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Happy Birthday Thorndyke!

Some one very special had a birthday this past Sunday, January 16th! Thorndyke, Canton Public Library's very own resident bruin celebrated his special day pretty much the same way he spends every day, hanging around at the library. What's a great way to commemorate his special day? By Checking out a bear friendly movie here from Canton Public Library! Here are a few Thorndyke approved suggestions…

Bear in the Big Blue House: Dance party!

Berenstain Bears: Berenstain Bears adventure & fun for everyone

Narnia Read-alikes

If you've seen The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters and can't get enough of all things Narnian, here are some other fantasy voyages to check out:

The book of three by Lloyd Alexander — An Assistant Pigkeeper sets out on a quest to make a name for himself in the country of Prydain.

Tuck everlasting by Natalie Babbitt — The Tuck family discovers the source of the fountain of youth, but find that eternal youth isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Children's Books for your iPad

We often talk about all the fancy and exciting apps grownups can download for their iPads. But did you know there are apps for the young (or young at heart) in your life as well?! Kirkus Reviews just started an online iPad app review page and is highlighting 5 children's books apps they recommend. The five range from very simple to very complex. The Green Eggs and Ham app encourages an emergent reader to read along. The Alice in Wonderland app lives up the mayhem of Lewis Carroll's original book. My favorite is the pop up Peter Rabbit Storybook. This app plays like a typical lift-the-flap toy book you'd find at any bookstore, but in a digital format. Take a look! And Happy Digital Reading!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
LB's at it again! While it was snowy and freezing here in Michigan, LB went to sunny, warm Key West, Florida with Miss Marianne! LB must stand for Lucky Bear! There are lots of fun things to see in Key West — Lighthouses, Libraries, Post Offices, Fish, Butterflies and Cats! And you can eat lots of Key Lime Pie! One of the neatest things LB and Marianne did is they went to the most southern point of the whole United States and got their picture taken. You can almost see Cuba from there! Key West is also where Ernest Hemingway lived. Ernest Hemingway is an author who wrote books for grown ups. Some of his books take place in Michigan, because he lived here for awhile too. Then he moved to Key West and ate lots of pie and owned lots of cats. Make sure you check out all the pictures from LB's trip on Flickr! It sure sounds like he had fun! Until next time…
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Barbara McClintock

If you enjoy fairy tales, you may have read some of Barbara McClintock's books. This Author and Illustrator has created fabulous editions of many of our favorite tales such as The Mitten, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the Gingerbread Man. But did you know she got her start by seeking advice from Maurice Sendak? Or that her first books were stories about Jim Henson's Fraggles? Discover more about Mrs. McClintock (and admire her beautiful artwork) by checking out her website. Then look for some of her books here at the library.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did! Thanksgiving is a time that you get to spend with your family and that's what I did! Some of you had to travel to visit family, and did too, because my family lives in the the Detroit Zoo! I'm sure you've seen my cousins. They're the polar bears, the grizzly bears and the black bears! I took lots of pictures, and you can see them now on Canton Public Library's Flickr account. We had a great time visiting, and boy, did I learn a lot about my family history! For example, my closest cousins are the Grizzly Bears. My next closest cousins, the Brown bears are a little bit smaller. My third cousins, the Polar Bears, live way up north in Canada (eh?). All of them like to swim and eat fish. I only like to eat Swedish Fish. And they all hibernate. So if you see me sleeping in the library this winter, don't wake me up! I'm hibernating!
Lots of grownups come to the library to do research on their family history. After I got back home, I decided I'd do some research on mine too! Turns out, you don't have to look too far to find out about my family! There are lots of books here in the Children's Department about us. I recommend checking one out. My family history is very riveting.
What's your family like? Is it big? Do you have lots of Cousins like me? Do they live far away? Are they funny? Sometimes our friends even feel like family. I'm pretty thankful for mine. I hope you are thankful for your family too! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you all had a great day with your family yesterday. I went and visited my family recently (but that's a story for another time). Guess what? I'm taking a road trip next week! I'm sure you've heard about Canton Public Library's Barnes and Noble Book Fair, right? Did you know that Miss Kristen will be there to do storytimes at 11:00AM and 7:00PM? Bet you didn't know that I'm going to be there too! Come see me! And if while you're visiting, you decide you want to buy me a Christmas present, I'll have my Wish List there for you to get ideas. Can't wait to see you on Monday!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Looking for Accelerated Reader?

