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Hey Kids, Can you find LB in this picture? Those are some BIG chairs. And you know how much I like big stuff. They might even be too big for me. LB just got back from joining Mrs. Rebecca on a family golf trip up north. Hey--why do golfers wear 2 pairs of pants? Just in case they get a hole in one! Hee hee! I crack me up. Now LB's gotten me to be a bit of a golf geek. I am reading up on my game and biographies on famous golfers like Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, and of course Tiger Woods. I've even practiced my game with a couple of Wii games. What does your family like to do for fun?
LB is off on another adventure. This time, he tells me, he is working on his Back in Time Badge. Wonder where he's headed?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

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Hey Kids,
Well I did it. I earned all 12 badges! Have you earned them all yet? And can I just say how impressed I am with how well you all are doing with CYS? Totallyawesome, I love reading about all the games you are playing (I may have to try RISK2210) and the sci-fi and LEGO books you are reading. You must totally be geeking out. Michelle 5128, I think it is so cool that you are doing CYS while you are on vacation! I love all the pictures you post. Ikumu_yumeko, I am soooo impressed with all the many books you are reading. And tjrapson, good job reading all those books yourself. You will be a great reader some day. Rileyann117, I see that you have earned quite a few badges by doing the library activities. That's a great, fun way to earn badges!
I can't wait to see what other CYS participants do to earn badges. You have just over 2 weeks to do so... before the big exciting, stupendous End of Summer Reading Celebration. What's going to happen at the big party? Let's just say you don't want to miss it. Keep up the good work
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids,
Connect Your Summer has been live for one month. How many badges have you earned? I about doubled the number of badges I earned over the course of last week. Now I have three left to earn: Curtains Up, Be Well, and My Mitten. What should I do? I'd love some suggestions on books to read, places to visit or activities to try. Send them to the comments below! Yes, it might just earn you one of those "secret badges" (That seems to be the magic word around here this summer! Funny, I always thought it was Abracadabra.) Then watch the blog to see what I did. Thanks in advance for all of your help.
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids, It's time for a Connect Your Summer Recap. I am so impressed at all the hard work you are doing! In the first month of Connect Your Summer, We have 2 participants who have earned over 300 badges! And we have 250 badge earners over all. That's a lot of badges! Keep up the super good work. I'm thinking I'd better start doing some catch up. You can see from my badge page that so far I've read 5 books and earned one of the SECRET badges (have you earned one of those yet?). That's one book a week, which isn't bad. My favorite read so far has been Wash-a-Bye Bear by Thomas Dochery. But watch out! I just checked out a nice big stack of books. I'll be earning badges left and right before you know it. My goal is to collect all the badges. What's your goal for the summer?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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ALOHA! If you haven't guessed yet, LB just got home from Hawaii. He visited the island of Oahu last week and had all kinds of adventures. He went to a Luau and saw fire dancers. He tried to climb a HUGE Kapok Tree at the Botanical Gardens. And he ate pineapple flavored ice cream at the Dole Plantation. That's where many of the pineapples we buy at the grocery store are grown. But he also took a trip to the Hawaii State Library to learn about Hawaii. (He's a pretty smart bear!) Did you know that some Hawaiians speak a different language? While LB was at the library, he saw an entire section of picture books written Hawaiiana. LB also learned that Hawaii is the only State that was once ruled by a King and Queen. He then toured the palace where Hawaii's last ruler, Princess Kaiulani lived. You can read about her here at the Canton Public Library too! But you'll have to wait for me to finish reading about her first. I think that might count as my Back in Time Badge. Hawaii sure sounds like fun!
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids. Seven days and counting. Until what you ask? Connect Your Summer! CYS is my favorite part of the year! What's new this summer? There are four new badges for you to earn. And I cannot wait for you to find out all the fun things the librarians have planned for you this summer. I wish I could tell you, but I've been sworn to secrecy. If you are excited like I am, there is one thing you can do TODAY. You can go to the My Account page and create a username and password (not with your library card). You'll use this to claim your badges this summer. One of the things that LB loves about CYS, because he travels so much, is that you can participate from anywhere in the world. So you can still have library fun this summer, even if you are not at home! And I know that you have fabulous and exciting travel plans this summer. So do that right now, and then you can wait with eager anticipation (like me!) for 9:00 AM on Monday, June 17th when CYS goes live for the summer. 6 days, 15 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds....
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids. LB began his summer travels this weekend with at trip to Traverse City. He's been there once before, and he did some things for the second time, and some things for the first time. He visited a lighthouse and walked out to the 45th Parallel--that's the line of Latitude that's right in the middle between the Equator and the North Pole. And he visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes. These Dunes get their name from an old Native American legend you can check out and read here at the library. In the picture above you can see THREE bears--LB and the two bear cub islands North and South Manitou Islands. On one of them you can see another old lighthouse and a shipwreck!
      LB says Traverse City was a lot of fun, but just a little chilly. So he's looking forward to his next trip where it will be warmer. It has water, sand and Islands too! Where do you think he is going?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids! It's not every day I run into something that is bigger than me, but this is one pretty BIG check! Canton Public Library was awarded the LibraryAware award at a big party last Friday night. This award is given to the library that does a really good job serving their community. Canton Public Library's community is kids like you! I know that the librarians love reading you stories, helping you find books for your homework, and planning other fun activities. So thanks for using your Award-winning Library. :)
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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   Hey Kids, Thorndyke here with an LB update. He just returned from a fascinating trip to Washington D.C., our nation's capital. Not only did he get to enjoy some beautiful weather and some delicious Joe Muggs coffee at Books-A-Million, but he got to tour Embassy Row. This is the street in Washington D.C. where all the Embassies are located. What's an Embassy? It's the office (or sometimes the home) of the Ambassador, the person appointed to represent his or her country's government in another country. So, for example, if you wanted to visit the American Embassy, you'd have to go to a different country to do so. How did I get so smart you ask? I looked up the word "embassy" in the dictionary. So visiting Embassy Row in D.C. is like getting to tour the whole world with out leaving home. It looks like LB made some new friends at the Saudi Arabia Embassy. 
   And just in case any of you are wondering, I did learn that, sadly, they were not building me a bear cave here in the library. But that's okay, I'm happy to stay where I am, so I can keep a close eye on all of you.

