Thorndyke as Leia

Hey Kids,

Did you know it’s one of my favorite times of the year? Connect Your Summer is kicking off today! If you haven’t already started earning badges, check out our Connect Your Summer webpage to find out everything you need to know to have a great summer at your library. Encourage your whole family to participate and you can read, listen, and come to the library together. You can even follow what I’ve been doing to earn badges if you need more inspiration.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Hey Kids,

It’s Flag Day today, just in time to get everyone in a patriotic mood for Independence Day. On this day in 1777 the Second Continental Congress picked a flag for the brand-new country. I’ve included some helpful resources below in honor of Flag Day. Use them to earn a badge for Connect Your Summer, perhaps the Keep It Real badge for nonfiction, or Explore History, or even Be Creative if you read about Betsy Ross or Francis Scott Key. Listen to patriotic music to earn an eLectrified badge. If you have any questions about our Connect Your Summer program, please see any of our wonderful library staff members.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Books

Flag day by Robert Walker

Describes the holiday of Flag Day that occurs on June 14th every year to celebrate the creation of the United States flag.

The American flag by Debra Hess
Miss Ruth Hugging Thorndyke

Hey Kids,

Did you know that June 1 is National Say Something Nice Day? Maybe you could find a way to say something nice today. I’ve been thinking of nice things I could say if you visit:

     “I’m so happy to see you.”

     “You’re very kind.”

     “I like your hat.”

     “Maybe we could play together.”

     “Would you read me a story?”

I decided in honor of the day that I would read books about friendship and manners. A few of the ones I found are listed below.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

#SaySomethingNiceDay 

The nice book by David Ezra Stein

Monkeys, mice, snakes, cats, and many other animals demonstrate how to act towards others.

Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule..

Thorndyke the Bear

 

Hey Kids!

I've been settling into a new home over the last month. Many of you have already visited, but if you haven't seen my new digs, please drop by. All the old, fun things are still here - the tunnels, the fish, the tree, the books - and some great new resources to check out! I've even had my first houseguests: Mama Duck and her flock of ducklings will be staying until the little ones get big enough to fend for themselves in the great wide world. 

So please stop on by. Find a new reading spot, fill your water bottle at our new water fountain, and investigate the new layout. Can't wait to see you here!

Bear Hugs, 

Thorndyke

P.S. I've been reading a lot about ducks since the arrival of the ducklings. Check out some of the titles below.

 

Littl Tufty got lost during migration with her family. Yet she was rescued by a man.

Hey Kids!

During the big renovation of the Children's Library, we moved the fish tank out to the East Wing near the Study Rooms. But guess what? Today, our fish moved back to the Children's Library to get ready for the re-opening! I think they'll be happy there! I sent LB in to give you a sneak peek of the new tank and the awesome new benches surrounding it. Now, kids will be able to sit right next to the fish and watch them swim around.  They can't wait to see you again in a few more days after the renovations are complete.

Bear Hugs!

Thorndyke

Hey Kids!

My Little Buddy, also known as LB, put on his hard hat again and visited the Children's Library. He wanted to share a sneak peek of the brand-new, colorful carpet with you all. Isn't it great? So bright and cheerful with all those stripes! The construction crew worked really hard to get the carpet pattern laid out perfectly - and they did a fantastic job! We can't wait for all of you to see it in person, too. 

Stay tuned to my blog for more updates, and don't forget, you can take a look at the Patron Service Improvement Project page for a full list of all the new things coming to the Children's Library.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Hey Kids!

My Little Buddy, also known as LB, took a special trip today. He went into the Children’s Library! As you all know, that whole area has been under construction since the beginning of January. Since LB is much smaller than I am, it was easy for him to venture in safely. He even put on a hard hat, just like a real construction worker!

On the right you can see the library tree, all covered up in plastic to protect it while the crew is working. You can also see new green paint on the walls, and lots of construction materials. Our crew sure has been working hard! Don’t forget, you can take a look at all the exciting new things that are coming by going to the Patron Service Improvement Project Page.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

 

Hey Kids,

You may have noticed my new chapeau, as well as my new location in front of the Children's Department. There's a lot going on over here. A lot of very loud sawing and jackhammering that makes it difficult to get settled into a relaxing hibernation. You can look at what's coming on the Patron Service Improvement Project page.

In the meantime, you may find there are some books you are looking for that didn't make it to the temporary location for Children's materials in the East Wing. I found myself facing this very problem just the other day when I came across a book by an author I really like:

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble.

 

You'll notice that Castle Hangnail is marked TEMP RESERVE, which means that it's not going to be available until the Children's Library reopens. How distressing! Fortunately, the construction hasn't limited access to our eBooks, and I was able to listen to Castle Hangnail through the Hoopla app. I really enjoyed the narrator for this story, and the quirky fantasy might appeal to some upper elementary Readers as well. Check it out. As always, you can ask me or my friendly colleagues for help finding what you need.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts: Can't Get Enough Smile?

Hey Kids!

It seems no one can get enough of Raina Telgemeier's awesome graphic style. I've read some other great realistic fiction graphic novels lately that I'd like to share. Use this list to check what's available, because they're all great stories! 

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

Smile by Raina Telgemeier — Or check out an electronic copy on OverDrive with your Canton Library Card.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green] — Or check out the electronic copy on OverDrive with your Canton Library Card.

Thorndyke Thoughts: Leaping to Chapter Books

Hey Kids,

You may have noticed some new spots on our J READER collection. These colored dots should help you find books at similar reading levels. If you're reading the hardest Easy Readers (the ones with Blue Dots), you might be ready to find some easy chapter books in J FICTION or KIDS GRAPHIC NOVELS. Try some of these suggestions, many are part of a series. Happy Reading!

 

Bear Hugs,

 

Thorndyke

 

The princess in black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

 

Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris van Dusen

Nate the Great on the Owl Express by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Mitchell Sharmat ; illustrated by Martha Weston in the style of Marc Simont — There are also Nate the Great titles available as eBooks.

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