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Homeschool High School

How do I decide what classes my student needs for high school? How do I count credits? Can my child attend college if he's homeschooled? And, what about the prom?

Families thinking about homeschooling through high school often have these questions and many more. Join us on Monday, August 27 from 6:45-8:45 PM as we come together to ask and answer questions about homeschooling through high school. We'll hear from families who have successfully made it through the high school years (and gone on to college success) as well as families who are currently in the process. If you are approaching the high school years in your homeschool, already in the high school years, or just thinking about homeschooling high school, join us for a night of answers!

Get inspired, Go Wild

Have you earned your Go Wild badge yet? If not, summer isn't over yet--so you still have time. Now that the weather has gotten better, be sure to get out and Go Wild by taking a walk in the woods or at a park, enjoying Art in the Park this weekend, July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 in Downtown Plymouth, or run through the sprinkler to cool off. No matter what you choose to do, Go Wild and have fun!

Chess Day

Chess is a great way to exercise your mind this summer, and July 20th is International Chess Day. Chess is played world wide by millions of people and calls for some good strategy and thinking skills. If you would like to learn more about chess or try your hand at a game, open chess is available at the library on July 22, and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. You could also play or learn chess for your Conquer it or Game on Badge.

Great Mystery Book

The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series) and introduces readers to Precious Ramotswe as a child. When treats start disappearing from the kids' school lunches, a chubby boy named Poloko becomes the likely suspect. Precious believes he is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. Set in a vividly realistic setting of Botswana with magnificent black and red illustrations and featuring compelling characters, this mystery will have readers of all ages clammering for a sequel.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,
I hope you are having as much fun earning badges for Connect Your Summer as I am. I've earned some by reading really good books, a couple more for doing some fun things here at the library, and few by coming up with some creative ideas all by myself. I'm sharing my badges so you can see all the things I've done. I love reading all the things that you have done to earn badges too. Keep up the great work!
I'm trying to decide what badge I should earn next, and I need your help. Find the poll and vote for what badge I should earn. If you do, you can claim Geek Out Badge. Thanks for your help. Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

Butterfly Wings and Musical Things

This unique program combines interactive storytelling, beautiful music, full audience participation and hands-on fun with musical instruments. From 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 13, The Storytellers present music and instruments from the Caribbean, West Africa, North America, Brazil, Australia and other countries. Children will be invited to play various instruments at this memorable storytelling concert.

[BW music by buttons.butterflies is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0]

Wild Wear Wednesdays

three pigsAre you looking for a super fun way to earn your Go Wild Badge? Every Wednesday until the end of CYS on August 11, 2012, wear your favorite wild animal clothes! They can have animal prints, animal pictures, or animal sounds. It'll be a jungle in here!

Michigan Pet Finders Community

Michigan Pet Finders Community is a great local resource that has links for posting about a lost pet, a found pet, tips for keeping pets safe in this extreme heat, and other great links. Be sure to check this site out and don't forget to give you pets plenty of water and keep them cool this summer!

Picture Books Celebrating American Independence

Enjoy some wonderful picture books that celebrate America and our independence!

Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas ; illustrated by Raul Colon



Cranberry summer by Wende and Harry Devlin

Finding Fireworks

Looking for a fun way to spend a summer evening, but not sure when and where to find local fireworks displays? Check out michiganfireworks.com. You can search by date, city, or county to find local fireworks events.

[Canton Liberty Fest 2012 Fireworks by Deborah Edwards-Onoro is used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.]

Poems with Bite

Have you earned your Go Wild Badge yet? If not, here is a great way to do it — check out some of our wild animal poetry! We have a wide variety of poems about animals and after you read them, be sure to try and come up with your own. Have a wild time!

All J Series Books Moving to J Fiction

All the J Series books that used to be shelved in aisles #19 & #20 are in the process of being changed to J Fiction in aisles #16 - #18.  Most series already have titles shelved in J Fiction, either by author or series title if there is more than one author.
If you have any questions, stop by the help desk and we will be happy to assist you.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this last phase of this change-over project.

Two More J Series Moving to J Fiction

These two series will be temporarily unavailable while changes are made to reflect their new location:

Little house on the prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams

The Little House books will now be shelved as J Fiction Wilder


Scooby-Doo! and the haunted castle by written by James Gelsey

The Scooby-Doo books will now be shelved as J Fiction Scooby-Doo

Copper Tom: Music, Comedy and Storytelling

Copper Tom incorporates cool, sometimes arcane, rhythms into accessible songs.  He draws inspiration from American roots music, including old time country, blues and roots rock and roll.  He might even throw in a little New Orleans funk, Trinidadian calypso, reggae and some fun tales to boot.  Join us on Wednesday, July 25 from 7:00-8:00 PM as we sing and dance to Copper Tom's eclectic music. 

Calling All Babies — August

Calling All Babies! If you are two-years-old or younger, join us Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 10:00-10:30 AM, as we explore Animals. We'll have fun learning about our furry friends and getting to play a bit too. Moms, be sure to register your little one beginning June 26, 2012. We look forward to seeing you there!

Calling All Babies — July

Calling All Babies! If you are two-years-old or younger, join us Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 10:00-10:30 AM, as we explore Yummy Food. We'll have fun learning about all things tasty and getting to play a bit too. Moms, be sure to register your little one beginning June 26, 2012. We look forward to seeing you there!

Make Your Own Ice Cream

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream month? Celebrate here at the library on Monday July 23 by making your own ice cream. Kids going into grades 1st through 4th and their caregivers are welcome join us. Please register for one time slot, beginning Tuesday, June 26th. Rain location will be in the Community Room. Program times are as follows:

Who do you Love? Craft

Kids in grades two-six, join us Tuesday, July 10 from 7:00-8:00 PM and make a special book, card or other craft for someone you love. We will have everything you need, but if there is something special you want to include on your craft, bring it with you.

Cloth Painting for Tweens

Tweens, get ready to get creative. Join us July 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM for our Cloth Painting Program. You supply the paintable item, for example, shirts, canvas shoes, bags, socks, pillowcases, etc., and we will supply the paint and other fun things to decorate your creations with. Registration begins June 26, 2012 and space is limited. See you there!

Snack Tales

What happens when you combine great stories with an easy-to-make treat? You get "Snack Tales!" This program is for kids in grades K-4 with a caregiver. Join us Tuesday, July 24 from 7:00-7:45 PM to enjoy a story and make a fun, edible treat based on that story. Registration begins June 26th at 9:00 AM. Please indicate any food allergies in the notes field when registering.