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new Lemony Snicket?

Egmont Press has released the news that Lemony Snicket will author a new series of books set for release in 2012.

"I can neither confirm nor deny that I have begun research into a new case, and I can neither confirm nor deny that the results are as dreadful and unnerving as A Series Of Unfortunate Events. However, I can confirm that Egmont will be publishing these findings," Snicket, the pen name of San Francisco author Daniel Handler, said in a statement.

Have you read Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events yet? If not, you've got time before the new series.

Fun Festivals & Fairs

As summer begins to wind down and fall begins to rev up, keep the fun going! Visit one of Michigan's great fall Festivals & Fairs.
The Michigan State Fair is going on now through Labor Day. See www.absolutemichigan.com for a schedule of events.
Check out www.Michigan.org for the many festivals and fairs available in just about every city.
Visit our large selections of materials on festivals and fairs. Some to check-out are:

Actors' Birthdays

Macaulay Culkin and Keke Palmer share a birthday today, August 26th. Both have starred in numerous kid's movies. Macaulay as Kevin McCallister in the first two Home Alone movies, a role created with him in mind. Keke has starred as a National Spelling Bee contestant in Akeelah and the Bee, and currently stars in the popular Nickelodean series True Jackson VP, coming soon to CPL.

Back to School Fun

Listen to some fun school stories, make some cool crafts to hang in your room and enjoy a delicious snack. Register online today.
Ages: Children 5-8, with a caregiver
Program Date and Time: Wednesday, September 9     7-7:45pm

Books For School Readiness

Parents looking for resources to help their children get ready for their first-ever school experience can look to the library for help. We have books available for parents to read on their own, as well as books you can share with your child. Make the transition to school a smooth one with some informative and fun reads!

National Dog Day

Make today special for your furry friends! Celebrate National Dog Day all day. If you have a dog, take some time to read them a story about a famous canine, or teach your dog some new tricks. If you don't have a dog at home, check out one of our puppets for Dog Day. Whatever way you celebrate, make sure you do something to honor our Best Friends.

Wizard of Oz Film Turns 70

On this date in 1939, the classic film The Wizard of Oz was released in theaters. More popular than ever today, MSNBC.com featured an interesting article on how the movie has influenced pop culture over the years. You can check out the original book and/or movie here, or one of many other items this iconic classic inspired!

U.S. News & World Report

As the month of August dwindles and fall approaches the Sept/09 edition of U.S. News & World Report arrives at the CPL. Exclusive rankings plus "Smart Ways To Pay For Your Education" are included for you reading. U.S. News is available for patron use at the Adult magazine shelf and Adult Reference desk. Additional copies are also available for immediate check out at the "magazine express" spinners.

Baseball for the kids

Check your local listings this week baseball fans because from August 21-30, 2009, the Little League Baseball Wold Series is taking place. Sixteen teams from around the world will compete to be the best Little League team on Earth! The official website is www.littleleague.org, so definitely check it out! These kids are super-serious about baseball and you might get a glimpse of a future pro!

It's raining meatballs!

One of my kids' favorite books is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  This amusing story takes place in the town of Chewandswallow where the townspeople get all of their food from the sky.  Everyone loves living in a town where they don't need to shop for groceries, until one day when things take a turn for the worse.  If you enjoy the book, a movie version is being made which opens on September 18th.

Happy Birthday Christopher Robin!

Christopher Robin Milne, son of A. A. Milne was born today, August 21st, in 1920. He and his teddy bear were the inspiration for everyone's favorite boy and bear duo, Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Why not celebrate with a Winnie-the-Pooh movie or book?
Need More Winnie? Try A Bear Called Winnie, which tells the story of the real life bear that Christopher's teddy was named after. You can also find more information about the Milnes and Winnie here.

Best Colleges 2010

Book of CollegesU.S.News and World Report has named the best schools in the nation in their latest issue. You can also check out the newest college directory, Complete Book of Colleges.

Make Friends With The Alphabet

I just discovered this beginning-reader series called Alphabet Friends. There are twenty-six books in all (one for each letter, of course!). Each book in the series features different kids doing different things, all connected in some way to a letter in the alphabet. The first book, called Anna and the Letter A, is about different things that Anna and her friend Angelica like to do. Jumping ahead a bit in the series we have Leila at the Library and the Letter L, where Leila goes to...you guessed it, the library! You know what? You should take a trip to the library, too, and check out some of these cool books! See you soon!

Your baby is smarter than you think

smart babyHow smart is your baby? Possibly smarter than you think, and they learn in ways that are vastly different from the way we learn when we are age five and older. Play and interaction with caregivers are the most important ways babies learn. The good news is that this requires no special toys or other tangibles; all you need is time.

image Baby Toys by S*H*A*D*D*A*I used under Creative Commons license

Reading together

Everyone knows that reading aloud is good for children, but did you know that it also has significant benefits for grown-ups and families as well? The connection that is created when people read together can't be overstated. Take some time to read with your family today.

2009 Michigan Reads book is....

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen!

"Deep in the water
where the fish hang out
lives a glum, gloomy swimmer
with an ever-present pout."

Can anything cheer up this bummed out fish? Will he ever get over his case of the "blubs"?? For a rollicking good read be sure to check out "The Pout-Pout Fish"!

August Tween Book & Pizza Registration

If you're going into 5th or 6th grade this fall, make sure to register for this month's Tween Book & Pizza Club! We're meeting on Saturday, August 29, from 1-2pm. This month we're reading Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan, a funny story about the most alternative school you've ever heard of. Registration begins Saturday, August 15, at 9am, so sign up and then stop by the library to pick up your copy of the book. See you soon!

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids! Wowzers! I am SO proud of you! Did you know that an incredible 4,798 kids and teens signed up for Summer Reading 2009?!?! And that 2,384 kids and teens finished summer reading and got books from the Scholastic Book Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Library? Thanks Friends! The Adult Librarians told me that over 1000 grown-ups signed up for summer reading and lots of them earned books too. I think you all deserve a pat on the back. Go you!

The Book Whisperer

Donalyn Miller, a sixth-grade language arts teacher and the author of a blog and a book both titled The Book Whisperer, says she can turn any child into a book lover, no matter how reluctant a reader they may be. Students in Miller's class end the school year having read an average of forty to fifty books, no matter how far behind in their reading skills they may have been at the beginning of the year. In her book, she shares her teaching methods and offers a list of

Get the Facts about Health Care Reform

Confused about the debate over health care reform? President Obama has unveiled a new "Reality Check" site to help you get the facts on this very important issue. The site has fact sheets, videos, and links to related sites such as Health Reform.gov. It also allows users to receive updates via Twitter and Facebook.