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Thorndyke Thoughts: CYS is Over

Hey Kids,
I hope you enjoyed our Connect Your Summer program as much as I did. The badges, the activities, and all the programs were so exciting! I especially enjoyed the Stormtroopers who came to the Final Party.

Even though summer is almost over, I've still been reading, and one of my favorite books from the last week is 
Julia Child: an extraordinary life in words and pictures by Erin Hagar  — The story is so interesting, and I loved the pictures, which made Julia look so friendly. It took Julia a long time to figure out what she wanted to do, but before she learned to be a chef she worked with spies in World War II. And afterward she became one of the first chefs on TV. When I finished the book one of the first things I did was to find her TV show on how to make omelettes. Then I made an omelette, and it was delicious.


If you're looking for more books on cooking adventures, try one of these.

Alice Waters and the trip to delicious by written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Hayelin Choi ; afterword by Alice Waters

Not in Our Town Art Contest

In partnership with the Canton Response to Hate Crimes Coalition and Canton Police Department, the library is sponsoring an art contest. Students are invited to submit artwork around the theme of inclusion, unity and peace to be displayed during the Community Unity & Peace Rally on September 26 in Heritage Park. Art work entries should be turned in at the Children's Desk.

RULES:
  1. Submissions accepted beginning September 1 and ending September 18 at 6:00 PM.
  2. Limit of one entry per person.
  3. Entries must be confined to a 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper.
  4. Artwork must be your own original work. You may get inspiration from a book or online, but do not copy someone else's art.
  5. First place and second place prizes will be awarded in three different age categories: Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade. The decision of the judges is final.
  6. Winners will be announced September 26 at the Community Unity & Peace Rally.
  7. All entries will be displayed at Heritage Park during the rally.
  8. A completed contest entry form must accompany each submission.

For questions or clarification, email Laurie Golden, community relations department head.

Family Reading Night: Space

Celebrate World Space Week at our Family Reading Night on Tuesday, October 6, from 7:00-8:00 PM. Attendees, ages 4-8, will hear space themed stories, participate in a series of activities, and receive a free book to add to their own personal library. Registration begins September 24.

Saturday STEM Science: Geology

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get? A fun way for families and children in grades 2-5 to learn new things. Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results. Saturday, September 26, from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required.

September Minecraft for Kids

Two different times for two different age groups! The Canton Public Library is expanding it's Minecraft offerings! Participate in themed-builds in Creative Mode with your friends, collaborate, show off your skills, and provide feedback for future events. No swearing or griefing will be allowed. Participants must have a basic knowledge of the game and have their own PC account. Demo, Playstation and XBox accounts are not compatible with our server. Registration is required.

For kids ages 7-10 years old: Saturday, September 12, from 1:30-3:00 PM in the Computer iLab

For kids ages 11-13 years old: Tuesday, September 22, from 4:00-5:30 PM in the Computer iLab

Curtains Up Ballot Results

We asked and you answered! This summer you voted for your favorite movies as part of the Curtains Up On the Scene badge activity, and it's time to reveal the results. 

...and the winners are (DRUM ROLL PLEASE):
Best Super Action-Packed Summer Blockbuster
The Avengers
Best Family Film Full of Fun
Inside Out
Best Cartoon To Reanimate Your Good Mood
Tom & Jerry
Best Family Feel-Good Feature Film
Frozen
And finally, Best Summer Movie of All Time
The Lego Movie

Be sure to join us next Wednesday, August 26 for all day Movie Madness Day!

Michigan History for Kids, Free for a Limited Time



Check out this neat resource while the website is free! The MIchigan History for kids Magazine is now available to view for free.  This magazine goes beyond the textbooks, exploring the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples. It also thoroughly integrates Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and the emerging standards of the Common Core into the content. The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is proud to publish Michigan History for Kids,
This site the rebirth of this popular publication is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 


Check out this resource here or go to www.michigankids.org

Connect Your Summer Ends Wednesday, August 12!

Don't forget to claim your badges by midnight on Wednesday (August 12, 2015) in order to be eligible for prizes! Winners will be notified and given ample time to collect their prizes after the program ends. 

Happy reading/listening/watching/experiencing the remainder of the Connect Your Summer program! 

Hot Kids Series

Be prepared for the continuation of your favorite series with these upcoming releases. We've ordered them so they'll be here soon. Place your holds now for Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, and Rick Riordan's newest book featuring Norse mythology. We'll contact you when your copy arrives.

Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians by Eliot Schrefer -- Publication scheduled for August 11, 2015


Amphitrite the bubbly by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams-- Publication scheduled for August 18, 2015


Auggie & me: three wonder stories by R.J. Palacio Publication scheduled for August 18, 2015


Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir Stinks- A-Lot: the twelfth epic novel by Dav Pilkey— Publication scheduled for August 25, 2015

Kids: Learn a New Language (Chinese)

Did you know that the Children's International Language section contains hundreds of items that will help you learn a new language? Here is a selection of books, DVDs, and multimedia materials to get you started with Chinese.

1,2,3 go! by Huy Voun Lee

Legend of the Chinese dragon by written by Marie Sellier ; illustrated by Catherine Louis ; calligraphy and chop marks by Wang Fei ; translated by Sibylle Kazeroid



Mandarin Chinese picture dictionary



Chinese for kids. Beginner level 1, volume 1 [videodisc]: the fun and easy way to learn Chinese by directed by Donovan Miller

5th Annual Best in Show Dog Show

Best in ShowWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now and fill out and return the waiver form by 6:00 PM Friday, September 11. All are welcome! The event is fun for all ages. Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Behaved, Best Looking, Best Biggest, Best Smallest, and Best in Show on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 AM outdoors behind the library. Winners will receive fabulous prizes. Registration opens 9:00 AM Saturday, August 29.

Back to School? Learn a New Language with Mango

Are you sad the kids are almost headed back to school? Learn a new language with Mango! You can learn many new languages all for free with your Canton Public Library card.

What Will You Find in the Wild? Volcanoes!

Explore a volcano with Park Ranger Rebecca Carvalho and Volcanologist Dr. Don Swanson! You'll learn tons of facts about volcanoes, plus get a chance to snap virtual photos at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Click here and let us know what you learned when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Camp Google: What Are Constellations?

Join Google Expert Stephen Russell in exploring the cosmos at Camp Google. You'll learn how to study the stars, then create your own constellation projector to use at home!

Click here to begin your exploration. Don't forget to tell us your favorite constellation when you claim your Great Outdoors badge!

Explore the Ocean with Camp Google!

Experience a deep sea dive with experts Sylvia Earle and Erika Bergman at Camp Google. You'll see wildlife and reef habitats, learn about life undersea, and hear sea stories from Sylvia and Erika.

Click to find out "What's Down There?" and share your discoveries when you claim your badge!

Giant Scrabble

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Join us August 5, 2:00-3:30 PM to play on our insane 10ft x 10ft Scrabble board.

Social Book Hour

Join other book lovers to talk about the books you read over the summer - why you liked them, why you didn't - and get recommendations from other readers. Attendees are encouraged (but not required!) to bring a copy of their favorite book, or a book review. Open to children going into grades 1-5.

2015 Eisner Awards Announced

The Eisner Awards have been celebrating the best in comics for 27 years. Highlights? This year, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan won Best Continuing Series, Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson won Best New Series,  and El Deafo by Cece Bell won Best Publication for Kids. Check out all the winners here.

Great Lakes Fish Identification

This website provided by the University of Wisconsin offers a fish identification tool for the aquatic life in the Great Lakes. You can identify by appearance or search by name with this tool

Internet Safety for Kids- Videos, Games and More!

Net Smartz Kids offers a fun place for kids to explore the importance of safety on the net. This wesbsite is sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to inform kids how to be a good cyber citizen and avoid trouble while accessing the internet. Check it out here