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Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date: Wednesday, October 21, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Case of the Spooky Sleepover

Eat Better, Eat Together!

October is National Eat Better; Eat Together Month. It's a time for families to sit down together and celebrate the family meal. It may seem difficult to do this with everyone's busy schedules, but making the effort is well worth it. Sharing mealtime conversation with one another is an excellent way for families to stay connected. Read more about the benefits of eating together in The Surprising Power of Family Meals.

It was a dark and stormy night...

Perfect for gathering the everyone on the couch for Family Movie Night! But if you're going to have Family Movie Night, you absolutely must have popcorn! October is National Popcorn Popping Month. Here's an interesting thought: Since most popcorn is made in the microwave these days, most kids have never seen popcorn pop before. Be adventurous and make it on your stove (Make sure you put on the lid!) or show them this short YouTube clip of how a kernel pops in slow motion.

"Doomed to Dance!"

Ivy & Bean will soon appear in another hilarious adventure - Doomed to Dance. After begging their parents for ballet lessons, Ivy and Bean finally get what they want...well, not exactly. Much to their surprise, ballet lessons do not include karate chops and roundhouse kicks to the villain's heart. Ivy and Bean could care less about learning how to dance gracefully, but they promised their parents they would finish the entire ballet course! When it comes time for them to participate in the ocean-themed class recital, they must plot a way to get out of it without breaking their promises. Check out the YouTube video on this latest Ivy & Bean escapade and read the first 5 books starring this dynamic duo if you haven't already!

Fractions

Struggling with fractions? Let our materials help you break those numbers down. We've got everything:

Picture Books

Inchworm and a half by Elinor Pinczes ; illustrated by Randall Enos

The Wishing Club : a story about fractions by Donna Jo Napoli ; pictures by Anna Currey

Readers

Mary Clare likes to share : a math reader by Joy Hulme ; illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

It's National Cookie Month!

October is National Cookie Month! Now that the weather is cooler, it's perfect weather for doing some baking and having fun in the kitchen. Get some ideas for cooking with kids online, or come to the library for some cookie cookbooks or stories about this yummy treat.

Weird Al, Accordionist and...Author?

Weird AlWeird Al Yankovic is the latest celebrity to snag a deal to write a picture book. His book will be published in 2011 and will feature an eight-year-old protagonist who fantasizes about the unusual careers he wants to pursue when he grows up.

“I’ve always wanted to write children's books,” said Yankovic. “And now, it’s not only a goal, it’s a contractual obligation.”

Since it'll be awhile before the book is published, why not check out some of Weird Al's music in the meantime?

photo by mufan96 used under Creative Commons license

Blowin' in the Wind: Clean Energy, Made in Michigan

The wind turbine pictured here is one of 32 harnessing clean electricity on Harvest Wind Farm in Elkton, MI. (I took this photo during a summer trip to the Thumb Area.) Michigan Wind 1, with 46 turbines, is another wind farm located just north of Elkton in Ubly, MI. Major energy companies like DTE and Consumers Energy are tapping into these and other wind farms in Michigan to supply electric power to their customers. Combined, both wind farms generate about 122 megawatts of electricity — enough to power roughly 35,000 homes.

Wind, solar and geothermal are among the most promising methods to generate clean, renewable energy. You can learn more about a clean energy future by reading Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman, best-selling author and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist from The New York Times.

Make Your Own Halloween Costume

Need ideas for Halloween costumes and don't feel like spending tons of money on store-bought fare? You may want to consider making your own costume with one of our helpful instructional books. Even those of us who can't sew will find the instructions in books like The Most Excellent Book of Dress Up or Glue & Go Costumes for Kids easy and fun!

Hug a Squirrel Today!

squirrelThe month of October is truly a special one. Why, you ask? During October 1-31st, we are celebrating Squirrel Awareness Month. There are so many great ways you can be a part of Squirrel Awareness Month, including checking out some of our fabulous art books. You could make crocheted squirrels, paintings of squirrels, ceramic squirrels, or squirrel collages. So let your inner squirrel run wild and have fun being creative!

Calling All Dragons!

In the mood for another daring and delightful dragon tale? Check out some of our new arrivals: Dragon Kiss (E.D. Baker), City of Fire (L. Yep), The Runaway Dragon (K. Coombs), or Silver Dragon Codex (R.D. Henham). No need to wait for a great dragon story if these aren't available either. There are many other recent dragon delights. Eragon move over! Dozens of dragons are on your tail.

Unsolved History

One of my favorite things to do in October is curl up with a spooky story. That's why I'm really enjoying Gary Blackwood's Unsolved History series. These books feature true stories of mysterious deaths and unexplainable events throughout history. Full of possible conspiracies and fascinating characters, these books are sure to send a chill down your spine. Stop by the Children's Department's New Book shelf today to check out this series!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Well, you voted, and the results are in! Now you need to come to the Library to check out my cool Halloween costume! "Wizard" won with a whopping 30 votes. "Superhero" came a distant second with 11 votes. And there was even a write in vote for "Princess". Hmmmm, Royalty could be a good costume for next year. I like the sound of King Thorndyke. Thanks for all your votes--in the library and online! And don't forget to wear your Halloween costume to the library too, 'cause I want to see them! Now I just need to practice my magic words. Abracadabra, Abracazoom! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Fun With Food

Children in kindergarten - second grade are invited to listen to some yummy stories and create some delicious snacks. Register online today.
Program Date: Thursday, October 15, 7:00-7:45PM

Exercise your right to READ!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, these books were some of the most frequently challenged in 2008.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week takes place annually on the last week of September. It is a celebration of our freedom to read and the importance of our First Amendment right. Celebrate this week by reading a banned book or participating in one of the many banned books activities!

Fire Safety Week is Oct 4-10

Fire safety week is Oct 4th through the 10th. This year the focus in on burn awareness and prevention. There are several web sites with crafts, games and activities for children and information for adults as well.

There are a number of books in the library about home and fire safety.  One of these is Fire safety,  a juvenile nonfiction by Lucia Raatma.

Family Video Gaming

Hey, parents and kids! Join us October 1st from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Community Room for an evening of gaming for families with children ages 5-12. No registration required.

First Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other first graders and talk about a great book! Register online today, then check out the book at the Children’s Desk.
Program Date and Time: Thursday, October 8, 5:00-5:45PM
Book Title: Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie  by: David Adler