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Hey Kids!
As promised, here's an update on where LB has been! Did you make a guess about where he was headed? He just got back from Williamsburg Virginia! Were you right? LB came back with this really great letter about where he'd been, which he said I could share with you...

Wow! It's only mid June and I've already become a well-traveled bear! I had a great time up north with Ms. Ophelia and after a short stop back at CPL, I was on my way south on a road trip with Ms. Jeanine and her daughter. We left June 10th and drove all the way to Williamsburg, VA, in one day (about 12 hours driving)! We stayed at the Patrick Henry Inn, just a short walk from Colonial Williamsburg. (Patrick Henry was the patriot famous for saying, "Give me liberty or give me death!") The next morning, we visited the Yankee Candle "flagship" location in Williamsburg. They have a really cool room that looks like a starry sky at night, and every 15 minutes it "snows" right in the room! I made myself right at home in the shop full of stuffed animals. Needless to say, there are a lot more than candles at the Yankee Candle complex!

In the afternoon, we stepped back in time and walked through Colonial Williamsburg. It looks a lot like it did back in the late 1700s, around the time of the Revolutionary War. At the town hall, Ms. Jeannine put me in the stocks (where they used to punish convicted criminals), but it was just for fun, because I'm a really good bear! We also visited the campus of William and Mary College, the second oldest college in the country and the place where Thomas Jefferson earned his law degree. We later had dinner at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, where George Washington himself often dined! Then at night, we took a "Ghosts of Williamsburg" candlelight tour — kinda scary, but I'm a really brave little bear! No ghosts were spotted that night...whew!

Saturday morning, we were back on the road, this time to Kill Devil Hills, NC, which was the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful airplane flight and literally "flew" into the history books! They picked Devil Hills because it's a flat, sandy and very windy island on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. It's a great place to fly kites, too! I got a taste of salty air and ocean breezes on the beach and wanted to stay all day, but unfortunately, they don't make sunscreen for bears. :-( . Ms. Jeanine's daughter gets to spend all summer in Kill Devil Hills (she has a summer job there), but Ms. Jeanine had to get back to Michigan and CPL, so we flew Monday evening from Norfolk, VA, to Detroit. Hmmmm, maybe I should sign up for frequent flyer miles so I can get a free airplane trip later in the year!

love,
LB

Wow! What a fun adventure! Thanks Ms. Jeanine for taking LB with you! Now I've got a whole bunch of new places to read about. Remember, you can see all the pictures from LB's adventure on the library's flickr account. LB left on another fun adventure almost as soon as he got home. This time it was somewhere more local. I'll give you a hint, there's lots of animals and it starts with the letter Z! Can you guess?

Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Kobo eReader Compatible with CPL eBooks!

Yes, another new eBook reader is coming to the market! CPL's eBook supplier, OverDrive, just posted the preliminary testing results for the Kobo eReader and it appears that it is compatible with Adobe EPUB and PDF eBooks downloaded from the library. A full round of testing will come soon. Stay tuned for the full review on the Kobo eReader next month.

Happy anniversary to the Post-it Note

The Post-It Note will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. This was an accidental invention and is now a popular office supply item. We have a few materials that feature the post-it:

Why didn't I think of that? : 101 inventions that changed the world by hardly trying by Anthony Rubino, Jr

Accidental inventions [videodisc] : 10 inventions, 10 extraordinary stories

State Book

Who Knew?
Michigan has an officially recognized state book titled "The Legend of Sleeping Bear" by Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Krankenhuyzen. Read the book and earn a drawing slip for Summer Reading which qualifies for a non-fiction read about Michigan. Good Luck!

Project SNAP Mural

Thank you to everyone created artwork that helped design the mural created by Project S.N.A.P. The mural was unveiled yesterday and is hung on the wall outside the Children's Library. If you created artwork for the mural, you can find the exact location of your picture in the web gallery. Next time you're in the library take a look at this wonderful piece of art.

Summer Reading 2010

Summer Reading is now in full swing! Canton Public Library has programs for babies, listeners, readers, tweens, teens, and adults, so everyone can join in the fun. At each age group we have great prizes and activities, so if you like reading and/or winning things, you'll really like what we have in store.

Come in to the library any time this week and join us in the Community Room to register and find out about the program. We'll also have special events and some extra-special visitors, so coming to the library could be a wonderful surprise! If you can't make it, registration will be available at any reference desk until Wednesday, August 11.

New this year is our online Summer Reading version. You can log in to your account or create a new one and instantly register and participate in the festivities.

Along with colorful, interactive online logs, you're also provided with targeted suggestions for many of the activities. These blogs posts are available all in one place and at our Summer Reading Blog [RSS feed].

To Participate Online

It's easy! After you log in, just hit the 'yes' button in the Summer Reading box at the top of your account page. If you don't see the box, you may be in your Patron Record. We have website accounts, which is where you want to be.

When you hit the button you'll go to a page where you can guess the number of seashells in our guessing case. Guess the number of shells for a chance at a great prize!

After that you'll go to your log. There's a drop-down menu for age level. Select your age group and then save your log. You'll now see custom graphics for your log as well as the specific suggestions for your activities.

If you wish to view or edit your log at any time, a link is available on your "My Account" page. It's that easy!

Check back often for blog posts and other Summer Reading updates here on the Canton Public Library website.

What's New in Teen Nonfiction

A little bit of everything, all available on the shelves of the CPL Teen Room. Enjoy!

