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Thorndyke and Stormtrooper

Take a selfie with Thorndyke to earn your Geek Out badge.

Up the geek factor by wearing something geeky or bringing a lightsaber to hold while you snap your photo. To be eligible for prize opportunities, share your selfie on social media with the #CYSreturnofthefun hashtag, and don’t forget to claim your Geek Out badge online and submit a ticket at the CYS Command Center near the Self Service Area. (Don’t have a camera? See someone at the children’s desk.)

All prize drawing winners will be notified by email. The last day to claim badges is Wednesday, August 17. Visit www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more badges to earn through the summer.

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Girl with Fish

Show your love for all animals by stopping by to say hello to our fish. If you're really into showing your love, you might share your favorite book with them. The fish are great listeners.

Don’t forget to claim your Animal Lover On-the-Scene badge online to be eligible for a prize drawing. All prize drawing winners will be notified by email. The last day to claim badges is Wednesday, August 17. Visit www.cantonpl.org/connect-your-summer to find more badges to earn through the summer.

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If you're looking to earn your eLectrified My Mitten badge, look no further than our databases page, which features a lengthy list of amazing online resources. Some require a Canton library card to access from home, but all can be explored here at the library. Check out the Canton resources for local information, or try the Seeking Michigan database for Michigan history.

In addition to the 52 standard badges you can earn all summer long by participating in Connect Your Summer, we will be featuring 5 "wild badges" which will be available for a limited time only. Be sure to check back throughout the summer, or else you might miss one!

The first wild badge of the summer is the Early Bird badge, which you earn by claiming any badge prior to the CYS Kickoff party on Monday, June 20th. That's right-claim a badge between June 1st and June 19th, and you'll get an addition chance to win a prize with the Early Bird badge.

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"A host of animals portrays all kinds of non-traditional families"--.

A young boy faces adversity from classmates when he wears an orange dress at school.

This day in June by Gayle E Pitman

"A picture book illustrating a Pride parade. The endmatter serves as a primer on LGBT history and culture and explains the references made in the story"--.

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Presents the story of a transgender child who traces her early awareness that she is a girl in spite of male anatomy and the acceptance she finds through a wise doctor who explains her natural transgender status.

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These books feature GLBTQIA characters and are for adult readers. 

Adam by Ariel Schrag

"When Adam Freedman--a skinny, immature, and lackluster high school student from Piedmont, California--is sent by his parents to join his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the Summer of 2006--the year of gay marriage demonstrations and the rise of transgender rights--and Casey has thrust herself into New York's fringe lesbian, sexual, and political scene. Accustomed to being a social misfit, Adam now finds himself part of a wild subculture complete with underground clubs, drinking, and friendly women who take a surprisingly intense interest in him. It takes some time for him to realize many in this new crowd assume he is transgendered--a boy who was born a girl--or else why would he always be around? But then he meets Gillian, the girl of his dreams. If only she weren't a lesbian! And if only she didn't believe he was really (sort of) a girl. Ariel Schrag's scathingly funny and poignant debut novel puts a fresh spin on questions of love, attraction, self-definition, and what it takes to be at home in your own skin"--.

The paying guests by Sarah Waters

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

Mr. Loverman : a novel by Bernardine Evaristo
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Seabiscuit : an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand

"The Eighty-Dollar Champion tells the dramatic odyssey of a horse called Snowman, saved from the slaughterhouse by a young Dutch farmer named Harry. Together, Harry and Snowman went on to become America's show-jumping champions, winning first prize in Madison Square Garden. Set in the mid to late 1950s, this book captures the can-do spirit of a Cold War immigrant who believed--and triumphed"--.

"Throughout history, people have loved, owned and ridden horses. They fascinate us, and we are drawn to books like The Horse Whisperer, events like The Kentucky Derby, and movies like Steven Spielberg's War Horse. Owners and non-horse owners alike have also discovered the amazing abilities of horses to help us heal and recover from disabling physical and mental conditions such as autism and multiple sclerosis by participating in Equine Therapy. Men and women afflicted with severe emotional damage are healing and making dramatic recoveries by receiving the simple love, understanding and acceptance that comes from establishing a relationship with a horse. The unique message of Riding Home is two-fold. It is the first and only book to explain why horses have this remarkable ability to heal and positively transform emotionally wounded men and women, whether they be troubled teens, prison inmates, or war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. On a societal level, it offers a powerful argument for the expansion of equine programs that accomplish what many organizations that utilize traditional methods of psychotherapy and pharmaceuticals have been unable to achieve. To have a relationship with a horse is to discover and know yourself and the world with truth and compassion. Horses help us discover hidden parts of ourselves. They teach us that when we're not getting what we want, we're the ones who need to change"--.

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