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Pure Michigan skiiing

This is the most comprehensive guide to ski and snowboard areas in Michigan. No matter your skill level, Michigan is the place to go downhill skiing. 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.

Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas is Wonderland! There are no clocks in the casinos. If you need to know the time, bring your watch.

The casinos have many shows to see, from the fantastic to Broadway to comedy. There's something for everyone.

There are many surrounding sights to see, such as Hoover Dam. Check the library for resources, such as travel books, DVDs,and maps.

Michigan Fall Travel

This is a wonderful time of year to be reminded of what a great state Michigan is. The Fall landscape will soon be painted with shades of red, gold and orange. Check out some of the tours that are offered to view the gorgeous landscape. Or read some of the books we have on travel in Michigan. There are plenty of cider mills around for families to visit also. Enjoy this great time of year and our beautiful state!

Still Fly

Shareholders of United Airlines and Continental Airlines approved the stock-swap merger that will create the world's largest airline. For background on airlines and mergers, check out these materials:

Airlines

From worst to first [electronic resource] : behind the scenes of Continental's remarkable comeback by Gordon Bethune with Scott Huler

The Airline industry by edited by William M. Leary

Featured Destination: Blue Water Area

Enjoy the waters of Lake Michigan, have a picnic and take a stroll out to the lighthouse. Midwest Living rated this area as one of the best small towns to visit in its 2008 Best of the Midwest magazine. Catch up on your stone skipping, build a sandcastle, tackle a dune, sail on a tall ship or chart a fishing expedition, then watch the most spectacular sunset from the sandy front porch. So dig into the sands of Michigan's Beachtowns.
[Photo courtesy of mdprovost via flickr]

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Reporting again for LB. He's just returned from his latest adventure. Did you guess where he was headed? If you guessed Boston, you were right! But that's not the only place he ended up on this massive road trip. Stay tuned and find out!
LB started his journey in Boston. There's a lot to see there and in the surrounding area. In the City of Boston, LB toured the Mapparium, a big glass globe you can walk through, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the New England Aquarium. Boston has some pretty crazy transportation though. Did you see LB's picture? He's in a truck that can drive on roads or be a boat in the water! How crazy is that? It's called an amphibious truck. It must belong to the same family as salamanders and frogs. LB also saw where Paul Revere rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming and where the colonists defeated the British at Concord.
Some of the other things LB saw around Concord where Henry David Thoreau's house. Did you know there's a bear named after him? And that there are books written about this bear? Thoreau must have been a pretty cool guy. And LB saw Orchard House too. Have you read Little Women? The lady who lived at Orchard House, Louisa May Alcott, wrote Little Women.
Then LB spent an afternoon in Rhode Island touring fancy houses. Lots of rich people used to go to Rhode Island for vacations and live in big houses. Now they just go to the Caribbean. What do you know about Rhode Island? Did you know it's the smallest state?
And then LB went to New York! There are lots of neat things to do there! And not just in the big city! LB saw the Art Museum, and Ellis Island and...the LIBRARY! New York City has a lot bigger library than CPL. LB met the Statue of Liberty too. If you've never read about how the Statue of Liberty was built, it's a pretty cool story!
LB finished his tour of New England with some more fancy houses and a mountain. One of the houses was a house made of glass. Better not play Baseball there! But LB did get to sit in a pretty special chair. Those fancy houses sure are BIG! And they have lots of fancy furniture. And lots of grass to run and play. The mountain is named Mt. Greylock. It's a pretty big one. It's the tallest one in Massachussetts. But I think at that time LB was getting a little homesick.
Which is why he's home for a while now. LB has loved going on adventures with all his library friends. But he's glad he made it home in time for the end of Summer Reading. He's got to turn in his reading log (he did a lot of reading on all those car trips!) so he can get his prizes. Have you finished YOUR reading log yet? You only have until Wednesday to get all your prizes! Don't forget to look at all the pictures of LB's latest adventure! Until next time,
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke.

Featured Michigan Destination: Ann Arbor

Selecting the perfect destination for a quick getaway or even a long weekend has never been easier. Find a unique blend of hotels, restaurants, attractions and events all concentrated within one area of many flavors — the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Experience the allure and inspiration of a town that will remind you of life’s potential. Relax, re-energize and unwind. Indulge your palette with world cuisines, and engage your senses with a broad array of arts, culture and world-class entertainment.

