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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Thorndyke Thoughts

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

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #4

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #4", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #4 - The play's the thing. We want tickets!
LB and Clarke 5

Game On/Green Thumb Flower Tournament: Week 4

As part of Connect Your Summer, the Game On and Green Thumb badges have teamed up to do a flower tournament! Only one flower can be crowned the best flower of summer, and it's up to you to decide.

Each week during Connect Your Summer, two flowers will duke it out for your votes. The flower with the most votes will continue on in the tournament. Last week, sunflowers wilted to daisies. This week, lily-of-the-valley and apple blossom go leaf to leaf!

Sign in to vote for your favorite flower:

Lily-of-the-Valley
57% (4 votes)
Apple Blossom
43% (3 votes)
Total votes: 7

Sleuth It: Dead & Done V

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Silver lies by Ann Parker

Walking the perfect square: a novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

Jane and the unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

A plague on both your houses by Susanna Gregory

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Back in time Word Search Game

This is the third game of our "Back in Time Word Search" series challenge. Throughout the course of six weeks, we feature three games. They focus on different aspects of going back in time. The Back in Time: Gadgets is for this week and the next (until July 30.) Pick one up from the Help Desk, and have fun figuring out the word puzzle. Return it to the Help Desk to earn yourself a chance for prize drawing!

Introduction to Pinterest - POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

Pinterest lets you create and share virtual "boards" full of inspiration and ideas about your passions and hobbies. Through images and links posted by other users (or by you), you can plan a wedding, collect recipes, share crafting know-how and more with your friends online! Join us on Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 AM to learn more about this fun website and start pinning.

Prerequisites: Basic Internet skills and either an email address or a Facebook or Twitter account (required for participation-attendees without these accounts will still be able to observe).

At Home Story Fun

Are you looking for something to do this summer to earn your badges for CYS? For a fun activity, have an at home storytime! Here are some great books and songs that will be fun and festive:

Twist and Shout by the Beatles
Rock and Roll Freeze Dance by Hap Palmer

Go back to bed! by Ginger Foglesong Guy ; illustrations by James Bernardin

Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne ; with words by Nick Bromley

The day Louis got eaten by John Fardell

Have fun!

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

This year's Ann Arbor Street Art Fair takes place from July 17 -20. This original fair is part of four separate art fairs that take place in Ann Arbor during these four days. The others are The State Street Area Art Fair, The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair and Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair. Combined, the fairs average over 50,000 attendees from across the nation. Earn your My Mitten badge and see - or buy - some great art all at the same time!

A Suspenseful Summer Listen!

Here are 9 thrillers for the hot months ahead.

Game On/Green Thumb Flower Tournament: Week 3

As part of Connect Your Summer, the Game On and Green Thumb badges have teamed up to do a flower tournament! Only one flower can be crowned the best flower of summer, and it's up to you to decide.

Each week during Connect Your Summer, two flowers will duke it out for your votes. The flower with the most votes will continue on in the tournament. Last week, carnations wilted to roses. This week, sunflowers and daisies go leaf to leaf!

Sign in to vote for your favorite flower:

Sunflower
40% (2 votes)
Daisy
60% (3 votes)
Total votes: 5

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #3

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #3", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #3 - Lots of places to shop and eat along the very busy street. Had to stop to rest on this unusual, artsy bench.
LB and Clarke 3

CPL Loves Zinio...Do You?

Zinio is a fantastic new service at CPL for online magazines. Sign up for it to earn your Love It badge-- and have digital access to almost 200 of your favorite magazines. Consumer Reports, Elle Decor, Organic Gardening, Martha Stewart Living, Hockey News, Rolling Stone, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance are just some of the titles to pick from.

Murder Will Out: If you like Agatha Christie...

If you enjoy Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple you should try...

Death with reservations by Kate Kingsbury

The man with a load of mischief by Martha Grimes

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Cocaine blues: a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood

Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate by M.C. Beaton

A nice class of corpse: a Mrs. Pargeter mystery by Simon Brett

Sleuth It: Dead and Done IV

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The Germanicus mosaic by Rosemary Rowe

Mark of the lion by Suzanne M. Arruda

One for sorrow by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Some welcome home: an Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen mystery by Sharon Wildwind

Callander Square: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry

Time Capsule Unearthed!

We have unearthed a time capsule containing artifacts from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. The capsule and all the items are on display in the library showcase! Use your keen eyesight, brain power, and research ability to answer questions related to these antiquated objects. Give yourself a chance to win a prize by returning the answer sheet to the Help Desk! The lucky winner will be notified.

Thorndyke Thoughts

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

Look What's In Large Print July 2013

In celebration of our nation's 237th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the Battle at Gettysburg...

American creation [Large print]: triumphs and tragedies at the founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis

Benjamin Franklin [large print] by Edmund S. Morgan

Bunker Hill [large print]: a city, a siege, a revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

The killer angels [Large print] by Michael Shaara

Samuel Adams [Large print]: a life by Ira Stoll

More Books to Love

Wondering what to read next? Always looking for new authors to pile on to your to-be-read list? Go to CPL's May We Suggest on Facebook on Thursday, July 18th. Give us the name of your favorite author and we will give you three new authors you might also love. Librarians will be standing by from 9 AM to 9 PM. Then go to CYS--you have earned your Love It badge!

Battle of Gettysburg for Tweens and Teens

150 Years ago, the battle of Gettyburg was just ending today. Learn more about this historic and bloody battle while earning badges for Connect Your Summer.

You wouldn't want to be a Civil War soldier!: a war you'd rather not fight by written by Thomas Ratliff ; illustrated by David Antram ; created and designed by David Salariya

The Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address by Carin T. Ford

The Battle of Gettysburg: would you lead the fight? by Elaine Landau

Tillie Pierce: teen eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg by Tanya Anderson

Two miserable presidents: everything your schoolbooks didn't tell you about the Civil War by Steve Sheinkin ; illustrated by Tim Robinson

Find more fiction and nonfiction in our catalog.

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #2

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #2", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #2 - Found a very colorful rock. Maybe we should take a class in geology.