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NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

The last day for tutoring is May 22th.

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids.   That, above, is my view of the Children's Library right now. Boy!  Do I miss you all!  It's been a week and a half since the Children's Library has closed and I can't believe how quiet it's been around here.  But that doesn't mean that it hasn't been eventful.   With the book sorter room closed, the pages who check in and shelve all the books have been moved into the front of the Children's Library. Right now I can see about 20 carts, half of them full of books and DVDs and stuff, and that doesn't even count the ones that are out where all the patrons are!  I am completely boggled by the amount of things that get checked out at the library.  And today, the construction guys are putting new flooring in the entrance tunnels to the Children's Library.   Picture a big grown-up construction guy putting flooring in the smallest of tunnels...they are sure working hard!  If you want to see what it looks like in the library, be sure to ask a grown-up to help you check out Facebook and Twitter, where all the pictures of the library construction are being posted. Hopefully, you'll all be back to see me soon. 
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.   You know, LB has done some pretty cool stuff, but this might just be the coolest thing he's done in a very long time.   LB was at Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend.   You know, the big game where the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos.  And not only did he go to the game, but he went to a Victory Party afterwards where he got *this close* to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Whoa.  Of course, in order to get LB through security, he needed to go like Flat Stanley. Have you read that book? It's a good one. While I think LB will be basking in the excitement of this adventure for awhile, it really makes me want some Marshawn Lynch's Skittles.   Mmmmm...
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

African-American Musicians and Music

Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians. 

We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman

Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka

Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield

Robert F. Sibert Medal Awards for Informational Picture Books

The Robert F. Sibert Medal is awarded yearly to an outstanding nonfiction picture book. There are frequently several honor books named as well, and this year was no exception. If you are looking for something both beautiful and informative, try this list of award-winning titles.

2014 Medal Winner and Honor Books:


Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin by written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Locomotive by Brian Floca

The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan

Schneider Family Book Award

From the ALA website, "The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences." Each year the awards typically include one book targeted to children, one to tween-age readers, and one to teens. Earlier this week, the 2014 awards were announced.


2014 Teen Winner

Rose under fire by Elizabeth Wein






2014 Middle Grade Winner

Handbook for dragon slayers by Merrie Haskell

2014 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

This award recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. 

This year's winner is:

P.S. be eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia



This year's honor books are:

March. Book one by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell


Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers


Words with wings by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me," illustrated by Bryan Collier is the 2014 King illustrator book winner.  The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group. Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson is the King illustrator Honor book.

Newbery Award Winners for 2014

The John Newbery Medal for 2014 has been awarded to:


Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell



Newbery Honor books for 2014 are:



Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler


The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


One came home by Amy Timberlake


Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.   The ALA Youth Media Awards (aka the Caldecott, amongst others)  Were just announced this morning.  Guess what?  One of my picks won!   Woo hoo! The winner of the 2014 Caldecott Award is....

Locomotive by Brian Floca








And I also picked on of the honor award winners...

Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle








Yay! Congrats to all the winners! 
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winners and Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2014 Award Recipients and Honor Books:


The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli

Ball by word and pictures by Mary Sullivan

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.  Big things are happening at the library soon.  BIG THINGS.  As in Renovations and Construction.  As you can see, I'm already prepped for the changes to come. I've got my construction hat on and I've established a protective zone all around me.  Why do I need that, do you ask?  Because the Children's Library is where much of the construction stuff will be happening. The construction workers will be storing stuff and working here.  That means...that the Children's Library will be CLOSED for at least two weeks!   I don't know quite how I'll manage.  I'm sure I'll go through withdrawals from seeing all of you. I hope I don't get bear-ied in sawdust! But never fear...I have a plan.    Since I'll literally be hanging it out in the thick of things, I'm going to your Bear-on- the-Spot Reporter.  I'll be giving Bear-Eye views on how the construction is going.  And I may have to venture out to Adult World once in a while to clear the ringing from my ears. What I'm saying is, is that even though you won't see me every day, I'll still be making my presence known.  look for updates from me and my Little Buddy, LB, in the next few weeks here at the library.
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke 

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids. It's that time of year again.  Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award.  Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year.  I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit.  But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks. 

Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest.  The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes? 

K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program created just for them. We will share some silly stories together, and enjoy a snack and a craft around this fun theme. Come join our giggles at the library on February 22, 11:00-11:45 PM.

Superfun Unicorn Party!

unicorn greatUnicorns are so awesome! Come and celebrate their coolness at our Superfun Unicorn Party on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. We will read a magical Unicorn story, make some fun crafts, and have an awesome snack. This program is open to kids ages 4 years to 8 years old and their caregiver. Registration will begin Monday, January 20, 2014. See you there! Horn wearing optional!

Read with a Dog!

Kids and Tweens in grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a Canine Good Citizen. Sign up begins at 6:25 PM at the Children's Desk and is on a first come, first served basis. Sessions start at 10 minutes per sitting.

Date: February 24
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Place: Purple Room

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Target Family Reading Night: Love

Families with children ages 4-8 can enjoy stories, sweets and treats to celebrate Valentine's Day at this program sponsored by Target and the Friends of the Canton Public Library. Registration begins January 20.

Program Date: February 10, 7:00 PM

Open Chess

Join us for informal open play as well as a tournament by the "Library Chess Clubs" on the fourth Sunday of most months in the library Community Room. For tournament information and registration, please email clubchess@wowway.com. This chess meeting on February 23 at 1:00 to 5:00 PM is open to everyone from 10 to 100 years old.

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Conference Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.