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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.

Sleepy-Time Reads

Nothing like a good story to settle down for bed and get the imagination ready for dreaming. And your baby will probably enjoy the story too.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene W. Field ; [illustrated by] David McPhail

Sleep, baby, sleep by illustrated by Teri Weidner

A book of sleep by Il Sung Na

What's New in Teen Nonfiction

A little bit of everything, all available on the shelves of the CPL Teen Room. Enjoy!

Biography

Joe Biden by Michael V. Uschan

Eli Manning by John F. Wukovits

Cesar Millan by Gail B. Stewart

More Rainy Day Reads

Looking for great tween lit to read on a rainy day? Try the tweenlit.blogspot.com for many more suggestions. All the books below were listed on that blog!

Firegirl by Tony Abbott

The Traitors' Gate by Avi ; illustrated by Karina Raude

Travel Through Film

Sometimes the best vacations are on your own couch. Here are some great journeys in movies to get the feeling of an adventure while in the comfort of your own home.

Wild Hogs — Like any good travel movie, this film shows that it's the journey, not the destination.

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas — When packing for a trip, some people have different priorities than others. An ether frolic of a movie, from the mind of Hunter S. Thompson.

New Books for Listeners

Some of our newest picture books. Looking for more? Check our catalog or subscribe by RSS Feed.

Ni Hao, Kai-lan. Kai-lan's carnival by adapted by Alison Inches ; based on the screenplay written by Sascha Palandino ; illustrated by Jason Fruchter

The first pup : the real story of how Bo got to the White House by Bob Staake

Children's Books Turned Into Movies

Here are some excellent books that have been turned into excellent movies.

Charlotte's web by E.B. White ; pictures by Garth Williams

Anne of Green Gables. 1 by L.M. Montgomery ; illustrated by Scott McKowen

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Weird Books About Weird Animals

Nature is a weird and funny place. Check out these books to see some the weirdest animals around. These are the newest board books about animals. What's amazing is that the books in this list are all from the last two years. There's a lot more where that came from!

Hide and seek in the jungle by [written by Sean Callery ; illustrated by Rebecca Robinson]

Animal I spy : what can you spot? by [illustrated by Kate Sheppard]

Great Outdoor Reads for You and Your Baby

Going outside? Turn it into a fun reading and learning experience with these books.

The bunnies' picnic by Lezlie Evans ; illustrations by Kay Chorao

The best picnic ever by Clare Jarrett

Picnic by Mick Inkpen; illustrated by Stuart Trotter

Babies Read at the Library!

Here are some solid choices for reading to your baby at the library.

White on black by Tana Hoban

Baby manatee by written by Patricia A. Pingry; illustrations by Drew Rose

Baby orangutan by [photographs provided by San Diego Zoo; written by Julie D. Shively; illustrations by Meredith Johnson]

Morningtime Books

Books for baby about the morning and wake-up time.

Wake up, sleepy bear! by Christine Morton-Shaw and Greg Shaw ; illustrated by John Butler

Wake up, farm!: with flaps and pop-up fun by Andrew Everitt-Stewart

A child's good morning book by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Karen Katz

Summer Family Storytime

Storytimes are half-hour programs of activities, songs and stories. Register online today.
Program Date: Tuesday, June 29
Program Time: 10:00-10:30AM

Movies About Water

This is an example of the plentiful recommendations we have in store for Summer Reading, which starts Monday, June 21st.

Summer Reading should be fun, right? What could be more fun than a delightfully romantic film?

I know where I'm going — simply one of the best romantic films ever. Shot in the gorgeous western islands of Scotland, the ocean is practically one of the characters in this movie.

Fool's gold — Lost treaure? Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson? Sign me up.

Summer Ready Manis & Pedis

June 30th from 2:00-3:00PM Teens in grades 7-12 and Tweens in grades 5-6 can get your hands and feet ready for your summer sandals with manis and pedis. For more information, or to register, click here.

Creative Writing: Discover Your Inner Voice

Teens in grades 7-12, hone your creative writing skills with this five-week course taught by Linda Weatherford Papa, Instructional Designer at the University of Detroit Mercy. To register for this program, click here.

The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss: one grump's search for the happiest places in the world by Eric Weiner

In this bestselling travelogue, Eric Weiner travels to countries like Iceland, Bhutan, Qatar, Holland, Switzerland, Thailand and India to try to figure out why residents tell researchers they are actually quite happy. In doing so he displays an openness to other cultures and a sense of humor in this absorbing funny and thoughtful look at nations of bliss.

Connections Newsletter Summer Reading 2010

The Summer Reading issue of Connections is available online now as a pdf document. Expect home delivery after June 9.
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All Ages Video Game Fun

Unleash your inner rock star or Wii athlete or enjoy some MarioKart racing during our all ages open video gaming day. All ages welcome. No registration required.
Program Date: Sunday, March 21, 1:00-3:00PM

Manga Drawing Contest '09 Image Gallery

You can now see all of our participant's entries in our image gallery. We had almost 70 people enter this year, and with so many of the entries being really fantastic the judging was very tough. Thank you to everyone who entered! We enjoyed seeing everyone's art, and hopefully you will too! Included below is the list of winners only:

August Tween Book & Pizza Registration

If you're going into 5th or 6th grade this fall, make sure to register for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club! We're meeting on Saturday, August 29, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan, a funny story about the most alternative school you've ever heard of. Registration begins Saturday, August 15, at 9am, so sign up and then stop by the library to pick up your copy of the book. See you soon!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! Wowzers! I am SO proud of you! Did you know that an incredible 4,798 kids and teens signed up for Summer Reading 2009?!?! And that 2,384 kids and teens finished summer reading and got books from the Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Library? Thanks Friends! The Adult Librarians told me that over 1000 grown-ups signed up for summer reading and lots of them earned books too. I think you all deserve a pat on the back. Go you!