Flying Down To Rio

The Black Swan [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox

Central Station [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Classics ; an Arthur Cohn production ; a film by Walter Salles

The emerald forest [videodisc] by Embassy Films

Fitzcarraldo [videodisc] by Werner Herzog Filmproduktion

Family Travel Activities in Michigan

Looking for some places to visit and recreational activities that will excite the kids? What better way to spend a summer day, weekend or longer--or even a short vacation in the spring or fall--than to have that getaway in Michigan! This Special Collection will help you discover a variety of opportunities for a Michigan-style good time.

Books

The Complete Guide to Michigan Sand Dunes by Jim DuFresne: With its comprehensive explanation of dune formation and variety, the book also includes information about activities at the dunes, including hiking, skiing, picnic and swimming areas.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey kids!
Thorndyke here! Hope you are having a fantastic summer! I sure am with all of you coming in to say hello! In fact, a whopping 3,286 of you have signed up for summer reading. Good job!
Well, last time I wrote I gave you a hint as to where LB was headed next. Did you guess? Have you been waiting with bated breath? Well, it's time to reveal the answer. LB went to Canada! Wow! He sure gets lots of stamps in his passport!
He started out in Niagara Falls. This town is famous for it's really big waterfalls! Did you know that there is an American falls and a Canadian one there? You can even ride in a boat right up to the falls, but LB didn't do that, because the humidity does a number on his fur. He'd look like a big brown puffball. A long time ago, daredevils used to try to ride down the waterfalls in barrels. Today, the waterfalls are used to generate electricity. Pretty cool! There are other fun things to do in Niagara Falls too, like the Skylon Tower and the Butterfly House.
Next, LB went to Toronto, Ontario, where there is another really cool tall tower! The CN Tower is 1,815 ft, 5 inches tall, making it the tallest tower in the world! Woah! That's way taller than me. At the top there are glass floors that you can stand on, and then it looks like you are floating way up in the sky. LB is really brave. He took a nap up there on that floor! Next door to the CN Tower is the Rogers Centre. That's where the Toronto Blue Jays play baseball. The Blue Jays weren't there that day, but LB still got a tour. And then he ended the day at the harbour where there are some really tall boats! Everything is big in Canada it seems!
LB sure had fun! Remember, you can always see all of LB's pictures on the library Flickr account (and maybe you'll even see pictures of YOU!). LB's off on another adventure next week. Do you want your hint? He's got quite an itinerary, but one of the cities he's visiting is the home of another famous baseball team and the home of some pretty important people in our country's history. Good luck guessing! Until next time...
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Far, Far Away: Fictitious Journeys

On glorious wings : the best flying stories of the century by edited and introduced by Stephen Coonts

Up in the air by Walter Kirn

Summerland by Michael Chabon

Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Thorndyke here! I am so enjoying seeing all of you here at the library! I hope you are having a great summer! As promised, here's the latest update of what LB has been up to. This time he went some where local, the Toledo Zoo! And he got to see some REAL bears! Did you know that the Toledo Zoo has a new polar bear cub? In fact, he's the only polar bear cub in the whole US! And there's a whole website about him! Isn't it cool to have something so neat so close to home? Makes me want to check out some books about polar bear books! Sometimes the librarians say that they work in a zoo, but they're just joking... I think.
LB's been here at the library for a week or so, but he's gearing up to go on another big adventure soon! The people here at the library sure love taking him on their trips! He's a pretty popular bear! I'll give you a hint to where he's headed next. It's not in the USA, but you can get there by car! Where do you think he's going? Tell me your guesses!

Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
As promised, here's an update on where LB has been! Did you make a guess about where he was headed? He just got back from Williamsburg Virginia! Were you right? LB came back with this really great letter about where he'd been, which he said I could share with you...

Wow! It's only mid June and I've already become a well-traveled bear! I had a great time up north with Ms. Ophelia and after a short stop back at CPL, I was on my way south on a road trip with Ms. Jeanine and her daughter. We left June 10th and drove all the way to Williamsburg, VA, in one day (about 12 hours driving)! We stayed at the Patrick Henry Inn, just a short walk from Colonial Williamsburg. (Patrick Henry was the patriot famous for saying, "Give me liberty or give me death!") The next morning, we visited the Yankee Candle "flagship" location in Williamsburg. They have a really cool room that looks like a starry sky at night, and every 15 minutes it "snows" right in the room! I made myself right at home in the shop full of stuffed animals. Needless to say, there are a lot more than candles at the Yankee Candle complex!

