Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,

Because of my superior location near the New Book shelves, I get firstcrack at the new items that come in, including the chapter books, the picturebooks, even nonfiction and biographies. Did you know that a biography is a bookabout a real person? Today I snuck a new biography about Peter Roget, theperson who made Roget’s Thesaurus. Guess what? A thesaurus is not a dinosaur.It’s a list of words, and the ones that mean the same thing are all groupedtogether. Peter Roget always made lists of things, from when he was a verylittle boy, and one day those lists became his first thesaurus. 

You can even browse a version of Roget’s Thesaurus online.

The right word: Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant, author ; Melissa Sweet, illustrator

Find other fascinating stories about real people in the J Biography sectionat the back of the Children’s Department, or ask a Children's Librarian.

Happy Grandparents Day

Hey Kids,
It was a back-to-school week for a lot of you, but before you get too caught up in the school routine, I thought I’d remind you about a holiday coming up tomorrow. National Grandparents Day is the first Sunday after Labor Day, and a perfect time to show a little extra love to the people in your life who act as grandparents to you. My family is made up of bears and I’ve lost touch with many of my ancestors (it's a distant cousin in the photo), but don’t let that happen to you! 

Come to the library on Sunday, September 7 to make something for the grandparents in your life, or to take a picture with a grandparent. If you’re looking for a special story to share, you can also look up “Grandparents” as a subject or keyword in our catalog.

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