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Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,   I don't know about you, but right around February, I'd thought we'd never get here.  But now, the trees are green, the Ducklings are hatched, we've Relayed for Life out in Heritage Park, and pretty soon it will be Liberty Fest.  And then...school will be out, summer will hit full blast and it will be Connect Your Summer time once again.   I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite parts of the year. The library is hopping, books and other items are flying off the shelves, and you can find something fun to do at the library pretty much every day.  There's a little bit of info about Connect Your Summer on the library website right now, and the librarians and other staff are working hard to finalize last minute details to make sure CYS is extra fun this year.  If you can't wait until Monday, June 16th to sign up, there are some things you can do right now. Make sure you have a "My Account" with a user name and password all ready to go.  Talk about it with your grown-ups so they know that you really really want to participate this year.  And get started on your reading.  It's never too early to pick up a good book!
 Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke  

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Hi kids.  So, all last month I was dressed like a duck in anticipation for the little ducklings arriving in the courtyard of the Children's Library. All April...no ducks. No sooner do I put on my patriotic best for Memorial Day, but 7 little adorable fuzzy ducklings arrive in the library. I'm tempted to dress as a patriotic duck for the next month, but I can't compare to their cuteness. So  next week when you are here for storytime, make sure you peek in the courtyard for a view of the ducks! They are super cute.  Spring has officially sprung.Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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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.   That, above, is my view of the Children's Library right now. Boy!  Do I miss you all!  It's been a week and a half since the Children's Library has closed and I can't believe how quiet it's been around here.  But that doesn't mean that it hasn't been eventful.   With the book sorter room closed, the pages who check in and shelve all the books have been moved into the front of the Children's Library. Right now I can see about 20 carts, half of them full of books and DVDs and stuff, and that doesn't even count the ones that are out where all the patrons are!  I am completely boggled by the amount of things that get checked out at the library.  And today, the construction guys are putting new flooring in the entrance tunnels to the Children's Library.   Picture a big grown-up construction guy putting flooring in the smallest of tunnels...they are sure working hard!  If you want to see what it looks like in the library, be sure to ask a grown-up to help you check out Facebook and Twitter, where all the pictures of the library construction are being posted. Hopefully, you'll all be back to see me soon. 
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.   The ALA Youth Media Awards (aka the Caldecott, amongst others)  Were just announced this morning.  Guess what?  One of my picks won!   Woo hoo! The winner of the 2014 Caldecott Award is....

Locomotive by Brian Floca








And I also picked on of the honor award winners...

Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle








Yay! Congrats to all the winners! 
Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids.  Big things are happening at the library soon.  BIG THINGS.  As in Renovations and Construction.  As you can see, I'm already prepped for the changes to come. I've got my construction hat on and I've established a protective zone all around me.  Why do I need that, do you ask?  Because the Children's Library is where much of the construction stuff will be happening. The construction workers will be storing stuff and working here.  That means...that the Children's Library will be CLOSED for at least two weeks!   I don't know quite how I'll manage.  I'm sure I'll go through withdrawals from seeing all of you. I hope I don't get bear-ied in sawdust! But never fear...I have a plan.    Since I'll literally be hanging it out in the thick of things, I'm going to your Bear-on- the-Spot Reporter.  I'll be giving Bear-Eye views on how the construction is going.  And I may have to venture out to Adult World once in a while to clear the ringing from my ears. What I'm saying is, is that even though you won't see me every day, I'll still be making my presence known.  look for updates from me and my Little Buddy, LB, in the next few weeks here at the library.
Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke 

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Hey Kids. It's that time of year again.  Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award.  Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year.  I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit.  But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks. 

Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest.  The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes? 

Thorndyke's Thoughts

Hi Kids.  With all the snow and cold last week, I sure missed all of you.  I was even cold in my big fur coat. But now that things have warmed up a bit, I'm glad you are back visiting the library. Especially for storytime.  And speaking of Storytime, I have a favor to ask.  This week in Storytime we are celebrating all things bears, because, well, not to toot my own horn, but my Birthday is on Friday.  You know what would be the bear-y best birthday gift?  If you would bring a bear to Storytime.  I love seeing all of you, and I'd love to meet all the bear friends who live at your house.  I promise that they will have a wonderful time! Thanks!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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Hey Kids. Last time LB reported on his travels, he said he was off to earn his Back In Time Badge next. He did it by traveling to Pennsylvania (a state he's never visited before, yay!) to see Gettysburg, a battlefield from the Civil War. This is doubly interesting because the Battle of Gettysburg was fought 150 years ago, this past July. Want to learn more? There are lots of nonfiction books you can read, or you can check out:

I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis ; illustrated by Scott Dawson — This is a series that is super popular at the library right now!

