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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!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Have you ever wondered what happens at the Adult Reference Desk? So have I! Well, today I decided to find out. I had to wear a disguise, because I heard that some grown-ups are afraid of bears. Do you think I fooled them? I logged into the computer...and waited. Do you know what? Grown-ups ask a lot of the same questions as you do. They are looking for a book that they want to read or a movie that they want to watch. Although, usually they've heard about this book or movie from the TV or the radio, where you guys usually hear about it from a friend or at school. Grown-ups need help doing things on the computer too! The big difference between kid questions and grown-up questions, is that sometimes grown-up questions have to do with things like taxes and doctors and college classes. The librarians that work on the Adult Reference Desk are really smart. They can always help the grown-ups find the answers, just like in the Children's Library! I don't think I was much help though. My paws are too clumsy to type very well, and you have to be able to talk to answer questions. Oh well! It's back to the Children's Library I go. Until the next adventure...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts


Hey Kids!
No, I haven't shrunk! Remember my little friend LB? Well he had himself an adventure recently. He snuck into a librarian's suitcase and traveled all the way to the Dominican Republic! Man, he's so lucky to be travel size. I think someone would notice if I tried to do something like that. Any who, LB told me all about the fun things that he did. Sounds like the DR is a pretty fun place! You should check out some of the books we have at the library and read about it!

Report Resources

What do Biographies, Animals, Dinosaurs, Science Experiments, Countries, States all have in common? They are all frequently assigned report topics for elementary students. If you are having difficulty locating information on your particular topic, don't forget to investigate our great selection of Children's Databases. These are kid-friendly resources that contain pictures, maps, magazine articles, and more on a variety of subjects. You can even access them from your home computer! Here are a few to get you started...

CultureGrams begins with a clickable map of the world. Find the country your researching and find facts, pictures and even sound clips of that country's national anthem right at your fingertips.