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Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Boy! I've seen a lot of you here at the library the last couple of days. As you can see from this picture, I was working hard on my reading for Connect-Your-Summer today. I like to do my reading under a tree. It's a good thing we have one here in the library! Do you ever read under trees? I finally figured out what badge LB and I can earn next. It's called the Adventurer Badge! This badge is perfect for LB, because he's always having adventures! Based on the books I'm reading, can you figure out where his next adventure will be? You'll have to keep watching to see if you guess right! And don't forget to tell me what you're doing to earn your Connect Your Summer badges too! I love reading about them!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Pecha Kucha 2011

Note: This program has been canceled.

Have you heard about Pecha Kucha (pronounced "pa-chok-cha")? From the Japanese word meaning "chit chat" — because it's quick. The phrase is the namesake for an interesting presentation style: slideshow presentations of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each (for a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds). See the Canton Public Library staff Pecha Kucha as an example.

On July 27th at 7:00PM, CPL will host a Pecha Kucha and you could be one of our 15 presenters! Just fill out the application below by 9:00PM on July 13th:

J100 — Some Weird Stuff!

The J100-199 section of Children's Non-fiction has a lot going on! We have a wide range of topics including the Supernatural (witches, ghosts), Optical Illusions, Feelings, Friendship, and Death. Stop on by and enjoy!

Minute to Win It

Johnny Applestack. Worm Diving. Chocolate Unicorn. They're all games from Minute to Win It. You've watched the TV show, now it's your turn! Check out NBC's Minute to Win It website and start brushing up on your mad skills for our Minute to Win It program on July 8th at 2:00PM. This program is for Teens and Tweens. Registration begins June 24th.

For those who like Percy Jackson…

Here's a list of books for those who like Percy Jackson and are looking for another good series to read:

The ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The merchant of death by D.J. MacHale

Magyk by Angie Sage; illustrations by Mark Zug

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I'm super excited because I just earned my very first Connect Your Summer Badge! I told you that LB and I signed up as team, right? Well. We just got our very first badge... the Multicultural Badge. And it came with a nifty little star on it because we shared what we did with all of you! I read a book called Zoo-Ology by Joelle Jolivet. It's a big huge book (you can see it in my last blog post) with really neat pictures in it. And I learned a little bit about all the different animal cultures that are different than me. LB decided he would study People Culture, so he visited the Canton Historical Society. They have lots of neat stuff there. And LB got to sign his name in the guestbook (he has very nice handwriting) and put a pin on the map where he lives. He brought back lots of pictures to show me, and it sure looks like he had fun!
Boy we both had super lots of fun. We can't wait to earn our next badge! I need some ideas though... What have you done to earn yours? Can't wait to hear all about it!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Fantasy & Fablehaven Fans Readers' Alert!

Book #1 in Brandon Mull's new Beyonders series is beyond belief. Action, suspense, humor, magic, mystery, plot twists, bizarre portals to alternate realms, epic battles between good and evil — A World Without Heroes has it all. Jason, a regular teenager with no dreams of glory, suddenly finds himself devoted to overthrowing an evil tyrant after slipping through the mouth of a hippo into the realm of Lyrian. Just when you think he must undertake this mission impossible alone, he encounters Rachel, who was also magically ported into Lyrian. These two intrepid teens must quickly learn not only to trust each other, but to recognize honesty and deception in the many bizarre creatures they encounter on their quest.

Tell Us About Your Summer 2011

In order to improve our Summer offerings, please let us know four quick things about your Summer:

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Did you sign up for Connect Your Summer yet? LB and I did today! We are going to tackle it as a team. As you can see, I'm getting a start on my reading for my Multicultural Badge. And LB is off on a little adventure to fulfill another criteria for the badge. That's how we split it up. I really like to read, so I'm going to do all the reading. But I can't really leave the library. That's where LB comes in. He's going to take care of all the off-library-campus activities for me so we can earn badges. It's going to be so much fun! and I've already learned a lot! I can't wait to log into my account and read about all the fun and exciting books you've read and the activities you've participated in too! So don't forget to tell me all about what you're doing over on the Connect Your Summer page!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Books for Teen Artists

How to draw animation by Christopher Hart

How to draw comics the marvel way by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Scared!: how to draw fantastic horror comic characters by Steve Miller and Bryan Baugh

Cookbooks for Teens

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team; photographs by Phil Mansfield

Real food, real fast by Sam Stern and Susan Stern

Cake pops: tips, tricks, and recipes for more than 40 irresistible mini treats by Bakerella; by Angie Dudley

Manga Drawing Contest 2011

Enter CPL’s Manga Drawing Contest and you could win one of three great prizes. Last day to enter is July 31; winners will be announced at the Connect Your Summer Celebration on August 13. Check out last year's entries and winners for inspiration.

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade. Winners will be chosen in 3 divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, 10th-12th
  2. All art must be your own, but the drawings can be of anything: a copy of your favorite character, an original character you’ve made up, or a story in comic strip form. You may get inspiration or instruction from a book, but please do not copy the images inside exactly
  3. Limit of 2 art entries per person
  4. All drawings must fit on an 8½ by 11 piece of paper. You may use any medium to create your artwork
  5. This year, bonus points will be awarded to artwork that showcases a unique world culture or mix of cultures. To do this, you may use any time period and/or place. Here’s some examples:
    • A girl in a traditional Japanese kimono
    • Naruto dressed as a German soldier during WWI
    • a boy with a beret sitting at a French cafe
    • Rukia from Bleach dressed as an American 50’s rock musician
    • Someone piloting a mecha in future 2280 Japan
    • An 1800s Native American girl chasing down a giant anime buffalo
    This element is not necessary to enter, nor to win, but it could earn you extra points
  6. All participants' entries, with consent, will be displayed on the Canton Public Library website. Note: if you are under 18, it is assumed that you have your parents' permission to have your artwork displayed online
  7. The deadline for all entries is July 31, 2011. Paper entries will be available for pick up after August 13. Last day to retrieve artwork is September 1
  8. You can submit your artwork using the paper entry form here (if so, please drop off your artwork in a manila envelope with your name on it at the library), or the form below

Teenage Drama

Teen Travel Books

Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson

The enchanted quest by Frewin Jones

Crash into me by Albert Borris

Car trouble: a novel by Jeanne DuPrau

New and Different Teen Books

Shelter by Coben, Harlan

Wanted by Shepard, Sara

Ambitious by Mckayhan, Monica

Mayhem by Arthur, Artist

Teen Books About Animals

The beastly bride: tales of the animal people by edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; introduction by Terri Windling; selected decorations by Charles Vess

Half brother by Kenneth Oppel

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Hunting the Dragon by Peter Dixon

Teen Reading Adventures

13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson

An abundance of Katherines by John Green

Are we there yet? by David Levithan

Destination unexpected: short stories by edited by Donald R. Gallo

Reading a Teenage Dream Tonight

Dream girl by Lauren Mechling

Dream factory by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler

Dream journal by Karen Halvorsen Schreck

Dream spinner by Bonnie Dobkin

Sports Books for Teens

Dairy queen: a novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Front and center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The girl who threw butterflies by Mick Cochrane

Girl overboard by Justina Chen Headley