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Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! I have to tell you how much I've loved seeing all my friends come to the library over the last couple of weeks. Did you know that over 3000 of you have registered for Summer Reading? Wow! 1500 of you registered on the very first day! Double Wow! And then lots of you--I think we counted over 700 of you--came back this week to see Joel Tacey, make a craft, or watch a movie! Thanks for making our summer so busy, 'cause the librarians and I love seeing you have fun! Keep Reading! And don't forget to stop and say hello!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Catfish Katie and the Sweet Swamp Band

Catfish Kate and the Sweet Swamp Band by Sarah Weeks is a great story to read aloud. While Kate and her band want to play music in the swamp, some of the other animals want their peace and quiet. Luckily, Kate comes up with a creative compromise to satisfy everyone. This is a very fun story to read aloud because it has a strong rhythm and rhyming pattern throughout the book. If you like this book, check out some other books by Sarah Weeks such as: Bunny Fun, Overboard and Paper Parade.

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Register online beginning Friday, July 3, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer  by Janet Wong
Program Date: Friday, July 17, 2 - 2:45 pm

Puppets

The puppets have been temporarily removed from circulation and will be returned as soon as possible.  We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Dressing up: Canton women's clothing from 1880-1950

Have you ever wondered what your grandmother or great-grandmother would have worn when she was young? Well, wonder no more. Visit the Canton Historical Museum from June 20th through August 31st to see special occasion dresses from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The Canton Historical Museum is located on the corner of Canton Center Road and Heritage Park Drive. For more information visit their website.

Spy Stories from the American Revolution

American history can be thrilling to read about — if you pick up the right books. Try one of these recent suspenseful spy stories:

Soldier's secret: the story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Hannah Pritchard: pirate of the Revolution by Bonnie Pryor

Movie Day @ the Library

Join us for a viewing of Monsters, Inc. and snack. Register today!
Grade: Going into Kindergarten - 6th grade
Program Date: Thursday, July 2 at 1 - 3pm

I Want Braincandy!

Candy for the brain? You got it...Braincandy is a great series of DVDs for kids 6 months to 4 years old. They'll be introduced to different concepts like sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch. And don't forget to check out Eyecandy, which is part of the Braincandy series, too, and is all about the sense of - you guessed it - sight! Pick up a few and start feeding your kids some sweet stuff for the brain!

The Lorax

Did you enjoy Dr. Seuss' The Lorax? Want to learn more about what you can do to help the environment? Check out The Lorax Project. Besides great information about how to protect the forests and other endangered species, you can also play games, look at pictures of different habitats, track the Lorax in different parts of the world and meet friends of the Lorax like lemurs, red pandas and golden lion tamarins all on this website.

Create-A-Craft

Children ages 4-8 and their caregivers are invited to have fun with other kids making crafts to take home. No registration required.
When: June 30 1:00-3:00PM

Animal Encounters

Hear stories and meet some of the artistic animals featured in art and music from around the world. Children going into Kindergarten through fourth grade are invited! Register today!
Program Date: July 13, 2 - 2:45 pm

Second Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Program Date: July 14, 2 - 2:45pm

The Music Lady

The Music Lady, Beverly Meyer will share songs, joy, and movement with children, ages 2-8, and their families. Come sing and dance along! No registration required.
Program Date: July 6, 11 - 11:45 am

First Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out the book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley
Program Date & Time: Monday, July 6, 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Read Slob!

Are you looking for a good mystery that's mixed with a little bit of humor? Try the 2009 Junior Library Guild winner, Slob by Ellen Potter! It's about a boy named Owen who is faced with challenges such as dealing with a bully, an excrutiating gym class with a mean gym teacher, and not to mention finding out who is stealing his oreos every day! In the midst of all of this drama, he is in a race against time to create a contraption that will help him solve one of the biggest mysteries of all....did you think I would tell you what it is? Read the book and find out!

Peter Paul Rubens (Painter, not the Sandwich)

peter paul rubensPeter Paul Rubens was born on June 28, 1577. He is best known as an influential Flemish painter during the Baroque era. You make think Rubens conjures up images of sandwiches and lunch, but actually, the artist was famous for painting Counter-Reformation altarpieces, portraits, landscapes, and history paintings of mythological and allegorical subjects. His paintings are full of action and movement as the subjects are rendered in vivid colors and in interesting poses. An excellent website to learn more about this famous artist is www.peterpaulrubens.org.

Based on the Book

Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Inkheart, Spiderwick Chronicles.  Most people know that these recent movies are based on books.  But Children's novels have been providing sources for movies for many years.

New Publications For Your Student

College students and parents of elementary, middle and high school students can pick up copies of the Eduguide: Your roadmap to student success in the library's lobby brochure rack. Separate editions, geared to each educational level, offer tips on both helping students succeed in their current scholastic careers and preparing them for the next step on their academic ladder.

Michigan Reads

Some awesome kids books take place right here in the Michigan we all love. Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff introduces us to Maggie Dillion whose life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her experiences and realizations help us all believe in the power of friends and family to support each other in uncertain times...something we could all use about now. The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis is a roll-on-the-floor laughing book about a Flint family, their adventures and relationships...comic relief which is also very therapeutic in stressful times. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban won the 2007 Michigan Mitten Award.

Fun Snacks for Tweens

Learn how to make great snacks that are super easy and healthy to eat! Register today
Grades: Tweens (Going into 5th and 6th)
Program Date: Thursday, July 9 at 2-3pm