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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.

Move over Babelfish!

Traveling to a non-English speaking country this summer? Getting letters from a pen pal or family member in a language you're learning? Feeling a little shaky with your translation?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this cool online translation dictionary. You can also click on the suggested definitions to see how they're pronounced.
They currently offer 28 dictionaries, including Arabic and Hindi, as well as European languages.

Funky folktales

Looking for a familiar story with a twist? You might enjoy one of these re-imaginings of popular fairy tales. When you're done reading, think of ways you could change your favorite stories. Then you could make a book of your own!

Calling all superheroes!

Are you a 4-9 year old superhero? Then you won't want to miss our next Target grant program, on Tues. June 8, 7:00-8:00PM, Who wants to be a superhero? Registration begins May 25. Wear your best superhero costume and get ready for action packed stories, games, activities and even a snack worthy of a superhero! Each super family receives their own heroic book to keep!

Grandparent Fun

Attention Grandparents: Bring your grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on Wednesday, June 2 at 10:00AM. This is a 45 minute program that involves 10-15 minutes of stories and songs followed by crafting and play, just for you and your grandchildren! Get out of the house and meet other grandparents who watch their grandchildren on a regular basis, or just take advantage of a chance to spend some time with your favorite kids.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

Celebrate a taste of the rich Asian Pacific culture by joining us for our 3rd annual APA Heritage Month Program on May 20, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room. This year will feature a virtual author visit with Mitali Perkins at 7pm, a dance performance at 6pm by BollyFit Kids, the University of Michigan Go club, henna tattoos, crafts and some yummy snacks!

There are open spots in Spring Fling!

3-5 year olds and their caregiver(s) are invited to register for a spot in the Spring Fling program. Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00pm you will be entertained with fun spring stories and songs followed by a snack and lots of great craft projects! You won't want to miss this fun celebration of spring!

Help your child with reading

The library has many wonderful resources to help parents take an active role in teaching their children to read. Literacy begins early. Reading aloud with your children, from birth to beyond when they can read on their own is important to fostering reading ability and enthusiasm. We have books such as The Read-Aloud Handbook and Baby read-aloud basics: fun and interactive ways to help your little one discover the world of words to help you get comfortable with that. You can also develop reading lessons at home that fit your child by using books like The reading lesson: the intelligent reading program for young children.

Not just a book discussion, it's an adventure!!

Take an adventure with Tony Abbot's The Postcard. Take a trip to Florida with 13 year old, Jason, to clean out his recently deceased grandmother's home. He didn't know her so he isn't very thrilled about spending his summer vacation away from his best friend. However, he receives a bizarre phone call that leads him to an old postcard hidden away in his Grandmother's desk.The postcard is a clue that leads Jason on a mysterious adventure that blends the lines between fact and fiction.

Register for the Tween Book and Pizza for Saturday, April 10 at 1:00PM to eat pizza and discuss this exciting book with Miss Sarah. Don't miss out!

Get Math Help!

Need help with your math homework? Check out Dr. Math and find answers to all your math questions! More reliable than librarians (who are generally English majors for a reason), the website is maintained by Drexel University. Hooray for fast and free math help!

Move over Youtube!

There's a new video website in town and it's just for kids! Tired of finding strange and innappropriate videos on Youtube? Then try out www.kideos.com It has different categories to choose from, including book characters, Muppets, Cute Animals, and more. You can also choose videos based on your age, from 0-12 years old. Kids can upload their own videos too. The site claims to be closely monitored so there shouldn't be any nasty surprises. Take a look and tell us what you think!

Shake what you've got!

In these cold grey days it can be very difficult to fit physical activities into your day. Don't forget, it's always a good time to put on some music and transform your living room into a hoppin' dance floor! Here are some great family friendly tunes to help you get off your duff and shake things up.

They Might Be Giants No! - the title track has a great rock guitar riff that will get you bopping around.
Jim Gill Makes it Noisy In Boise - parents can definitely stand to listen to the swing sensation "The night we made it noisy in Boise, Idaho" and "Let's Dance Now!" I don't think it's possible to sit still and listen to those.

Baby, it's cold outside!

Snow is on the ground, the days are long and grey, and cold wind bites your face when you step outside. Time to head to the beach! If a real beach vacation isn't on your calendar, try a literary vacation with some of these great characters:

$250 for college? Don't mind if I do!

Local kids in grades 1-8 are invited to take part in the Young Authors & Illustrators Competition through Metro Parent Magazine! The Grand Prize includes $250 for college and more! Here at CPL, we see many talented and creative kids, so, while you're on break, write or revise your very own story and submit it to Metro Parent Magazine. Details and entry form available here.

Grandparent Fun

Grandparents are welcome to bring their grandchildren to Grandparent Fun on January 4, 2010 from 10:00-10:45AM. We meet monthly to enjoy stories, songs, crafts and to play!
Registration is now open, use your own library card or your grandchild's. See you there!