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Mosquito Free Summer Camp

Mr. Troop Mom recently premiered on Nickelodeon, and now you can check it out here at the library! George Lopez is a widower who volunteers to chaperone his daughter's scout troop's camping trip. Hillarity inevitability ensues. Of course, this is not the first film that is set at camp. The Jonas Brothers went to Camp Rock last summer. Way back in 1969, Charlie Brown visits camp in It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown.

Is that REAL food you're eating?

Award-winning author Michael Pollan's latest book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto takes a stab at the overabundance of processed foods lining supermarket shelves, referring to them as "edible food-like substances" pretending to be food. Pollan makes a strong case for going back to basics when it comes to the food Americans ought to eat: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan suggests we shouldn't eat foods our great-grandmothers wouldn't recognize. In other words, meals should be prepared with whole, unprocessed foods that are mostly fruits and vegetables.

Stitched Toys

Stitched ToysStitched Toys: 20 Stunning But Simple Designs by Kate Haxell includes instructions for making and embellishing twenty unique and appealing toys. The entire collection has a vintage aesthetic that will make these treasures seem like they've been in your family for years. The dog beanbag is my favorite.

Get Silly With The Alphabet

What's the longest word in the world? Smiles. Between the first and last S is...a mile! Ha-ha!
Want to read some more silly riddles about the alphabet? Then pick up a copy of Alphabet Soup. After you read this book, you can tell the riddles to some of your family or friends and try to stump them. There's nothing better than sharing a laugh, so read these riddles to spread some giggles!

Ice Cream Social @ the Library

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Come learn how to make your own ice cream. Add some extra toppings to make a delicious ice cream sundae. Register for one timeslot.
Grades: Kids going into K - 4th grade
Program Date: July 20 at 10 - 10:45 am OR 11:15 - Noon

Are you an AL or a NL?

baseball bat and gloveHey sports fans! Join us next week, July 12-14, 2009, in beautiful Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis, MO. for the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game! This the the game that showcases the best of the best from the American and National Leauges braving the heat to swing their bats in the ever-popular Home Run Derby and of course at the plate when they send their high fly balls over the left field fence in an attempt to bring victory to their team. For more information check out ESPN.com for all your sporting needs, highlights, and updates. Go American League!! (Home of our Detroit Tigers, afterall!)

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! I have to tell you how much I've loved seeing all my friends come to the library over the last couple of weeks. Did you know that over 3000 of you have registered for Summer Reading? Wow! 1500 of you registered on the very first day! Double Wow! And then lots of you--I think we counted over 700 of you--came back this week to see Joel Tacey, make a craft, or watch a movie! Thanks for making our summer so busy, 'cause the librarians and I love seeing you have fun! Keep Reading! And don't forget to stop and say hello!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Fourth Grade Book Discussion

Register online beginning Friday, July 3, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer  by Janet Wong
Program Date: Friday, July 17, 2 - 2:45 pm

Puppets

The puppets have been temporarily removed from circulation and will be returned as soon as possible.  We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Consumer Reports

The Aug/09 edition of CR offers valuable comments on many kitchen appliances.  If you are "redoing" your present kitchen or just upgrading certain items...Consumer Reports is a good first step.  CR is available on the Adult magazine shelf, at the Adult Reference desk and the "magazine express" spinners

Dressing up: Canton women's clothing from 1880-1950

Have you ever wondered what your grandmother or great-grandmother would have worn when she was young? Well, wonder no more. Visit the Canton Historical Museum from June 20th through August 31st to see special occasion dresses from the late 1800s to the 1950s. The Canton Historical Museum is located on the corner of Canton Center Road and Heritage Park Drive. For more information visit their website.

Movie Day @ the Library

Join us for a viewing of Monsters, Inc. and snack. Register today!
Grade: Going into Kindergarten - 6th grade
Program Date: Thursday, July 2 at 1 - 3pm

I Want Braincandy!

Candy for the brain? You got it...Braincandy is a great series of DVDs for kids 6 months to 4 years old. They'll be introduced to different concepts like sense of smell, taste, hearing, and touch. And don't forget to check out Eyecandy, which is part of the Braincandy series, too, and is all about the sense of - you guessed it - sight! Pick up a few and start feeding your kids some sweet stuff for the brain!

Create-A-Craft

Children ages 4-8 and their caregivers are invited to have fun with other kids making crafts to take home. No registration required.
When: June 30 1:00-3:00PM

Animal Encounters

Hear stories and meet some of the artistic animals featured in art and music from around the world. Children going into Kindergarten through fourth grade are invited! Register today!
Program Date: July 13, 2 - 2:45 pm

Second Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out a book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Program Date: July 14, 2 - 2:45pm

The Music Lady

The Music Lady, Beverly Meyer will share songs, joy, and movement with children, ages 2-8, and their families. Come sing and dance along! No registration required.
Program Date: July 6, 11 - 11:45 am

First Grade Book Discussion

Register online, then check out the book at the Children's Desk.
Book Title: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley
Program Date & Time: Monday, July 6, 2 - 2:45 p.m.

Tuition Goes Up, Family Incomes Go Down

MoneyIn today's Detroit News/Free Press, it's that time of year when colleges in the state are considering how much to raise their tuition for the upcoming fall semester. There's less government aid for schools so families are faced with paying more and doing less. The Library has the latest financial aid books to help students find funding sources such as Get Free Cash for College.

Based on the Book

Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Inkheart, Spiderwick Chronicles.  Most people know that these recent movies are based on books.  But Children's novels have been providing sources for movies for many years.