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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.

Outdoor DIY Projects

Thorndyke Thoughts

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?

Olympic Fiction for Kids

Artemis the loyal by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

The first Olympic games: a gruesome Greek myth with a happy ending by retold by Jean Richards ; illustrated by Kat Thacker

Geronimo and the gold medal mystery by Geronimo Stilton

Gold medal murder by Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon

Hot Summer, Cool Kids

There are lots of fun ways to keep cool this summer and earn your Connect Your Summer Badges too. Read a book about an animal under a shady tree and earn your Make Tracks Badge. Or make a cool treat, and earn your Chow Down Badge. Go see a movie in a chilly theatre and earn your Curtains Up Badge. You can even go swimming in a lake or pool for your Go Wild badge, and read a favorite book on a raft.

Olympic Reads for Kids

Great moments in the summer Olympics by Matt Christopher

G is for gold medal: an Olympics alphabet by written by Brad Herzog and illustrated by Doug Bowles

Great Olympic moments by Michael Hurley

Inside the Olympics by Nick Hunter

New Olympic Reads

Plymouth Whalers Collecting Food at Their Saturday, August 4, 2012 Game

Come on out and see your Plymouth Whalers play some awesome hockey on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Not only is this their Alumni skate game, with players coming in from teams all over the country, but the Whalers are collecting canned goods for Gleaners. There are two ways to see the game:  you can pay $10 for a ticket at the door or you can bring 10 cans of food to donate to a wonderful group. For more information, see the Plymouth Whalers website.

Movie Challenge 5: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 5: watch two (or more) movies about a musician to earn your Curtains Up Badge. To earn a super secret badge too, make a comment to this very post here ranking what you watched.

The bodyguard [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures

Ray [videodisc] by Universal Pictures

Amadeus [videodisc] by the Saul Zaentz Company

Medical Mystery #3

Clues

  1. Michigan's number 1 public health crisis with 32% of the population being affected
  2. Root cause for most chronic illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and heart diseases
  3. Can be prevented or intervened by maintaining a healthy diet
  4. Regular physical activities or exercises is a key component to not getting this problem
  5. An annual physical exam which checks for the Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure is a good way to inform you of where you stand in this crisis
Send your guess to askcpl@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Medical Mystery #3". After you send your guess claim your Sleuth It or Be Well badge. The contest winner must solve all four mysteries this summer to win the prize. Good Luck!

Medical Word Search #2 Exercises

This is Week 2 for our Medical Word Search game. For the Be Well badge, the challenge is to successfully complete all 5 Medical Word Searches to be in the prize drawing. The Medical Word Searches are available at the Help Desk. Take one, have fun, return when done! It's that easy.

Saturday Walking Club

Join us on Saturday, July 21 for a power walk around the lake adjacent to the library in Heritage Park from Noon-12:30 PM. Meet at the "clock" and kick your summer off on the right foot. Bring your walking buddy, whether it's a 2-legged or 4-legged friend. We'll also have our last walk next Saturday, weather-permitting: July 28

Geek Out With eBooks

Reading an eBooks is an excellent way to earn your Geek Out Badge.  With hundreds of titles available in the Metro Net Online Lending Library you are sure to find something to download to your Nook, Kindle, iPad or other compatible device.  Once you finish your book, don't forget to log on and claim your badge!

Amazing Astronomy

Are you dazzled by all the wonders in the night sky? Do all the wonders and mysteries of the universe(s) intrigue you? Then take advantage of Jack Brisbin's wonderful presentation for young astronomers, kids going into 5th - 8th grade. Join us on July 18, from 7:00 - 7:45 PM. 

Get inspired, Go Wild

Have you earned your Go Wild badge yet? If not, summer isn't over yet--so you still have time. Now that the weather has gotten better, be sure to get out and Go Wild by taking a walk in the woods or at a park, enjoying Art in the Park this weekend, July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 in Downtown Plymouth, or run through the sprinkler to cool off. No matter what you choose to do, Go Wild and have fun!

Geek Out Over Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2012 is underway this weekend in San Diego, California. Your favorite books, movies, and TV shows are all present at this pop culture extravaganza. Get into the spirit by catching up on your favorites.

The hobbit, or, there and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien — Peter Jackson adds to his Tolkien trilogy with two movies based on this book. You can also find it in adult fiction.

Chess Day

Chess is a great way to exercise your mind this summer, and July 20th is International Chess Day. Chess is played world wide by millions of people and calls for some good strategy and thinking skills. If you would like to learn more about chess or try your hand at a game, open chess is available at the library on July 22, and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. You could also play or learn chess for your Conquer it or Game on Badge.

Embrace the Geek

Embrace Your GeekFriday, July 13th is Embrace Your Geekness day.  It's a great day to proudly proclaim you are a geek. Remember, the definition of a geek can be "a person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest."  Everyone has a little bit of geek in them.  What are you totally interested in?  Is it comic books?  Technology? Sports?  A particular TV show?  Show your Geekness by visiting the library dressed like a geek and get entered into a special drawing.

Challenge Yourself to Hula Hoop!

Stop by the library and challenge yourself with a hula hoop! Besides conquering your coordination, hula hooping is great physical activity, too.

Bubble gum and hula hoops: the origins of objects in our everyday lives by Harry Oliver

What Badge should Thorndyke Earn next?

Sleuth It
11% (2 votes)
Love It
21% (4 votes)
Hands On
0% (0 votes)
Go Wild
5% (1 vote)
Curtains Up
16% (3 votes)
Chow Down
5% (1 vote)
Be Well
0% (0 votes)
Conquer It
11% (2 votes)
Geek Out
11% (2 votes)
Game On
11% (2 votes)
Make Tracks
5% (1 vote)
Time Travel
5% (1 vote)
Total votes: 19

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