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Around the World with Teen Fiction

Looking for a way to earn your Around the World Badge? Here are some great Teen titles to get you on your way!

A bride's story. Vol. 1 by Kaoru Mori ; [translation, William Flanagan ; lettering, Abigail Blackman]


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


The evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell


Chains [sound recording] by Lauri Halse Anderson


Rules of the road by Joan Bauer


Son of fortune by Victoria McKernan

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Get Pinspired to Be Creative

Claim your Be Creative eLectrified badge by using our Pinterest Boards to get creative for your Connect Your Summer experience. 
Find recommendations and inspiration on any of the pinboards, but try our Be Creative pinboard for great ideas on making, creating, and doing.

Fiction

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Parched by Melanie Crowder


I lived on Buttefly Hill by Marjorie Agosín ; translated from Spanish by E.M. O'Connor ; illustrated by Lee White


The winter horses by Philip Kerr


Secrets of the terra-cotta soldier by Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine


Karma: a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

Access Creativity Through eMagazines

Explore our Zinio magazine database for all your creative needs this summer. Enjoy access to eMagazines on gardening, crafting, cooking, parenting, decorating and more, and be inspired to do some creating of your own.
Access to the Zinio database requires an email address and an active Canton Public Library card. Use our handy instruction sheet for more information on the database and for tips on how to get started. 

Creative Inspiration

True stories of creative people and inspirations for sparking your own creativity.

How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrations by Hadley Hooper

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Mysterious Michigan

Teen Fiction Set in Michigan

Queen of secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff


The goddess test by Aimée Carter


The morgue and me by John C. Ford


Belle by Beverly Jenkins


Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones


The batboy by Mike Lupica


Josephine by Beverly Jenkins

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginnersby edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 

For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

GEEK OUT with 3D paper craft characters

In order to properly Geek Out, we have an assortment of paper craft figures available at the Connect Your Summer Activity Center. Feel free to work on the cut-out patterns in the library or the comfort of your home. There are a variety of your favorite characters spanning the geek lexicon, from Adventure Time to Zelda. The successful completion of one of these crafty characters will earn you an On the Scene Geek Out badge. Claim your you badge online today! Don't forget to share a pictures of the completed character.

Love Stories: Great Romantic Films

Penelope [videodisc] by Summit Entertainment and Stone Village Pictures present a Type A Films ; Tatira Active Film production in association with Grosvenor Park Productions

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day [videodisc] by Keylight Entertainment Group ; Kudos Productions Ltd.

I could never be your woman [videodisc] by I Could Never Ltd. ; Bauer Martinez Studios ; Scott Rudin Productions

Four weddings and a funeral [videodisc] by Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Channel Four Films [present] ; a Working Title production

The proposal [videodisc] by Touchstone Pictures presents a Mandeville Films production, an Anne Fletcher film

50 first dates [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a Happy Madison/Anonymous Content and Flower Films production, a film by Peter Segal

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

hoopla eAudiobooks

Have you discovered how easy it is to listen to an audiobook from hoopla? You can either download or stream the recording onto your device, and there are about 9,800 titles for you to choose for yourself and your children. Open a hoopla account with your CPL card to start. Use 'hoopla digital' as keyword to search in our catalog, or just browse on the hoopla site. 

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is the most effective way to learn to speak a language. It's fast, and it's fun. Make it your goal this summer to learn or improve on a language. Free from the library, there are 62 languages for English speakers to choose from, and 17 English courses for non-English speakers. Sign up to start with your CPL library card today.

TV shows about science… Or, if you like Cosmos…

The new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson just wrapped up, so here are some suggestions for you to get your astrophysical fix.

Cosmos. Episode I [videodisc]: a personal journey by Cosmos Studios

What makes us human? [videodisc] by PBS

A brief history of time [videodisc] by directed by Errol Morris

400 years of the telescope [videodisc]: a journey of science, technology and thought by producer and director, Kris Koenig

The inexplicable universe [videodisc]: unsolved mysteries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe. The complete season five [videodisc] by produced by Flight 33 Productions for History Television Network productions

FIFA Fever? Try These Fútbol Titles

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,   I don't know about you, but right around February, I'd thought we'd never get here.  But now, the trees are green, the Ducklings are hatched, we've Relayed for Life out in Heritage Park, and pretty soon it will be Liberty Fest.  And then...school will be out, summer will hit full blast and it will be Connect Your Summer time once again.   I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite parts of the year. The library is hopping, books and other items are flying off the shelves, and you can find something fun to do at the library pretty much every day.  There's a little bit of info about Connect Your Summer on the library website right now, and the librarians and other staff are working hard to finalize last minute details to make sure CYS is extra fun this year.  If you can't wait until Monday, June 16th to sign up, there are some things you can do right now. Make sure you have a "My Account" with a user name and password all ready to go.  Talk about it with your grown-ups so they know that you really really want to participate this year.  And get started on your reading.  It's never too early to pick up a good book!
 Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke