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Hi Kids!
Well, the votes are in and the winning badge of the "What Badge Should Thorndyke Earn Next" poll is the Love It badge. I filled out a heart with my favorite book and then I shared it with LB. Since I am a Big Bear, my favorite books is, of course, a book with a Big Bear in it.

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup — The only difference between the bear in this book and me is that I am NOT smelly. But you should read it. It has everything. Humor. Adventure. Drama. And dare I say it, a little bit of Romance?

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,
I hope you are having as much fun earning badges for Connect Your Summer as I am. I've earned some by reading really good books, a couple more for doing some fun things here at the library, and few by coming up with some creative ideas all by myself. I'm sharing my badges so you can see all the things I've done. I love reading all the things that you have done to earn badges too. Keep up the great work!
I'm trying to decide what badge I should earn next, and I need your help. Find the poll and vote for what badge I should earn. If you do, you can claim Geek Out Badge. Thanks for your help. Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids,
Have you signed up for Connect Your Summer yet? I have and I'm working on badges.   There are so many fun badges to earn that I had a hard time deciding where to start.  So I picked the Make Tracks badge.  Because I'm a bear.  And I make tracks.   See if you can find my shared experience.  Here's a hint.  Look for a picture of me and some furry friends.  What badges have you earned? 
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids,
Thorndyke here with a new friend that you might recognize. His name is Kermit the Frog. From what he tells me, it's not easy being green. And unless I want to get heckled by older gentlemen, I shouldn't tell jokes. Kermit and his friends the Muppets have a new movie out on DVD. If you didn't see it in the theater, you can put it on hold here at Canton Public Library. If you have seen it, you can move right along and check out one of their many other adventures. Sounds like something fun to look for next week on Spring Break!
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
If you've visited the library in the last week, you've noticed that there's something different here! Canton Public Library is home to Turner Town for the month of February. This dollhouse exhibit teaches about Turner Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in a really fun way! My friend LB, being that he is pretty small in stature himself, decided he needed to check it out. He loved that everything was his size! It took some work, but I think that I've convinced him that he can't move in. LB told me there are lots of fun things for kids to do while they're looking at the houses. You can play Eye Spy, Vote for your favorite house, or design your own town! Check out LB's tour of Turner Town on Flickr, and then come take the tour yourself!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hi Kids!
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to meet some new friends. It looks like I am getting a good start! Scaredy Squirrel visited the library the other day. If you haven't read the adventures of this little fellow, you really should! As his name suggests, Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of lots of things… like germs and unicorns, and crowds, and Godzilla. However, he always seems to manage to overcome his fears with a little bit of pluck, and by playing dead. Scaredy certainly enjoyed his visit to the library! You can check out pictures from his adventure over on Flickr! Hmmmm… now who should I meet next?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
Do you mind if I use my blog today to plug a fellow bear? One of my heroes, (for his ability to come up with brilliant ideas and eat lots of hunny) Winnie the Pooh, had a new movie come out next summer. It's aptly named Winnie the Pooh! If you haven't seen it yet, Miss Ruth tells me it will be here at the library very very soon. And if you can't wait, there are lots of Pooh's other adventures to check out as books or movies! I think I might just check out a couple myself! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids!
Where'd you all go? I've been seeing you all summer at the library, and then this Tuesday, you were all gone! The library has been so lonely and quiet, Please come back! Miss Ruth tells me you all started school this week and that's why you haven't been around during they day. Boy. I hope your teachers start giving you lots of homework so you have to come and visit me… or not. I hear homework isn't really that fun. But I hear that Storytime resumes next Monday. That should bring quite a few of my friends back.
Are you like me and can't wait for storytime to resume? You can watch one of our Online Storytimes, or read a story off of Tumblebooks. Both are really fun! I'm counting down the days until you all come back. 3 days and counting! Until then,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids!
LB's had a busy couple of weeks. Not only was he traversing around Cape Cod, but he just back from a trip in the Northern Michigan visiting one of our relatives, Uncle Smokey the Bear! Uncle Smokey has the very important job of reminding people of the dangers of forest fires. And he gets to wear a cool Park Ranger's Hat. He even has his own website! Uncle Smokey's a pretty tech-savvy bear! Of course, I'm pretty tech-savvy myself. I just don't have a website that's all my own. Check out LB's adventure over on flickr! And don't forget you just have one more week to earn badges in Connect Your Summer!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

