Connect Your Summer

Thorndyke and Little Bear

Hey Kids,

I’ve been working on my Connect Your Summer badges. This is a lot of work! I’m lucky I’m On-the-Scene all the time, so finding good books and going to programs isn’t too hard for me. I’d love to hear about what you’re doing to earn your Connect Your Summer badges. If you have any good books or movies to suggest, you can leave them in the comments. I think my favorite book so far has been Finding Winnie, and my favorite movie was DisneyNature’s Bears. I need to work a little harder on my eLectrified badges, too.

Don't forget your last day to earn and claim badges is Wednesday, August 17 before the library closes at 9:00 PM. Then come to our final party on Saturday, August 20 for a fantastic wrap-up to the summer.

Bear hugs,

Thorndyke

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Batter up! Earn your Game On Electrified badge and enjoy one of these great baseball movies at the same time.  From comedy to drama, there's something for everyone. If baseball history is more to your liking try one of the Library's documentaries on the national pastime. And if you just want to tweak your fastball or improve your batting stance, try one of our instructional dvds.

Matthau is a grumbling beer-guzzling former minor-league pitcher who gets roped into coaching a band of half-pint misfits somewhat loosely called a team.

An unlikely friendship ignites between two baseball players. One is the team's ace pitcher and social charmer; the other is the catcher, a farm boy from Georgia who lacks sophistication. During their last season together, the two men grow in manhood and respect for themselves and each other.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Sleuth It badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Our first suspect, Marvin Mouse, can be found by searching the online catalog. Follow the clues to find the culprit, then find the missing cookies somewhere in the library. Once you've found the culprit, submit a ticket from the CYS Command Center spinner rack with your name and email for a chance to win a prize. (All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.) Don't forget to claim your Sleuth It badge online by Saturday, July 16.

This is a "wild badge", and will only be available from July 11 - July 16, so be sure to act quickly! And be on the lookout for other wild badges throughout the summer!

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Sleuth It badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

A puzzle from the past-for this week only the Sleuth badge is back! From today through July 16th you can claim the Sleuth badge by investigating and solving puzzles.

You can...

Pokémon GO Group Hunt

Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Did you know that the Library and the areas surrounding it are always teeming with wild Pokémon, PokéStops, even 4 Pokémon GO gyms? Meet up with other Canton area Trainers for our Pokémon Group Hunt and help us scour the Library and Heritage Park (weather permitting) for new items and wild Pokémon!

No registration required! We'll start in the Community Room, and head out from there, so be on time (or come find us in the Library or park). This program is open to all ages. Can't make it this week? Keep an eye out for weekly Group Hunts! 

In the event of inclement or uncomfortably hot weather our Group Hunt will remain inside the library. We may even drop some lures :)  

*Participants must bring their own Apple or Android device with Pokémon GO installed and account created. To battle in the Gym, Trainers must be Level 5 or higher. 

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, July 28 -
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, August 3 -
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Check out a picture book featuring musicians, instruments, singers, and more!

Animal music by Harriet Ziefert

An assortment of animals playing various instruments make different kinds of music.

Imani's music by Sheron Williams

Imani, an African grasshopper, brings music to the new world when he travels aboard a slave ship.

The magnificent piano recital by Marilynn Reynolds
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Since 1953 the Western Writers of America annually honors writers for distinguished writing about the American West. And this year's Spur Winners are...

