Catalog

Search our Catalog

baluchr's Blog

Thorndyke Thoughts

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

Join Us For Some Rainbow Magic

On Tuesday, June 29th at 2:00PM, children in Kindergarten through Second Grade can break out the fairy wands and sparkles and help us celebrate one of our very favorite book series. Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, June 15th.

Happy Birthday Jacques Cousteau!

Today would have been Jacques Cousteau's 100 birthday! How appropriate that it falls just one week before Summer Reading 2010, Make a Splash @ Your Library. Get in the wet and wild mood by checking out a biography about this fascinating marine conservationist. And don't forget registration begins for Summer Reading on June 21st.

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

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Nope, that's not me in that picture! That's my Little Buddy, LB! He get's out more than I do. In fact, in this picture, he's all the way down in Texas! He went there with Miss Kristen a little while back. They did a lot of fun things! They went camping and went to the park, and, as you can tell, LB made some new friends! There's lots of fun things to do in Texas! You can visit the Alamo, pretend you're a cowboy, or eat chili! Did you know that this animal is the state animal of Texas? Did you know that we have a stuffed animal one here in the library? Are you curious to learn more about Texas? There are lots of book about it here in the library!
Man, LB is so lucky! Now that it is warm out, he has all kinds of adventures planned. I'm just staying home. But I'm okay with that because it's my favorite time of year...Summer Reading! I can't wait until you all start coming in to get your reading log! It's only 20 days away you know! Woohoo! I'm so excited! See you SOON!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Grammar Goes Graphic!

We have two new nonfiction series that explain English grammar basics in a exciting, easy to understand format. And best of all, it's fun!

In Grammar All Stars, sports announcer Buzz Star meets children athletes who help him better understand parts of speech. Who knew tennis had anything to do with conjunctions? Or Surfing with Compounds? Or golf and adverbs? Or football and nouns? Examples of the part of speech highlighted in the book appear in bold text to help kids understand the context in which these types of words are used. Each book also includes a related practice activity (with answers) to help reinforce the concepts expressed in the book.

Making Science Fun

We just expanded our Science collection with two cool new DVD series that make learning science concepts fun! The first is Science of Disney Imagineering. This series uses attractions from the Most Magical Place on Earth — Disney World — to demonstrate things like Gravity, Magnetism, Trajectory and the like. The second is a familiar and well-loved science staple finally gracing the shelves here at CPL — Bill Nye the Science Guy. Bill explains scientific concepts in funny, kid-accessible illustrations. Both of these video series often include experiment demonstrations that could be useful for Science Fair Projects. Take one home today!

First Grade Book Discussion

The May edition of the First Grade Book Discussion will be on Monday, May 17th at 5:00PM. This month we will be reading and discussing Cinder Rabbit by Lynn E. Hazen. Come join us! Registration begins Monday, May 3rd at 9:00AM. After you register, pick up your book at the Children's Desk!

A Big Thank You

To Sharon Sanders and her team of volunteers from the youth group of Canton's Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They did a fabulous job creating the adorable Spring bulletin boards in our Children's Department. If you haven't come to see them yet, make sure you do! Starting this year, Canton Public Library is seeking volunteer groups to create these bulletin boards on a quarterly basis. If your scout troop, youth group or other organization is interested in using your talents to create bulletin boards in the Children's Department, please contact Ruth Millard at millardr@cantonpl.org. All displays are subject to library approval and may become property of the library

If you thought Talk Like a Pirate Day was fun....

You'll love Talk Like Shakespeare Day! It's celebrated this Friday, April 23rd in honor of Shakespeare's 446th birthday. So brush up your "thee", "thou", and "Methinks". Practice your Shakespearean insults so you'll be ready when the time is right. Pull that Renaissance Ruff out of your closet! And check the official website for other fun Shakespeare activities. Here's a fun clip from Sesame Street to get you in the mood!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
So I have some happy news to share! There have been some exciting things happening. The first is that two weeks ago lots of the Children's Tween and Teen librarians went to a big library conference in Kalamazoo. They had to leave me and Miss Sandra in charge (but that's another story). While they were there, Miss Anna, one of our teen librarians won a very special award! It's called the Pletz Award. This mean that Miss Anna does a super great job working with all the teens! Great Job Miss Anna! I'm so proud of you!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Hooray for Spring Break! I bet you all are excited to have a whole week off of school. I'm excited to see a lot of you here at the library! The librarians have planned lots of fun things for you!

When you're here, make sure you check out our book display kiosk by the Children's CDs. Each month a different librarian has been putting their favorite books on display. Now, I'm not a librarian, but this month they're letting me put out MY favorite books! Oh Boy! It's a little hard to pick favorites. I love books about bears, because I like books with protagonists that I can relate to. But I also LOVE the books you hear in storytime and read for book discussions (did you know I read all those books with you? I just can't participate in the book discussion because I don't talk!). Come and check out what books I chose! Literally! Take them home with you! Because then I get to choose more books. And tell me, what's your favorite book? Can't wait to hear from you!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

A Bunny Party with Max and Ruby

Children ages 4 to 7 are invited to a Party all about Max and Ruby. There will be stories, games, snacks and crafts. Registration begins March 26th.

Definitely Not Wimpy

Did you see Diary of a Wimpy Kid when it released on Friday? If you did you were one of the many that helped the film reach second place at the box office. Waiting until spring break to catch it? Explore the movie's website, where you can "wimp" yourself, try your hand at wimpy kid trivia or watch the trailer. For parents, here's a review of the movie from commonsense media.

Do You Recognize This Dress?

If you've seen Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth you just might! You can see this and other period film wedding dresses at Somerset Center in Troy until Sunday, March 21st. The dresses cover time periods from as early as the 1740s with a dress from The Aristocrats to the early 1910s, represented by a dress from Out of Africa. Go take a look. You might just find out about period film you haven't seen yet!