Biography

Joe Biden by Michael V. Uschan

Eli Manning by John F. Wukovits

Cesar Millan by Gail B. Stewart

Teen Books Turned Into Movies

Here are some movies that were adapted from books.

The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy — [Also, the book]

Holes — [Also, the book]

New Graphic Novels and Manga

The newest graphic novels and manga to arrive in the Teen Room. Find all new teen graphic novels and manga in the catalog or subscribe to the graphic novel or manga RSS feeds.

Graphic Novels

The Flash. Rebirth by Geoff Johns, writer ; Ethan Van Sciver, artist ; Brian Miller of Hi-Fi, Alex Sinclair, colorists ; Rob Leigh, letterer

Solomon's thieves. Vol. 1 by Jordan Mechner ; artwork by LeUyen Pham & Alex Puvilland ; color by Hilary Sycamore

The stuff of legend. Vol. 1. The dark by story by Mike Raicht & Brian Smith ; illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III ; design & color by Jon Conkling & Michael DeVito

New Cookbooks

Looking for some quick and easy snack recipes? Interested in the finest culinary delights? Check out this list for some great cooking inspiration.

Real food has curves : how to get off processed food, lose weight, and love what you eat with more than 100 recipes by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough ; photographs by Nisha Sondhe

Ribs, chops, steaks, & wings : irresistible recipes for the grill, stovetop, and oven by Ray Lampe ; photographs by Leigh Beisch

Not-Boring Documentaries

Anything can be boring if you let it, but these documentaries may be a little less likely to put you to sleep.

Super size me

Spellbound

The elegant universe

New Teen Audiobooks

Here are some great audiobooks that can be found in our Teen Room. Find all new teen audiobooks in the catalog or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Max [sound recording] : a Maximum Ride novel by James Patterson

Once was lost [sound recording] by Sara Zarr

Project SNAP Mural Unveiling

Hey Friends! Join us Monday, June 21, 2010 at 7:00PM for the unveiling of our mural created by Project S.N.A.P. from all the artwork created by students and families in PCCS. I'm so excited to see how it all came together and can't wait to have the black cloth of secrecy lifted. See you at 7:00! Oh and immediately following we have a small reception in the Purple Room in the Children's Department, so don't forget to stop in, say "Hi," and make a fun animal-shaped bookmark.

World Cup Soccer 2010

Let's get our cleats on and root for Team USA! Right now we are standing strong having tied our game with England over the weekend. Root our boys on as they kick, pass, and score their way to the top. For all the latest FIFA information check out their website www.fifa.com and be sure to click on the page for Team USA. Also, be sure to check out our books on soccer so you can hone your skills and maybe someday be playing for Team USA!

Summer Ready Manis & Pedis

June 30th from 2:00-3:00PM Teens in grades 7-12 and Tweens in grades 5-6 can get your hands and feet ready for your summer sandals with manis and pedis. For more information, or to register, click here.

Creative Writing: Discover Your Inner Voice

Teens in grades 7-12, hone your creative writing skills with this five-week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at the University of Detroit Mercy. To register for this program, click here.

Evangelion for the 21st Century

The anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion has gotten a remake, and it's stunning. Evangleion 1.11 is the first of three planned movies set to 'retell' the original. The major difference this time around is that it has improved animation and a slightly streamlined plotline. It looks sleeker than ever, and with the quicker pace the beginning of this classic has only gotten better. Check out this old series remade new.

Nebula Awards 2010

...and the winner of the 2010 Nebula Awards for best novel is: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Nominees include:

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Well, LB just got back from another fabulous adventure! And now, you can see all the fun he's having on the library's Flickr account! Thanks Miss Laurie for showing me how that program works! I'm getting to be quite a tech-savvy bear.
LB just got back from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City! It sounds like such a neat hotel — there's a pool, and the Aerie Restaurant that has a revolving floor so you can see all the pretty scenery!
LB also got to see the Bay (too cold to go swimming) and climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes! Have you read the legend about those dunes? We have it here at CPL. You should check it out. But bring kleenex. It always makes me cry. I'm such a softie.
And then he "checked out" the Petoskey District Library. (Get it? Checked out? Just a little library humor.) That library's been around a long time! The original building was built way back in 1909 and funded by Andrew Carnegie. He's a rich guy from a long time ago that funded lots of libraries across the United States. Anyway, it's a very neat library. But no cool bears like Your's Truly! They did have a special exhibit on Lewis and Clark. Now there's some interesting history. And we have lots of information about those guys here at our library too!
So that's what LB's been up to. Of course, he wasn't home long! He left on Wednesday for another fun place! So keep watching and see where LB goes next. I'll give you one hint...It's Historical, and in a state named after a ruler of another country! Where do you think he's going? tell me your guesses! Let's see if you get it right!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Looking for a Fun Fantasy-Mystery Series?

Try the highly recommended (by teen and tween Amazon reviewers) Grim Hill series. It is a fast, fun, clean urban fantasy series that is now up to Book #4. The first book, The Secret of Grim Hill, introduces you to Cat Peters who hates her new life after her parents' divorce. She gets detention at school for silly things such as wearing blue jeans. Things seem to be take a wondrous turn for the better when she wins a soccer scholarship to an exclusive school over the hill, Grimoire, and gains celebrity status as the whole town becomes crazed about soccer games. Her little sister, Sookie, and Jasper, their nerdy neighbor, however, sense that things are "all wrong." In fact, terrible things soon start happening.