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Saturday is Free Museum Day

Looking for something to do? Here's an idea. Saturday, September 24th is Smithsonian Magazine's 6th Annual Free Museum Day. Check out the website to apply for a voucher for 2 free admissions to one of many Detroit Area Museums, including the Detroit Science Center, Detroit Children's Museum and the Yankee Air Museum. Get out and have some fun!

Third and Fourth Grade Book Discussion

If you had a mean old principal, what would you do? George and Harold take matters into their own hands, and the results is the Epic Novels of Captain Underpants. On August 17th at 2:00PM, third and fourth graders are invited to join us as we read and discuss The Adventures of Captain Underpants. And probably laugh a lot too. Registration begins August 3rd. Don't forget to pick up your book at the Children's Reference Desk!

International Games

Kids around the world like to have fun just like you. They just do it a little differently. Come learn some new games at our International Games Day on July 26th at 1:00PM. If it is nice and sunny, we'll meet out behind the library. The rain location is the Community Room inside the library. If you haven't earned your Multicultural Badge yet, this is a fun, easy way to claim it!

Children's Featured Films

It's one of the highest trafficked areas of Canton Public Library's Children's Department. We're talking about rows 20-22, where all the Children's Feature Films live. Here you'll find current favorites like Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street, and Thomas the Tank Engine. You'll also find full length movies, like Tangled, The Sandlot, and The Great Muppet Caper, when they're not already checked out that is! Have a favorite cartoon from when Mom and Dad were little? We probably have those too! Movies check out for a week and are free! So stop here first the next time you plan a Family Movie Night.

Time's running out…

Teens and Tweens — Don't forget to register for our Minute To Win It program on Friday, July 8th at 2:00PM! We know you've all been waiting to try those cool games yourselves. So come and join us. Earn your Adventurer Badge, Discover wacky skills you didn't know you had, and maybe even win a prize! Yup. We did just say the "P" word. Register Today

Minute to Win It

Johnny Applestack. Worm Diving. Chocolate Unicorn. They're all games from Minute to Win It. You've watched the TV show, now it's your turn! Check out NBC's Minute to Win It website and start brushing up on your mad skills for our Minute to Win It program on July 8th at 2:00PM. This program is for Teens and Tweens. Registration begins June 24th.

International Game Day

All ages can join us on July 26th at 1:00PM as we enjoy learning about different cultures through games played around the world. You could even earn your Multicultural badge! No registration required. Weather permitting, this program will take place outside.

Judy Moody Live on the Big Screen

The first big kid friendly release has hit the theaters, just in time for the last day of school. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer takes Megan McDonald's popular red-headed heroine from the page to the big screen. Judy Moody's plans for a super exciting summer are derailed when her two closest friends head off to more exciting adventures, and her parents leave for California, leaving Judy and her brother Stink in the care of Aunt Opal. Will this mean a major bummer summer for Judy, or will it turn out to be super after all? After you've seen the movie, discover (or enjoy for a second time) some of Judy's other adventures here at Canton Public Library!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB went to Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend. Look at the cool sculpture LB is standing by in this picture. It's called Cloud Gate, but most people just call it the Bean. Mmmm. That makes me hungry. Unfortunately, this bean isn't edible. Guess I'll have to check out some books about beans from the library and learn how to grow my own. Have you ever done that? It's pretty easy. And a fun thing to do over the summer… which is almost here! Yay! It's certainly felt like summer the last few days. I can't wait for it to get here.
Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Between the Lions

Have you checked out Between the Lions yet? This PBS show is the step between Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow. Between the Lions teaches phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, and other reading methods. Kids just like it because the Lion family — Theo, Cleo, Lionel and Leona — are funny and there are lots of cartoons and songs. Canton Public Library has both seasons here on DVD. You can also visit Between the Lions online. There are lots of tips for parents and teachers there too!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Did you guess where LB was headed next? He just got back from the Dominican Republic! It's half of an island in the Caribbean. He's been there before, because Miss Ruth's sister teaches there. But everytime he goes he has a new adventure. This time LB went to the country and got to see some pretty cool stuff growing! Like Pineapples. Did you know you can plant a pineapple at your house? This website tells you how. He also saw some banana trees and a Cacao tree. That's the kind of tree we get chocolate from! (But take note, Hershey bars don't just grow on trees).
LB got to try a lot of the fruit he saw growing down in the Dominican Republic--Mangos, Pineapples and Bananas. They sure have a lot of yummy food to eat in down there! I might have to try my hand at some Caribbean cooking. Good thing CPL has some books on that subject that I can check out!
LB is so lucky to go to all these neat places that I'm beginning to think his initials stand for Lucky Bear instead of Little Bear. Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Now that it's getting warmer out, LB has gotten restless. Good thing he's getting to go to lots of different places! In fact, here are some pictures from one of his recent adventures. He traveled to Bonita Springs, FL with Miss Michele! He had a great time! He told me it was warm and sunny down there. So he did lots of swimming.
Looks like he also tried his hand at some alligator wrestling. But don't worry kids. I don't think that's a real alligator. I even checked out some library books about alligators to make sure. Yup! Alligators don't have handles.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Sleepy Bear gave me a shout out in one of his latest blogs, looking for book suggestions. When I'm stumped for something to read, I usually ask the librarians here at CPL for a suggestion. They sure had some great ones!
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by Candace Fleming was suggested by Miss Ruth. It's a bunch of funny short stories that are similar to Aesop's Fables. She said her favorite character was the librarian, whose name is Paige Turner.
Miss Sandra suggested The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin. It's a mystery where a retired search and rescue dog investigates some missing baby chicks.
I hope that Sleepy Bear finds something to read! Although I think he's reading Junie B. Jones at the moment. There's lots of those books, so he should be pretty busy! :)
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Old Fashioned Sing Along

Families with children 3-8 years old, join us on Thursday, April 28th at 7:00PM. We're singing old classics and some newer storytime favorites. We’ll have the words posted so everyone can join in the fun! Registration begins Thursday, April 14th at 9:00AM.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
If you look at this picture of me, you can see I'm not at CPL! The CTTS Staff and I went on a little field trip yesterday. We visited the Novi Public Library! The Novi Library built a brand new building last year and we went to look around. It's a pretty cool place. They even have a race car in the Children's Department called the Novi Special! And there are beautiful tiles to look at too. One even has a dinosaur bone in it. And just like at CPL, there a lots of fun computers to play on and interesting books to check out.
Did you know that Canton Public Library has "reciprocal borrowing privileges" with Novi Library? Those big words mean that CPL is friends with Novi Library, and that your Canton Public Library card works all the way over there! I think that's the coolest thing I learned on my tour. You should go "check out" the Novi Library (just a little library humor there!) but don't forget to come visit me too!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke