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Eyes on Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country and the children's department offers a lot of books to help you learn about its history and ancient sites. Tour Egypt also offers teachers, parents, and kids information about Egypt's monuments, ancient and modern life, as well as travel and events.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Where'd you all go? I've been seeing you all summer at the library, and then this Tuesday, you were all gone! The library has been so lonely and quiet, Please come back! Miss Ruth tells me you all started school this week and that's why you haven't been around during they day. Boy. I hope your teachers start giving you lots of homework so you have to come and visit me… or not. I hear homework isn't really that fun. But I hear that Storytime resumes next Monday. That should bring quite a few of my friends back.
Are you like me and can't wait for storytime to resume? You can watch one of our Online Storytimes, or read a story off of Tumblebooks. Both are really fun! I'm counting down the days until you all come back. 3 days and counting! Until then,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Ruby Red Rave Reviews

Are you in the mood for an awesome time-travel triology that promises to have a Twilight-ish romance flavor to it too? Then you'd better get started with book #1, Ruby Red by Kirstin Gier now. Gwen lives in London with her mother's rather eccentric family. For years all the attention has been focused on her cousin Charlotte who is supposed to be carrying the family time-travel gene and preparing her for life in the past. However, when Gwen turns 16, she is the one who suddenly starts disappearing into the past.

Post-its Aren't Just for Notes Anymore

There is a war going on in Paris. It is known as La guerre des Post-it (the Post-it war). Office workers around the city are devoting large chunks of their day to outdoing neighboring offices' Post-it Note art displays. For some great photos, and more information, check out the Post-it War website and this NPR story.
[Image from Post-it War website]

Girl Scout Troop 40196 Book Campaign

Withdrawing books is an ongoing process at the library, and our thoughts are always on being “green” when it comes to disposing of withdrawn books. I have once again had the pleasure of working with the Girl Scouts. Maha Zahid, a member of Troop 40196 in Canton stared working this summer on her Silver Award and her plan was to set up a book donation campaign to collect books for Bennett Elementary School in Detroit. Bennett Elementary was closed in 2007 because of a fire and has been undergoing renovations with a scheduled reopening date of August 29th, but there were not enough funds to replace the library. Maha decided to help and contacted us about setting up a drop off box in the library. One thing led to another and we spent the summer donating withdrawn children’s books. Every Wednesday, Maha and her mother picked up the books from the library for delivery to Bennett this August.

Commemorating 9/11

A phrase often heard after the 9/11 tragedy was "we will never forget" and we certainly won't at the Canton Public Library. We have two events on Monday, September 12 to honor the 10th anniversary and those effected by the events of that day. First, at 9:00 AM in the front parking lot, we will witness a flag ceremony performed by the VVA 528 color guard. At 7:00 PM, we are pleased to welcome some of the members of the Michigan Philharmonic to perform some patriotic music. If anyone wishes to share memories or experiences of that day, please contact Marcia at 734-397-0999 x1079. God Bless America.

Farewell, Miss Kristen

It is with greatly mixed emotions that we bid a fond farewell to our Children's, Tween & Teen Services Program Specialist, Kristen Kostielney. Kristen will be leaving us in September to take a position as a head start teacher with the Campagna Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Please join us in celebrating the nearly 21 years Kristen has spent with CPL and wishing her all the best with a farewell reception on Thursday, September 15 from 5:00-6:30PM in the Purple Room.

Kristen's departure opens up a position here at the library and we are currently accepting applications for the Children's, Tween & Teen Services Program Specialist position.

Children's Comics Being Moved

Our Children's Comics are being moved to a new location, to aisle #19, soon. Until the shelves have been rearranged, they will be temporarily unavailable. We do have some free comics left from Free Comic Book Day and if you would like a few to tide you over, ask at the Children's Desk.

Shakespearean Hits

Looking for a good, and not-too-long, book for that historical fiction assignment? Then pick up Gretchen Woefle's All the World's a Stage: a Novel in Five Acts. As you might guess, it is set in England during Shakespeare's time, but it is also a coming-of-age story that revolves around a very interesting event. Twelve-year-old orphan Kit messes up big time as a cutpurse at the Theatre playhouse, but is lucky enough to be offered a chance to work off his offense instead of going to jail. Although Kit is plagued with a volitile temper that often trips him up, he begins to enjoy the on- and offstage dramas of theater life and the work involved in stage productions.

Little Book, Big Advice

Sometimes the simplest stories have the most to say. Children's stories can be that way and often give us a lot to think about. Children's authors Eileen and Jerry Spinelli recognize this in their book Today i will . This little book gives a years worth of interesting quotes from children's fiction books, and then challenges the reader with some thoughts and advice. Check out this little green book in the J800 section.

2011 Manga Drawing Contest Winners

We had over 60 people enter our 2011 contest with some amazing, beautiful art! This year's theme was "World Cultures", and kudos to everyone who incorporated it into their drawings! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners for each age group and a few honorable mentions. Take a look at all of 2011 manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners:

5-6 Grade

1st Place — Daydreaming by sydney Jiang, grade 6

Deadline has Arrived for MESP 2011

Good luck to everyone to entered the Destination College Savings sweepstakes! All entries had to postmarked by August 12, 2011 and received by August 19, 2011. Therefore, the entry forms will no longer be available in the library. Thank you to all who participated. Let's hope this awesome education program will be offered again next summer.

Summer Celebration

Celebrate the end of summer with some fun in the sun. Activities include games, music, magic, farm animals and ice cream. All activities will take place behind the library.
Program Date: Saturday, August 13, Noon-2:00 PM

Reading Assistance Dogs

Kids and Tweens going into grades K-6, improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog. Sign up for a 10 minute session. Space is limited, on a first come, first serve basis, beginning at 6:25PM.
Program Date: August 10, 6:30-8:30PM

National S'mores Day

Today is National S'Mores Day! Did you know S'mores were invented by the Girl Scouts of America? When marshmallows became popular early in the 20th Century, enterprising Girl Scouts created an easy to assemble (marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers) dessert to enjoy over the campfire.
[Photo courtesy of What's Cooking America]

J300-399—Come Visit Us

Are you looking for something fun and exciting to read? Well, look no more, have we got the section for you. Check out the J Nonfiction 300 to 399 section for all sorts of great reads including folktales, fairytales, environmental topics, career books, government books, Boy Scout badge books, Girl Scout books, and so much more. See you there!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
LB's had a busy couple of weeks. Not only was he traversing around Cape Cod, but he just back from a trip in the Northern Michigan visiting one of our relatives, Uncle Smokey the Bear! Uncle Smokey has the very important job of reminding people of the dangers of forest fires. And he gets to wear a cool Park Ranger's Hat. He even has his own website! Uncle Smokey's a pretty tech-savvy bear! Of course, I'm pretty tech-savvy myself. I just don't have a website that's all my own. Check out LB's adventure over on flickr! And don't forget you just have one more week to earn badges in Connect Your Summer!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Harry Potter Read Alikes

If you liked Harry Potter, then give these a try:

Stolen by Sarah Prineas; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

The hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff

The lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones

Animal Fantasy Fiction

If you liked books like the Warriors series, then try these:

The capture by Kathryn Lasky

Varjak Paw by S.F. Said; illustrated by Dave McKean

Redwall by Brian Jacques; illustrated by Gary Chalk