We’ve Flipped Out!

giraffeThis summer, if you’ve been following along, we’ve been adding donations from our generous patrons to a fun to “Adopt a Giraffe”. Early on, we named our buddy FLIP, and while the donations have been adding up, we’ve been keeping everyone updated on the progress. Donations have helped:

  • provide clean water
  • ensure lots of tall grasses for the habitat
  • given the giraffes a safe place to sleep at night
  • made our giraffe very happy

Of course, there are plenty of things the World Wildlife Fund does to help keep our world’s animals safe and thriving, and our donations will go towards all of their hard work. Stop by and adopt your own animal if you like, or just take a few minutes to see exactly what they do. We thought this was the perfect program in keeping with the “wild” TD Summer Reading Club theme, and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it. You can see Flip’s Progress below:

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20160718_11104620160725_12032820160803_09312420160808_09473220160815_130647Thanks for dropping by to see Flip grow from your donations, and thank you for helping us to conserve the habitat of these lovely creatures! With your generous donations, we’re able to submit over $250 to the WWF program! That’s amazing!

Meet Thidwick!

Once again, we’re giving our young friends who are doing the TD Summer Reading Club with us this summer, a chance to take home a friend for a week and have some WILD adventures. They enjoyed traveling with Miss Squeaky one year, and last summer, kids made friends with Yalp, our wacky bird friend.  This summer, we’re glad to introduce Thidwick!

20160602_100344Thidwick is a wacky little moose who loves long walks in the woods, raspberry jam on toast, and crossword puzzles!  He’ll be visiting schools to be introduced before the official summer kick off on Thursday, June 30th from 1-3pm at our Library Lemonade Stand.

If you have a young reader, I’m sure they’ll have a chance to take Thidwick home for a week. Take him to the beach, on a long distance trip, or just to the grocery store….he’ll be happy hanging out with new friends no matter where he is.  But you’ll have to wait until July 4th….that’s when he’ll be dropping by the library for his summer adventures.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Yes…we’re doing it again….a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the library!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover posterAs part of our Ontario Public Library Week celebrations, we’re looking forward to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Friday, Oct. 23rd! Drop a stuffie off anytime that day, and we’ll get them ready for an overnight bit of fun at the library. (No, your child doesn’t stay…just the stuffed animal!)

We have lots of things planned for that evening, and when your child picks up their friend the next day, we’ll have lots to show them. We’ll be posting the photos on Facebook on Saturday, Oct., 24th, so keep watch. It’s going to be crazy fun!

Sock Monkeys at the Library

You can never go wrong with monkeys.  Or puppets. Combine the two and you have magic! This week, we made sock monkey puppets and had crazy hair day for storytime.

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After being inside for days because of the cold, many of the kids were happy to get out and do something fun. Needless to say, it was a wee bit loud at the library!

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Just a sample of all the fun things we do each week with our young friends.

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Sea creatures

This week, we’ve had several kids in the library looking for books on various sea creatures. It’s project time! Lucky for us, we happen to have a large number of books on everything from whales to sharks to jellyfish, so the kids are leaving with two books each on whatever species they’ve chosen. (So much better than an entire class doing a project on corn–in French! Uh, our selection there is small, to say the least.)

But it reminded me of a recent story I read about a “Christmas Whale”, the loneliest whale in the ocean. This particular whale has been swimming a channel in the North Pacific Ocean since at least 1989.  That’s when researchers started tracking him.  A Baleen whale (a cetacean without teeth) uses sound to communicate and has a very particular vocalization frequency range (between 10 and 31 Hertz).  This one, however, vocalizes at 52 hertz…much higher than the other whales in his category.

Scientists have been listening to whales in the North Pacific for years and usually pick up this particular whale’s vocalizations between August and December (which is why they call it the Christmas Whale).  Here’s where it gets sad.  While whales use their vocalizations to attract other whales, to find a mate or family member, no other whale on record has ever answered the Christmas Whale’s call. It simply drifts along the corridor of microphones, sending out whale-message after whale-message, only to finally swim off.  Alone.  Every year. Breaks your heart, doesn’t it?

It’s possible the other whales just can’t “hear” the Christmas Whale, since its song is so different. Or maybe they won’t acknowledge it, sensing it as something foreign. Either way, it must be a lonely life for C.W.  You can read more about this interesting creature on the Wood’s Hole Ocean Oceanographic Institute’s page. Or you can listen to a recording of the 52 hertz whale vocalizations at at NOAA here.

So far, no one has asked about books on whales, but I’ll certainly suggest this if we get any more students in to do projects.

We’re going to the dogs!

Once again, we’re planning for our summer event called PAWS TO READ.  It’s a wonderful program we’ve done for the past three summers and we’re looking forward to having our pals Stryder and Sandra back at the library. So, just what is Paws to Read?

This is a wonderful program for reluctant readers aged 6 – 10.  They visit the library once a week (while we’re closed) and spend a short time reading to our fluffy friend Stryder.  Stryder is a standard poodle who has been specially trained as a therapy dog for children. He loves to listen to kids read and he’s really patient. He comes to the library with his owner Sandra who also helps.

If you have a reluctant reader who would like to participate this summer, please give us a call or come to the library to sign up. Your child must be able to read, but might have an issue like lack of confidence or reading issues that prevent him or her from enjoying books. We’re taking names right through to the end of June, and then we’ll set up a schedule for July and August sessions.

Happy Reading!

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

If you’re fluent in Latin, you’ll know what the title is all about. What if you just want to impress your friends? Here’s a handy list of Latin sayings that you can pepper into your daily conversation (I know I’m going to!).

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?
– How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Sona si Latine loqueris. – Honk if you speak Latin.
Vacca foeda – Stupid cow
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant!
– May barbarians invade your personal space!
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant!
– May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!
Radix lecti – Couch potato
O! Plus! Perge! Aio! Hui! Hem!
– Oh! More! Go on! Yes! Ooh! Ummm!
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem!
– Stand aside plebians! I am on imperial business.
Fac ut vivas. – Get a life.
Ventis secundis, tene cursum. – Go with the flow.

Have fun with it!

(Thanks to Dark Roasted Blend for the great list!)