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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!

Find Potty Training Help

Your little one is staying dry at night. Maybe she's taking off her diaper, or even asking if she can use the potty. Sounds like the time has come for your child to take that BIG step and start....potty-training! Sound a little daunting? Never fear, the library has plenty of resources to help you and your child out. We've got books (and DVDs) for both of you to read together, and we've also got some helpful books for mom and dad to read on their own. With the library's help, your toddler will be on the road to becoming a "big kid!"

Summer Reading with the Plymouth Whalers

Throughout the summer, many of the Plymouth Whalers have been sharing some of their favorite hockey picture books with their fans. The last storytime of the summer will be on Thursday, August 6th at 11am.


Bubbleman

The Bubbleman show bubbles in a magical manner. Big bubbles, small bubbles and even bubble sculptures. No registration required.
Ages: Children going into Kindergarten - 4th grade
Program Date: Tuesday, August 4 from 2 - 2:45pm

Sewing Green

Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials Plus Tips & Resources for Earth-Friendly Stitching by Betz White, photographs by John Gruen

This slim paperback is packed with projects to wear and use, for grown-ups, children, and your home. The instructions for each project include information on how to reuse and upcycle materials you may already have on hand, and the results are simple and elegant.

Tigers...you're not done yet!

Summer is still in the air, so fans, that means the Tigers are not done yet! So far their away record hasn't been so slick, but there is hope. In our series against the Texas Rangers, we did take one of the three games that we played. Not stellar, but one is better than none. Hopefully in the next series we have coming up against Cleveland we will add more wins to our belt. While you wait in a hot dog fueled anticipation, be sure to check out these titles we have on the Detroit Tigers to help pass the time until first pitch!

National Immunization Month

August is National Immunization Month. Most people think that only children need vaccines, but did you know that adults need to be immunized too? Check the immunization schedules on the CDC website to see what vaccines are needed at all stages of life. For more information, read The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults by Randall Neustaedter.
[Photo courtesy of eLibrary.]

Back to School info for Parents

It's not to early to start thinking about going back to school in September. A new link on the PCCS page will connect parents and students to information about the upcoming school year. Find class list, bus routes, school supply suggestions, and open house schedules. So get your pencils out. Let the learning begin!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! It's hard to believe it's almost August already. This summer is really flying by! I'm having so much fun seeing all my friends at the library. I'll be really sad when you all go back to school. I wanted to tell you about my new friend. He's in the fish tank and really small. He's a baby snail! Right now he is mostly wiggly, squiggily and shell-less, but if you keep watching, he will grow his own new shell! He's pretty cool. Even though it doesn't look like they do much, snails are very interesting animals. If you're curious to find out more, there are lots of books about Snails here at the library! While you're at the fish tank, don't forget to wave to Nemo also. I don't want him to get jealous of Baby Snail's attention! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke