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Caution! Big Trucks (and other vehicles) ahead!

While their parents may cringe at the sight of the orange and white striped construction barrels, little tykes get excited knowing this is their chance to see their favorite big trucks up close.  For a chance to see the big rigs up close without the hassle of stop and go traffic, head to bookshelf 13 in the Children's Library.  There in the J620's you'll find trucks of all kinds, a

Internet Service Maintenance Shutdown

A firewall that caused an interruption to our internet services last week will be replaced on Sunday, July 26. The maintenance will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to take approximately 30 minutes. During this time, there will be no access to internet resources (including the library catalog.) We apologize for any inconvenience.

"8th Wonder Theatre" is coming to the library!

"8th Wonder Theater" will present a special preview of "Big River," the Tony Award winning musical version of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckelberry Finn." Everyone is welcome!  Registration not required.
Program Date: Saturday, July 25 at 12:00pm and 1:00pm

Celebrate Beatrix Potter's Birthday!

Peter.preview.JPGBeatrix Potter's birthday is July 28th, so spend this weekend celebrating! Beatrix Potter was an author, illustrator and environmentalist. You can check out one of her amazing books about Peter Rabbit and his friends, and while you're in the library see if you can spot her illustration hanging behind the Children's Reference Desk. If you're interested in learning more about Beatrix Potter and her work, take a look at The World of Peter Rabbit or the Beatrix Potter Society.

Happy 308th Birthday Detroit!

Did you know that Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac? Commemorate the occasion with Madame Cadillac's Ghost by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos - a fun mystery about two kids left on their own to explore the Detroit Historical Museum (pictured left). If you get the chance, why not have your own adventure at the DHM? Admission is free during the month of July so it's definitely worth the trip!

So you want to be an environmentalist

Are you a passionate young person who wants to help the environment? Why not become an environmentalist? Check out these books on what an environmentalist does for the planet. Also, take a look at this eMagazine called Young Environmentalists for resources, tips and advice on making the planet a healthier place to live.

School Strangeness Series

Have you ever considered how strange, scary, and weird school can be?! Well, your school is probably pretty normal compared to the schools in these hilarious stories, but then again, maybe not. Read for yourself and find out. You may need to start preparing for the next school year well in advance if you have to deal with any of these situations.

The Other Arthur

You've probably heard of Arthur, the aardvark star of many books by Marc Brown.  But before he came along, there was another Arthur out there - Arthur the chimpanzee! Arthur is the star of many easy-to-read books.

National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  In case you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 19), don't  fear, the whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month!  So thank President Reagan for designating this month to a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the nation's population when you dig into that bowl of vanilla ice cream, the nation's favorite flavor.  To learn more about the history of ice cream read Marilyn Powell's Ice Cream: A History or make your own ice cream.  

Crafting with felt

Do you like the fuzzy look felt gives to purses, hats and scarves? Why not make your own fuzzy creation? Here are some books to help you get started. Remember, when you're knitting, crocheting or sewing your wool into a masterpiece, make it larger than you want the finished product to be. Wool shrinks when its wet!

Happy Birthday Degas!

degasThis Sunday, July 19th, is the birth anniversary of the artist Edgar Degas.  He lived from 1834-1917.  During his life, he became famous for painting and sculpting many subjects including a lengthy series having to do with dancers and dancing, most notably in the field of ballet.

Teen/Tween Clay Pots

Make a one-of- a-kind clay pot to stash your treasures in. All materials will be supplied. Register online today.
Program Date & Time: July 30, 1 - 2 pm
Grades: Going into 5th - 12th grade

Looking for More Summer Reading?

tween2rb.preview.jpgIf you finished your CPL summer reading log and want to keep reading, check out some other reading programs offered this summer:
Reading Warriors
Scholastic Summer Reading
Borders Summer Reading Challenge
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
The requirements for these programs are all different, so read the directions carefully. They might even inspire you to create your own summer reading challenge!

Why Wait? Listen Up!

Are you one of the 5 people on hold for the latest Michael Scott book, The Sorceress? Why wait? As of this moment it is available on CD in the Children's Audiobook collection in the Tween area. This is often the case with popular titles, such as the Percy Jackson books, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, etc. So why put off your enjoyment? Sit back, relax, and let someone else read the latest and greatest books to you. It is an awesome way to make time warp, too, on those long, boring rides to your vacation destination this summer. Learn to love listening now!

New Puppet Kits Are Here!

Our new puppet kits have arrived and are currently being processed. Put yourself on hold for my personal favorite: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming. The adorable kitty puppets do a great job of bringing this story to life for your children.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Fun

Come test your skills with other Yu-Gi-Oh fans. Register today
Grades: Tweens (Going into 5th and 6th)
Program Date: Thursday, July 16 at 1-3pm

Michael Brown and Beethoven

Join us for a show filled with music, magic and drama. “Beethoven,” a St. Bernard puppet will make a special appearance.
Program Date: July 21, at 7 - 7:45pm
Ages: Going into Kindergarten - Fourth Grade

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Letters and Numbers

Be sure to check out our special section of ABC and 123 books in aisle 1 in the children’s department next to the picture books. Here are some fun titles to check out:

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell

Count on Clifford by Norman Bridwell

Carlo likes counting by Jessica Spanyol

Get Fancy this Summer!

Fancy%20Nancy.preview.jpgIf you're feeling a little plain, a little down in the dumps this summer, check out some of our Fancy Nancy books! These are really fun, especially if you're in need of fancy words to express yourself. Words like "heroine," "fascinating," or "biography." If all the Fancy Nancy books are checked out, you can visit her online, and have a thrilling time (thrilling is just a fancy word for really exciting).