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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!

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.

Michigan Reads! Books for Kids

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects a special book for its 'Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book' program. These books are great for sharing with preschoolers and other members of the family! This summer, earn your My Mitten badge by checking out some of the great book selections from this program.

2013:

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski ; illustrated by Lee Harper

2012:

Moose on the loose by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

2011:

Memoirs of a goldfish by Devin Scillian ; and illustrated by Tim Bowers

2010:

The runaway garden: a delicious story that's good for you, too! by Jeffery L. Schatzer ; illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler

2009:

The pout-pout fish by Deborah Diesen ; pictures by Dan Hanna

2008:

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!

Children's Fiction Set in Michigan

Ellie McDoodle: have pen, will travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

Mom for mayor by Nancy Edwards ; illustrated by Michael Chesworth

Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor

Gator on the loose! by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

Hidden by Helen Frost

The batboy by Mike Lupica

Children's Historical Fiction Set in Michigan

Travel back in time to various points in Michigan history with these historical fiction novels:

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

The locked garden by Gloria Whelan

The sign of the sinister sorcerer by Brad Strickland

The shadow of the wolf by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Tony Meers

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

Michigan Myths, Legends & Folklore for Kids

Have you ever wondered how the Sleeping Bear Dunes got their name? Or how Mackinac Island came to be? If so, check out these books on Michigan myths, legends, and folklore and earn your 'My Mitten' badge.

The legend of the Petoskey stone by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Leelanau by written by Kathy-Jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of sleeping bear by text by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter

'My Mitten' Kids Craft Day

K-5th Graders: Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Purple Room for a special Michigan-themed craft day! There will be a variety of Michigan crafts to choose from that celebrate many of the great things, from birds to lighthouses, that our state has to offer.

Made in Detroit Movie Night

To coincide with the 312th anniversary of the founding of Detroit, the library will be screening the 2012 documentary, Detropia, on Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room. The documentary, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, focuses on Detroit's economic decline and its impact on the city and its residents. Join us on July 24 for Detroit-made refreshments and an eye-opening look at the city of Detroit.

Storytime at Canton Farmer's Market

Canton Farmers MarketThis summer, CPL staff will once again be visiting our local Canton Farmers Market to host special storytime and craft sessions. The farmers market is open from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and storytimes will take place at 10:30 AM and noon. We hope to see you there on the following dates (all ages welcome):

STEM Program Series Update

Calling all 2nd-5th graders! We still have spots available in our Engineering Extravaganza on Tuesday, May 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room.  Sign up today, and see if you have what it takes to design the tallest structure out of edible, everyday materials!   

STEM Program Series: Engineering Extravaganza

2nd-5th Graders: Join us Tuesday, May 21 from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room for our last STEM program in our 4-part series. Try your hand at our exciting engineering challenge and learn about some of the amazing things engineers do for us!

STEM Program Series: Pop Bottle Planters

2nd-5th Graders: Join us Tuesday, April 16th from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Purple Room to celebrate the start of Earth Week 2013 by building your own plant terrarium out of recycled materials.  Plant yummy herbs and/or beautiful flowers in a portable garden that you can take home, and enjoy a dirt-tastic dessert! 

Lego Ninjago Party

Calling all Lego Ninjago fans ages 6-10!  Join us Friday, April 5th from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Community Room for a special 'Masters of Spinjitzu' program filled with ninja crafts, games, and special treats.  Registration is limited to the first 30 kids, so use your super ninja stealth and sign up today!  
[Ninjago ninja glider close-up by cbcd04 is liscenced under CC BY-SA 2.0.]