You might have to be put on hold for it. If you don't know how to do that, don't be afraid to ask one of my super helpful librarian friends. They love to help kids do that.

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids, Can you find LB in this picture? Those are some BIG chairs. And you know how much I like big stuff. They might even be too big for me. LB just got back from joining Mrs. Rebecca on a family golf trip up north. Hey--why do golfers wear 2 pairs of pants? Just in case they get a hole in one! Hee hee! I crack me up. Now LB's gotten me to be a bit of a golf geek. I am reading up on my game and biographies on famous golfers like Michelle Wie, Annika Sorenstam, and of course Tiger Woods. I've even practiced my game with a couple of Wii games. What does your family like to do for fun?
LB is off on another adventure. This time, he tells me, he is working on his Back in Time Badge. Wonder where he's headed?
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

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Hey Kids,
Well I did it. I earned all 12 badges! Have you earned them all yet? And can I just say how impressed I am with how well you all are doing with CYS? Totallyawesome, I love reading about all the games you are playing (I may have to try RISK2210) and the sci-fi and LEGO books you are reading. You must totally be geeking out. Michelle 5128, I think it is so cool that you are doing CYS while you are on vacation! I love all the pictures you post. Ikumu_yumeko, I am soooo impressed with all the many books you are reading. And tjrapson, good job reading all those books yourself. You will be a great reader some day. Rileyann117, I see that you have earned quite a few badges by doing the library activities. That's a great, fun way to earn badges!
I can't wait to see what other CYS participants do to earn badges. You have just over 2 weeks to do so... before the big exciting, stupendous End of Summer Reading Celebration. What's going to happen at the big party? Let's just say you don't want to miss it. Keep up the good work
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey kids,
Connect Your Summer has been live for one month. How many badges have you earned? I about doubled the number of badges I earned over the course of last week. Now I have three left to earn: Curtains Up, Be Well, and My Mitten. What should I do? I'd love some suggestions on books to read, places to visit or activities to try. Send them to the comments below! Yes, it might just earn you one of those "secret badges" (That seems to be the magic word around here this summer! Funny, I always thought it was Abracadabra.) Then watch the blog to see what I did. Thanks in advance for all of your help.
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

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Hey Kids, It's time for a Connect Your Summer Recap. I am so impressed at all the hard work you are doing! In the first month of Connect Your Summer, We have 2 participants who have earned over 300 badges! And we have 250 badge earners over all. That's a lot of badges! Keep up the super good work. I'm thinking I'd better start doing some catch up. You can see from my badge page that so far I've read 5 books and earned one of the SECRET badges (have you earned one of those yet?). That's one book a week, which isn't bad. My favorite read so far has been Wash-a-Bye Bear by Thomas Dochery. But watch out! I just checked out a nice big stack of books. I'll be earning badges left and right before you know it. My goal is to collect all the badges. What's your goal for the summer?
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. Seven days and counting. Until what you ask? Connect Your Summer! CYS is my favorite part of the year! What's new this summer? There are four new badges for you to earn. And I cannot wait for you to find out all the fun things the librarians have planned for you this summer. I wish I could tell you, but I've been sworn to secrecy. If you are excited like I am, there is one thing you can do TODAY. You can go to the My Account page and create a username and password (not with your library card). You'll use this to claim your badges this summer. One of the things that LB loves about CYS, because he travels so much, is that you can participate from anywhere in the world. So you can still have library fun this summer, even if you are not at home! And I know that you have fabulous and exciting travel plans this summer. So do that right now, and then you can wait with eager anticipation (like me!) for 9:00 AM on Monday, June 17th when CYS goes live for the summer. 6 days, 15 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds....
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! It's not every day I run into something that is bigger than me, but this is one pretty BIG check! Canton Public Library was awarded the LibraryAware award at a big party last Friday night. This award is given to the library that does a really good job serving their community. Canton Public Library's community is kids like you! I know that the librarians love reading you stories, helping you find books for your homework, and planning other fun activities. So thanks for using your Award-winning Library. :)
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke