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Write It, Film It Video Contest

Want a chance at YouTube fame and some other cool prizes? Reading Rockets is looking for young filmmakers and creative writers to enter their Write It, Film It Video Contest. Open to kids ages 7-18, the contest allows entrants to choose from a list of seven categories for their movie. Movies must be no more than three minutes long, and submissions may be done individually or as a crew of two. For all the contest rules and how to enter, check out the official rules page. Deadline for submission is August 30!
[Photo courtesy of Scott Kinmartin on flickr]

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Reporting again for LB. He's just returned from his latest adventure. Did you guess where he was headed? If you guessed Boston, you were right! But that's not the only place he ended up on this massive road trip. Stay tuned and find out!
LB started his journey in Boston. There's a lot to see there and in the surrounding area. In the City of Boston, LB toured the Mapparium, a big glass globe you can walk through, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the New England Aquarium. Boston has some pretty crazy transportation though. Did you see LB's picture? He's in a truck that can drive on roads or be a boat in the water! How crazy is that? It's called an amphibious truck. It must belong to the same family as salamanders and frogs. LB also saw where Paul Revere rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming and where the colonists defeated the British at Concord.
Some of the other things LB saw around Concord where Henry David Thoreau's house. Did you know there's a bear named after him? And that there are books written about this bear? Thoreau must have been a pretty cool guy. And LB saw Orchard House too. Have you read Little Women? The lady who lived at Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott, wrote Little Women.
Then LB spent an afternoon in Rhode Island touring fancy houses. Lots of rich people used to go to Rhode Island for vacations and live in big houses. Now they just go to the Caribbean. What do you know about Rhode Island? Did you know it's the smallest state?
And then LB went to New York! There are lots of neat things to do there! And not just in the big city! LB saw the Art Museum, and Ellis Island and...the LIBRARY! New York City has a lot bigger library than CPL. LB met the Statue of Liberty too. If you've never read about how the Statue of Liberty was built, it's a pretty cool story!
LB finished his tour of New England with some more fancy houses and a mountain. One of the houses was a house made of glass. Better not play Baseball there! But LB did get to sit in a pretty special chair. Those fancy houses sure are BIG! And they have lots of fancy furniture. And lots of grass to run and play. The mountain is named Mt. Greylock. It's a pretty big one. It's the tallest one in Massachussetts. But I think at that time LB was getting a little homesick.
Which is why he's home for a while now. LB has loved going on adventures with all his library friends. But he's glad he made it home in time for the end of Summer Reading. He's got to turn in his reading log (he did a lot of reading on all those car trips!) so he can get his prizes. Have you finished YOUR reading log yet? You only have until Wednesday to get all your prizes! Don't forget to look at all the pictures of LB's latest adventure! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Register for the First Grade Book Group

Hey kids! Don't forget to register for the August First Grade Book Discussion! Registration starts Monday, August 9th at 9:00AM and the Book Discussion will meet from 2:00 until 2:30PM on Monday, August 23rd. This month's book is A Wish for a Fish. See you There!

One Yard Wonders

One-yard wonders : look how much you can make with just one yard of fabric! by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins ; photography by John Gruen ; photo styling by Raina Kattelson

Ever find yourself with just a yard of a truly excellent fabric but no idea how to use such a small amount of material? Wonder no more - this book is filled with over one hundred projects that use no more than a yard of fabric. There are things to wear and use around the house, and lots of clothing and items for children. Don't miss the very first project in the book, written by metro Detroit local Bethany Nixon of Reware Vintage and Handmade Detroit.

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!

This just out from Janet' Randolph's Dying for Chocolate blog:

August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Day. Obviously I've blogged many different Chocolate Chip Recipes from cookies to ice cream to truffles to pound cake to cheesecake to pancakes… and a lot more. I usually throw some chocolate chips in most of my recipes. It's almost always appropriate because you can never have enough chocolate!

Facebook Has a New Safety Page

Facebook has created a new Safety Page which has already become popular with many fans. This page has advice, articles, videos and much more to keep Facebook users protected. For more information, check out this article from School Library Journal or go straight to the Safety Page.
[Photo courtesy of Andrew Feinberg on Flickr]

Happy Birthday, P. D. James

P. D. James celebrated her 90th. birthday on August 3. The author of twenty books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast on television in the United States and other countries, Ms. James best known character is Adam Dagliesh, who has over the years risen to the status of Commander in the Metropolitan Police Service at New Scotland Yard. The first novel in the Dagliesh series, Cover Her Face, was published in 1962. Ms. James recently wrote Talking About Detective Fiction a history of the detective novel.
[Photo: © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.]

