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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

Be a Green Parent

Want to teach your kids about living green? Not sure where to start? The Green Parent is a handy guide with helpful tips that show parents and kids how to live environmentally-friendly lives. With this book, you'll learn how to make a waste-free lunch, buy organic foods, give green gifts and much more. There are even hints for buying eco-friendly clothes and helping your pets be earth-friendly, too! Your family will be on the path to living a greener life in no time...you just might become the greenest family on the block!

Growing Your Own Vegetables

Cover of the book Growing Your Own VegetablesGrowing Your Own Vegetables: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide by Carla Emery and Lorene Edwards Forkner covers the gamut of the home veg garden, from planning and layout to specific info on onions, legumes, herbs, and more. Handy tips and solid instruction.

Renew Library Materials While on Vacation

You remembered to cancel the newspaper and mail delivery and to turn off the coffee pot and shut the garage door. What you forgot to do was...return your DVDs! Don't fret - you can renew library materials online at any time, from your hotel or vacation cottage. Or call (734-397-0999) during normal business hours to speak with someone at the Checkout Desk. (Our direct-dial automated renewal line is no longer available and the automated service will be discontinued September 1, 2009.)

Storytime

Storytime introduces stories, songs and fingerplays to parents and young children.  No registration required.
Ages: Babies - Not Yet 2 Years Old
Program Dates: July 27 at 7pm

Caution! Big Trucks (and other vehicles) ahead!

While their parents may cringe at the sight of the orange and white striped construction barrels, little tykes get excited knowing this is their chance to see their favorite big trucks up close.  For a chance to see the big rigs up close without the hassle of stop and go traffic, head to bookshelf 13 in the Children's Library.  There in the J620's you'll find trucks of all kinds, a

"8th Wonder Theatre" is coming to the library!

"8th Wonder Theater" will present a special preview of "Big River," the Tony Award winning musical version of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckelberry Finn." Everyone is welcome!  Registration not required.
Program Date: Saturday, July 25 at 12:00pm and 1:00pm

Happy 308th Birthday Detroit!

Did you know that Detroit was founded on July 24, 1701 by French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac? Commemorate the occasion with Madame Cadillac's Ghost by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos - a fun mystery about two kids left on their own to explore the Detroit Historical Museum (pictured left). If you get the chance, why not have your own adventure at the DHM? Admission is free during the month of July so it's definitely worth the trip!

The Other Arthur

You've probably heard of Arthur, the aardvark star of many books by Marc Brown.  But before he came along, there was another Arthur out there - Arthur the chimpanzee! Arthur is the star of many easy-to-read books.

Baby Beanies

Baby Beanies: Happy Hats to Knit for Little Heads by Amanda Keeys includes instructions for knitting a variety of adorable hats for newborns, babies, and toddlers. The patterns vary from very basic beginner level to more advanced, and all of them are mega cute.

National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  In case you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 19), don't  fear, the whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month!  So thank President Reagan for designating this month to a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the nation's population when you dig into that bowl of vanilla ice cream, the nation's favorite flavor.  To learn more about the history of ice cream read Marilyn Powell's Ice Cream: A History or make your own ice cream.  

Teen/Tween Clay Pots

Make a one-of- a-kind clay pot to stash your treasures in. All materials will be supplied. Register online today.
Program Date & Time: July 30, 1 - 2 pm
Grades: Going into 5th - 12th grade

Looking for More Summer Reading?

tween2rb.preview.jpgIf you finished your CPL summer reading log and want to keep reading, check out some other reading programs offered this summer:
Reading Warriors
Scholastic Summer Reading
Borders Summer Reading Challenge
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
The requirements for these programs are all different, so read the directions carefully. They might even inspire you to create your own summer reading challenge!

New Puppet Kits Are Here!

Our new puppet kits have arrived and are currently being processed. Put yourself on hold for my personal favorite: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming. The adorable kitty puppets do a great job of bringing this story to life for your children.

Garden Anywhere

Garden Anywhere: How to Grow Gorgeous Container Gardens, Herb Gardens, Kitchen Gardens, and More--Without Spending a Fortune by Alys Fowler

The title really says it all - don't miss this beautifully photographed guide to making gardens wherever it suits you.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Fun

Come test your skills with other Yu-Gi-Oh fans. Register today
Grades: Tweens (Going into 5th and 6th)
Program Date: Thursday, July 16 at 1-3pm

Michael Brown and Beethoven

Join us for a show filled with music, magic and drama. “Beethoven,” a St. Bernard puppet will make a special appearance.
Program Date: July 21, at 7 - 7:45pm
Ages: Going into Kindergarten - Fourth Grade

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!

Obama's Visit to Macomb Community College

President ObamaPresident Obama will be in Warren today to give a speech at Macomb Community College. He plans to discuss the educational stimulus package of $12 billion to community colleges throughout the nation over the next 10 years. This goal focuses on worker retraining, modernizing facilities and improving online courses.

Tips From a British Nanny

Do you have a fondness for Mary Poppins or a penchant for "Supernanny" Jo Frost?  If so, you'll enjoy Tips From a British Nanny, a little book with a lot of great advice. In these pages you'll find tips on teething, eating, sleeping, potty training and more. The author, Penelope Fairchild, is in fact a British nanny who lives and works in London. Check out her tried and tested advice today!