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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.

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Hey Kids. LB is tells me his winter coat has started growing in because it was cold up in Mackinac City when he visited last weekend. Mackinac City is right at the tip of the Mitten where I-75 turns into the Mackinac Bridge. There's a lot to do there! LB spent a day biking around Mackinac Island. And now, he's curious about the kids who live there. So we looked online and found Mackinac Island Public School's website, which has lots of information about what it's like to live on the island year round. He went to the Fort on the island too and tried to fire the cannon, but decided it would be better to leave that to professionals.

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Hi kids, LB wanted to share some pictures from his trip to Prince Edward Island with you. If you didn't know it already, PEI is the home a red head who has a tendency to get into trouble. Nope. Not Pippi Longstocking. I'm talking about Anne of Green Gables. You can actually visit her house (which is where LB is in this picture). LB also visited some other places in Canada and Boston on this trip. And narrowly avoided a tropical storm.

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Ciao ragazzi. That's Italian for "Hi Kids". LB is at it again. He justreturned from a pretty amazing trip to Rome and Venice in Italy. You know, the birthplace of pizza and gelato. Mmmmm. Course there are lots of other neat things to do and see in Italy besides eat. You can visit things like the Coliseum and the Pantheon in Rome that were built way back in Roman times (a long long time ago — before even your grandparents were born). You can ride a gondola in Venice like LB did. Venice has more canals then streets so gondolas are special boat taxis. Looking at LB's pictures is making me hungry. I think it's time for lunch.

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Hey Kids,
Why do I have a boot on my head? Well, to find out you'll have to read this great new book I found:

Squid and Octopus: friends for always by Tao Nyeu — It's about a Squid and an Octopus who are friends and the adventures they have. The stories are funny and the pictures are amazing.

Tao Nyeu, the author and illustrator, has two other really great books that you should check out. I give it two Paws Up. Way Up.

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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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?

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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