In the afternoon, we stepped back in time and walked through Colonial Williamsburg. It looks a lot like it did back in the late 1700s, around the time of the Revolutionary War. At the town hall, Ms. Jeannine put me in the stocks (where they used to punish convicted criminals), but it was just for fun, because I'm a really good bear! We also visited the campus of William and Mary College, the second oldest college in the country and the place where Thomas Jefferson earned his law degree. We later had dinner at Christiana Campbell's Tavern, where George Washington himself often dined! Then at night, we took a "Ghosts of Williamsburg" candlelight tour — kinda scary, but I'm a really brave little bear! No ghosts were spotted that night...whew!

Saturday morning, we were back on the road, this time to Kill Devil Hills, NC, which was the location where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful airplane flight and literally "flew" into the history books! They picked Devil Hills because it's a flat, sandy and very windy island on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. It's a great place to fly kites, too! I got a taste of salty air and ocean breezes on the beach and wanted to stay all day, but unfortunately, they don't make sunscreen for bears. :-( . Ms. Jeanine's daughter gets to spend all summer in Kill Devil Hills (she has a summer job there), but Ms. Jeanine had to get back to Michigan and CPL, so we flew Monday evening from Norfolk, VA, to Detroit. Hmmmm, maybe I should sign up for frequent flyer miles so I can get a free airplane trip later in the year!

love,
LB

Wow! What a fun adventure! Thanks Ms. Jeanine for taking LB with you! Now I've got a whole bunch of new places to read about. Remember, you can see all the pictures from LB's adventure on the library's flickr account. LB left on another fun adventure almost as soon as he got home. This time it was somewhere more local. I'll give you a hint, there's lots of animals and it starts with the letter Z! Can you guess?

Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Travel Books

Whether you're planning a trip or just traveling by proxy, these books will surely be an inspiration.

Will Travel for Food

Spain - a culinary road trip by Mario Batali with Gwyneth Paltrow

Around the world in 80 dinners: the ultimate culinary adventure by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

Movies in the Great Lakes State

Light! Camera! Action! The following movies were filmed (all or in part) in Michigan:

America [videodisc] — Detroit

Anatomy of a murder [videodisc] by Columbia ; Otto Preminger presents — Ishpeming, Marquette, Big Bay

Travel Through Film

Sometimes the best vacations are on your own couch. Here are some great journeys in movies to get the feeling of an adventure while in the comfort of your own home.

Wild Hogs — Like any good travel movie, this film shows that it's the journey, not the destination.

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas — When packing for a trip, some people have different priorities than others. An ether frolic of a movie, from the mind of Hunter S. Thompson.

Mitten Staycations

Planning a Michigan staycation? Here's what you can find without leaving the state.

Get up and moving

Adventure cycling in Michigan : selected on- and off-road rides

Gentle Hikes of upper Michigan by Tornabene, Ladona

Adventure guide to Michigan [electronic resource] by Kevin & Laurie Hillstrom

Voyages in Fiction

Books on Board
Hop on board ship for a bit of romance and suspense!

Princess Charming by Jane Heller

Life skills by Katie Fforde

Burn by Linda Howard

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Well, LB just got back from another fabulous adventure! And now, you can see all the fun he's having on the library's Flickr account! Thanks Miss Laurie for showing me how that program works! I'm getting to be quite a tech-savvy bear.
LB just got back from Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City! It sounds like such a neat hotel — there's a pool, and the Aerie Restaurant that has a revolving floor so you can see all the pretty scenery!
LB also got to see the Bay (too cold to go swimming) and climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes! Have you read the legend about those dunes? We have it here at CPL. You should check it out. But bring kleenex. It always makes me cry. I'm such a softie.
And then he "checked out" the Petoskey District Library. (Get it? Checked out? Just a little library humor.) That library's been around a long time! The original building was built way back in 1909 and funded by Andrew Carnegie. He's a rich guy from a long time ago that funded lots of libraries across the United States. Anyway, it's a very neat library. But no cool bears like Your's Truly! They did have a special exhibit on Lewis and Clark. Now there's some interesting history. And we have lots of information about those guys here at our library too!
So that's what LB's been up to. Of course, he wasn't home long! He left on Wednesday for another fun place! So keep watching and see where LB goes next. I'll give you one hint...It's Historical, and in a state named after a ruler of another country! Where do you think he's going? tell me your guesses! Let's see if you get it right!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke