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.

Thorndyke Thoughts: More Mo

The story of Diva and Flea by as told & shown by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi

Hey Kids,
I've always loved the storybook characters that live in the library with me. My fellow bears Winnie the Pooh and Paddington, along with Scaredy Squirrel, Olivia, Curious George, and so many others. But there's always been a special place in my heart for Elephant and Piggie and the Pigeon

Thorndyke Thoughts: Paddington on the Big Screen

Hey Kids,

I’m so excited to announce a dear friend of mine is coming to the big screen in January. On my birthday. Some of you may be familiar with my marmalade-loving buddy, Paddington, but if not, be sure to check him out here before seeing him in theaters. I’ve made some handy lists below of bear stories, some that are also available as movies. What are some of your favorite bear stories? You can tell me in the comments or stop by to chat the next time you’re in the library.
 

“Classic” Bears

A bear called Paddington by Michael Bond ; with drawings by Peggy Fortnum

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne ; with decorations by Ernest H. Shepard

Thorndyke Thoughts: History Mysteries

Hey Kids,

One of my librarian friends told me about an event where she heard Marc Aronson give a talk about history. That might sound boring, but he wasn’t just talking about names and dates. If you like mysteries, investigations, questions and answers, following clues, and challenging what other people think, then you might like to try some of his books. Usually he writes for upper elementary (4th and 5th grades) or for middle schoolers, but your parents might even like these.

Ain't nothing but a man: my quest to find the real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson with Marc Aronson — If you’ve heard of Paul Bunyan, maybe you’ve also heard of John Henry, the legendary man who beat a steam drill. Did you know he was a real person? In this story Scott Nelson tells about his discoveries of John Henry, the real man.

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