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UoM Family Reading and Science Program III

This program is part of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History series Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle. On Saturday, March 15 from 2:00-3:00 PM, participants aged 6-11 years old (with their caregiver) will explore the world of dinosaurs. Titled "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the balance", participants will find out what can happen if the food chain comes undone? In the circle of life there is a delicate balance of predators and prey, each keeping the other in check. This workshop will explore how we monitor the health of those relationships and what we can do to maintain the balance. Registration begins on February 24.

March Tween Service Corps

Are you in the 5th, 6th, or 7th grade and looking for ways to fulfill one hour of 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. Out next date will be Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please be prompt!

Knit Night

Join other handcrafters for an evening of sharing and learning. all ages and stages are welcome at this informal gathering on Monday, March 10 at 7:00 PM in the library Purple Room. Bring your own project, yarn and needles.

Hummingbird Celebrates "Sing with your Child" Month

On Wednesday, March 19, from 10:00-10:45 AM, parents, caregivers and children 0-5 are invited to join Hummingbirds Music Together as part of "Sing with Your Child" month. Children will enjoy a morning full of singing and movement. We will play follow the leader during "Follow me Down to Carlow," count stars while rocking to "Great Big Stars," and think up favorite treats to eat on a “Trot to Grandma’s House." Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. This program will be presented by staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton.
[Music is in the air by Duane Romanell is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: March 11, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Purple Room

Cultural Expo Open House

The Cultural Expo open house will be presenting information from cultures all over the world, some well known and some not. Every country will have an activity, from coloring pages to puppets. Other countries will have traditional food with the recipes available if you love the food and want to make some at home. Countries represented will be Korea, Germany, India, Honduras, Poland and others!!
Join us on Saturday, March 22 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM as a team of National Honor Society students teach about and celebrate cultures from around the world.
[Savoir-Vivre International flag endpapers by Crosset Library in licensed under CC BY-SA2.0]

Starfish Family Services: Terrific Twos II

On Wednesday, March 26 from 6:30-8:30 PM, the highly trained staff from Starfish Family Services will present Terrific Twos: Helping Toddlers Navigate Through Conflict. Participants will identify steps for resolving conflicts with toddlers.  Bring your children as free daycare is provided by Starfish's daycare professionals.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention for Kids

On Saturday, March 8 from 2:00-2:45 PM, join local Pilates and Weight Loss Coach Judy Farmer, as she discusses the ins and outs of child diabetes and how to prevent it. As a mother of seven kids, Farmer knows how to get kids motivated! Get ready for fun as your kids jump to super dubstep music and learn easy ways to have energy and feel good all day. Bring a friend! Best for ages 6-10 year old.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention for Adults

We all know about the Diabetes epidemic, but what about our own personal lifestyle? We need practical tips and clear science in plain language that can very likely save us and our loved ones from pain and suffering. Judy Farmer, local Weight Loss and Pilates Coach, takes a light hearted look at this serious problem and begins to help us create a family lifestyle of mental clarity, energy, and stable happier moods. Join us on Thursday, March 6 from 7:00-7:45 PM, as Ms. Farmer discusses the ins and outs of diabetes and how to prevent it. Bring your teens!

Children's Musicians You Haven't Discovered

You've exhausted Raffi, Laurie Berkner, Caspar Babypants and Jim Gill.  Looking for some fresh music?  Here's some artists you may not have found yet. 

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, March 4 from 4:30-5:15 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear dark, loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat to work on. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on February 18.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Olympic Gold Winners, Sochi 2014

Meryl Davis and Charlie White from Michigan are the first American pair to win an ice dancing medal in the winter Olympics. Davis and White won the gold medal in ice dance on Monday for their nearly flawless performance. Both skaters attend University of Michigan and have been skating together since they were young children. The couple practice at the Artic Edge Ice Arena in Canton! Congratulations Meryl and Charlie!

[Ice Dance Championships SD by nabechiko29 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0]

Join us over Mid-Winter Break for some fun at CPL!

You won’t want to miss out on these fun programs we have scheduled for you over Mid-Winter Break!

Dance Your Fanny OffTuesday, February 18, 7:00 PM
Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes. This program is for new walkers up to 5 years old with their caregivers.

Teen Animanga ClubWednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM
Teens, join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store from a raffle to trivia to our always popular "mystery anime." What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Drop by and let your inner otaku run free.

Superfun Unicorn PartyThursday, February 20, 2:00 PM
Unicorns are so awesome! Come and celebrate their coolness at our Superfun Unicorn Party where we will read a magical Unicorn story, make some fun crafts, and have an awesome snack. This program is open to kids ages 4 years to 8 years old and their caregiver. Don't forget to register by clicking here. See you there, horn wearing optional!

The K ClubSaturday, February 22, 11: 00 AM

Create Your Own Storytime at Home: Zoo

Need inspiration to create your own storytime at home? Having an at-home storytime with your children can be as simple as reading a few books, dancing together to a silly song, and reciting a rhyme. The following books, songs, and rhyme are all fun suggestions for a "zoo" themed storytime. 


Dear zoo by Rod Campbell


Zoo ah-choooo by Peter Mandel ; illustrated by Elwood Smith


The Underpants Zoo by written and illustrated by Brian Sendelbach




Six little ducks [sound recording] by Al Dana... [et al.] — Dance to the track "Going To The Zoo."


Wiggleworms love you [sound recording] — Sing along with the track "Speckled Frogs."

NHS Homework Help

NHS students are here to provide 3rd-12th graders free homework help. If you're interested in getting tutored:
  • You must be in 3rd through 12th grade
  • If you're under 12, your parent must remain in the library
  • You must bring the assignment and any other needed materials

Days and Times

The last day for tutoring is May 22th.

2014 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

This award recognizes an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults. 

This year's winner is:

P.S. be eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia



This year's honor books are:

March. Book one by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell


Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers


Words with wings by Nikki Grimes

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me," illustrated by Bryan Collier is the 2014 King illustrator book winner.  The book was written by Daniel Beaty and published by Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group. Nelson Mandela, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson is the King illustrator Honor book.

Newbery Award Winners for 2014

The John Newbery Medal for 2014 has been awarded to:


Flora & Ulysses: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell



Newbery Honor books for 2014 are:



Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler


The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


One came home by Amy Timberlake


Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids.   The ALA Youth Media Awards (aka the Caldecott, amongst others)  Were just announced this morning.  Guess what?  One of my picks won!   Woo hoo! The winner of the 2014 Caldecott Award is....

Locomotive by Brian Floca








And I also picked on of the honor award winners...

Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle








Yay! Congrats to all the winners! 
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids. It's that time of year again.  Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award.  Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year.  I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit.  But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks. 

Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest.  The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes?