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Third Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other third graders and talk about a great book! Register online beginning August 11, and then check out the book at the Children's Desk.
Program Date: Wednesday, August 25 at 2:00-2:45PM
Book Title: Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries

Write It, Film It Video Contest

Want a chance at YouTube fame and some other cool prizes? Reading Rockets is looking for young filmmakers and creative writers to enter their Write It, Film It Video Contest. Open to kids ages 7-18, the contest allows entrants to choose from a list of seven categories for their movie. Movies must be no more than three minutes long, and submissions may be done individually or as a crew of two. For all the contest rules and how to enter, check out the official rules page. Deadline for submission is August 30!
[Photo courtesy of Scott Kinmartin on flickr]

FETCH - Science Fun: Fathers & Daughters

Join us for fun science activities, just like those on the PBS show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman! Register online today.
Program Date: Saturday, August 21 at 2:00-2:45PM

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Reporting again for LB. He's just returned from his latest adventure. Did you guess where he was headed? If you guessed Boston, you were right! But that's not the only place he ended up on this massive road trip. Stay tuned and find out!
LB started his journey in Boston. There's a lot to see there and in the surrounding area. In the City of Boston, LB toured the Mapparium, a big glass globe you can walk through, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the New England Aquarium. Boston has some pretty crazy transportation though. Did you see LB's picture? He's in a truck that can drive on roads or be a boat in the water! How crazy is that? It's called an amphibious truck. It must belong to the same family as salamanders and frogs. LB also saw where Paul Revere rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming and where the colonists defeated the British at Concord.
Some of the other things LB saw around Concord where Henry David Thoreau's house. Did you know there's a bear named after him? And that there are books written about this bear? Thoreau must have been a pretty cool guy. And LB saw Orchard House too. Have you read Little Women? The lady who lived at Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott, wrote Little Women.
Then LB spent an afternoon in Rhode Island touring fancy houses. Lots of rich people used to go to Rhode Island for vacations and live in big houses. Now they just go to the Caribbean. What do you know about Rhode Island? Did you know it's the smallest state?
And then LB went to New York! There are lots of neat things to do there! And not just in the big city! LB saw the Art Museum, and Ellis Island and...the LIBRARY! New York City has a lot bigger library than CPL. LB met the Statue of Liberty too. If you've never read about how the Statue of Liberty was built, it's a pretty cool story!
LB finished his tour of New England with some more fancy houses and a mountain. One of the houses was a house made of glass. Better not play Baseball there! But LB did get to sit in a pretty special chair. Those fancy houses sure are BIG! And they have lots of fancy furniture. And lots of grass to run and play. The mountain is named Mt. Greylock. It's a pretty big one. It's the tallest one in Massachussetts. But I think at that time LB was getting a little homesick.
Which is why he's home for a while now. LB has loved going on adventures with all his library friends. But he's glad he made it home in time for the end of Summer Reading. He's got to turn in his reading log (he did a lot of reading on all those car trips!) so he can get his prizes. Have you finished YOUR reading log yet? You only have until Wednesday to get all your prizes! Don't forget to look at all the pictures of LB's latest adventure! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Register for the First Grade Book Group

Hey kids! Don't forget to register for the August First Grade Book Discussion! Registration starts Monday, August 9th at 9:00AM and the Book Discussion will meet from 2:00 until 2:30PM on Monday, August 23rd. This month's book is A Wish for a Fish. See you There!

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!

This just out from Janet' Randolph's Dying for Chocolate blog:

August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Day. Obviously I've blogged many different Chocolate Chip Recipes from cookies to ice cream to truffles to pound cake to cheesecake to pancakes… and a lot more. I usually throw some chocolate chips in most of my recipes. It's almost always appropriate because you can never have enough chocolate!

Facebook Has a New Safety Page

Facebook has created a new Safety Page which has already become popular with many fans. This page has advice, articles, videos and much more to keep Facebook users protected. For more information, check out this article from School Library Journal or go straight to the Safety Page.
[Photo courtesy of Andrew Feinberg on Flickr]

Girls Only Campout

No boys will be allowed at this campout held at Preservation Park on Friday, August 13 at 5:30PM. Ladies can start tent setup at 3:00PM and activities including a scavenger hunt, games, stories, campfire meals, and a gourmet S’mores station start at 5:30PM. All activities are weather permitting.

The Olympians and Percy J.

Kids, grades 3-6, get together with other Percy J. and Greek mythology fans. Test your knowledge of Greek gods and goddesses, share your favorite myths and Percy J. adventures, play a few games, and create a Greek gourmet delight.
Monday, August 16th from 7:00-7:45PM.
Registration begins Monday, August 2nd.

Sound Garden

Come for a stroll at Canton’s 1st annual Sound Garden event. It will be taking place at the Lower Rouge Recreation Trail on Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-8:30PM. Light refreshments will be available and live music is going to be stationed along the trail for your enjoyment.

Lab TV

For all those kids who are thinking about a future in Science or Engineering, this is the website for you. The National Defense Education Program presents Lab TV. The site features dozens of webisodes that demonstrate research that is being done everyday to improve our world. So start challenging yourself to ask new questions and investigate some amazing research.

Mr. Picassohead

Hey kids! Are feeling creative on a rainy afternoon? If so, check out Mr. Picassohead! This great website gives you the chance to create your very own piece of abstract art just like Pablo Picasso did. Have fun choosing faces, features, colors, and sizes for your creation then either print him out or email him to yourself. Maybe we'll see your creation in the museum someday!

Book Worm for Kids

boy readingAttention all parents and kids that love books! This website, Book Worm for kids, is a great way to learn more about great books that are out there for you. The website lists new books, award winning books, and recommended books by age, from babies through teens. Readers can see a picture of the book, as well as a summary. Books are also categorized by Themes, Genre and Subject for children with specific interests. A great source for teachers and librarians as well.

Super Science Site!

Check out this awesome website: Jefferson Lab.
It has all a lot of great information for students and teachers. Those elusive and puzzling particles (atoms, molecules, quarks, electrons, etc. ) will never seem quite so daunting. Explanations are clear and come with super graphics helping you to 'finally get the picture' about what matter is all about. You can also enjoy some fun games an puzzles dealing with the nature of science reality. Practice tests are there for the brave of heart. Teachers and parents will also be thrilled with what is available on science site. Don't delay...check it all out today!

Math Can Help You Be Anything!

Kids, do you want to be a scientist, game designer, sportscaster, or chef when you grow up? How about an engineer, meteorologist, or inventor? If you have ever thought about any of these careers, check out Math Apprentice to see why math is the basis for so many careers. Play any of these cool games, and let math help you become anything you want to be!

DOGO News

Kids, do want to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news that matters to you? Do you wish there was a great website full of articles written with you in mind? Look no further. Head on over to DOGO News and take a look around. DOGO is filled with news stories covering current events, sports, science, and more — and it's all geared toward kids. The coolest part is that many of DOGO's articles are actually written by kids just like you! Check it out!

U.S. Mint for Kids

Hey Kids, have you noticed that the back design on pennies has changed recently? Are you collecting State Quarters? Have you ever heard about Fort Knox, the secret compound where our nation's gold is stored? You can learn about all of these and more at the H.I.P. Pocket Change Web Site, from the U.S. Mint. You'll find out that those coins jingling in your pockets aren't just pocket change.

Baseball From A to Z

Kids, do you like Baseball? Do you find yourself rooting for the Tigers at the Detroit Zoo and wondering where their balls and gloves are hidden? Do you want peanuts and hot dogs for every meal? If this is you, then check out Baseball A to Z by Michael P. Spradlin. It's a new book in our picture book section. Be the next person to add your name to the hold list. You wouldn't want to be sliding into home without reading this book first!

Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.

Books

The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas.

Storytime Resource

This website is a helpful resource for teachers, librarians and parents of young children. Instructors walk readers through various songs and rhymes in video clips.  It is helpful to see the rhyme done with motions, as well as reading the words that are being said.