This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Geek Out: On the Scene badge.
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Need to earn your Geek Out On-the-Scene badge? Try our geeky crossword challenge.

Visit our Connect Your Summer Command Center and pick up a Rebels in the Library handout. Use the clues to find a location in the library where one of the Rebels is hiding. Write the name of the Star Wars character in the crossword. When you're done, don't forget to submit your completed crossword in the drop box. Make sure your email address is legible: all prize winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Earn your Game On On-the-Scene badge this summer by working on one of our puzzles. Find an easier puzzle in the Children's Department, and a harder one in the Adult Department near the Hold Shelf.

Once you've added your pieces, log in to Connect Your Summer online to claim your Game On On-the-Scene badge. While you're there, you can find more ways to earn badges and have fun with your library this summer.

The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Stop by our Connect Your Summer Command Center and add to our CYS Coloring Mural. All supplies are located near the front window. Once you've made your creative contribution, log in to Connect Your Summer online to claim your Be Creative On-the-Scene badge. While you're there, you can find more ways to earn badges and have fun with your library this summer.

The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your My Mitten: On the Scene badge.
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"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words." -Edgar Allan Poe

Create your own poetical rhythm by submitting a Michigan Haiku to earn your My Mitten On-the-Scene badge. Find the submission form on the spinner rack in our Connect Your Summer Command Center. If you need some poetical inspiration, browse the nonfiction shelves between 808 and 812.

Your finished haiku can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: On the Scene badge.
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Go on a quirky roadtrip right inside the library. Grab one of our Roadside USA matching quizzes from the Connect Your Summer Command Center. Match the roadside attraction with its location in the contiguous United States.

Your finished matching game can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

For more road trip information, check these resources:

Contains a map of the United States and simple road maps of each of the fifty states as well as Washington D.C., and includes facts, state symbols, roadside attractions, games, and more.

Go, go America by Dan Yaccarino

A collection of odd facts, including festivals, contests, and laws,about the states of the United States.

"Each of the fifty states is represented by important people, ideas, and events in the history of the United States"--Provided by publisher.

The Winners Are...

The winners of the 2016 Agatha and Edgar awards have been announced.  The awards are to materials published during the calendar year 2015 (January 1 - December 31).  A complete list of the winners and nominees are available on Malice Domestic's (Agatha Christie Award) and the Mystery Writers of America's (Edgar Allan Poe Award) websites.  

Agatha Awards

Long upon the land by Margaret Maron
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, returns to Colleton County with an exciting new Deborah Knott mystery . . . LONG UPON THE LAND On a quiet August morning, Judge Deborah Knott's father Kezzie makes a shocking discovery on a remote corner of his farm: the body of a man bludgeoned to death. Investigating this crime, Deborah's husband, Sheriff's Deputy Dwight Bryant, soon uncovers a long-simmering hostility between Kezzie and the slain man over a land dispute. The local newspaper implies that Deborah's family may have had something to do with the murder-and that Dwight is dragging his feet on the case. Meanwhile, Deborah is given a cigarette lighter that once belonged to her mother. The cryptic inscription inside rekindles Deborah's curiosity about her parents' past, and how they met. For years she has wondered how the daughter of a wealthy attorney could have married a widowed, semi-illiterate bootlegger, and this time she's determined to find the answer. But why are Deborah's brothers so reluctant to talk about the dead man? Is the murder linked to Kezzie's illegal whiskey business? And could his courtship of Deborah's mother have something to do with the bad blood between the two families? Despite Deborah's promise not to interfere in Dwight's work, she cannot stop herself from doing everything she can to help clear her brothers and her father from suspicion . . .

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Chow Down: On the Scene badge.
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Test your nutrition knowledge with our food group matching game. Grab a copy from our activity spinner in our Connect Your Summer Command Center. Can't quite make your meal match up? Check out choosemyplate.gov or look for more resources in our catalog by searching for "myplate".  

Your finished matching game can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The last day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Chow Down: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Stop by our Connect Your Summer Command Center and grab a food quiz. Test your culinary knowledge by matching key ingredients to their recipe name. Coming up blank? Try looking in our cookbook sections between 641.5 and 641.9 for some hints.

Your finished food quiz can be submitted in the drop box in the CYS Command Center. Don't forget to include your email address. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email.

Check www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more ways to earn badges. The final day to earn badges is Wednesday, August 17.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm badge.
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What if WWI was fought with genetically altered animals? What if rock and roll started in Victorian England, or the X-Men were around in the 16th century? What if, what if, what if? These books ask the hard questions, and then try to figure out how history would have progressed, had just one thing changed.

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.... Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly--but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family's spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library's service. When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life--and soon both heretics and books will burn....

Marvel 1602 / by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's vision of the Marvel Universe in the year 1602 The year is 1602, and strange things are stirring in England. In the service of Queen Elizabeth, court magician Dr. Stephen Strange senses that the bizarre weather plaguing the skies above is not of natural origin. Her majesty's premier spy, Sir Nicholas Fury, fends off an assassination attempt on the Queen by winged warriors rumored to be in service to a mad despot named Doom. News is spreading of witchbreed sightings - young men bearing fantastic superhuman powers and abilities. And in the center of the rising chaos is Virginia Dare, a young girl newly arrived from the New World, guarded by a towering Indian warrior. Can Fury and his allies find a connection to these unusual happenings before the whole world ends? In Marvel 1602, award-winning writer Neil Gaiman presents a unique vision of the Marvel Universe set four hundred years in the past. Daredevil appear in this intriguing world of 17th- century science and sorcery, instantly familiar to readers, yet subtly different in this new time. Marvel 1602 combines classic Marvel action and adventure with the historically accurate setting of Queen Elizabeth's reign to create a unique series unlike any other published by Marvel Comics

Song of the slums by Richard Harland

In the slums of Brummingham, where a new type of music is taking shape, classically-trained Astor must survive in a world where rock music reigns, and she learns to depend on her former servant Verrol, who has a mysterious past.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

For almost 35 years, The Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction has been given annually to an U.S. author for a meritorious book of historical fiction set in the Americas  and published in the previous year for children or young adults. Here are some of the previous winners. Named after the award's founder, acclaimed author of Island of the Blue Dolphins and other books, the award was intended to encourage writers to focus on historical fiction and increase the interest of young readers in how the country was shaped. For a complete listing, you can visit the award's website

 

The hired girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family's farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911.

Dash by Kirby Larson

When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

"It's the 1920s, and Bo was headed for an Alaska orphanage when she won the hearts of two tough gold miners who set out to raise her, enthusiastically helped by all the kind people of the nearby Eskimo village"--.

The story continues in the sequel, Bo at Iditarod Creek.

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