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Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

Read a TumbleBook

Read a story in a new way. Tumblebooks is an online database that contains hundreds of well loved children's books told in an animated, interactive format. Many contain games, quizzes or other activities at the conclusion of the story. You can access it from your home computer or iPad or here in the library. If you are reading here in the library don't forget to bring your headphones so you'll be able to listen to the story.

Books for Geek Parents

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

The geek dad's guide to weekend fun: cool hacks, cutting -edge games, and more awesome projects for the whole family by Ken Denmead


And for Moms who want to get in on the fungeek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!

Healthy Kids

Healthy eating by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Healthy foods from A to Z by [executive editor, Stephanie Maze] = Comida sana de la A a la Z / [editora ejecutiva, Stephanie Maze]

10 ways I can live a healthy life by Sara Antill

My healthy body by Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein ; illustrated by Joe Weissmann

Going organic: a healthy guide to making the switch by Dana Meachen Rau

Cool relaxing: healthy & fun ways to chill out! by Alex Kuskowski

Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy mom, healthy baby: the ultimate pregnancy guide by Siobhan Dolan and Alice Lesch Kelly

Be fruitful: the essential guide to maximizing fertility and giving birth to a healthy child by Victoria Maizes ; foreword by Andrew Weil

Beautiful babies: nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding & baby's first foods by Kristen Michaelis

Pregnancy health yoga: your essential guide for bump, birth, and beyond by Tara Lee and Mary Attwood ; foreword by Dr. Gowri Motha creator of the gentle birth method

Mommy IQ: the complete guide to pregnancy by Rosie Pope ; foreword by Amos Grunebaum

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids. Seven days and counting. Until what you ask? Connect Your Summer! CYS is my favorite part of the year! What's new this summer? There are four new badges for you to earn. And I cannot wait for you to find out all the fun things the librarians have planned for you this summer. I wish I could tell you, but I've been sworn to secrecy. If you are excited like I am, there is one thing you can do TODAY. You can go to the My Account page and create a username and password (not with your library card). You'll use this to claim your badges this summer. One of the things that LB loves about CYS, because he travels so much, is that you can participate from anywhere in the world. So you can still have library fun this summer, even if you are not at home! And I know that you have fabulous and exciting travel plans this summer. So do that right now, and then you can wait with eager anticipation (like me!) for 9:00 AM on Monday, June 17th when CYS goes live for the summer. 6 days, 15 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds....
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Donuts with Dad

A father reading a book to his childrenCome celebrate Father's Day with your special Dad or Grandpa on Thursday, June 13 from 7:00-7:45pm. We will share some great "Dad" stories together, make a craft and enjoy some donuts. Designed for children ages 3-5. Take advantage of this opportunity to share together!

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days to be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

Children's Books on CD Have Moved

Children's Books on CD (formerly shelved in aisle #22) are now shelved with the Children's fiction books (aisles #15, #16, #17, #18). This will make it easier for patrons to find print books that are also available on CD so that they can follow along. It will also help kids to realize just how many wonderful, popular titles we have on CD.
It looks great thanks to a lot of work from our pages. Check it out!

Tutoring Will Return in September

A big giant Thank You to all the National Honor Society students who made our Homework Help tutoring program a big success again this year. We are also thankful for all who participated and used this service. We were so happy to be able to partner with NHS to provide the service! Look for Homework Help again next school year!

Connect Your Summer

Canton Public Library's Connect Your Summer (CYS) reading program begins on Monday, June 17. Patrons of all ages are welcome to join us in the Community Room for a full day of fun events.  Learn about the twelve badges you can earn this summer and all of the exciting ways to earn them.  Participate in opening day activities like a bike safety program or giant Scrabble, get a blood pressure check from our partners at Walgreens, nosh on a Bob Evans cookie or play dress up at our photo booth.  At 7:00 PM, geek out with a contest and special showing of The Princess Bride. Some other plans for the summer include real horses at the library, Monday Movie Madness, and MANY other special programs and plenty of opportunities to earn badges and win prizes. So don't be shy, come into the the library this summer where we guaranteed to connect you to a good time!

Collecting Family Stories: How to Interview Your Relatives with Virginia Bailey Parker

Virginia Bailey Parker is a national award-winning author, oral historian, speaker and writing coach. She has written three books, has been a columnist, newsletter editor for professional organizations and a freelance writer. Parker will help you record your family's unique stories while you can. But first, which questions should you ask and how do you ask them to get the best results when interviewing family members. Join us on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.

Healthcare for the Future

DoctorJoin Renee Merckz, executive director of PRA (Professional Resource Alliance of Greater Michigan) to find out your options. Merckz will show us the possibilities and promises for a long life free of health cost worries. PRA calls itself "Michigan Care Consultants for Seniors and Their Families" and whether you are a senior or a child of one, you need to hear this information. Please join us on Tuesday, July 9 from 6-7:30 PM for all the answers.

Naturalization Workshop

Attorney Ruby Robinson of the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center will provide a workshop on becoming a naturalized citizen. Get help with paperwork via workstations manned by law students, have your paperwork reviewed by an attorney and get advice on the final steps in the process. Join us on July 7 at 1:00 PM to start on the path to citizenship. Registration is required for this workshop and you will need to bring immigration documents with you.

Meet a Horse

Canton Public Library is pleased to welcome Jennifer Blades, the Coach of the University of Michigan's Equestrian team and owner of Willowbrooke Farm in Plymouth on Wednesday, August 7, at 10:00 AM. Jenny will bring a very special guest, one of her favorite school horses, Darien. She'll describe the basics of English riding skills and horse maintenance. Darien is a gentle, sweet horse and he loves kids! This is an outdoor event.

Come back in the evening at 7:00 PM to hear the moving and amazing story of JoAnne Normile and how she started Canter, the racehorse rescue group, in Michigan. Normile's story is told through her book Saving Baby: How One Woman's Love for a Racehorse Led to Her Redemption. She will be available to sign copies of her starred Kirkus-reviewed book purchased at the event.

Oldies, but Goodies: Backyard Games

Join us for some old-fashioned backyard games! We'll be behind the library (weather permitting) so kids of all ages can come have some fun. Should we run into bad weather, we'll still have games in the Community Room, so stop by.

Tuesday, June 25 from 7-8:30 PM

MSU Extension Service: All About Soil Tests

Our MSU Extension Service Soil Testing Informational Program will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  Learn about the positive impacts soil testing can have on your yard and garden and how to go about doing it. Also bring a plant or some seeds for our concurrent program Summer Seed and Plant Exchange! No registration required.

Cock-a-Doodle Dance Party

Cock-A-Doodle Doooooo! Come join author Christine Tricarico on July 17 from 10:00-11:00 AM for a rockin'read-aloud, doodle dance lesson and book signing at her Cock-a-doodle Dance Party! Children from birth through 5 years old will love the antics of these raucous farm animals.

Summer Seed and Plant Exchange

Join us Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM for our Summer Seed and Plant Exchange. If you've got some extra flower or vegetable plants or seeds that just didn't make it into your garden, bring them along and trade them in for something new! Be sure to stay for our concurrent program on Soil Testing presented by MSU. No registration required.

We Love Clifford!

Come and meet Clifford, the BIG RED DOG! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Clifford Book. We will celebrate Clifford at our Big Red Program on June 27 from 7:00-7:45 PM. This program is for children ages 2-6. Supplies provided in the Clifford Celebration Program are limited to those children registered.