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So you want to be an environmentalist

Are you a passionate young person who wants to help the environment? Why not become an environmentalist? Check out these books on what an environmentalist does for the planet. Also, take a look at this eMagazine called Young Environmentalists for resources, tips and advice on making the planet a healthier place to live.

Heroscape Tournament July 25

Come join us anytime between 1-4pm this Sat. for this miniature battle strategy game. Never played before? No problem! Heroscape has easy to learn, simple rules while still retaining great, complex game play. All miniatures will be provided. Just come and play. Open to teens and tweens. No registration required.

School Strangeness Series

Have you ever considered how strange, scary, and weird school can be?! Well, your school is probably pretty normal compared to the schools in these hilarious stories, but then again, maybe not. Read for yourself and find out. You may need to start preparing for the next school year well in advance if you have to deal with any of these situations.

National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  In case you missed National Ice Cream Day (July 19), don't  fear, the whole month of July is National Ice Cream Month!  So thank President Reagan for designating this month to a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the nation's population when you dig into that bowl of vanilla ice cream, the nation's favorite flavor.  To learn more about the history of ice cream read Marilyn Powell's Ice Cream: A History or make your own ice cream.  

Crafting with felt

Do you like the fuzzy look felt gives to purses, hats and scarves? Why not make your own fuzzy creation? Here are some books to help you get started. Remember, when you're knitting, crocheting or sewing your wool into a masterpiece, make it larger than you want the finished product to be. Wool shrinks when its wet!

Teen/Tween Clay Pots

Make a one-of- a-kind clay pot to stash your treasures in. All materials will be supplied. Register online today.
Program Date & Time: July 30, 1 - 2 pm
Grades: Going into 5th - 12th grade

Looking for More Summer Reading?

tween2rb.preview.jpgIf you finished your CPL summer reading log and want to keep reading, check out some other reading programs offered this summer:
Reading Warriors
Scholastic Summer Reading
Borders Summer Reading Challenge
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading
The requirements for these programs are all different, so read the directions carefully. They might even inspire you to create your own summer reading challenge!

Why Wait? Listen Up!

Are you one of the 5 people on hold for the latest Michael Scott book, The Sorceress? Why wait? As of this moment it is available on CD in the Children's Audiobook collection in the Tween area. This is often the case with popular titles, such as the Percy Jackson books, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, etc. So why put off your enjoyment? Sit back, relax, and let someone else read the latest and greatest books to you. It is an awesome way to make time warp, too, on those long, boring rides to your vacation destination this summer. Learn to love listening now!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Fun

Come test your skills with other Yu-Gi-Oh fans. Register today
Grades: Tweens (Going into 5th and 6th)
Program Date: Thursday, July 16 at 1-3pm

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!

Camping

Beware! Camping adventures can turn into calamities. If you doubt me, just read what can happen

Camping catastrophe! by Abby Klein ; illustrated by John McKinley

Alvin Ho : allergic to camping, hiking, and other natural disasters by Lenore Look ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A week in the woods by Andrew Clements

In need of more scares?

If you're enjoying this month's Tween book club selection and would like reading some more spooky stories, why not try Scared Witless: Thirteen Eerie Tales to Tell or The Scary States of America? These books contain lots of great stories (some spooky, others goofy), and they're particularly fun to share around a summer campfire!

Mosquito Free Summer Camp

Mr. Troop Mom recently premiered on Nickelodeon, and now you can check it out here at the library! George Lopez is a widower who volunteers to chaperone his daughter's scout troop's camping trip. Hillarity inevitability ensues. Of course, this is not the first film that is set at camp. The Jonas Brothers went to Camp Rock last summer. Way back in 1969, Charlie Brown visits camp in It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown.

Stitched Toys

Stitched ToysStitched Toys: 20 Stunning But Simple Designs by Kate Haxell includes instructions for making and embellishing twenty unique and appealing toys. The entire collection has a vintage aesthetic that will make these treasures seem like they've been in your family for years. The dog beanbag is my favorite.

Need Some Video Game Help?

Check out our growing collection of video game strategy guides! Search the catalog by subject for the system that you're looking for followed by "video games handbooks" to bring up a list of our titles. For example, searching for the subject "Xbox 360 video games handbooks" will give you our selection of strategy guides for the Xbox 360.

The Baby-Sitter's Club Graphix

Have you been waiting for more of The Baby-Sitter's Club graphic novels? Your wait is almost over. We've just ordered more! You can get on the waiting list NOW for: Kristy's Great Idea , The Truth About Stacey , Mary Anne Saves The Day and Claudia and Mean Janine.

Are you an AL or a NL?

baseball bat and gloveHey sports fans! Join us next week, July 12-14, 2009, in beautiful Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis, MO. for the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game! This the the game that showcases the best of the best from the American and National Leauges braving the heat to swing their bats in the ever-popular Home Run Derby and of course at the plate when they send their high fly balls over the left field fence in an attempt to bring victory to their team. For more information check out ESPN.com for all your sporting needs, highlights, and updates. Go American League!! (Home of our Detroit Tigers, afterall!)

Get Creative!

Are you "being creative" at CPL for the Summer Reading Program?  Check out our new display filled with books to bring out your artistic side!  There is something displayed for every taste - from drawing mangascrapbooking,  origami, and collage.  Prefer to write?  There are also some books to help the creative-writer inside come out!  Check out Writing Magic and Book Factory  for helpful tips on how to make your writing jump off of the page!  Then read In Print: 40 Cool Publishing Projects for Kids for tips on how to get your awesome stories published!  Come in all through July to check out our "creative" display!

Spooky Summer Read

Hey everyone going into 5th or 6th grade this fall - are you looking for a fun, spooky read this summer? Then sign up for the library's July Tween book discussion. This month we're reading Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn. It's about a girl named Ali trying to solve a ghostly mystery during her summer vacation at a cottage in Maine. Registration begins on Saturday, July 4, and we'll discuss the book over a pizza lunch on Saturday, July 18, from 1-2pm. Hope to see you then!

Books to Movies

Some new photos from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland have just been released. Are you as geeked about this movie as I am? Check out this shot of Johhny Depp as the Mad Hatter. That's not the only book to movie on the horizon: The Princess and the Frog based off E. D. Baker's Frog Princess, and, of course, Percy Jackson and the Olympians both hit early 2010. Next year is going to be a good year....