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Hey kids, while we were shivering in the snow last week, LB was taking a historical jaunt through sunny Charleston, SC.   One of the first things he visited was Fort Sumter, where the Civil War officially began in 1861.  He learned a lot about cannons while touring the fort and even saw a few original cannon balls.  He also spent a day on  a historical rice plantation learning about life in the South.  He ended the week touring a battleship that served in World War 2, and an aircraft carrier that picked up the Astronauts of Apollo 8.  Whew! Even with all that traveling through time, he still managed to visit the library.  He is one busy bear.  
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids.   You know, LB has done some pretty cool stuff, but this might just be the coolest thing he's done in a very long time.   LB was at Super Bowl XLVIII this weekend.   You know, the big game where the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos.  And not only did he go to the game, but he went to a Victory Party afterwards where he got *this close* to the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Whoa.  Of course, in order to get LB through security, he needed to go like Flat Stanley. Have you read that book? It's a good one. While I think LB will be basking in the excitement of this adventure for awhile, it really makes me want some Marshawn Lynch's Skittles.   Mmmmm...
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids. Don't be fooled by LB's most recent picture. He is not in Paris, France. He is in Las Vegas, Nevada. Who knew they looked so much alike? He was there last week, soaking up the sun.

From what I can tell, Las Vegas is like having everything in one place. There is a bit of New York, a bit of California, a little bit of Detroit, and even a castle. You could play some pretty good jokes on your friends, like LB did to me, by taking pictures there. Sneaky Bear.

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey kids. Boy. Librarians sure like bears. They find them everywhere. Miss Ruth found one of my cousins at the Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington. Have you ever been to a National Park? They are all over the country and have some of the prettiest scenery. And you might just see some wild animals (like bears!) in their natural habitat. What makes Mt Rainier so special is that this beautiful mountain is actually a volcano! It hasn't erupted in a few thousand years though, so you don't have to be afraid if you visit. And it's so tall, you can actually see snow and glaciers on top, even in the summertime. Whoa, that's tall. As you can see, my cousin is in charge of the mail that all the tourists send home to their friends and family. I like mail too. That's a hint, in case you didn't pick up on it. I'd love to hear from you!

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids. It looks like LB made a brand new friend on his latest travel adventures, eh? Hard to believe that in all the traveling LB has done, he's never made it to the Upper Peninsula (UP). Until now. While he was there he toured two local libraries, climbed some trees and went on a couple of hikes. And here's some interesting trivia he learned on his trip. We, who live in the Lower Peninsula, often refer to those who live in the Upper one, "Yoopers". Well, in like fashion, those who live up there call us "Trolls" because we live under the bridge. I don't know about you, but I have been inspired by that moniker. I think I'm going to go find myself a copy of the Three Billy Goats Gruff to read. Have you read that one? It's one of my favorites.
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

