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Great Outdoors Month

Did you know that June is the Great Outdoors Month. Blue skies, cool breezes and blue lakes abound in Michigan, so take advantage of this and take a long walk, ride a bike, or go swimming or golfing. The opportunities are endless. Share your experience on CYS and earn an appropriate badge.

Put On a Puppet Show

Put on a puppet show to earn your curtains up badge. You can use our puppets here at the library.

Decorate a Dog

Earn your "Make Tracks" badge by decorating a dog. Stop by the main help desk to pick up the outline, take it home and creatively use your favorite medium to fill it in. What will your dog be, a patchwork quilt of colors and fabrics or photos of your favorite pet? Your finished artwork will be displayed beneath the Help Desk, so do your best!

Jewelry Making For Kids

Get Hands On this summer with different styles of jewelry making. These books will help you get started making fun and pretty necklaces, bracelets, and more.

Jewelry making for fun! by Robin Koontz

Jazzy jewelry by Dawn Brend ... [et al.]

Junk drawer jewelry by written by Rachel Di Salle and Ellen Warwick; illustrated by Jane Kurisu

Tell Some Jokes to Your Family or Friends

Earn your badge by putting on a comedy performance. Read a joke book and then tell some jokes to your family or friends.

Watch One of These Great Movies Based Off a Book

Watch a movie based off a book. Here's a list of the top 100 movies based off books. Take the next step and read the book to compare the two!

Write a Poem and Recite It

Write a short poem and recite it to someone to earn your Curtains Up Badge.

Summer Walking Club

Join us on Saturday, June 23 for a power walk around the lake adjacent to the library in Heritage Park from Noon-12:30 PM Meet at the "clock" and kick your summer off on the right foot. Bring your walking buddy, whether it's a 2-legged or 4-legged friend. We'll also have walks on these Saturdays, weather-permitting: June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28.

Speak in Public

It's often said that people fear public speaking more than death. While that's not exactly true, talking is front of people is a major fear — one you can conquer!

Places to Speak

Other places often welcome speakers, such as conferences, meetup groups, places of worship, and even the library!

Books on Speaking

Speaking your way to success by Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts

Public speaking success in 20 minutes a day

Build a Time Machine

Time machines provide a fun learning experience, a unique business opportunity, and a contrived way to manipulate your plot arc. Watch out, though — depending on the make and model you choose for your temporal vehicle, they can often be expensive to build and difficult to maintain. See below for several types of time machine, along with assembly instructions when available.

Hot Tub

The mechanism for how a hot tub can become a time machine isn't well-explained. However, if you acquire a hot tub and the chronological mechanism never works, at least you have a hot tub, right? For further instructions view:

Manga Drawing Contest 2012

Starting June 18 enter our Connect Your Summer 2012 Manga Drawing Contest and you could win some great prizes (a special 'thank you' to Chou Anime Cafe for donating). Last day to enter is August 3. Prizes will be awarded for 3 different age categories: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th grades. Plus 3 prizes for those who best represent this summer's badges.

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade. Winners will be chosen in three divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th
  2. Three additional winners will be chosen for drawings that best represent the theme of our Connect Your Summer Badges.

Conquer Your Health with Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can acheive this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started?

Read a Book While Listening to Music

Read a book while listening to music to earn your Curtains Up badge. Sometimes it takes a lot of work to choose the perfect soundtrack for a book…

[inspire by Kassy.Miller is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]

Recipe Exchange

Share your favorite recipes, or discover new ones.

Bring in several copies of your favorite recipe (printed out on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and paper clipped together) to put in the Recipe Exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk and earn your Chow Down badge. Look at the recipes others have left, and take home a new recipe or two.

If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

Bon Appetit!

Read to Thorndyke

Come to the library and read to Thorndyke, the resident bear in the Children's Library. He's a very good listener and won't bite.

Read a Tumblebook

Read a story in a new way. Tumblebooks is an online database that contains hundreds of well loved children's books told in an animated, interactive format. Many contain games, quizzes or other activities at the conclusion of the story. You can access it from your home computer or iPad or here in the library. If you are reading here in the library don't forget to bring your headphones so you'll be able to listen to the story.

Conquer a New Genre

Are you in a reading rut? Summer is a great time to try something new.

Use the drop-down menus on the Kids Book Lists page and May We Suggest blog to generate suggestions for a brand new read. Try a graphic novel, audiobook or ebook for a fresh reading experience. If you're feeling brave, combine a new format with a genre you've never read before to truly conquer this badge.

Can't find anything inspiring? Fill out the May We Suggest form to receive personal recommendations.

Hold a Book Discussion

Don't just read a book this summer, conquer it by checking out one of our Children's or Adult Book Discussion Kits and holding your own Book Club.

Remembering Elvis

Elvis Presley was told he'd never make it as singer. He kept trying until one late night at the recording studio, it all came together like magic. The rest is history and he went on to become one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Stop by the display showcase and remember Elvis. Earn CYS badges too. If you fill out a quiz and correctly answer all the questions, your name will be entered in a drawing for 2 free tickets to the Michigan Elvis Fest, July 13 and 14 in historic Depot Town, Ypsilanti. The quiz is located next to the Michigan Elvis Fest poster on the large print shelf. Return quizzes to the Help Desk.

Medical Mystery #1

Imagine yourself as a medical detective. Put your skills to the test by solving the following mystery — the first of 4 this summer. Read all the clues, find out the answer, and send your guess to askcpl@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Medical Mystery #1". After you send your guess you should claim your Sleuth It or Be Well badge. The contest winner must solve all 4 mysteries this summer to be entered in a drawing for a prize. Good Luck!

Clues

  1. I was a deadly virus
  2. During my outbreak, between 50-130 million people died
  3. Soldiers, sailors and other travelers helped me spread across the world
  4. The first case in the U.S. was reported in the state of Kansas
  5. Most of my victims were young, healthy adults