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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.

Mysteries For Beginner Readers

If  you are just starting to read or love listening to stories, we have some mysteries just for you!

Detective LaRue: letters from the investigation by Mark Teague



The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by G. Brian Karas



Nate the Great and the mushy valentine by Marjorie Sharmat ; illustrated by Marc Simont

Sleuth Series for Kids

Have you exhausted Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and the Boxcar Children?  Here are some sleuths you'll find in several books. Maybe you'll discover a new favorite

Sly the Sleuth and the pet mysteries by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow ; illustrated by Heather Maione



Sebastian (Super Sleuth) and the time capsule caper by Mary Blount Christian ; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Mysteries for Upper Elementary

Looking for a mystery that will really challenge you?  Here are some popular reads that could really happen, solved by kids just like you.

The London Eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd



The Westing game by Ellen Raskin



Belly up: murder at FunJungle by Stuart Gibbs


Tween Service Corps July 2012

Are you in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade and looking for ways to fulfill your community service requirement for school? Join us and work as our Tween Service Corps. You can earn one hour of your community service time and also have fun helping out in the Children's Department.Our next service date will be July 21 at 2:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

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, June 26, from 7:00-7:45 PM to enjoy a story and make a fun, edible treat based on that story. Registration begins May 24 at 9:00 AM.

J International Language Materials Moving

The Juvenile International Language materials are currently being moved to a new location in the Children's Department.  Their new home is in Aisle 19, located just outside of the Tween Scene. Thank you for your patience as we shift these items to make them more accessible!

Warriors Skyclan and the Stranger

warrior skyclanAre you looking to Go Wild reading this summer? If so, be sure to browse our New Book Shelf for the most recent title in the Warriors Graphic Novel Series. These books will take you on an adventure of epic-sized hairball proportions! The cats are waiting, check them out new before they run away.

Giant Scrabble


July 18, 6:30-8:30 PM at the library. All ages. Scrabble on our insane 10x10-foot board.

Plush Pets Sleepover

Did you know that your favorite stuffed animal can enjoy the library too? Kids, ages four-six, and their caregiver can bring their furry friend to a special storytime on Thursday, July 19 from 7:00-7:45 PM. But it doesn't end there. Your stuffed animal can then stay at the library for a super fun sleepover. Don't worry, you can pick up your animal at the children's desk the next day. We will take pictures of all the animals' fun activities and post them on the library web site.

Movie Challenge 1: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 1: watch two (or more) movies/tv shows involving… Robin Hood. There have been a gazillion remakes. Make a comment to this post ranking what you watched to earn a secret badge besides your Curtains Up (see comment example below).

The story of Robin Hood [videodisc] by Walt Disney

Robin Hood [videodisc]: men in tights by Twentieth Century Fox ; a Brooksfilms production ; in association with Gaumont

The adventures of Robin Hood [videodisc] by a First National picture

Wishbone [videodisc]: Paw prints of thieves by written by Adam Felber ; produced by Betty Buckley ; directed by Ben Vaughn

Great Outdoors Month

Did you know that June is the Great Outdoors Month. Blue skies, cool breezes and blue lakes abound in Michigan, so take advantage of this and take a long walk, ride a bike, or go swimming or golfing. The opportunities are endless. Share your experience on CYS and earn an appropriate badge.

Jewelry Making For Kids

Get Hands On this summer with different styles of jewelry making. These books will help you get started making fun and pretty necklaces, bracelets, and more.

Jewelry making for fun! by Robin Koontz

Jazzy jewelry by Dawn Brend ... [et al.]

Junk drawer jewelry by written by Rachel Di Salle and Ellen Warwick; illustrated by Jane Kurisu

Sewing, Needlework and More

Geeky Non Fiction for kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to get you started.

The real spy's guide to becoming a spy by Peter Earnest and Suzanne Harper, in association with the Spy Museum

The big book of spy stuff by Bart King; illustrations by Russell Miller

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Crafts

In love with paper crafts by [editor-in-chief, Jennifer Schaerer]

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginners by edited by Carine Tracanelli

Fun family crafts by Kelly Doust

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.

Baseball Reads for Kids

Batter Up! We've got a whole roster full of great reads for kids about America's Favorite Pastime. Check one out today before they're loooong gone.

The boys by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Jeff Newman

Baseball hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson

Watch me throw the ball! by Mo Willems

Geek Dad

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

Curtains Up Books for Kids

Did you know that many of the great family movies out there were kids books first? You can earn your "curtains up" badge by reading some of these great titles:

Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Cheaper by the dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; (with a new afterword by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey)