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MySpace Unraveled

Parents – are you mystified by MySpace? Unsure of all the hype surrounding social networking?

Thorndyke Thoughts

In honor of Valentine’s Day (by the way, have you seen my nifty Cupid costume yet?) I thought I’d share this conversation I overheard in the Children’s DVD section.

Boy 1 (picks up Free Willy 3):  Let’s get this one.
Boy 2:  No! Not that one.  They kiss!
Boy 1 (shocked): They kiss the whale?
Boy 2: No!  The boy kisses the girl!
Boy 1: Ew! Gross!  Let’s get something else.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is coming up!  Do you want to make some fun and festive food to celebrate the holiday?  We have many cookbooks that will show you ways to surprise your favorite people.

Great Travel Info Available at the Library

I just returned from a vacation on the Pacific coast of California.  Here's a photo I took.  A book I used to plan my trip is Experience the California Coast and here is a map of the area from the library's collection.

Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible

I just read “The Totally Interactive Keyboard Bible” by Steve Lodder. This is an incredible resource for any piano or keyboard player. This set is appropriate for all levels of players. It starts right at the beginning with how to read music and progress from there well into advanced intermediate material.

It covers many styles with exercises and example.

Calling All Wimpy Kids!

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid Party

Tweens are invited to join us for a party based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.   We’ll have wimpy snacks, play wimpy games and make a wimpy craft.  Registration begins on January 29th.  Thursd

The Ben Carson Story

Ben CarsonAiring this Saturday February 7th on TNT, don't miss the TV movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" starring Cuba Gooding Jr.  Dr. Carson's  incredible life story is that of a young and poor black boy who overcame poverty and racism to become a world-renown pediatric neurosurgeon.

Family Storytime

Family Storytime

We invite families with children ages 1-5 years old to join us for a half hour program to share some great books and fingerplays. Registration not required.

Saturdays at 11am through February 21st

Book Buddies

Book Buddies is for 3rd and 4th graders.
Get together with other kids and talk about a fantastic book. Online registration begins February 5 or February 7. After you’re registered, visit the Children’s Information Desk to check out a copy of the book. Please register for only one book club per month.
February 19, 5pm: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
February 21, 1pm: Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days by Stephen Manes

Family Reading and Science Program

Family Reading and Science Program is for children age 6-11 with a caregiver
Workshop 2: Did you know that Earth is a planet, and that we share our Sun with neighboring planets? Find out what makes something a planet, and learn all about the planets in our Solar System. Online registration begins January 24.
Saturday, February 7 at 3pm

Talk About Books

Talk About Books is for 1st and 2nd graders.
Read a book and then get together with other kids to talk about it and to do some fun activities. Register online beginning January 24 or January 29, then come to the Children’s Desk to check out a copy of the book.
February 7, 1pm: My Dog the Dinosaur by Jackie French
February 12, 5pm: The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling

Family Storytime

Family Storytime
We invite families with children ages 1-5 years old to join us for a half hour program to share some great books and fingerplays. Registration not required.
Saturdays at 11am through February 21st

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids! Thorndyke here. After watching the library happenings for over 15 years, I’m glad they’ve finally given me a voice. ‘Cause nobody knows more about this library than me, except for maybe Miss Kristen and Mrs. Havenstein-Coughlin, but they go home at night. I tell you, I have the best life—sitting by the birthday wall, watching the kids come for storytime and summer reading. And the librarians are some of my best friends! They have a pretty fun job. So next time you’re at the library, stop by and wave hello. I’ll be looking for you!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Puppet Kit Collection

You may have noticed that we're expanding the Children's puppet collection to include puppet kits of popular stories (like Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak). If you have a favorite children's story you'd like to see included in this collection, please let us know - we always appreciate your input!

Grandparent Fun

Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on February 12, 2009 from 10-11am.  We meet monthly to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and play!  This months theme is Love so be prepared to make some special Valentine crafts and have a lot of fun!  Registration is now open, use your own library card or your grandchild's. 

Hey, kids - meet Marley!

Marley, the lovable Labrador who inspired a best-selling book and a hit movie, now comes to us in a format for beginning readers.  Marley & Me: Meet Marley and Marley & Me: Marley to the Rescue follow the escapades of Marley, who just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. If you love dogs, you'll definitely love reading about Marley's crazy adventures.

Consumer Reports

With the upcoming conversion to digital TV, a brief review of the March/09 edition of Consumer Reports might prove beneficial.

ABC Time

ABC Activity Time is a drop-in play program for children ages birth to five and their caregivers.

Join us every Tuesday at 7pm and Wednesday at 10am through February 18.

February Tween Book & Pizza

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
It's not too late to sign up for this month's Tween Book and Pizza!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
February 12, 7 p.m.

If you enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney, you’ll love this program.

Get 'em while they're hot

Looking for a good book recommendation? Check out these new award-winning books for 2009.
Caldecott medal - The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Newbery medal - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Coretta Scott King award - The Blacker the Berry  by Joyce Carol Thomas