You're at the library. Looking for a book to read for school. The books you planned to get are all checked out. After looking for what seems like forever, you finally find something that's caught your eye. But then the fear strikes. What if there isn't an Accelerated Reading Quiz for this? Never Fear! In the Children's Reference section, we have a few Accelerated Reader lists from local schools. If we don't have your particular school, you can look up books on AR BookFinder. You can type in titles of books and find out if an AR quiz exists. This won't tell you if your school owns the particular quiz, but you'll be able to rest easy and enjoy your book!

Rapunzel hits the big screen

Disney's new animated movie, Tangled, is releasing next week for Thanksgiving. It happens to be based on one of my favorite fairy tales, Rapunzel. If your kids aren't familiar with the tale, now would be the time to check it out! For a more off-beat introduction, try Falling For Rapunzel. It's a loose adaption of the story, but the pictures, the rhyme and the humor appeal to all ages. For older readers there's Rapunzel's Revenge, a graphic novel authored by Shannon Hale, who also wrote Princess Academy. This retelling sets the tale in the Wild West, and spunky Rapunzel's hair makes a great lasso.

Fun with Books

Too old for Storytime but not quite ready for a book discussion? We have just the right program for you! Join us for Fun with Books on November 27th at 2:00PM. This new program is designed to get early readers excited about books and reading. Kids in kindergarten and first grade will hear a story and engage in discussion and literacy activities based on that book. Registration begins Saturday, November 13th.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Don't panic! If you come to the library this weekend, you probably won't see me. I'm not sick or hurt, and I didn't get grounded. I'm on vacation! I'm off to visit some friends, and I have to pick up LB from his latest trip. But I'll be back on Tuesday. I hope you kiddos who are coming to the library on Monday for storytime have a wonderful time. Hey did you know that Monday starts National Young Reader's Week! Storytime is a great way to celebrate.
Well, I just didn't want you all to worry. See you soon!
Until then,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Yeehaw! It's Dude Night!

Our next Family Fun night is Thursday, November 11th at 7:00PM. It's Dude Night! So break out your cowboy boots and 10 gallon hat, but leave your sharp shooter at home. Join us at CPL for a rootin' tootin' cowboy time with singing, square dancing and lots more Old West fun. Register today!

This program is sponsored by the Target Early Childhood Reading Grant and the Friends of the Canton Public Library.

First and Second Grade Book discussion

Registration for the First and Second Grade Book discussion begins today for our meeting on November 15th @5pm. This month we're reading The Frog Prince Continued...by Jon Scieszka.  With the change of age ranges in our book discussions, you may find that they fill up faster than they have in the past.  Don't forget that we now have Book Clubs in a Bag that you can check out for more Book Discussion fun.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
You may have noticed that there's been lots of talk in the library lately about CPL's 30th anniversary.  There are only a very few people who've been a part of Canton Public Library as long as I have, so I thought I'd chime in with my own experiences here at CPL. You can find my story on the library's Flickr account.  Yup!  I'm a pretty tech savvy bear. In some of the pictures I look kind of funny because they were taken a long time ago.  You'd better not laugh!

Second Grade Book Discussion

Get together with other second graders and talk about a great book! This month we'll be discussing Nate The Great. Register online, and then check out the book at the Children’s Desk. Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, October 19th at 5:00PM. Registration begins Tuesday, October 5th.