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Twinkle, Twinkle…

Twinkling lights are not just in the night sky this time of year. It's fun to see lights sparkling on houses and trees as well. Whether in the nativity story, or on top of a tree, stars are magical and a wonder to enjoy. There are so many stars in the universe, that an actual number has not been concluded. In the meantime, just enjoy those "diamonds in the sky" on a clear night. You can learn more about stars from books at the library.

Snail Mail for Seniors: Create A Card

Snail Mail for Seniors is a non-profit group set up to send greeting cards and children's drawings to senior citizens free of charge. They particularly aim for the senior that does not usually receive many visitors or mail. Come to the Purple Room on December 10 at any time between 1:00-4:00 PM and create a Holiday/Winter card to send to these oft-overlooked members of our community. All ages are welcome to participate. Supplies will be provided.

The Hunger Games Trailer is Here!

If you loved the The Hunger Games as much as I did, you may be wondering about the movie. The official Hunger Games movie trailer has been released and you can watch it on the Hunger Games website. The movie will be in theaters beginning March 23rd. Will you be there?

Family Game Day

November 20-26 is National Game and Puzzle Week. If you are looking for some post-Thanksgiving-Day fun, join us on Saturday, November 26th in the Community Room at 1:00 PM for Family Game Day. We'll have many board games here for you to play. You'll also get to make a version of Speed Scrabble to take home with you!

Great Michigan Read 2011-2012

Michigan Humanities Council, in conjunction with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, has selected nine host sites for the Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit: We Don’t Want Them. The exhibit places the events documented in Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice in a broader context of policies and practices that limited where some could live, thus impacting their past and present quality of life. We Don't Want Them opened in Flint and will travel around the state to the following cities:

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving is on November 24th this year. Have you made your crafts yet? If not, there is still plenty of time. Check out the Thanksgiving craft books we have here at the library for inspiration and direction. Have fun! Gobble, gobble!

No Homework Help October 31st

National Honor Society Homework Help will not be available Monday, October 31st. They will, however, return Tuesday, November 1st.

National Chocolate Day

October 28 is National Chocolate Day so bake something special for your special someone. You'll find lots of wonderful cookbooks dedicated to chocolate at the library.

Intensely chocolate: 100 scrumptious recipes for true chocolate lovers by Carole Bloom

Chocolate epiphany: exceptional cookies, cakes, and confections for everyone by Francois Payard; with Anne E.

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids!
Do you mind if I use my blog today to plug a fellow bear? One of my heroes, (for his ability to come up with brilliant ideas and eat lots of hunny) Winnie the Pooh, had a new movie come out next summer. It's aptly named Winnie the Pooh! If you haven't seen it yet, Miss Ruth tells me it will be here at the library very very soon. And if you can't wait, there are lots of Pooh's other adventures to check out as books or movies! I think I might just check out a couple myself! Until next time!
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke

Do You Find School Boring?

Well then, you might try enrolling in either Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains or Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. Granted, you must be the child of a notorious evil entity, such as Dracula, The Big Bad Wolf, or a warlock and be lacking in evil to normally qualify for entry into the former school, but heck, you could always give it a shot. "Gifted" has a lot of definitions. The deciding factor for entry into the later school is that you have the ability to invent something the headmaster might want to steal from you, thereby increasing his fame, fortune, and power — but you don't know this of course. Trust me, if you do have the opportunity to attend one of these schools, you will gain a whole new perspective on education.

Villain School : good curses evil by Stephanie S. Sanders — Join Rune, Jez, and Wolf Junior as they try to succeed at a nearly impossible Plot in order to avoid being expelled for not being bad enough.

The School for the Insanely Gifted by Dan Elish — Wild rides, literally, are in store for you with Daphna, Harkin, and Cynthia as they embark on an international search for Daphna's missing mother and prepare for the school's upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. Don't miss this action-packed adventure fantasy. If you liked The Mysterious Benedict Society, you will love this for sure.

Fast, fun, reads, both of these weird school books are sure to please!

Pavement Chalk Artist

Pavement chalk artist : the three-dimensional drawings of Julian Beever by Julian Beever — As we enter into fall, we long for the sunny days of summer where we could hang out in the driveway and draw with chalk til our hearts content. Have no fear! You can relieve the joy of chalk art through this book. We have a copy in both Children's and Adult nonfiction, so be sure to check it out. I guarantee you will be blown away!

Welcome to the J600-699 Collection

What kind of dog do you wish you had? How fast does a Corvette really go? What does the inside of the human body look like? If you have ever asked yourselves these questions and more, then you should definitely visit the J600-699 collection in the Children's Section. This is the nonfiction collection that is chock full of cats, cars, pets, cooking, gardening, health, body parts, and so much more. See you in the stacks!

Hair Clip Fun

Tweens and Teens can show off your style and creativity by designing a flower clip for your hair out of a used soda can. All supplies will be provided.

Registration begins December 3 at 9:00 AM

Program Date: December 17 at 1:00 PM

Open Chess

Open Chess in November and December will only meet once in each month due to the holiday calendar. Tim Heller will host the informal open play for everyone from beginners to experts. Join us on November 13 and December 11 at 1:00 PM in the Community Room. Oh, and have a lovely holiday season!

Hair Clip Fun

Teens and Tweens are invited to join us for some Hair Clip Fun as we turn a recycled soda can into a wearable flower. This craft would make an awesome holiday gift or even add a little fun to that special holiday outfit. Crafting will take place in the Purple Room on December 17th from 1:00-2:00 PM.

Tween and Teen Halloween Fun

Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 PM, Tweens and Teens are invited to join us for fun activities, games, and food!

Child Identification Event

Stop by the Community Room on December 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 PM for a special identification event sponsored by New York Life. The free ID cards for kids will include a photo, digital fingerprints and other vital information. Should there ever be an Amber Alert, this card is a first step in finding missing children.

History Teaches

Looking back on our American history is an important subject to review as adults, and teach to our children. History can help us learn from mistakes and make our journey better for the future. Teachers that bring history alive and make it interesting for children are a special breed. Check out the J900 section in the children's department which brings our history alive through various series like American History by Decade or Decades of the 20th Century.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so the old saying goes. Apples are very healthy for you and better yet, they're a super delicious snack. October is apple month, and the perfect time for great tasting apples. Did you know there are over 7,500 different types of apple trees? Wow! And don't forget to try apples in different ways like in apple pie, caramel apples or apple muffins. Learn more about apples at the library and at the Michigan Apples site.

Pokemon Tournament

Join us Saturday, October 15 between 1:00 and 5:00 PM for our Pokemon Tournament. Bring your Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black, or White for a tournament style poke-throwdown!