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ALOHA! If you haven't guessed yet, LB just got home from Hawaii. He visited the island of Oahu last week and had all kinds of adventures. He went to a Luau and saw fire dancers. He tried to climb a HUGE Kapok Tree at the Botanical Gardens. And he ate pineapple flavored ice cream at the Dole Plantation. That's where many of the pineapples we buy at the grocery store are grown. But he also took a trip to the Hawaii State Library to learn about Hawaii. (He's a pretty smart bear!) Did you know that some Hawaiians speak a different language? While LB was at the library, he saw an entire section of picture books written Hawaiiana. LB also learned that Hawaii is the only State that was once ruled by a King and Queen. He then toured the palace where Hawaii's last ruler, Princess Kaiulani lived. You can read about her here at the Canton Public Library too! But you'll have to wait for me to finish reading about her first. I think that might count as my Back in Time Badge. Hawaii sure sounds like fun!
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids. LB began his summer travels this weekend with at trip to Traverse City. He's been there once before, and he did some things for the second time, and some things for the first time. He visited a lighthouse and walked out to the 45th Parallel--that's the line of Latitude that's right in the middle between the Equator and the North Pole. And he visited The Sleeping Bear Dunes. These Dunes get their name from an old Native American legend you can check out and read here at the library. In the picture above you can see THREE bears--LB and the two bear cub islands North and South Manitou Islands. On one of them you can see another old lighthouse and a shipwreck!
      LB says Traverse City was a lot of fun, but just a little chilly. So he's looking forward to his next trip where it will be warmer. It has water, sand and Islands too! Where do you think he is going?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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   Hey Kids, Thorndyke here with an LB update. He just returned from a fascinating trip to Washington D.C., our nation's capital. Not only did he get to enjoy some beautiful weather and some delicious Joe Muggs coffee at Books-A-Million, but he got to tour Embassy Row. This is the street in Washington D.C. where all the Embassies are located. What's an Embassy? It's the office (or sometimes the home) of the Ambassador, the person appointed to represent his or her country's government in another country. So, for example, if you wanted to visit the American Embassy, you'd have to go to a different country to do so. How did I get so smart you ask? I looked up the word "embassy" in the dictionary. So visiting Embassy Row in D.C. is like getting to tour the whole world with out leaving home. It looks like LB made some new friends at the Saudi Arabia Embassy. 
   And just in case any of you are wondering, I did learn that, sadly, they were not building me a bear cave here in the library. But that's okay, I'm happy to stay where I am, so I can keep a close eye on all of you.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids, I told you LB was still at it. He just got home from his last trip for a while, a week in Chicago, Illinois. Now, LB's been to Chicago before (briefly) and I'm sure that many of you have been there too, being that it is so close. But I haven't, so most of what LB saw was new to me. First of all, LB got to take the train. It's the second time he's ridden one. I think LB just has to go on a cruise ship and he'll have experienced pretty much every type of transportation there is. And he got to meet Sue. Have you met Sue? She's big and has a very nice smile. She's a T-Rex skeleton at the Field Museum. And he spent a bit of time exploring Nacy Pier where he rode a ferris wheel and he went to the top of the Willis Tower. Apparently LB is not afraid of heights. He's been lots of places way up high! But I think he's ready to stay put for a while. I'm glad because it's been lonely around here without him.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Γεια σας παιδιά! Now don't adjust your screen — that's just "Hi Kids" in Greek. Yup, LB just got back from exploring Greece. Looks like he had lots of fun eating lobster, seeing ancient art and swimming in the ocean. I bet you know more about Greece than you think you do. The Olympics originated there, and you know all those gods in the Percy Jackson books you like? Yup. They're from Greece too. And if you like Baklava, they make it in Greece. Yum! Sounds like a place I'd like to go. Keep you eyes open.

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Hey Kids. LB is tells me his winter coat has started growing in because it was cold up in Mackinac City when he visited last weekend. Mackinac City is right at the tip of the Mitten where I-75 turns into the Mackinac Bridge. There's a lot to do there! LB spent a day biking around Mackinac Island. And now, he's curious about the kids who live there. So we looked online and found Mackinac Island Public School's website, which has lots of information about what it's like to live on the island year round. He went to the Fort on the island too and tried to fire the cannon, but decided it would be better to leave that to professionals.

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Hi kids, LB wanted to share some pictures from his trip to Prince Edward Island with you. If you didn't know it already, PEI is the home a red head who has a tendency to get into trouble. Nope. Not Pippi Longstocking. I'm talking about Anne of Green Gables. You can actually visit her house (which is where LB is in this picture). LB also visited some other places in Canada and Boston on this trip. And narrowly avoided a tropical storm.

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Ciao ragazzi. That's Italian for "Hi Kids". LB is at it again. He justreturned from a pretty amazing trip to Rome and Venice in Italy. You know, the birthplace of pizza and gelato. Mmmmm. Course there are lots of other neat things to do and see in Italy besides eat. You can visit things like the Coliseum and the Pantheon in Rome that were built way back in Roman times (a long long time ago — before even your grandparents were born). You can ride a gondola in Venice like LB did. Venice has more canals then streets so gondolas are special boat taxis. Looking at LB's pictures is making me hungry. I think it's time for lunch.

