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Camping

Beware! Camping adventures can turn into calamities. If you doubt me, just read what can happen

Camping catastrophe! by Abby Klein ; illustrated by John McKinley

Alvin Ho : allergic to camping, hiking, and other natural disasters by Lenore Look ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A week in the woods by Andrew Clements

In need of more scares?

If you're enjoying this month's Tween book club selection and would like reading some more spooky stories, why not try Scared Witless: Thirteen Eerie Tales to Tell or The Scary States of America? These books contain lots of great stories (some spooky, others goofy), and they're particularly fun to share around a summer campfire!

Mosquito Free Summer Camp

Mr. Troop Mom recently premiered on Nickelodeon, and now you can check it out here at the library! George Lopez is a widower who volunteers to chaperone his daughter's scout troop's camping trip. Hillarity inevitability ensues. Of course, this is not the first film that is set at camp. The Jonas Brothers went to Camp Rock last summer. Way back in 1969, Charlie Brown visits camp in It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown.

Stitched Toys

Stitched ToysStitched Toys: 20 Stunning But Simple Designs by Kate Haxell includes instructions for making and embellishing twenty unique and appealing toys. The entire collection has a vintage aesthetic that will make these treasures seem like they've been in your family for years. The dog beanbag is my favorite.

Get Silly With The Alphabet

What's the longest word in the world? Smiles. Between the first and last S is...a mile! Ha-ha!
Want to read some more silly riddles about the alphabet? Then pick up a copy of Alphabet Soup. After you read this book, you can tell the riddles to some of your family or friends and try to stump them. There's nothing better than sharing a laugh, so read these riddles to spread some giggles!

Need Some Video Game Help?

Check out our growing collection of video game strategy guides! Search the catalog by subject for the system that you're looking for followed by "video games handbooks" to bring up a list of our titles. For example, searching for the subject "Xbox 360 video games handbooks" will give you our selection of strategy guides for the Xbox 360.

The Baby-Sitter's Club Graphix

Have you been waiting for more of The Baby-Sitter's Club graphic novels? Your wait is almost over. We've just ordered more! You can get on the waiting list NOW for: Kristy's Great Idea , The Truth About Stacey , Mary Anne Saves The Day and Claudia and Mean Janine.

Ice Cream Social @ the Library

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Come learn how to make your own ice cream. Add some extra toppings to make a delicious ice cream sundae. Register for one timeslot.
Grades: Kids going into K - 4th grade
Program Date: July 20 at 10 - 10:45 am OR 11:15 - Noon

Are you an AL or a NL?

baseball bat and gloveHey sports fans! Join us next week, July 12-14, 2009, in beautiful Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis, MO. for the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game! This the the game that showcases the best of the best from the American and National Leauges braving the heat to swing their bats in the ever-popular Home Run Derby and of course at the plate when they send their high fly balls over the left field fence in an attempt to bring victory to their team. For more information check out ESPN.com for all your sporting needs, highlights, and updates. Go American League!! (Home of our Detroit Tigers, afterall!)

Get Creative!

Are you "being creative" at CPL for the Summer Reading Program?  Check out our new display filled with books to bring out your artistic side!  There is something displayed for every taste - from drawing mangascrapbooking,  origami, and collage.  Prefer to write?  There are also some books to help the creative-writer inside come out!  Check out Writing Magic and Book Factory  for helpful tips on how to make your writing jump off of the page!  Then read In Print: 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids for tips on how to get your awesome stories published!  Come in all through July to check out our "creative" display!

Spooky Summer Read

Hey everyone going into 5th or 6th grade this fall - are you looking for a fun, spooky read this summer? Then sign up for the library's July Tween book discussion. This month we're reading Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn. It's about a girl named Ali trying to solve a ghostly mystery during her summer vacation at a cottage in Maine. Registration begins on Saturday, July 4, and we'll discuss the book over a pizza lunch on Saturday, July 18, from 1-2pm. Hope to see you then!

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.