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Hey kids!
LB earned us another badge from Connect Your Summer. Here's some pictures of him earning the Traveler Badge! He traveled to Massachusetts and, apparently, back in time! He visited Plymouth and saw the Plymouth Rock. Funny. LB says it's in a great big cage. I think they think it may try to run away! And then he got to tour the Mayflower II. It's not the original ship, but is a full-scale replica that sailed from Great Britain to Plymouth in 1957 just like the real Mayflower did! LB says he would have visited Plimoth Plantation as well, but it was over 100 degrees (a little warm for a fur coat!) so he settled on visiting the beach instead.
This has got me wanting to learn more about the Pilgrims, so I checked what we had to offer here at CPL. Found a lot of great books! I didn't really check them out (because I never leave the library) so, if YOU want to, they are all still here! Happy Reading!
Bear hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids!
I'm on a roll now! I went to Outdoor Storytime today and earned my Reader badge! I have to admit… it was a little warm outside! But I think that's because I have my big fur coat. Storytime was super fun. I heard neat stories about Dots and a pig who likes pancakes. That second story made me hungry. I like pancakes too! It was so fun to see so many families outside enjoying stories today. I made lots of new friends and had a great time! Head over to Flickr to see the fun we had this morning!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
We're on a roll now! Thanks to the neat Three Cities Art Show here at the library this weekend, I earned another badge! The Artist Badge! First, I went and looked at all the art work and voted for my favorites. Then, I was feeling inspired, so I asked Miss Michelle to help me find some fun art books. And, Boy! Did she find me some! She even stopped to read a book with me! I like to read books by myself, but I really like to read books with people too. Three Badges down, seven to go. What Badge are you working on?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
So LB and I have earned our next Connect Your Summer badge. LB had an adventure in Seattle, and we earned the Adventurer Badge! Before he left, I started reading all sorts of books about Washington State, so I knew where LB was going. It's quite a cool state! There are lots of mountains, and ocean. LB even saw a seal!

But the real adventure happened at Pike Place Fish Market. The Market is a lot like Canton's Farmers Market, except that it's open every day and is a lot bigger than ours. And they sell fish! They don't just sell fish, however, they also THROW them! When LB went to the market, they were throwing more than just fish. Here's a video to prove it!

Man. LB gets to have all the fun. Over on Flickr you can see all the other fun things LB did in Seattle, including his visit to Seattle Public Library. LB's just itching to get to go on another adventure soon. I can't wait to see where he goes next!

Goodness! The summer is almost half over! I'm going to have to start working double time on my badges to have them all earned by the end of the summer! Hope you are having fun earning all of yours! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

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Hey Kids!
Boy! I've seen a lot of you here at the library the last couple of days. As you can see from this picture, I was working hard on my reading for Connect-Your-Summer today. I like to do my reading under a tree. It's a good thing we have one here in the library! Do you ever read under trees? I finally figured out what badge LB and I can earn next. It's called the Adventurer Badge! This badge is perfect for LB, because he's always having adventures! Based on the books I'm reading, can you figure out where his next adventure will be? You'll have to keep watching to see if you guess right! And don't forget to tell me what you're doing to earn your Connect Your Summer badges too! I love reading about them!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
I'm super excited because I just earned my very first Connect Your Summer Badge! I told you that LB and I signed up as team, right? Well. We just got our very first badge... the Multicultural Badge. And it came with a nifty little star on it because we shared what we did with all of you! I read a book called Zoo-Ology by Joelle Jolivet. It's a big huge book (you can see it in my last blog post) with really neat pictures in it. And I learned a little bit about all the different animal cultures that are different than me. LB decided he would study People Culture, so he visited the Canton Historical Society. They have lots of neat stuff there. And LB got to sign his name in the guestbook (he has very nice handwriting) and put a pin on the map where he lives. He brought back lots of pictures to show me, and it sure looks like he had fun!
Boy we both had super lots of fun. We can't wait to earn our next badge! I need some ideas though... What have you done to earn yours? Can't wait to hear all about it!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke