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March is Women's History Month

Rosie the RiviterMarch is the month we celebrate the contributions of many hard working women throughout history.  You can find profiles of many fascinating women on our Women's History Month page.

Hey, Hey Hockeytown!

Hi there Hockey fans! Since we are knee-deep in our current hockey season, here is a link to checkout all the great books we have on the Detroit Red Wings...our Stanley Cup defending champs! Have fun reading about great moments in Red Wings history including fun facts about past season Stanley Cup wins, players, and overall team statistics. Enjoy!

Got the Winter Blues?

Tired of winter? Check out something new from the library!
A great source of recommendations for all ages is our Fave Fives from staff and fellow patrons. Or take a look at our Books & More pages for Kids, Teens and Adults. Immerse yourself in someone else’s world and brighten up your day.

Family Day @ the Movies

Families with children ages 5-12 can join us for to watch Horton Hears a Who on the big screen. And it wouldn't be complete without popcorn! Register online beginning February 12.
Program Date: Thursday, February 26 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Thorndyke Thoughts

Boy!  I can’t wait for March to get here.  Why?  Because March is Reading Month!  And Reading Month means First Grade Round Up!    This is the 18th year the  Children’s Tween and Teen Services Librarians will host first grade classes from local schools.  And I haven’t missed one yet!    Kids get a tour of the library and meet my Giraffe friends Caribou and Rafiki.  Then they make a craft and see a really funny puppet show.  The best part of First Grade Round Up is that each First Grader gets a library card and checks out a book that day

Green Scene: Endangered Animals

Did you know that the Tasmanian Devil is an endangered species? Find out about this and other animals in danger of extinction in these books.

New computers for kids and parents

We have added new computers in the Children's Library:
8 new computers

These eight stations are for kids and their parents, and have the Microsoft Office suite as well as games and Internet access. Kids and parents can surf with or next to each other, or parents can get things done while kids play games or do homework.

World Math Day - March 4, 2009

The 3rd annual World Math Day will take place on March 4, 2009. Children from around the world will be uniting to answer a record breaking number of mental arithmatic questions.  Unicef and 3D Learning have partnered to bring about this event, which is open to kids ages 5-18.  Practice is open now on the website and classrooms, homeschoolers or individual students are invited to register.  Are you ready to participate?

Betcha didn’t know…

That Lucas Grabeel (Ryan of HSM fame) starred in a little known 2008 film called The Adventures of Food Boy.  He plays Ezra, who learns (at a rather inopportune time) that he has the power to make food appear in his hands.  Like every super hero, Ezra struggles to decide whether he will use his powers to benefit himse

Remember Pluto?

Once upon a time, long ago, way back in February of 1930, the Pluto formerly known as a planet was first sighted by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  It was the smallest planet out in the far reaches of our solar system, but it was recently reclassified as a dwarf planet. 

Find books about Pluto in our library catalog, or search for Pluto in one of the databases available on our Kids’ Homework Help page.

Gaiman's Graveyard Grabs the Newbery!

Noboby Owens, or Bod, is a 'normal' boy fated to be raised in a graveyard by ghosts and a guardian who is neither dead nor alive. Magical, terrifying, and filled with gripping adventures, The Graveyard Book is another supernatural masterpiece by Neil Gaiman and was justly awarded the 2009 Newbery Medal. Coraline, another creepy  Gaiman concoction, was made into a 3D step-motion animated film and is now showing at theaters. Check it out!

Further Reading

If you're enjoying February's Tween book club selection (The City of Ember), make sure to check out the movie and the rest of books in this

Happy Birthday, Jane Yolen!

Celebrate Jane Yolen’s 70th birthday by checking out one of her books in our collection.  From picture books to poetry, teen fantasy to fairy tales and short stories to science fiction, it sure seems like she’s written something for everyone.  One of my favorites is Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

February Tween Book & Pizza Club

If you're interested in discussing a great book with other Tweens over a pizza lunch, look no further than our monthly Tween Book & Pizza Club! February's selection is The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. This month's program is scheduled for 1pm on February 28, and registration begins at 9am this Saturday (February 14). Hope to see you there!

Valentine's Day Sites

Valentine's Day will be here soon!  Here are some fun and helpful sites to use to celebrate Valentine's Day with your family.
  • Cards and Crafts for Valentine's Day
    Craft projects fro preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children.
  • Funschool Valentine’s Day Activity Center
    You'll find games, crafts, jokes and e-cards at this site from the Kaboose network.
  • Lil' Valentine

New comics

We've added two new titles to our comics collection. Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar and Franco features tales of your favorite miniature superheroes, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Tania del Rio, chronicles the adventures of Sabrina and her friends. What sort of mischief will they conjure up this time? Stop in the Tween section of the library and find out.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is coming up!  Do you want to make some fun and festive food to celebrate the holiday?  We have many cookbooks that will show you ways to surprise your favorite people.

Calling All Wimpy Kids!

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid Party

Tweens are invited to join us for a party based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.   We’ll have wimpy snacks, play wimpy games and make a wimpy craft.  Registration begins on January 29th.  Thursd

Knit Night

Join us at 7pm every second Monday of the month for Knit Night in the Community Room.
All handcrafters of all skill levels are welcome. If you'd like to learn how, bring some needles and yarn and chances are someone will be happy to teach you. Bring your works-in-progress and your finished objects to show off! Knit Night is a casual, friendly evening, so drop in for some good conversation and handcrafting.

Black History Month: On-line resources

Looking for a resource to help you with a Black History Month assignment?  We have collected many on-line resources to help you find biographies, images, timelines and quizes.