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One hundred years ago, women won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. It was a long and grueling fight to get to that point, but now it is a right we share not just across genders, but races, nationalities, and more.

Two letters received by Thorndyke the Bear in July 2020

 

Hey Kids,

You might know how exciting it is to get letters in the mail. It is a great way to stay connected to people you love, and a fun way to be creative as well. I am so delighted because I got mail this summer: an extra special envelope with ONE letter and ONE super cool drawing. The letter was bittersweet (that means both happy and sad) because I was glad to read that I am missed, but I am also upset that I have not been able to see any of you. The drawing was super cool because it reminded me of a trip I took many years ago to the Novi Public Library when I saw a racecar IN PERSON. 

The fact is, I miss all of you. I miss hearing about the books you are reading, I miss seeing you put on puppet shows, I miss watching you say hello to the fish (they are lonely, too). I miss meeting brand new patrons and I really miss seeing my old friends. It is really hard to stay cheerful even though there has been a lot that I am thankful for, like the sunny days of summer, the wildlife that roams around the library, the library staff who are working so hard to keep the library shipshape for your return. So sometimes I am sad.

But getting a piece of mail has reminded me that one day I will see you all again, and I continue to look forward to that day. In the meantime, I have included some photos from the archive that might be of interest and of course, some books you might like about sending and receiving letters.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Thorndyke the Bear at the Novi Public Library next to a racecar

Pokemon Trainer Kit

Pikachu attached to balloons, flying in the Children's tree.

Attention Pokemon Trainers of ALL AGES! We have created a very special Pokemon Trainer Kit in honor of Pokemon Go Fest just for you. Each kit contains a variety of Pokemon swag to use while training your Pokemon at home or while playing Pokemon Go. Trainers interested in picking up a kit will need to:

  1. Register to reserve a kit between July 17th and July 30th. 
  2. Emails with instructions on how to schedule a pick up will be sent between August 3rd and August 7th. 
  3. Schedule a day and time to pick up your kit. You will have 2 weeks to pick up your kit.
  4. Pick up your kit during your scheduled appointment. 
  5. Have fun catching 'em all! Don't forget to claim your purple pompom. Also share how you used your kit on social media using the tag #howdoyou62.   

Note: families and households with more than 1 Pokemon trainer can request up to 3 copies of kit supplies. When registering, add in the notes field "2" for 2 copies of kit contents or "3" for 3 copies of kit contents.

AS OF JULY 23, REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS FULL.

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Some mostly modern fiction to enjoy during these questionable times. 

Have you read all of the stories about a certain curious little monkey? Looking for some more fun reads? Check out this list of books that are like Curious George and even has some that are maybe a little different.

Secret pizza party by 1983- Adam Rubin

A selection of U.S. history eBooks on hoopla that cover the core values of the United States, the American Revolution, and the historical issues we are still reconciling today. 

The Foundation

STEAM Stop Gross Science: Dissecting Owl Pellets

Owl making a surprised face, words Gross Science Owl Pellets

Owl puke is fascinating. Not convinced? All patrons aged 7 years old and up are invited to join us for a Virtual STEAM program where we will investigate owl vomit (commonly called pellets). Each patron can pick up an actual owl pellet and tools that the library will provide to you so can dissect them LIVE with us! Registration begins on July 6 and ends on July 17.

How will we do this live?

First, make sure you have a device that supports Zoom.

Next, register at the link below. 

Then, you will receive an email directing you to schedule a time to pick up your Gross Science kit at the library.

Finally, you will receive an email 24 hours before the program begins with the Zoom link to join us live and dissect our owl pellets together! All program kits must be picked up by July 22 in order to participate. 

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Thorndyke the Bear in a Mask to Prevent spreading virus

 

Hey Kids,

As you can see, I've been equipped with a pretty cool facemask, which helps to protect my coworkers now that they have started to return to work. It has been really nice to see them again; the last three months have been very lonely. The fish are not much for conversation.

Being isolated for so long was hard, but I've gotten used to it. And now that we are starting to offer limited services, things are going to change again. And I'm excited for when that means I can see you all again, but change can be really difficult even if it's also good.

Fortunately, I'm no stranger to changing circumstances. I've been through several lengthy construction projects that were at least as long as this closure. I've seen some of my favorite librarians come and go. Even if it looks like I am handling these changes like a champ, there are a lot of feelings and emotions I've had to work through each time.

Whether a change is scary or exciting, it's a good time to talk through your feelings and expectations. Ask questions about what might happen, and prepare for when things don't go exactly the way you want. For example, I thought when my coworkers returned that I would get a lot more snacks, but that didn't pan out. 

So stay safe until I can see you again. I can't wait to check out your mask fashion. And in the meantime, I've included some photos of me that show how much things have changed around library, and a few books about changes you could check out.

Bear hugs,

Thorndyke

Thorndyke the Bear dressed as a clown in the library over 20 years ago

Make Your Own Journal with Fineberg Art Studio

Example of hand-made journal

This has definitely been an eventful year, and what a way to process everything that has happened than your own hand-made "junk journal"? Junk journals are perfect for recording memories and thoughts in a creative way. Make your own junk journal with papers and items you probably already have at home. We have invited Emily of Fineberg Art Studio to walk you through materials, simple binding techniques, and fun ideas that you can add to your pages. This is a fun and low-stress beginner bookbinding project, and once you make one, you will want to make more! 

You will need: 

  • Variety of papers and paper ephemera, old magazines, pictures, envelopes, book pages, etc.
  • Thin cardboard for the cover (cereal box)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue (glue stick recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (embroidery floss or thin yarn)
  • Awl or push pin
  • Any other art making supplies like paint, markers, washi tape, stickers, etc.

Optional:

  • Stretchy cord or elastic
  • A few clothespins or binder clips
  • Old hardcover book
  • X-Acto knife or box cutter
  • Wax paper

No registration is required to complete the project; however, the first 15 people to register by 9AM on July 09 can also claim a special grab-n-go kit of recycled book pages and covers at the library through our contact-free holds pickup! Kit Pick Up for the Journal Program will begin July 9th and end July 16th. You will receive an email with instructions once your kit is available.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the thousands of craft videos available on Creativebug to get started today!

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Physical fitness can help you sleep, feel, think and manage your weight loss better. It can also energize your mind and body. Just a quick walk around the block can rejuvenate your body and mind. Get moving and inspired with these books, DVDs, e-media and other digital resources.

Head back to the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

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