Girls Only Campout

No boys will be allowed at this campout held at Preservation Park on Friday, August 13 at 5:30PM. Ladies can start tent setup at 3:00PM and activities including a scavenger hunt, games, stories, campfire meals, and a gourmet S’mores station start at 5:30PM. All activities are weather permitting.

Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List

There’s a new queen of baby names. Isabella took the crown from last year’s winner, Emma, to claim the top girl baby name of 2009. Jacob continued his remarkable run by holding onto the top boy name for the 11th year in a row over a new number two for boys, Ethan. New to the top 10 this year for boys are Jayden and Noah, and for girls, Mia. A complete list of baby names is on the Social Security Administration's site.

Sound Garden

Come for a stroll at Canton’s 1st annual Sound Garden event. It will be taking place at the Lower Rouge Recreation Trail on Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-8:30PM. Light refreshments will be available and live music is going to be stationed along the trail for your enjoyment.

Lab TV

For all those kids who are thinking about a future in Science or Engineering, this is the website for you. The National Defense Education Program presents Lab TV. The site features dozens of webisodes that demonstrate research that is being done everyday to improve our world. So start challenging yourself to ask new questions and investigate some amazing research.

Mr. Picassohead

Hey kids! Are feeling creative on a rainy afternoon? If so, check out Mr. Picassohead! This great website gives you the chance to create your very own piece of abstract art just like Pablo Picasso did. Have fun choosing faces, features, colors, and sizes for your creation then either print him out or email him to yourself. Maybe we'll see your creation in the museum someday!

Book Worm for Kids

boy readingAttention all parents and kids that love books! This website, Book Worm for kids, is a great way to learn more about great books that are out there for you. The website lists new books, award winning books, and recommended books by age, from babies through teens. Readers can see a picture of the book, as well as a summary. Books are also categorized by Themes, Genre and Subject for children with specific interests. A great source for teachers and librarians as well.

Protect Yourself from Internet Fraud

You hear it all the time, "Internet identity theft on the rise." If you have been searching for a resource on identity theft protection and more, look no further. OnGuard Online is a website from the Federal Government in collaboration with businesses in the technology industry, which provides tips to help you be on guard against internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information. OnGuard Online's Net Cetera provides information on how to keep children safe and secure online. These websites provide information and tutorials on spyware, online shopping, and much more. A Spanish version of this site is also available.

Super Science Site!

Check out this awesome website: Jefferson Lab.
It has all a lot of great information for students and teachers. Those elusive and puzzling particles (atoms, molecules, quarks, electrons, etc. ) will never seem quite so daunting. Explanations are clear and come with super graphics helping you to 'finally get the picture' about what matter is all about. You can also enjoy some fun games an puzzles dealing with the nature of science reality. Practice tests are there for the brave of heart. Teachers and parents will also be thrilled with what is available on science site. Don't delay...check it all out today!

Math Can Help You Be Anything!

Kids, do you want to be a scientist, game designer, sportscaster, or chef when you grow up? How about an engineer, meteorologist, or inventor? If you have ever thought about any of these careers, check out Math Apprentice to see why math is the basis for so many careers. Play any of these cool games, and let math help you become anything you want to be!

DOGO News

Kids, do want to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news that matters to you? Do you wish there was a great website full of articles written with you in mind? Look no further. Head on over to DOGO News and take a look around. DOGO is filled with news stories covering current events, sports, science, and more — and it's all geared toward kids. The coolest part is that many of DOGO's articles are actually written by kids just like you! Check it out!

Baseball From A to Z

Kids, do you like Baseball? Do you find yourself rooting for the Tigers at the Detroit Zoo and wondering where their balls and gloves are hidden? Do you want peanuts and hot dogs for every meal? If this is you, then check out Baseball A to Z by Michael P. Spradlin. It's a new book in our picture book section. Be the next person to add your name to the hold list. You wouldn't want to be sliding into home without reading this book first!

I Just Want You To Know

I just want you to know: letters to my kids on love, faith, and family by Kate Gosselin is a very inspirational book about some of her life experiences, as well as letters to her 8 children on Love, Faith, and Family. Check out this item today!

Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.

Books

The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas.