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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.

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

Art of Emcee With DJ Turntables

On Saturday, July 14, from 2:00-3:30 PM, teens can learn the art of emcee from a talented artist. Enjoy a brief rap performance, learn about the background of Hip Hop and DJ, and finally write some rhymes of your own. Registration opens June 26.

Butterfly Wings and Musical Things

This unique program combines interactive storytelling, beautiful music, full audience participation and hands-on fun with musical instruments. From 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 13, The Storytellers present music and instruments from the Caribbean, West Africa, North America, Brazil, Australia and other countries. Children will be invited to play various instruments at this memorable storytelling concert.

[BW music by buttons.butterflies is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0]

Foodie Fiction for Kids

The case of the mystery meat loaf by David Lewman

Sleepy time crime by Sarah Hines Stephens ; illustrated by Art Baltazar

Hold the pickles by Vicki Grant

The great turkey heist by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Robert Papp

Teens- Get A Free Book And Earn Your Love It Badge

Teens, we have copies of unpublished books by some of the top authors that you can preview.  All you have to do is stop by the east reference desk and pick-up a book.  Then you need to read it and post a review of the book as a comment to this blog letting us know if you LOVE IT or not.  The book is yours to keep so pass it on to a friend or read it over and over.  Don’t forget to claim your LOVE IT badge once you have completed the review.  Books are first come first served.

If You Liked the Mysterious Benedict Society

If you liked the Mysterious Benedict Society, then try one of these books:

The mysterious case of the Allbright Academy by Diane Stanley


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist






The name of this book is secret by Pseudonymous Bosch ; illustrations by Gilbert Ford

Wear Your Favorite Jersey Day

Celebrate the mid-season classic, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, by wearing your favorite jersey or team shirt to the library on July 10. You can claim your Game On badge, plus enter your name for a prize drawing. Look for the entry box at the Reception Desk.

The 83rd All Star game and surrounding festivities will be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Representing the Detroit Tigers will be the American League starting pitcher Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. For more information on the All-Star Game, check out this book:

The midsummer classic: the complete history of baseball's All-Star Game by David Vincent, Lyle Spatz, and David W. Smith

Traditional Folk Dance

On Monday, July 9 from 7:00-8:00 PM, Jim McKinney of the Golden Griffon Stringtet will instruct us on and "call out" a litany of traditional folk dances. This lively, energetic and very fun program harks back to a different time when do-si-dos and sashays were the hot new thing. Costumes optional. Come join the fun!

[Austen folk dancing by Michael R Perry is used under CC BY-SA 2.0]

Wild Wear Wednesdays

three pigsAre you looking for a super fun way to earn your Go Wild Badge? Every Wednesday until the end of CYS on August 11, 2012, wear your favorite wild animal clothes! They can have animal prints, animal pictures, or animal sounds. It'll be a jungle in here!

Summer Saturdays Walking Club

As part of our Connect Your Summer Program join us Saturday July 14th and earn the Be Well Badge by walking around the lake at Heritage Park. Meet at the "clock" adjacent to the library at noon for a half hour walk around the lake, more that a mile! Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, friends, family, sunscreen, etc. Additional Saturday walk dates, weather-permitting, include July 21st and July 28th.

Movie Challenge 4: Earn a Secret Badge

Movie Challenge 4: watch two (or more) movies / tv shows either directed by or starring Ron Howard 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.

A beautiful mind [videodisc] by Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures, Imagine Entertainment present a Brian Grazer production, a Ron Howard film