Here are 100 ways to Kick Off Your Summer

  1. Put a Library Lover sign in your yard.
  2. Color on our CYS Community Mural.
  3. Read a book set in Detroit.
  4. Write a Michigan haiku.
  5. Read a book about Yak and Gnu
  6. Learn how to make cheese.
  7. Check out some funny pages
  8. Listen to stories in our Wings of Wonder butterfly garden.
  9. Brush up on your knowledge of our Presidents.
  10. Visit us at the Canton Farmer’s Market.
  11. Learn to read the signs of nature.
  12. Pretend to be a Grown-Up.
  13. Listen to music from the ‘60s. Or ‘70s. Or anytime in the past.
  14. Binge watch horror movies.
  15. Nurture your green thumb.
  16. Share your dream with us.
  17. Solve a murder mystery.
  18. Pursue something trivial.
  19. Bust a yoga move.
  20. Join a Friendly group.
  21. Read about sports teams from the City of Champions.
  22. Sing along with a Tony Award-winning soundtrack.
  23. Find the rebel alliance at CPL.
  24. Make Ice Pops.
  25. Go mad for movies.
  26. Explore shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
  27. Join in on a book discussion.
  28. Improve your Excel skills.
  29. Check out the MAP and hit the road with your library card.
  30. Research your ancestry.
  31. Create a fairy lantern.
  32. Laugh your socks off.
  33. Travel to another world.
  34. Read through someone else’s eyes.
  35. Take your tastebuds on a trip.
  36. Dive into graphic novels themed around food.
  37. Get crafty with these home project books.
  38. Cast your vote in CPL’s Decision 2016.
  39. Earn 12 badges by reading Manga.
  40. Capture a Wild Badge.
  41. Connect with CPL on social media.
  42. Get eLectrified with a Zinio magazine.
  43. Play Animal Lover bingo.
  44. Grab some friends and start a book club.  
  45. Dominate the Dewey Decimal system.
  46. Geek out over classic storybooks.
  47. Take a selfie with Chewbacca.
  48. Read a memoir. Then write your own.
  49. Tag us on social media with #CYSReturnoftheFun
  50. Read a local newspaper article from the day you were born.
  51. Find a job or read about one.
  52. Discover how mummies were made.
  53. Re-read an old favorite.
  54. Race through the streets of Rio de Janeiro in Forza Motorsport 6.
  55. Read one of roughly 200 mystery books about cats.
  56. Play some Dungeons & Dragons
  57. Listen to that catchy Zootopia song on your phone.
  58. Take a creative writing class online.
  59. Burst into song with musicals for every badge.
  60. Read about a modern-day hero.
  61. Check out a book on constellations, then go stare at the night sky. Then read The End of Night.
  62. Tell a librarian a joke.
  63. Scour Cook’s Illustrated for a new cheesecake recipe.  
  64. Help put together a puzzle.
  65. Try to love spiders (it’s not easy!)
  66. Make a pet toy for your furry friend.
  67. Go meatless on Monday
  68. Cheer up a Toilet
  69. Brush up on your Constitution with this graphic adaptation.
  70. Read a Challenged Book. Read several.
  71. Read a story you loved as a child out loud to someone who has never read it.
  72. Check out a storytime kit and put on a storytime for some kids. Or your friends.
  73. Interloan a book from another library.
  74. Follow Thorndyke’s reading progress. Follow his blog.
  75. Sign up for our enewsletter to get Library News all summer long.
  76. Be inspired by others’ Connect Your Summer experiences.
  77. Read a Shakespearean play. If you’re feeling dramatic, act out a scene at the puppet stage.
  78. Say hello to our fish.
  79. Download the Mango app to your phone and tell your kids it’s a game.
  80. Read without words.
  81. Change your life with some magic.
  82. Let someone else read you a story.
  83. Bike to the library for a program.
  84. Check out a book on ducks, then read it near the pond.
  85. Travel the state without leaving home.
  86. Use a May We Suggest reading list to discover your new favorite book.
  87. Read about Ben Franklin, or his lesser-known correspondent.
  88. Reuse your dinnerware.
  89. Game your way through the eLectrified path.
  90. Read a new book about something old.
  91. Decide for yourself—man or myth?
  92. Eat your way through history.
  93. Enjoy movies about math. Yes, really.
  94. Raise a glass to Michigan brews.
  95. Earn a quick badge with a short book.
  96. Take a coast-to-coast tour of America.
  97. Road trip! Via film.
  98. Or read a road trip.
  99. Learn about Michigan critters.
  100. Visit the library every day for programs, activities and fun.

