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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.

Be Creative Books for Kids

Crafts for Teens

Historical Fiction for Kids

The blood stone by Jamila Gavin

Destiny, rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Ben and me: a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos by lately discovered, edited & illustrated by Robert Lawson

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak ; illustrated by Philip Hopman ; translated by Laura Watkinson

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Food Mysteries

50 Summer Crafts for Kids

Try one of these 50 summer crafts (courtesy of thelongthread.com) from building a fairy house to making homemade playdough. Nothing to do on those long summer days? Get crafty and impress all your friends.

[Scissor Kit by LollyKnit is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

Recipe Exchange Kiosk

Calling all cooks! We're bringing back last summer's popular recipe exchange kiosk. It's a great way to share your favorite recipes, discover some new ones and earn your Chow Down badge. Use our recipe card or just print out your recipes and deliver them, paper clipped together, to the recipe exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk. If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

For more great cooking (and eating) inspiration, visit our Chow Down Pinterest page.

Bon Appetit!

Chow Down Books For Teens

A teen guide to eco-gardening, food, and cooking by Jen Green

Cooking up a storm by Sam Stern, with Susan Stern

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team ; photographs by Phil Mansfield

Food for feeling healthy by Carol Ballard

Fast food nation: the dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser

Peanut by written by Ayun Halliday ; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

The sweet life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises

Teen Historical Fiction

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The book thief by Markus Zusak

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Never fall down: a novel by Patricia McCormick

What I saw and how I lied by Judy Blundell

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Between shades of gray by Ruta Sepetys

Apron Day

apronParticipate in CPL's Apron Day on July 31, earn your Chow Down badge and you could win a prize! We will have prizes for the following categories:
  • Themed Apron: an apron that expresses a theme, like a holiday or flowers.
  • Craziest Apron: Original and wacky-- that's what we are looking for here.
  • My Story Apron: Submit a story or memory surrounding your apron, like baking cookies with Grandma.

To enter the contest, claim your Chow Down badge by uploading a photo of yourself wearing your apron (or just a photo of your apron if you are camera shy) and write the category in the comments. Or come in to the library on July 31 between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, fill out an entry form and get your picture taken. Photos will be posted online for public voting. May the best apron win!

[Photo by Kristen Valenti is licensed under CC BY 3.0]

Canton Grub Crawl

Grub CrawlHere's a tasty way to earn your Chow Down badge-- join the Canton Grub Crawl and taste your way through some of Canton's best restaurants.

Grub Crawl tickets are $35 and include a shuttle ride between restaurants. For a list of this year's participating restaurants and information on how to get your ticket, visit the Canton Chamber of Commerce website.

Letters From Skye

Canton's own Jessica (Turza) Brockmole has made an impressive mark on the book world with her first novel, Letters from Skye. Jessica, a 1996 local grad, has received amazing reviews including a starred Kirkus review, as well as USA Today and Good Housekeeping featured book status. Letters from Skye is a sweeping story told in letters spanning two continents and two world wars. Join us as we welcome one of our own home and celebrate her outstanding novel on Monday, July 22 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room. Jessica will discuss, sign and sell her book.

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginners by edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Be Creative at Mealtime

Tired of the same old supper? Looking to mix up mealtime? Checkout one of these cookbooks, find an exciting but easy new recipe and earn your Be Creative Badge for your efforts. Be sure share your experience!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids. Seven days and counting. Until what you ask? Connect Your Summer! CYS is my favorite part of the year! What's new this summer? There are four new badges for you to earn. And I cannot wait for you to find out all the fun things the librarians have planned for you this summer. I wish I could tell you, but I've been sworn to secrecy. If you are excited like I am, there is one thing you can do TODAY. You can go to the My Account page and create a username and password (not with your library card). You'll use this to claim your badges this summer. One of the things that LB loves about CYS, because he travels so much, is that you can participate from anywhere in the world. So you can still have library fun this summer, even if you are not at home! And I know that you have fabulous and exciting travel plans this summer. So do that right now, and then you can wait with eager anticipation (like me!) for 9:00 AM on Monday, June 17th when CYS goes live for the summer. 6 days, 15 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds....
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Pre-Naturalization Workshop Info Session

Do you plan to attend the Naturalization workshop on July 7? If so, this is a must for you. Ruby Robinson of the Michigan Immigration Center will get you started by telling you why it is important to become a naturalized citizen, what papers you will need to bring to the workshop and what questions you will need to answer. This information session will help you be prepared and make the entire process run smoothly on July 7. Come to the Community Room on June 30 at 2:00 PM and get prepared.

Savvy Seniors: June 2013

If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about youMichigan's state motto is "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." One of the best places to find out what's going on around the state is the Pure Michigan website. Fairs, festivals, cultural events, sports, exhibits. Visitors can find hotel packages, dining recommendations, hot spots, and more.

Sleuth It! Mystery Lovers Meet Up

Are you a fan of Sara Paretsky, Jeff Lindsay, Charlaine Harris or John LeCarre? Willing to share some of your favorite authors with other Mystery fans? Maybe it’s time to try a new mystery writer and you're looking for suggestions? Join us as we talk books on Saturday, July 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM in Canton Public Library’s Purple Room.

The Story Behind the Comics

The first step to geeking out about comics is to read some. The second step is to read all about them. Check out these great histories and analyses of modern comics.

Super boys: the amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—-the creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Comic book nation: the transformation of youth culture in America by Bradford W. Wright

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu

Understanding comics: the invisible art by [Scott McCloud]

DC Comics: sixty years of the world's favorite comic book heroes by Les Daniels ; introduction by Jenette Kahn

June is Audiobook Month!

There is no better way to celebrate the National Audiobook Month than with a fun, captivating beach listen!

eReader Users Group

Join library staff and other eReader users as we share eBook tips and tricks in an informal environment. Group will meet in Group Study Room A on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 7 PM.