Best Western Historical Novel

Paradise sky by Joe R. Lansdale

Best Western Contemporary Novel

Here are 100 ways to Kick Off Your Summer

  1. Put a Library Lover sign in your yard.
  2. Color on our CYS Community Mural.
  3. Read a book set in Detroit.
  4. Write a Michigan haiku.
  5. Read a book about Yak and Gnu
  6. Learn how to make cheese.
  7. Check out some funny pages
  8. Listen to stories in our Wings of Wonder butterfly garden.
  9. Brush up on your knowledge of our Presidents.
  10. Visit us at the Canton Farmer’s Market.
  11. Learn to read the signs of nature.
  12. Pretend to be a Grown-Up.
  13. Listen to music from the ‘60s. Or ‘70s. Or anytime in the past.
  14. Binge watch horror movies.
  15. Nurture your green thumb.
  16. Share your dream with us.
  17. Solve a murder mystery.
  18. Pursue something trivial.
  19. Bust a yoga move.
  20. Join a Friendly group.
  21. Read about sports teams from the City of Champions.
  22. Sing along with a Tony Award-winning soundtrack.
  23. Find the rebel alliance at CPL.
  24. Make Ice Pops.
  25. Go mad for movies.
  26. Explore shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
  27. Join in on a book discussion.
  28. Improve your Excel skills.
  29. Check out the MAP and hit the road with your library card.
  30. Research your ancestry.
  31. Create a fairy lantern.
  32. Laugh your socks off.
  33. Travel to another world.
  34. Read through someone else’s eyes.
  35. Take your tastebuds on a trip.
  36. Dive into graphic novels themed around food.
  37. Get crafty with these home project books.
  38. Cast your vote in CPL’s Decision 2016.
  39. Earn 12 badges by reading Manga.
  40. Capture a Wild Badge.
  41. Connect with CPL on social media.
  42. Get eLectrified with a Zinio magazine.
  43. Play Animal Lover bingo.
  44. Grab some friends and start a book club.  
  45. Dominate the Dewey Decimal system.
  46. Geek out over classic storybooks.
  47. Take a selfie with Chewbacca.
  48. Read a memoir. Then write your own.
  49. Tag us on social media with #CYSReturnoftheFun
  50. Read a local newspaper article from the day you were born.
  51. Find a job or read about one.
  52. Discover how mummies were made.
  53. Re-read an old favorite.
  54. Race through the streets of Rio de Janeiro in Forza Motorsport 6.
  55. Read one of roughly 200 mystery books about cats.
  56. Play some Dungeons & Dragons
  57. Listen to that catchy Zootopia song on your phone.
  58. Take a creative writing class online.
  59. Burst into song with musicals for every badge.
  60. Read about a modern-day hero.
  61. Check out a book on constellations, then go stare at the night sky. Then read The End of Night.
  62. Tell a librarian a joke.
  63. Scour Cook’s Illustrated for a new cheesecake recipe.  
  64. Help put together a puzzle.
  65. Try to love spiders (it’s not easy!)
  66. Make a pet toy for your furry friend.
  67. Go meatless on Monday
  68. Cheer up a Toilet
  69. Brush up on your Constitution with this graphic adaptation.
  70. Read a Challenged Book. Read several.
  71. Read a story you loved as a child out loud to someone who has never read it.
  72. Check out a storytime kit and put on a storytime for some kids. Or your friends.
  73. Interloan a book from another library.
  74. Follow Thorndyke’s reading progress. Follow his blog.
  75. Sign up for our enewsletter to get Library News all summer long.
  76. Be inspired by others’ Connect Your Summer experiences.
  77. Read a Shakespearean play. If you’re feeling dramatic, act out a scene at the puppet stage.
  78. Say hello to our fish.
  79. Download the Mango app to your phone and tell your kids it’s a game.
  80. Read without words.
  81. Change your life with some magic.
  82. Let someone else read you a story.
  83. Bike to the library for a program.
  84. Check out a book on ducks, then read it near the pond.
  85. Travel the state without leaving home.
  86. Use a May We Suggest reading list to discover your new favorite book.
  87. Read about Ben Franklin, or his lesser-known correspondent.
  88. Reuse your dinnerware.
  89. Game your way through the eLectrified path.
  90. Read a new book about something old.
  91. Decide for yourself—man or myth?
  92. Eat your way through history.
  93. Enjoy movies about math. Yes, really.
  94. Raise a glass to Michigan brews.
  95. Earn a quick badge with a short book.
  96. Take a coast-to-coast tour of America.
  97. Road trip! Via film.
  98. Or read a road trip.
  99. Learn about Michigan critters.
  100. Visit the library every day for programs, activities and fun.
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Dreamer badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

The special Dreamer Badge for our Connect Your Summer program is now active through June 25th. Claim your badge by reading about a real person who achieved their dreams!

As a boy, John James Audubon loved to watch birds. In 1804, at the age of eighteen, he moved from his home in France to Pennsylvania. There he took a particular interest in peewee flycatchers. While observing these birds, John James became determined to answer a pair of two-thousand-year-old questions: Where do small birds go in the winter, and do they return to the same nest in the spring?.

An introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Dare the wind by Tracey E Fern

Describes how Ellen Prentiss received sailing lessons from her father during childhood, married a ship captain, and helped set a world speed record during the Gold Rush era.

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