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U.S. News & World Report

As the month of August dwindles and fall approaches the Sept/09 edition of U.S. News & World Report arrives at the CPL. Exclusive rankings plus "Smart Ways To Pay For Your Education" are included for you reading. U.S. News is available for patron use at the Adult magazine shelf and Adult Reference desk. Additional copies are also available for immediate check out at the "magazine express" spinners.

Baseball for the kids

Check your local listings this week baseball fans because from August 21-30, 2009, the Little League Baseball Wold Series is taking place. Sixteen teams from around the world will compete to be the best Little League team on Earth! The official website is www.littleleague.org, so definitely check it out! These kids are super-serious about baseball and you might get a glimpse of a future pro!

It's raining meatballs!

One of my kids' favorite books is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  This amusing story takes place in the town of Chewandswallow where the townspeople get all of their food from the sky.  Everyone loves living in a town where they don't need to shop for groceries, until one day when things take a turn for the worse.  If you enjoy the book, a movie version is being made which opens on September 18th.

Happy Birthday Christopher Robin!

Christopher Robin Milne, son of A. A. Milne was born today, August 21st, in 1920. He and his teddy bear were the inspiration for everyone's favorite boy and bear duo, Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Why not celebrate with a Winnie-the-Pooh movie or book?
Need More Winnie? Try A Bear Called Winnie, which tells the story of the real life bear that Christopher's teddy was named after. You can also find more information about the Milnes and Winnie here.

Best Colleges 2010

Book of CollegesU.S.News and World Report has named the best schools in the nation in their latest issue. You can also check out the newest college directory, Complete Book of Colleges.

Make Friends With The Alphabet

I just discovered this beginning-reader series called Alphabet Friends. There are twenty-six books in all (one for each letter, of course!). Each book in the series features different kids doing different things, all connected in some way to a letter in the alphabet. The first book, called Anna and the Letter A, is about different things that Anna and her friend Angelica like to do. Jumping ahead a bit in the series we have Leila at the Library and the Letter L, where Leila goes to...you guessed it, the library! You know what? You should take a trip to the library, too, and check out some of these cool books! See you soon!

Your baby is smarter than you think

smart babyHow smart is your baby? Possibly smarter than you think, and they learn in ways that are vastly different from the way we learn when we are age five and older. Play and interaction with caregivers are the most important ways babies learn. The good news is that this requires no special toys or other tangibles; all you need is time.

image Baby Toys by S*H*A*D*D*A*I used under Creative Commons license

Reading together

Everyone knows that reading aloud is good for children, but did you know that it also has significant benefits for grown-ups and families as well? The connection that is created when people read together can't be overstated. Take some time to read with your family today.

2009 Michigan Reads book is....

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen!

"Deep in the water
where the fish hang out
lives a glum, gloomy swimmer
with an ever-present pout."

Can anything cheer up this bummed out fish? Will he ever get over his case of the "blubs"?? For a rollicking good read be sure to check out "The Pout-Pout Fish"!

August Tween Book & Pizza Registration

If you're going into 5th or 6th grade this fall, make sure to register for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club! We're meeting on Saturday, August 29, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan, a funny story about the most alternative school you've ever heard of. Registration begins Saturday, August 15, at 9am, so sign up and then stop by the library to pick up your copy of the book. See you soon!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! Wowzers! I am SO proud of you! Did you know that an incredible 4,798 kids and teens signed up for Summer Reading 2009?!?! And that 2,384 kids and teens finished summer reading and got books from the Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Library? Thanks Friends! The Adult Librarians told me that over 1000 grown-ups signed up for summer reading and lots of them earned books too. I think you all deserve a pat on the back. Go you!

The Book Whisperer

Donalyn Miller, a sixth-grade language arts teacher and the author of a blog and a book both titled The Book Whisperer, says she can turn any child into a book lover, no matter how reluctant a reader they may be. Students in Miller's class end the school year having read an average of forty to fifty books, no matter how far behind in their reading skills they may have been at the beginning of the year. In her book, she shares her teaching methods and offers a list of

Get the Facts about Health Care Reform

Confused about the debate over health care reform? President Obama has unveiled a new "Reality Check" site to help you get the facts on this very important issue. The site has fact sheets, videos, and links to related sites such as Health Reform.gov. It also allows users to receive updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Some Pig!

You may have noticed our book display over the Children's CDs. Who knew there were so many great pig characters in Children's Literature?! Some of these characters have even made it to film, like Wilbur from Charlotte's Web, Babe the Gallant Pig, and, coming soon, Olivia! Don't forget those other "hams" on film, like Miss Piggy from the Muppet Show and Piggley from Jakers.

Get Creative @ Saving for College

There's still time for your child to win $1500 towards his/her college education. You have until August 21 to enter the Get Creative @ Saving for College prize drawing (sponsored by the Michigan Education Trust, Michigan Education Savings Program, and the Library of Michigan Foundation.) Entry forms and instructions are available in the library lobby. (And remember, the home libraries of the sweepstakes winners also get a cash prize for the 2010 Summer Reading program!)

3rd Grade Book Discussion

Children going into third grade can sign up and check out a copy of the book at the Children's Desk.  Register online today.
Program Date: August 20 at 2-2:45 pm.
Book Title: Gloria Rising by Anne Cameron

4th Grade Book Discussion

Children going into fourth grade can sign up and check out a copy of the book at the Children's Desk. Register online today.
Program Date: August 18 at 2-2:45 pm.
Book Title: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

2nd Grade Book Discussion

Children going into second grade, sign up and check out a book at the Children's Desk. Register online today.
Program Date: August 17, 2 - 2:45 pm
Book Title: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton

1st Grade Book Discussion

Children going into first grade, sign up and check out a book at the Children's Desk. Register online today.
Program Date: August 19 at 2 - 2:45 pm
Book Title: Cinder Rabbit by Lynn Hazen

Stinky Fun!

Is your little listener finishing up their reading log for the summer? Need one more book to read? I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan is sure to entice your child to sit and listen to this fun and stinky story! Told by the ruff and gruff garbage truck himself, the story follows the garbage truck's important job while also reinforcing the alphabet - the garbage truck loves to eat Apple cores, Banana peels, Candy wrappers...Parents will also love to read it because the creative wording will let them have fun reading in their very best garbage truck voice!