Catalog

Search our Catalog

Kids

Celebrate Poet's Day!

Celebrate Poet's Day on August 21st. Take the time to honor your favorite poet, especially if it's yourself! Write a poem, read a poem or perform a poem.  You could even comment on this post with one of your favorites.

Pick Up Some Historical Fiction

Every August I look forward to the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival! There's lots of cool crafts for sale, yummy fair food, and a living history area where you can see how 19th century Michiganders lived. Whenever the festival comes, it always makes me want to pick up a good piece of Civil War historical fiction. My favorites are the ones by Ann Rinaldi. She even wrote one about a girl from Michigan who runs off to join the Union Army during the Civil War. There's a ton to choose from at the library, so stop by and give one a try. Happy reading!

Green Reads

Did you notice that a lot of new books feature stories about the environment? Even some of our favorite characters are "going green". Check out these titles to see what I mean:

SpongeBob goes green!: an earth-friendly adventure by Molly Reisner; illustrated by Stephen Reed

OK go by Carin Berger

Cam Jansen and the green school mystery by David A. Adler; illustrated by Joy Allen

Just Grace goes green by written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper

Enter the earth by Lee Welles; illustrated by Ann Hameister

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

My life in pink & green by Lisa Greenwald

Reading together

Everyone knows that reading aloud is good for children, but did you know that it also has significant benefits for grown-ups and families as well? The connection that is created when people read together can't be overstated. Take some time to read with your family today.

2009 Michigan Reads book is....

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen!

"Deep in the water
where the fish hang out
lives a glum, gloomy swimmer
with an ever-present pout."

Can anything cheer up this bummed out fish? Will he ever get over his case of the "blubs"?? For a rollicking good read be sure to check out "The Pout-Pout Fish"!

August Tween Book & Pizza Registration

If you're going into 5th or 6th grade this fall, make sure to register for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club! We're meeting on Saturday, August 29, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan, a funny story about the most alternative school you've ever heard of. Registration begins Saturday, August 15, at 9am, so sign up and then stop by the library to pick up your copy of the book. See you soon!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! Wowzers! I am SO proud of you! Did you know that an incredible 4,798 kids and teens signed up for Summer Reading 2009?!?! And that 2,384 kids and teens finished summer reading and got books from the Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Library? Thanks Friends! The Adult Librarians told me that over 1000 grown-ups signed up for summer reading and lots of them earned books too. I think you all deserve a pat on the back. Go you!

Happy Birthday, Ann M. Martin!

Ann M. Martin, one of my all-time favorite authors, is celebrating her 54th birthday today. Stop by the CPL to check out one of her many awesome books. From the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, to the Main Street series, there's plenty to keep you busy. For further information on Ann, you can even check out her website. Happy reading!

Fantastic Fantasy!

August 16th marks the birth date of a fantastic fantasy author - Diana Wynne Jones. Her most recent book, The House of Many Ways (the sequel to Howl's Moving Castle) gives one a whole new perspective on housesitting. Charmain is ecstatic to get away from her parents and house-sit for her Great Uncle William, the Royal Wizard of Norland, but soon discovers the house has a mind of its own. The Game (2007) is an fascinating read for all fans of mythological fiction. Orphan Hayley is sent to a family gathering in Ireland.

Bedroom Makeover

Does your bedroom need a fresh look for the new school year? Have no fear, we have a interior decorating book just for you. For help with making over your bedroom, check out:

I wanna re-do my room by Clea Hantman; illustrated by Azadeh Houshyar

Bedroom makeover crafts by Kathy Ross; illustrated by Nicole in den Bosch

Room crafts: add some simple style to your space by from the editors of American Girl

Some Pig!

You may have noticed our book display over the Children's CDs. Who knew there were so many great pig characters in Children's Literature?! Some of these characters have even made it to film, like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, Babe the Gallant Pig, and, coming soon, Olivia! Don't forget those other "hams" on film, like Miss Piggy from the Muppet Show and Piggley from Jakers.

3rd Grade Book Discussion

Children going into third grade can sign up and check out a copy of the book at the Children's Desk.  Register online today.
Program Date: August 20 at 2-2:45 pm.
Book Title: Gloria Rising by Anne Cameron

Wacky Festival Alert!

August 7-9 marks the 34th Annual Twins Day Festival, held in Twinsburg, OH. This yearly festival is the world's largest gathering of twins according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Even if you aren't a twin and won't be attending this festival, why not enjoy your own Twins Day celebration with some of our fabulous fictional stories about twins. My favorite is Avi and Rachel Vail's Never Mind! A Twin Novel. Happy Reading!

4th Grade Book Discussion

Children going into fourth grade can sign up and check out a copy of the book at the Children's Desk. Register online today.
Program Date: August 18 at 2-2:45 pm.
Book Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

2nd Grade Book Discussion

Children going into second grade, sign up and check out a book at the Children's Desk. Register online today.
Program Date: August 17, 2 - 2:45 pm
Book Title: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

1st Grade Book Discussion

Children going into first grade, sign up and check out a book at the Children's Desk. Register online today.
Program Date: August 19 at 2 - 2:45 pm
Book Title: Cinder Rabbit by Lynn Hazen

Summer Reading? check!

2009-08-05%20%2834%29%20Book%20Fair.prevToday is the first day to claim your Summer Reading book prize! Patrons of all ages found some great picks to take home. If you finished Summer Reading this year, bring your book certificate to the Community Room now through August 12. We cannot replace lost certificates.

If you haven't checked Summer Reading off your list yet, remember that August 12 is the last day to turn in logs for prizes. There's still time to get the reading done and earn the ultimate Summer Reading prize!

Thank you to the Friends of the Library for making the book fair possible.

Barack Obama's Birthday Today - August 4th!

Did you know that President Barack Obama turned 48 today? Do you know how many children he has? Do you know if he got the dog he promised his kids? Do you know what kind of dog they were hoping to get? Do you know ANYTHING important about our new president? If not, check out some of our biographies on him. You can learn about him, as well as other presidents, by visiting this social studies website also. Live and learn and learn to live!

Young people make our history great!

Have you heard of Kory Johnson? Kory was nine years old in 1988 when she started Children for a Safe Environment, an organization that helps to make sure water is safe for us to drink. Want to learn more about kids who made their mark on American history? Check out We Were There Too by Phillip Hoose. In this great history book you'll find true stories, photos and other primary documents to help you envision what it was like to be a young person and stand up for what you believe.

Stinky Fun!

Is your little listener finishing up their reading log for the summer? Need one more book to read? I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan is sure to entice your child to sit and listen to this fun and stinky story! Told by the ruff and gruff garbage truck himself, the story follows the garbage truck's important job while also reinforcing the alphabet - the garbage truck loves to eat Apple cores, Banana peels, Candy wrappers...Parents will also love to read it because the creative wording will let them have fun reading in their very best garbage truck voice!