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Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! As of today it’s less than 50 days until Summer Reading (and summer vacation—hint hint!). It’s even starting to feel like summer! Thankfully the library is nice and air conditioned. Very important for someone who wears a big fur coat like me!

Moving on Up

Well fans, Round 1 against the Colombus Blue Jackets ended with our hometown heroes moving on to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while leaving those Blue Jackets at the cleaners! Will Lord Stanely once again grace our ice as we revel in being hockey champions? Only time will tell, but until then, checkout the Detroit Red Wings website for all the most up to date information on our boys in red.

Check Out These New CDs

If you've got a yen for Celtic folk music with a populist bent (think Ewan MacColl, Mick Moloney or Tommy Makem), two new CDs by famed area musician Terry Murphy will help satisfy your craving. You'll find Freeborn Man and Terry Murphy in the Folk & Ethnic section.

Aye, The Play's the Thing

In honor of Shakespeare's birthday, why not pick up a great read dealing with the theater?

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Tap Dance.thumbnail.jpgTomorrow is the beginning of National Dance Week, so get ready to celebrate from April 24 to May 3! Break into spontaneous dance moves, learn more about dancing, or share a dancing story of your own by commenting on this post. In just a few more weeks I’ll have my own tap shoes on and join the recital madness, and while not everyone is going to be on stage, anyone can grab a good dance read!

Pet… Bugs?

Bugs as PetsThe weather is getting warmer and children are eager to play outside.  Their curiosity often leads them to investigate all the little critters crawling about, and sometimes a bug or two might even make its way home with them.  Then what do you do?  The Animal Planet Pet Care series has a book Bugs as Pets which tells you how to house and properly care for your new "pet". 

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs...

Interested in communicating with your baby through sign language? The library has many DVDs in the Parenting section that can help. Give them a try, and soon you and your baby will be talking with your hands. Here are a few to get you started:

Baby Signs: Welcome to the Baby Signs Program
Baby Signs: My Pet Signs
My Baby Can Talk

The 50 States Project

Have you heard about the 50 States Project?  Throughout the upcoming year 50 photographers, one for each of the 50 States, will photograph the State where they live. Every two months each photographer will be sent an assignment by e-mail, they then have two months to produce one image in response. The images must represent both their style and the State in which they live. January's assignment was People and photos from around the country can now be seen online.

Choosing a New Pet

If you are considering a new addition to your family, the library is a great place to start. We have many books available to help you select a pet for your family. The Animal Planet Pet Care series has books on dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish and even bugs as pets!

Kids Graphic Novel News - #7

Night of the Homework Zombies

"The new substitute teacher is turning every kid in school into a brain-boggled zombie who loves homework!  Can Trevor save his friends from this truly disgusting fate?"

Click here to go to ----------->   Night of the Homework Zombies

Earth - the movie

EarthJust in time for Earth Day, the first release from the Disneynature series opens today.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hi Kids! It’s Thorndyke. Did you know that today is Administrative Assistants day? Administrative assistants is a big word for people who work really hard making sure things run smoothly and orderly. The Canton Public Library has lots of great administrative assistants. One of them works in the Children’s Library. Her name is Miss Erin. She does lots of great stuff for the children’s librarians. She makes all our Summer Reading Logs look so cool. You might also see her feeding the fish, or just generally being helpful. So if you see Miss Erin today, make sure you tell her thank you! We love you Miss Erin!

Bear hugs!
Thorndyke

Potty Training Picture Books

Parents, looking for some fun titles to encourage your little one to start using the potty? Check out some of these humorous picture books, and good luck!

Everyone poops by Taro Gomi; translated by Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

Have you seen my potty? by Mij Kelly

The princess and the potty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison; illustrated by Rick Brown

New Fish Friends!

Blubbbb. Blubbbb.

I invited some new friends to come live with me in our new fish tank home. 
I can hardly wait until they get here!
Do you ever have friends visit?

You can answer me by clicking comment on my blog.

Your friend,
Nemo

P.S. Wave at me when you go by!!

Blubbbb. Blubbbb.

Crafts for a Rainy Day

Get crafty with help from these books. These craft projects with They Might Be Giants playing in the background could lead to a very fun rainy day!

Nature's art box: from t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by written by Laura C. Martin; with drawings by David Cain

Crafty kids: fun projects for you and your toddler by Rosie Hankin

Super Saturdays

Super Saturdays are for families with children ages 3-6 years old can come to the library on Saturdays for 30 minutes of fun activities.  Registration not required.
Program Dates & Time: Saturdays in April, 11:00 - 11:30 AM

Celebrate Shakespeare!

Hey kids, did you know that this Thursday (April 23) marks the anniversary of both William Shakespeare's birth and death? Celebrate "The Bard" with a fun mystery like Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach or check out the rest of the Children's Department's collection of Shakespeare-related materials.

Poetry for Kids

Poetry is celebrated during National Poetry Month each April, but it's good reading all year long. This collection is especially designed for children, including kids who might want to write their own poetry, but aren't sure how to start. We have the answer.

Books of Poems

Wham!

Vile Verses

vile versesIf you love to surround yourself in silliness and hang out with crazy characters that have more character than a next door neighbor with a llama, check out Roald Dahl's book Vile Verses! It's poetry for those of us who are still hanging out with Oopa-Loompas and never got off the Great Glass Elevator. Enjoy!

Share Your Eco-Friendly Tips on Our Green Board

Got some eco-friendly ideas you'd like to share? Write them on our community "Green Board" in the lobby during Earth Week (April 18-25). Then check out some of our "green" Earth Week programming, or get some environment-friendly tips from the Brightboard digital signs behind Checkout and in the Children's Library.