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Hey Kids. Big News coming up in the world of picture books! On Monday, January 28th the American Library Association will award the 75th Caldecott Medal for the best from Seattle WA (Hey! LB just went there!). The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually (that means every year) to the artist of the book with the best illustrations published during the previous year. I would think that would be a tough thing to decide. The committee that chooses the winner thinks so too, so they usually award Caldecott Honor Medals to the runners-up. 75 years is a really long time--like before your parents were born! To celebrate, I thought I'd share some of my favorite picture books from the past year. Here are the top 5 in no particular order:

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Hey kids,  I wanted to tell you about my favorite new book I found. It seems appropriate since we're coming up on Thanksgiving.  It stars one of my favorite book characters...

Bear says thanks by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman — An impromptu party in Bear's Den prompts him to be thankful for all his friends. This book inspired me to share what I am thankful for...YOU!  I'm so glad that you come and visit me at the library, and read my blog.  And for all my Librarian friends who keep me company and look out for good books for me to read.  And for LB who keeps me up to date on the outside world, and keeps me company when the library is closed.
What are you thankful for?  I'd love to hear it.
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids, I told you LB was still at it. He just got home from his last trip for a while, a week in Chicago, Illinois. Now, LB's been to Chicago before (briefly) and I'm sure that many of you have been there too, being that it is so close. But I haven't, so most of what LB saw was new to me. First of all, LB got to take the train. It's the second time he's ridden one. I think LB just has to go on a cruise ship and he'll have experienced pretty much every type of transportation there is. And he got to meet Sue. Have you met Sue? She's big and has a very nice smile. She's a T-Rex skeleton at the Field Museum. And he spent a bit of time exploring Nacy Pier where he rode a ferris wheel and he went to the top of the Willis Tower. Apparently LB is not afraid of heights. He's been lots of places way up high! But I think he's ready to stay put for a while. I'm glad because it's been lonely around here without him.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Γεια σας παιδιά! Now don't adjust your screen — that's just "Hi Kids" in Greek. Yup, LB just got back from exploring Greece. Looks like he had lots of fun eating lobster, seeing ancient art and swimming in the ocean. I bet you know more about Greece than you think you do. The Olympics originated there, and you know all those gods in the Percy Jackson books you like? Yup. They're from Greece too. And if you like Baklava, they make it in Greece. Yum! Sounds like a place I'd like to go. Keep you eyes open.