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Hey kids!
LB's had a busy couple of weeks. Not only was he traversing around Cape Cod, but he just back from a trip in the Northern Michigan visiting one of our relatives, Uncle Smokey the Bear! Uncle Smokey has the very important job of reminding people of the dangers of forest fires. And he gets to wear a cool Park Ranger's Hat. He even has his own website! Uncle Smokey's a pretty tech-savvy bear! Of course, I'm pretty tech-savvy myself. I just don't have a website that's all my own. Check out LB's adventure over on flickr! And don't forget you just have one more week to earn badges in Connect Your Summer!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

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Hey kids!
LB earned us another badge from Connect Your Summer. Here's some pictures of him earning the Traveler Badge! He traveled to Massachusetts and, apparently, back in time! He visited Plymouth and saw the Plymouth Rock. Funny. LB says it's in a great big cage. I think they think it may try to run away! And then he got to tour the Mayflower II. It's not the original ship, but is a full-scale replica that sailed from Great Britain to Plymouth in 1957 just like the real Mayflower did! LB says he would have visited Plimoth Plantation as well, but it was over 100 degrees (a little warm for a fur coat!) so he settled on visiting the beach instead.
This has got me wanting to learn more about the Pilgrims, so I checked what we had to offer here at CPL. Found a lot of great books! I didn't really check them out (because I never leave the library) so, if YOU want to, they are all still here! Happy Reading!
Bear hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
I'm super excited because I just earned my very first Connect Your Summer Badge! I told you that LB and I signed up as team, right? Well. We just got our very first badge... the Multicultural Badge. And it came with a nifty little star on it because we shared what we did with all of you! I read a book called Zoo-Ology by Joelle Jolivet. It's a big huge book (you can see it in my last blog post) with really neat pictures in it. And I learned a little bit about all the different animal cultures that are different than me. LB decided he would study People Culture, so he visited the Canton Historical Society. They have lots of neat stuff there. And LB got to sign his name in the guestbook (he has very nice handwriting) and put a pin on the map where he lives. He brought back lots of pictures to show me, and it sure looks like he had fun!
Boy we both had super lots of fun. We can't wait to earn our next badge! I need some ideas though... What have you done to earn yours? Can't wait to hear all about it!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
LB went to Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend. Look at the cool sculpture LB is standing by in this picture. It's called Cloud Gate, but most people just call it the Bean. Mmmm. That makes me hungry. Unfortunately, this bean isn't edible. Guess I'll have to check out some books about beans from the library and learn how to grow my own. Have you ever done that? It's pretty easy. And a fun thing to do over the summer… which is almost here! Yay! It's certainly felt like summer the last few days. I can't wait for it to get here.
Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
Did you guess where LB was headed next? He just got back from the Dominican Republic! It's half of an island in the Caribbean. He's been there before, because Miss Ruth's sister teaches there. But everytime he goes he has a new adventure. This time LB went to the country and got to see some pretty cool stuff growing! Like Pineapples. Did you know you can plant a pineapple at your house? This website tells you how. He also saw some banana trees and a Cacao tree. That's the kind of tree we get chocolate from! (But take note, Hershey bars don't just grow on trees).
LB got to try a lot of the fruit he saw growing down in the Dominican Republic--Mangos, Pineapples and Bananas. They sure have a lot of yummy food to eat in down there! I might have to try my hand at some Caribbean cooking. Good thing CPL has some books on that subject that I can check out!
LB is so lucky to go to all these neat places that I'm beginning to think his initials stand for Lucky Bear instead of Little Bear. Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids!
Now that it's getting warmer out, LB has gotten restless. Good thing he's getting to go to lots of different places! In fact, here are some pictures from one of his recent adventures. He traveled to Bonita Springs, FL with Miss Michele! He had a great time! He told me it was warm and sunny down there. So he did lots of swimming.
Looks like he also tried his hand at some alligator wrestling. But don't worry kids. I don't think that's a real alligator. I even checked out some library books about alligators to make sure. Yup! Alligators don't have handles.