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Spark Your Imagination to Be Creative!

Many new books have been written to help spark creativity.

Teen Baseball Books

Center field by Robert Lipsyte

Heat by Mike Lupica

Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

The boy who saved baseball by John H. Ritter

Alex Rodriguez by Michael V. Uschan

The big field by Mike Lupica

Center field by Robert Lipsyte

Traveling Green in Michigan

Planning a vacation or camping trip in Michigan this summer? Make sure you check out these great, simple tips from 'The Awesome Mitten' blog for making your trip more eco-friendly. Do your part in keeping our state clean and beautiful!

Try a New Sport

Tennis: steps to success by Jim Brown, Camille Soulier

Table tennis: steps to success by Richard McAfee

Field hockey: steps to success by Elizabeth Anders with Sue Myers

Softball: steps to success by Diane Potter, Lynn V. Johnson

Archery: steps to success by Kathleen M. Haywood, Catherine F. Lewis

Swimming: steps to success by David Thomas

Basketball: steps to success by Hal Wissel

More Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

Special Events Calendar - Pure Michigan Style

Wondering what special events are going on in Michigan this summer? If so, check out Pure Michigan's Special Events Calendar. This interactive calendar lets you search by date and event type (Fairs & Festivals, Exhibits & Shows, etc.) to find an event in Michigan that's just right for you! Find an event and earn your My Mitten badge by attending.

Brainy Games

scrabble boardEarn your Geek Out badge by playing Words With Friends or Scrabble online. Learn new words while having fun. Or take your choice of a host of other puzzle, hidden object or word games. Online chess is a good one as well. Games can be played on Facebook or independent of it. Start those brain games now!

Teen Fiction Set in Michigan

Looking for a novel that takes place in our very own great state? Check out these novels set throughout Michigan, from Detroit to Flint to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Albatross by Josie Bloss

Queen of secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff

Cheated by Patrick Jones

The goddess test by Aimée Carter

The morgue and me by John C. Ford

Belle by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones

Explore Michigan's 'Natural Gems'

Check out the Michigan Radio article, '5 Natural Gems Even Native Michiganders Don't Know About', and learn about some lesser-known attractions to visit during your travels around the state this summer. Visit one of those places, or tell us about another hidden gem you know about, and earn your My Mitten badge!

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Geeked about books and reading? For the most interested, a nonfiction selection of stories about authors or the inspiration for their work.

The Brontë sisters: the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
by Catherine Reef


The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West by Sid Fleischman


Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker





C.S. Lewis: the man behind Narnia by Beatrice Gormley






Knucklehead: tall tales and mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka







Learn a New Game

Use the library's collection to learn a new game, then try out your new skills and share your experience to earn your Game On badge. Explore sports, board games, or even card games. A few suggestions to get you going:

The big book of rules: board games, kids'games, card games, from backgammon and bocce to tiddlywinks and stickball by Stephanie Spadaccini ; illustrated by John Farnsworth


The book of rules: a visual guide to the laws of every commonly played sport and game






The New complete Hoyle: the authoritative guide to the official rules of all popular games of skill and chance by Alfred H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, Geoffrey Mott- Smith


Hoyle's modern encyclopedia of card games; rules of all the basic games and popular variations, by Walter B. Gibson by Gibson, Walter Brown, 1897-

Sports Fiction for Tweens

Good sports by Jack Prelutsky ; illustrated by Chris Raschka

Lay-ups and long shots: an anthology of short stories by Joseph Bruchac, Lynea Bowdish, David Lubar, Terry Trueman, C.S. Perryess, Dorian Cirrone, Jamie McEwan, Max Elliot Anderson, Peggy Duffy

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman

The girl who threw butterflies by Mick Cochrane

The rivalry: mystery at the Army-Navy game by John Feinstein

Pop by Gordon Korman

Sports jokes to tickle your funny bone by Stew Thornley

Celebrate Go Outdoors Month All Summer Long

You can celebrate Get Outdoors Month all summer long. The official celebration takes place in June, but you can find activities to celebrate going outdoors throughout our Connect Your Summer experience. Use library materials to learn a new outdoor sport, plan an outdoor adventure, or just to find a great book to take outside. Share your experience to earn a badge.

During the month of June, check out our Great Outdoors Month display in the Tween Scene (pictured).

Mysteries for Teens

Heist society by Ally Carter

Death cloud by Andrew Lane

Down the rabbit hole: an Echo Falls mystery by Peter Abrahams

The mystery of the third Lucretia by Susan Runholt

The innocents by Lili Peloquin

Game by Barry Lyga

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Blood trail by Nancy Springer

Get Your Game On with Dewey

If you're into browsing, try using the Dewey Decimal System to find a book for your Game On badge. For nonfiction sporting selections, in both the Adult and Children's Departments, check the 796s for sport books. Use our endcaps to find the right number. Discover a good-looking read, and then share your thoughts after you've read it to earn your Game On badge.

Great Sci-Fi for Teens

Check out these great selections for teens about alien invasions, dystopian futures and science gone horribly wrong!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Program by Suzanne Young

Pulse by Patrick Carman

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Where Do You Love to Read?

Do you love to read so much that you will read almost anywhere? Where are you reading this summer? On the golf course? In a tent? On a boat? On vacation in some exotic locale? Or in your own tree fort? When you claim your Love It badge, upload a picture of you (or your family) reading. Not only will you earn your Love It badge, you will be entered in a random drawing for a prize! 

Green Thumb Flower Matching June 23 to 29, 2013

Have you earned your Green Thumb Badge yet? No? Good! Come to the library anytime during the week of June 23 to 29, 2013 and earn your badge by entering our Name the State Flower contest. Entry forms and state flower pictures will be at the Children's Reference Desk and one lucky winner will be drawn from the correct answers. Good luck and see you soon!

Love Stories: Great Teen Romance Novels

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Hollow by Jessica Verday

The hollow kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle

Going too far by Jennifer Echols

Geek magnet: a novel in five acts by Kieran Scott