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Final Days to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Museum Adventure Program passes will be available until September 23, 2011 to check out. Museums will accept passes until September 30, 2011.

The 2012 program will run from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

Eyes on Egypt

Egypt is a fascinating country and the children's department offers a lot of books to help you learn about its history and ancient sites. Tour Egypt also offers teachers, parents, and kids information about Egypt's monuments, ancient and modern life, as well as travel and events.

Wildlife & Nature Travel Program

WANT Expeditions is a leader in highly personalized, conservation-oriented small group travel; connecting travelers, adventurers, photographers and conservationists from all over the world through expeditions to see the most amazing natural phenomena that exists on our planet.

For outdoor and nature enthusiasts this group is presenting a memorable program on travelling to Costa Rica. From oceans, to rainforests, to hillsides covered in coffee, Costa Rica offers a little bit of paradise for everyone.

Join us Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 PM in the Community Room.

How I Helped in Haiti

Canton's own Pat Butzin, volunteer extraordinaire, is always available to lend a helping hand - even in Haiti after the earthquake. Learn how the experience changed her, changed her mind about many things and changed Haiti. Join us on September 22 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room for an evening of hope, helping and sharing.

Wildlife & Nature Travel Expedition

Put on your hiking boots and safari hat… we're going on an adventure with the guides from WANT Expeditions. We're off to the amazing country of Costa Rica with all its exotic wildlife and landscapes. This should be a very interesting program with lots of beautiful photography. Join us on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room — you're sure to be wowed.

Thorndyke Thoughts

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

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.

Featured Michigan Destinations: Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is full of great places to explore no matter what season you visit. On Michigan's West Coast the lakeshore appeals to beach enthusiasts with dune rides and dune climbing as well as beach volleyball and swimming. Browse the galleries of Saugatuck, fly kites on the shore in Grand Haven, or bike along paths in Holland. Whatever your passion, the Grand Rapids area thrives with superior golf courses pristine parks and lakes, streams, and rivers. Considered one the best walking cities, Grand Rapids is also great for biking and hiking and was rated the sixth most popular fishing city in the U.S. by Field and Stream magazine.

Customer Service — A Survey

Some recent viewpoints regarding society's business customer service ratings make for some interesting reading in the July 2011 issue of Consumer Reports. The article on the Consumer Reports website contains these comments. CR is part of the CPL adult magazine collection and is also available for patron in-library use located at Adult Reference.

Where in the World?

Hey kids! Are you curious about the world around you? What are some of those crazy landmarks we have? Come to our Where in the World program on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 7:00 to 7:45PM and have a fun time learning about landmarks both here and in other countries. We'll do some trivia, eat a tasty snack, and make some creative crafts. Registration starts June 29 and is open to Children ages 5 years to 8 years-old with a Caregiver. See you there!

Folktales from Around the World

Kids, come and listen to some great tales from around the world. Folktales are a great way to pass down stories and experiences from one generation to another. We will share stories and make a craft too.

Who: Children, ages 5-9 with caregiver
When: Monday, July 11, 11:00-11:45AM
Where: Library Community Room
Registration begins Monday, June 27

Rough Guide to Travel Books

Travel to These Library Programs

All Ages Programs

Children's Programs

Tween and Teen Programs

Websites for Travelers

Deal Sites

  • Expedia — Expedia is a great travel website worth visiting when you are planning a trip. It provides vacation packages, cruises and even helps you build your travel online primarily because it is also a travel agency
  • Hotwire — Hotwire is a robust site that offers some of the best travel deals available. Also Hotwire partners offer unsold inventory at big savings
  • Hostel World — A huge portfolio of hostels is offered on this site. This is one of the most comprehensive sites for budget accommodations
  • Kayak — The only place you need to search for discounted airfare is Kayak.

Travel Books for Kids

The adventures of Marco and Polo by Dieter Wiesmüller; translated from the German by Beate Peter

All aboard!: a traveling alphabet by concept by Chris L. Demarest; illustrated by Bill Mayer

Bee & Bird by Craig Frazier

How to travel with grownups by Elizabeth Bridgman; pictures by Eleanor Hazard

Teen Travel Books

Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson

The enchanted quest by Frewin Jones

Crash into me by Albert Borris

Car trouble: a novel by Jeanne DuPrau

Road Trip Music

Taking a road trip with the family this summer? Need some tunes to entertain the little ones? Here are some great CDs for the car ride this summer:

Car songs: songs to sing anywhere by Dennis Buck

Songs for the car

Here comes science by They Might Be Giants

City kid! by Joanie Leeds

Kidz bop 19 by Kidz Bop Kids

Ski Michigan

Skiing in Michigan offers excitement at any level of skill. With more than 40 Michigan downhill skiing resorts, the silvery slopes of Michigan offer the best Alpine skiing in the Midwest. So let's head up the lift and get a little closer to the bright blue sky where the beauty of downhill skiing is Pure Michigan. Michigan ski resorts and lodging and Travel include Cadillac, Gaylord, Traverse City, Boyne, Petoskey, and the Upper Peninsula.

Thorndyke Thoughts

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

Park and Read

Just in time for summer vacation, Park & Read passes have arrived at the library. A joint venture of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Library of Michigan, the Park & Read program provides a free one-day vehicle permit to any Michigan State Park & Recreation Area. Like the popular Museum Adventure Pass program, the passes are "checked out" for seven days; you pick the day you want to use it. Park & Read runs through October 1, 2011. So visit the Canton Public Library for a pass and a great book to read.