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Honesty is a challenging skill for children to learn. Sometimes it is hard to tell the truth while other times telling the truth can hurt someone's feelings. Here are some picture books that help introduce the concept of honesty for children. 

David gets in trouble by David Shannon

When David gets in trouble, he has excuses right up until bedtime, when he realizes he really is sorry.

Ben has so often tried to convince people he has seen Bigfoot that when a real yeti arrives and borrows his bicycle, no one comes to see if Ben is telling the truth.

The 360s of the Library's non-fiction collection encompasses a wide variety of subjects. Volunteerism, healthcare, elder care, homelessness, gun control, environmental concerns, organized crime, fraud, and crimes and trials are just a few of the topics that can be found on the shelf. 

 

Below is a sampling of new titles purchased for the collection.

In Bad Advice, Paul A. Offit shares hard-earned wisdom on the dos and don’ts of battling misinformation. For the past twenty years, Offit has been on the front lines in the fight for sound science and public heath. Stepping into the media spotlight as few scientists have done―such as being one of the first to speak out against conspiracy theories linking vaccines to autism―he found himself in the crosshairs of powerful groups intent on promoting pseudoscience. Bad Advice discusses science and its adversaries: not just the manias stoked by slick charlatans and their miracle cures but also corrosive, dangerous ideologies such as Holocaust and climate-change denial. Written with wit and passion, Offit’s often humorous guide to taking on quack experts and self-appointed activists is a must-read for any American disturbed by the uptick in politicized attacks on science

Olivia and Mia Flores are married to the highest level drug traffickers ever to become US informants. Their husbands worked with--and then brought down--El Chapo, as well as dozens of high-level members of the Mexican cartels. They had everything money could buy: luxury cars, huge houses, and expensive jewelry--but they chose to give it all up when they cooperated with the US government. They knew that life was about more than wealth; it was about love, family, and doing what's right. CARTEL WIVES is a love story, a "Married to the Mob" story, an insider's look into the terrifying but high-flying empire of the new world of drugs, and, finally, the story of a major DEA and FBI operation.

Thorndyke the Bear Dressed as Frida Kahlo with a Cat

 

Hey Kids,

Sometimes it's hard to shed expectations and pre-conceived notions to just be who you are. Read on for many stories about people who defied stereotypes and limitations to be authentic. And don't forget to check out part 1 for even more great books about being yourself.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Boys do not cook, and girls cannot play sports--but in this book the pictures tell a different story.

Thorndyke as an Artist

 

Hey Kids, 

Sometimes it's hard to challenge expectations and pre-conceived notions to just be who you are. Read on for many stories about people who defied stereotypes and limitations to be authentic. And don't forget to check out part 2 for even more great books about being yourself.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Also available in: video

A compilation of inspirational stories, songs and poems that celebrate individuality and challenge stereotypes.

One of my goals for summer is to grow a garden with a variety of herbs and vegetables. Gardening is a great family activity that teaches children plant lifecycles and where food comes from. Here are some gardening resources for children to get your family started. 

Presents twelve gardening projects using leftover scraps from cooking, including growing celery from stubs, growing a bulb of garlic from a single clove, and growing a ginger plant from a root.

In my garden by Ruth Musgrave

Introduces gardens and gardening, including how a seed grows into a plant, how fruits and vegetables form, and what animals and insects also live in a garden.

 

Have you ever been drawn to a wordless picture book, but been unsure how to read it or share it with your child? Check out these helpful tips, and remember that wordless picture books can be a great tool to enhance your child's literacy, whether or not he or she knows how to read. They can also be exceptionally beautiful and enjoyed by any age.

These picture books don't need words to tell their story:

Hug by Jez Alborough

Bobo the chimp seeks hugs among various jungle animals and their young, but he does not get what he wants until he is reunited with his own parent.

Red sled by Lita Judge

At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled.

Thorndyke at Novi Public Library with Car

 

Hey Kids,

June is Audiobook Month. To celebrate, check out an audiobook (or more than one!) for your next family road trip. Our Books on CD Collections for AdultTeen and Children have thousands of titles to choose from, or you can browse our digital collections.

I've included a few suggestions below to get you started. Titles aimed at younger audiences are listed first, but all of these are excellent possibilities for the whole family. Give one a try next time you hop in the car, and let me know if the comments if you have a favorite book to listen to.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Clementine [sound recording] by Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building. There are many more adventures of Clementine to listen to at J BOOK ON CD PENNYPACKER.

SEMCOG announces the launch of Southeast Michigan ParkFinder, a new mobile app that makes it easier than ever to explore recreation opportunities throughout the seven-county region. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) created a mapping app to help you find parks in the region on your smart phone or on the web. Simply go to maps.semcog.org/ParkFinder to use the map and get access to the ParkFinder app for iPhone and Android smart devices. 

STEM Curiosity

Image of head with science related objects floating in a thought bubble inside

Kids aged 7-10 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math are first introduced to a topic and the science behind it. After learning about the sessions' topic, participants will be given a problem and challenged to engineer a solution to it individually and as teams. 

Registration is Required

 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 20 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room Hydrology & Water Quality
Saturday, September 15 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room The Physics of Music
Saturday, October 6 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Community Room International Space Week

A common myth about large print books: large print books are gigantic! 

If the font is bigger, it stands to reason the book will be bigger as well, right? That large print titles seemingly defy basic logic makes this one of the most prevalent misconceptions. In fact, large print titles are often the same size or smaller than their hardcover or trade paperback counterparts and weigh about the same as a traditional hardcover book. The common reaction to learning this fact is, “Well, to be the same size or smaller, they must be abridged.” This is also false. The magic here lies in the combination of printing on a thinner, higher quality paper and laying out the text to maximize the use of white space. Source.

 

Here are a few large print titles that are brand new to our shelves:

Also available in: print | e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | large print

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to her 20,000 acre barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never actually met her. Josephine's cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter, but why enlist Brooke and not the prestigious Atlanta law firm she has used for years? Brooke travels to Shellhaven and meets the cagey Josephine, whose home is a crumbling pink mansion at the edge of the turquoise sea. Over the course of a few meetings, Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, dark secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She is hiring Brooke for two reasons: first, to protect her island from those who would despoil her land, and second, to help her make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club-- so named because of their youthful skinny-dipping escapades.

Also available in: print | large print

The ultimate summer read--featuring indelible characters, crackling wit, and sophisticated storytelling--about one season when everything in a woman's life goes wrong. On Memorial Day weekend in a seaside town on Long Island, Ruthie, her still-adored ex-husband, Mike, and the couple's sullen fifteen-year-old daughter, Jem, are packing up the last bits of their household in preparation for the yearly arrival of a wealthy renter from Manhattan. It is what Jem calls "the summer bummer"; her parents own a beautiful house that they have renovated by hand from top to bottom, but which they can only afford to keep by leasing it out during the best part of the year. Soon Ruthie's relationship with Mike seems about to disappear for good. The job she loves, as the underpaid and undervalued director of the local arts museum, is under siege from a coterie of rich women from the city, who want to use it as an opportunity for social climbing. An old flame who once broke her heart and betrayed her is back on the scene, causing Ruthie to re-evaluate their romance. And in the midst of it all, her teenage daughter Jem could be involved in a dangerous and destructive relationship of her own.This is a novel about the dreams and ambitions of youth coming to terms with the realities of middle-age; about the way desperation can make us astonish ourselves; and about how the most disruptive events in our lives can sometimes twist endings into new beginnings.

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