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Clockworks and Steam Power: Steampunk for Adults

The world of steampunk literature imagines a different historical path-a world run on iron and steam, where the preferred method of travel is the dirigible and everything that moves is run on clockworks.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Dead iron by Devon Monk

The windup girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The diamond age ; or, Young lady's illustrated primer by Neal Stephenson

Mainspring by Jay Lake

Soulless by Gail Carriger

The half-made world by Felix Gilman

Books for Geek Parents

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

The geek dad's guide to weekend fun: cool hacks, cutting -edge games, and more awesome projects for the whole family by Ken Denmead


And for Moms who want to get in on the fungeek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!

Memoirs: Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham

Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland

Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Drinking: a love story by Caroline Knapp

The heroin diaries: a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx ; with Ian Gittins

Long past stopping: a memoir by Oran Canfield

Get Well/Be Well with Health Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can achieve this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started? Check out these online resources:

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

"I Want to Believe...": Supernatural Mysteries on TV

Need something to fill that X-Files-shaped hole in your TV viewing? These TV series feature investigations into the spooky and strange. (Warning: May contain aliens.)

Fringe. The complete first season. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc]

Torchwood. The complete first season, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation

Supernatural. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. ; Wonderland Sound and Vision ; Warner Bros. Television

Eureka. Season 1. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Studios ; Sci Fi Channel

Warehouse 13. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Media Studios

Grimm. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by NBC

The Story Behind the Comics

The first step to geeking out about comics is to read some. The second step is to read all about them. Check out these great histories and analyses of modern comics.

Super boys: the amazing adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—-the creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Comic book nation: the transformation of youth culture in America by Bradford W. Wright

The ten-cent plague: the great comic-book scare and how it changed America by David Hajdu

Understanding comics: the invisible art by [Scott McCloud]

DC Comics: sixty years of the world's favorite comic book heroes by Les Daniels ; introduction by Jenette Kahn

Movie Mondays: Animal Lover & Love It

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 15, we will celebrate our furry friends with films that bring out the ANIMAL LOVER in you, and a romance so sweet we guarantee you will LOVE IT. We'll begin our day with the search for our favorite clown fish and end with a heartwarming and bittersweet tale of first love. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Green Thumb & Game On

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, June 24, we'll give give our planet a GREEN THUMBs up and get our GAME ON with these fun summer films. We will start our day with fairies in the rainforest who are about to meet their first humans and end with the story of a football team that embraced challenges and change to triumph with a perfect season. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Intermediate Excel 2010

A more advanced Excel class, great for work or school projects. Learn custom sorting and conditional formatting to make sense of your data. Create eye-catching tables, charts and graphs. Prerequisite: Beginning Excel or previous experience with Excel. Join us Thursday, August 29th from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out with The Princess Bride

After you've spent your day celebrating the launch of Connect Your Summer 2013, have fun storming the castle with this family-friendly fractured fairy tale! We'll show the movie. We'll provide the popcorn. All we need is your love for dread pirates, fireswamp adventures, battles (of strength, agility and wit), rodents of unusual size and "twue wuv"!

And don't forget to stop by the Geek Out table during the CYS kickoff and complete a Nerd Knowledge quiz! Completed quizzes can be put into a drawing for summer movie passes from Goodrich Theaters. We'll select and announce the winner just before the movie starts! Join us in the Community Room on Monday, June 17 at 7:00 PM for the first in our Movie Mondays summer film series!

Movie Mondays: My Mitten

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 1st, we will celebrate our state with a special MY MITTEN movie: a film shot in Marquette, MI and written by a native Michigander. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Geek Out & Sleuth It

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 22, we will both GEEK OUT and SLEUTH IT. We'll start our day with a video game bad guy who wants to play the hero and end with a backwards tale about a man who can't remember much-and has the tattoos to prove it. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Chow Down & Curtains Up

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, July 29, we will CHOW DOWN with the CURTAINS UP. We'll start our day with a Parisian mouse who dreams of great food and end the evening with a song. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.

Movie Mondays: Be Creative

Join us each Monday to beat the heat and enjoy fun films in our Community Room! Each week we'll fill the day with films for kids, adults, or the whole family!

Monday, August 5, we will celebrate our final Movie Monday by with films about BEing CREATIVE. We will begin our day exploring the 2nd Dimension and end it with a look at London's most elusive and intriguing street artist. You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs if you like.