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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.

Romances Set in Scotland

With less than two weeks left in the Connect Your Summer program, you may not have time to plan and go on a trip to Scotland. But you can still read a book to earn your Traveler Badge!

New Hindi Books

We have our 2011 shipment of Hindi books on the shelves and waiting to be checked out. And, remember, you could read one of these books to earn your Multicultural Badge in the Connect Your Summer program! New titles include:

J200 — Religion and Spirituality

Are you looking for something different? Interested in Mythology or Religion? The J200-299's are the collection for you. Come and explore Mythology from all over the world including, Greek Myths, Roman Myths, and Norse Myths. Learn more about your own Religion or delve into someone else's. Enjoy!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
I'm on a roll now! I went to Outdoor Storytime today and earned my Reader badge! I have to admit… it was a little warm outside! But I think that's because I have my big fur coat. Storytime was super fun. I heard neat stories about Dots and a pig who likes pancakes. That second story made me hungry. I like pancakes too! It was so fun to see so many families outside enjoying stories today. I made lots of new friends and had a great time! Head over to Flickr to see the fun we had this morning!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Marshmallow Madness

Kids, Tweens, ages 7-11, bring your creativity, clever fingers and sense of fun to this program. Explore the many marvels and makings of marshmallows, play a game and enjoy a mallowy snack.

When: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2:00-2:45PM
Where: Purple room
Registration begins July 20th

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
We're on a roll now! Thanks to the neat Three Cities Art Show here at the library this weekend, I earned another badge! The Artist Badge! First, I went and looked at all the art work and voted for my favorites. Then, I was feeling inspired, so I asked Miss Michelle to help me find some fun art books. And, Boy! Did she find me some! She even stopped to read a book with me! I like to read books by myself, but I really like to read books with people too. Three Badges down, seven to go. What Badge are you working on?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

International Games

Kids around the world like to have fun just like you. They just do it a little differently. Come learn some new games at our International Games Day on July 26th at 1:00PM. If it is nice and sunny, we'll meet out behind the library. The rain location is the Community Room inside the library. If you haven't earned your Multicultural Badge yet, this is a fun, easy way to claim it!

Canton Cricket

Wicket, gully, bowler, batsman… learn all about the game of cricket from the Michigan Cricket Association on Thursday July 21st from 7:00-8:30PM. A major sport in England and India, cricket is becoming more popular here in the United States. In fact, Canton recently unveiled the Township's first cricket field in Heritage Park. Find out more about this game of fierce competition and skill while earning a Connect Your Summer Sports Fan Badge! No registration necessary.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Pierce

Pssst… over here! Are you a Big Nate fan? If so you are in for a treat! Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Pierce is on order at Canton Public Library! Be sure to get on the hold list; it's filling up fast. Don't be the last kid on your block to have read the new Big Nate book. Enjoy!

ABC Activity Time

Drop-in play including sensory activities, puzzles and games for children, ages 5 and under, with caregiver.

Family Storytime

Storytimes are half-hour programs of activities, songs and stories for children, ages 5 and under, with caregiver.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
So LB and I have earned our next Connect Your Summer badge. LB had an adventure in Seattle, and we earned the Adventurer Badge! Before he left, I started reading all sorts of books about Washington State, so I knew where LB was going. It's quite a cool state! There are lots of mountains, and ocean. LB even saw a seal!

But the real adventure happened at Pike Place Fish Market. The Market is a lot like Canton's Farmers Market, except that it's open every day and is a lot bigger than ours. And they sell fish! They don't just sell fish, however, they also THROW them! When LB went to the market, they were throwing more than just fish. Here's a video to prove it!

Man. LB gets to have all the fun. Over on Flickr you can see all the other fun things LB did in Seattle, including his visit to Seattle Public Library. LB's just itching to get to go on another adventure soon. I can't wait to see where he goes next!

Goodness! The summer is almost half over! I'm going to have to start working double time on my badges to have them all earned by the end of the summer! Hope you are having fun earning all of yours! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Want To Taste Some Yumm-O Food?!

Teens going into grades 7-12 can sign up to be a judge in our International Cook-off. Contestants will bring samples of their homemade cultural dishes for you to taste. If you signed up as a cook, you may not sign up as a judge. The International Cook-off will take place Monday, July 18th at 2:00PM. Registration opens July 4th.
[Photo courtesy of sxc.hu]

Teen International Cook-Off

Do you want to show off your culinary skills? Monday, July 18, at 2:00PM teens going into grades 7-12 can bring 25 samples of your best homemade cultural dish for our judges to sample and rate on creativity and taste. Dishes must be homemade and you must include the recipe. If you sign up as a cook, you may not sign up as a judge. Registration begins July 4th.
[photo courtesy of sxc.hu]

Duct Tape Mania

Tweens and teens going into grades 5-12 can make awesome creations out of duct tape. Register online today!
Program Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2:00-2:45PM

Fun with Pets

Kids, have you always wanted a pet but didn't know how to take care of it? Do you have a pet but want to learn more about bonding with your four-legged friend? Come to our Fun with Pets Program on July 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 4:45PM. We'll have fun hanging out with a local vet, learning about pets, making a fun craft, and having a yummy snack. Registration starts July 11, 2011 and is open to Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregiver. Can't wait to see you!

What's the Word?

Here are some folks who earned their Entertainment Badge by playing Giant Scrabble! Whether stopping by to play one word or many, these folks dazzled us with their mastery of vocabulary. We'll be doing this program again on August 11, 11:00AM-1:00PM, so keep an eye out.

Cool Food in the Summertime

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining. Local produce is plentiful and the sunny skies let us enjoy outside entertaining. Have a party in your backyard and use these books to impress your guests with your amazing culinary skills. And you can earn your Connect Your Summer Foodie Badge while you enjoy!

Icebox cakes: simply irresistible no-bake desserts by Lauren Chattman; photography by Duane Winfield

BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang

Dog Sense

Do our dogs think about us? They are called our best friend for good reason. In the USAWeekend magazine, the article and science suggest, their neurochemistry is similar to ours. Still not convinced? Check this out, Dog Sense. Don't forget to stop by on August 6 for our Best in Show Dog Show.

Have your earned your Foodie badge yet?

Have you joined Connect Your Summer yet? Have you earned your Foodie badge yet? Patrons who attended Potato Play or Fruit Fun earned their badge while hanging out at the library. If you'd like to attend a library program to earn your Foodie badge, we have some great programs that can satisfy this badge.