky bear! But since there are always new things to try, he had some new adventures. Miss Ruth introduced LB to Yogen Fruz, which is really yummy frozen yogurt. It's hard to explain really, so he took lots of pictures. Basically you get to pick the flavors of your frozen yogurt from the fresh fruit provided, and then they blend it all up! The result is cold, fruity, pink wonderfulness! Sadly, there isn't any Yogen Fruz in Michigan, so I doubt I will get any soon. But it is located in other cool places! Maybe someone will take LB to California or Iowa or Minnesota or Hawaii or Bulgaria so he can get some more. Wow! Yogen Fruz is in a lot of places!

I can't wait to see where LB ends up next! Until then...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

Knuffle Bunny Free

Author Mo Willems brings Knuffle Bunny back for one last adventure in Knuffle Bunny Free: an Unexpected Diversion. Trixie and her family are off on a fantastic trip to visit her grandparents — all the way in Holland! But does Knuffle Bunny have different travel plans? Check it out and enjoy a special story of discovery and growing up.

If you are new to the Knuffle Bunny series, check out the other tales of Trixie and Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: a Case of Mistaken Identity.

Attention Sherlock Holmes Fans!

Sherlock Holmes fans… check this out! The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is now available as a kids graphic novel. Currently this item can be found on the Children's New Book Shelf. If they are all out, be sure to put a hold on it so that you can dash along with our detective hero. Have fun solving the crime along with everyone's favorite detective Sherlock Holmes and his always faithful side-kick, Dr. Watson. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Bilbo and Frodo Baggins

Wednesday, September 22nd is the birthday of Frodo Baggins and his uncle Bilbo Baggins, but in different years. Frodo's quest chronicled in The Lord of the Rings also begins on this date, when Bilbo leaves him a mysterious ring. Many of us are familiar with the three movie epic that was released a few years back, but fewer are familiar with the cartoon version completed by Rankin Bass back in 1980. This version is much less scary and much shorter too! With singing orcs (I kid you not!), this is a great introduction for younger kids to Tolkien's tales. Why not celebrate Hobbit Day with a Hobbit party?

Create Your Own Instant Comic!


If you're looking to pass the time, Pikikids.com lets you create an instant comic strip! It's got lots of little extras to add to the scene, like viking hats and fake noses. Some quick fun for the comic lover! Check it out.

The Library Shop

Do you often find yourself searching for places to buy unique, perhaps library-related, gifts for yourself or others? The Library Shop at the New York Public Library has a fantastic online store that fills this need! Purchase author-inspired fragrance diffusers, Shakespeare action figures and much more. Check it out today!

X Marks the Spot

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. 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.

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

Dear Dumb, Dork & Wimpy Diaries!

Get together with other Tweens to talk about your favorite diary series and share some of the funniest diary entries. Pick up some tips on journal/diary writing and design an awesome cover for your very own diary notebook. Snacks and a notebook will be provided for you by our super CPL.
When: Thursday, September, 30th from 7:00-7:45 PM
Where: The Purple Room
Registration begins September 16th.

Just for You: Community Bulletin Board

Lost a kitten? Got a condo to rent? Are you just the best darned piano teacher in Canton? If so, let the world (or other library patrons) know about it! Items unsuited for our lobby information board may now be posted on our Community Bulletin Board (located to the left of the lobby ATM.)
NOTE: postings still must be authorized by library staff, so turn them over to the receptionist, who will see that they get to the appropriate staff member to be okayed and displayed.

National Punctuation Day!

Friday, September 24th is National Punctuation Day "a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipses". In honor of this momentous occasion, the sponsors of National Punctuation Day are hosting a Punctuation Haiku Contest. Rules and examples are posted on their web site. Need some inspiration? The Children's Department has lots of resources on punctuation. My favorite are those written by Lynne Truss, author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves for adults. Here's one haiku to get you started…

Boring Period,
In almost every sentence
Just can't get respect.

NHS Tutor Homework Help Returns Monday September 20th!

If you are interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in third through twelfth grade
  • If you are under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment, textbooks, calculators, and any other materials you need
Starting September 20th, Days and Times:
  • Monday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Wednesday from 6:00-8:00PM Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM Canton Public Library by the Teen Reference Desk
  • Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM Plymouth District Library in the Teen Zone
*Tutors will not be here during snow days or the holiday break, they need a break too!

World's Largest Chocolate Bar

Setting a new Guinness World Record, the Armenian company Grand Candy unveiled the world's largest-ever chocolate bar — a 25-centimetre-thick slab weighing in at 4410 kilograms and measuring 5.60 by 2.75 metres on Friday, September 10. (Photo: World Records Academy)

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other fourth graders and talk about a great book! Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Thursday, September 23 from 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald

Tween Book and Pizza — Holes

Register for the Tween Book and Pizza program beginning Saturday, September 11. We will be discussing the book Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes follows Stanley Yelnats as he is sent to a terrible correctional camp for juvenile delinquents in the Texas desert. He must find a way to endure the horrible conditions of the camp, while discovering the secret of the holes! Tweens, join us September 25, from 2:00-3:00PM. Books available at the Children's desk.

Second Grade Book Discussion

Registration opens today for the Second Grade Book Discussion on Tuesday, September 21st at 5:00PM. This month we'll be talking about Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet! Register online, then pick up a copy of the book at the Children's Desk. See you there!

Wow! Multicultural Books!

Are you interested in fairy tales and legends from other countries? Are you a teacher or a parent looking for multicultural resources to share with children? Are you a student who's assigned to read a book about someone different from you? Worlds of Words is a great resource to start your search! You can find books based on world region, age level, or genre. There is also access to other great multicultural resources. Don't be discouraged by the fact that because this database is made available through the University of Arizona, CPL may not own every book listed. We can often request items for you through interlibrary loan (ILL).

First Grade Book Discussion

Registration for the September First Grade Book discussion begins on Monday, September 6th. We're reading Froggy Gets Dressed this month, so after you register hop on over on Tuesday to pick up your book! The discussion will meet on Monday, September 20th at 5:00PM.

Third Grade Book Group

Just a reminder — registration for the Third Grade Book Group starts Wednesday, September 8, 2010. The book group is open to kids in the Third Grade and will meet on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 5:00-5:45PM. This month we will be reading Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth? After you register, be sure to stop by the Children's Reference Desk to pick up a copy of the book. See you there!