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Girls Only Campout

No boys will be allowed at this campout held at Preservation Park on Friday, August 13 at 5:30PM. Ladies can start tent setup at 3:00PM and activities including a scavenger hunt, games, stories, campfire meals, and a gourmet S’mores station start at 5:30PM. All activities are weather permitting.

Hungry For More Hunger Games?

If you are feverishly awaiting the next, and final, segment of The Hunger Games, I have good news! Mockingjay will be available in only 24 days, on August 24th. Also, check out this link to watch the book trailer for Mockingjay.

Social Security's Most Popular Baby Names List

There’s a new queen of baby names. Isabella took the crown from last year’s winner, Emma, to claim the top girl baby name of 2009. Jacob continued his remarkable run by holding onto the top boy name for the 11th year in a row over a new number two for boys, Ethan. New to the top 10 this year for boys are Jayden and Noah, and for girls, Mia. A complete list of baby names is on the Social Security Administration's site.

Short Story and Manga Drawing Conest

Attention Tweens and Teens: The last day to submit entries to the Short Story Contest and the Manga Drawing Contest is Sunday, August 1. Winners will be announced at the Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 14. Good luck!

Sound Garden

Come for a stroll at Canton’s 1st annual Sound Garden event. It will be taking place at the Lower Rouge Recreation Trail on Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-8:30PM. Light refreshments will be available and live music is going to be stationed along the trail for your enjoyment.

Check It Out Or Click It Out

When looking to check out a book, remember that in addition to traditional print and audiobook formats, the title you are looking for might be available in downloadable formats as well. Go to CPL's eBook website to click out a copy today!

Lab TV

For all those kids who are thinking about a future in Science or Engineering, this is the website for you. The National Defense Education Program presents Lab TV. The site features dozens of webisodes that demonstrate research that is being done everyday to improve our world. So start challenging yourself to ask new questions and investigate some amazing research.

Absolute

Older teen boys looking for historical fiction with a bit of action might want to check out the Jack Absolute series. Jack is the self centered sort who may secretly read Shakespeare but ultimately spends most of his time drinking, gambling, and/or wenching. Enlisted by the British Army to work as a spy during the American Revolution — yet sympathetic to the patriot cause — Jack spends most of his time just looking out for himself. This is a straight up adventure story that reads like an 18th century version of James Bond, complete with a bevy of dangerous women and ridiculous chase scenes. Over the top? Certainly. But, never, never boring.

Book Worm for Kids

boy readingAttention all parents and kids that love books! This website, Book Worm for kids, is a great way to learn more about great books that are out there for you. The website lists new books, award winning books, and recommended books by age, from babies through teens. Readers can see a picture of the book, as well as a summary. Books are also categorized by Themes, Genre and Subject for children with specific interests. A great source for teachers and librarians as well.

Super Science Site!

Check out this awesome website: Jefferson Lab.
It has all a lot of great information for students and teachers. Those elusive and puzzling particles (atoms, molecules, quarks, electrons, etc. ) will never seem quite so daunting. Explanations are clear and come with super graphics helping you to 'finally get the picture' about what matter is all about. You can also enjoy some fun games an puzzles dealing with the nature of science reality. Practice tests are there for the brave of heart. Teachers and parents will also be thrilled with what is available on science site. Don't delay...check it all out today!

Math Can Help You Be Anything!

Kids, do you want to be a scientist, game designer, sportscaster, or chef when you grow up? How about an engineer, meteorologist, or inventor? If you have ever thought about any of these careers, check out Math Apprentice to see why math is the basis for so many careers. Play any of these cool games, and let math help you become anything you want to be!

eBook Reader Comparisons

If you are in the market for an eBook Reader, you might wish to check in here to find more on specs, features, and the device's compatibility with the CPL eBook collection.

Teen Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Enjoy a wide range of fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal books, just as long as they are compelling and maybe have a little romance too? Then, this list is for you:

Need by Carrie Jones

Uglies. 1 by Scott Westerfeld

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Leviathan by written by Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Keith Thompson

Teen Mysteries With Romance

Want a little romance with your crime sleuthing? Here's a list of books, both modern and historical:

Bad kitty by Michele Jaffe

A spy in the house by Y.S. Lee

Rose cottage by Mary Stewart

Heist society by Ally Carter

Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.

Books

The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas.

After Hours Party

Are you looking for something fun to do on a Saturday night? How do the words pizza, video games and crafts sound to you? Register today!
Grades: Tweens & Teens (Going into grades 5th - 12th)
Program Date: July 24, 6:30-8:30PM

Free Press Reader Contest Can Benefit CPL

You could help the Canton Public Library get $500 and win yourself a one-of-a-kind experience with Free Press Sports Editor Gene Myers in the Free Press Reader Envy contest. Vote for Gene and you could win an experience that includes a tour of the Free Press building, sitting in on a news meeting in which decisions are made for all sections of the paper, lunch at a downtown spot, watching the sports section come together, and other surprises. Plus, if Gene wins, the library will get a $500 donation. Enter the contest at the Free Press website. Deadline for entry is July 31, 2010. Review the contest rules.

Kobo eReader review: A simple eBook reader

Borders recently launched its eReader Kobo on the market, joining Amazon's Kindle, Sony eReader, and Barnes & Nobles Nook to give consumers another choice on devices. Megan Greer at OverDrive gives us an honest look at this new device which supports DRM-protected ePub and Adobe ebooks from the CPL collection.
[Photo courtesy of Adam Arseneau on flickr]

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Hope you are having a fantastic summer! I sure am with all of you coming in to say hello! In fact, a whopping 3,286 of you have signed up for summer reading. Good job!
Well, last time I wrote I gave you a hint as to where LB was headed next. Did you guess? Have you been waiting with bated breath? Well, it's time to reveal the answer. LB went to Canada! Wow! He sure gets lots of stamps in his passport!
He started out in Niagara Falls. This town is famous for it's really big waterfalls! Did you know that there is an American falls and a Canadian one there? You can even ride in a boat right up to the falls, but LB didn't do that, because the humidity does a number on his fur. He'd look like a big brown puffball. A long time ago, daredevils used to try to ride down the waterfalls in barrels. Today, the waterfalls are used to generate electricity. Pretty cool! There are other fun things to do in Niagara Falls too, like the Skylon Tower and the Butterfly House.
Next, LB went to Toronto, Ontario, where there is another really cool tall tower! The CN Tower is 1,815 ft, 5 inches tall, making it the tallest tower in the world! Woah! That's way taller than me. At the top there are glass floors that you can stand on, and then it looks like you are floating way up in the sky. LB is really brave. He took a nap up there on that floor! Next door to the CN Tower is the Rogers Centre. That's where the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball. The Blue Jays weren't there that day, but LB still got a tour. And then he ended the day at the harbour where there are some really tall boats! Everything is big in Canada it seems!
LB sure had fun! Remember, you can always see all of LB's pictures on the library Flickr account (and maybe you'll even see pictures of YOU!). LB's off on another adventure next week. Do you want your hint? He's got quite an itinerary, but one of the cities he's visiting is the home of another famous baseball team and the home of some pretty important people in our country's history. Good luck guessing! Until next time...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

PBS Design Squad needs YOUR inventions!

Finished with your summer reading log and looking for a new summer challenge? The 2010 Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids, ages 5-19, to recycle, reuse, and re-engineer everyday materials into out-of-the-box inventions. Three winners will win a trip to Boston to see their designs built and appear on an episode of Design Squad. Twenty-five finalists will be featured on the series website and will receive a Design Squad t-shirt. Entries will be accepted through September 5, 2010.