Canton Township will be making ADA improvements to the library’s sidewalk curbs by easing the grade of the slopes, adding red concrete inserts and adding a crosswalk between the township building and the library.

At least one driveway will be accessible for patrons during construction. Please drive carefully and observe posted detour information. Work is expected to be initiated in August. For reference of the work area, view the attached map.

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

The special Dreamer Badge for our Connect Your Summer program is now active through June 25th. Claim your badge by reading about a real person who achieved their dreams!

As a boy, John James Audubon loved to watch birds. In 1804, at the age of eighteen, he moved from his home in France to Pennsylvania. There he took a particular interest in peewee flycatchers. While observing these birds, John James became determined to answer a pair of two-thousand-year-old questions: Where do small birds go in the winter, and do they return to the same nest in the spring?.

An introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Dare the wind by Tracey E Fern

Describes how Ellen Prentiss received sailing lessons from her father during childhood, married a ship captain, and helped set a world speed record during the Gold Rush era.

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

The special Dreamer Badge for our Connect Your Summer program is now active through June 25th. Here are some suggestions for movies you can watch to claim your badge.

Barbie magically comes to life in this modern adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann classic. The tale begins when Barbie, playing the role of Clara, receives a beautiful wooden Nutcracker as a gift from her favorite aunt. That night, while Clara sleeps, the Nutcracker springs to life to ward off the evil Mouse King who has invaded Clara's parlor. She awakes and aids the Nutcracker, but the Mouse King shrinks her by casting an evil spell.

Marty Bronson raises his son and daughter on his own. He has to sell his homey motel to Barry Nottingham who promises to make Marty's son manager. But, Nottingham pulls down the motel and builds a pricey hotel. Now grown up, Marty's son, Skeeter, works as a janitor and general servant. He still dreams of becoming the manager. When Nottingham announces a brand-new hotel, built on an existing school's property, he makes his future son-in-law, Kendall, manager. Skeeter's sister Wendy, has to leave town for a job interview and asks him to alternate looking after her two children Patrick and Bobbi, with Wendy's colleague, Jill. He doesn't get along with either Jill or the children, but his easy-going attitude loosens them all up. He starts telling the children bedtime stories and the children grow fond of him. They make suggestions about how the stories should go. When the stories become true in real life, Skeeter tries to maneuver the stories into a direction which will make his dream come true, too.

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

When Abigail Iris finally gets the new kitten she has been wanting, she learns about the responsibilities that come with pet ownership, as well as the impact a kitten can have on a large family like hers.

Amelia Bedelia goes wild! by Herman Parish

"Amelia Bedelia is sick the day her class goes to visit the zoo. She doesn't want to be left out, so she comes up with a brilliant idea--she'll create a zoo in her backyard, using all her classmates' pets. But she doesn't know exactly how to tell her parents about her great plan"--.

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Canary in the coal mine by Madelyn Rosenberg

Tired of his twelve-hour shifts and facing danger daily, Bitty, a canary whose courage more than makes up for his small size, treks to the state capital to try to improve working conditions in coal mines.

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

Make something new out of something old! These books feature earth-friendly crafts made out of recycled materials.

Provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for nine eco-friendly craft projects that can be made from old wrappers, cans, and bottles, including picture frames, origami cranes, a ring, and others.

Provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for nine eco-friendly craft projects that can be made from old t-shirts, including dog toys, a bag, a rug, and others.

Step-by-step instructions for crafts made from old jeans and information about reusing and recycling.

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

When a valuable painting is stolen from a local art museum, fourth-grade super-sleuth Joe Sherlock investigates, aided by his sister, Hailey.

Better Nate than ever by Tim Federle

An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T".

The Blackhope enigma by Teresa Flavin

Fourteeen-year-old Sunni, her stepbrother Dean, and an art-student friend trace the footsteps of a labyrinth built in Blackhope Tower by a mysterious and brilliant sixteenth-century artist, and suddenly find themselves trapped inside his enchanted painting, trying desperately to get out.

Charlotte in New York by Joan Knight

In 1894, Charlotte records in a journal her impressions of a family trip from Giverney, France to New York, where her father's paintings will be featured in an exhibition. Includes biographical sketches of painters and reproductions of artworks.

Tracing paper's evolution from antiquity to the present, the bestselling author of Cod and Salt challenges common assumptions about technology's influence, affirming that paper is here to stay. Paper will be the commodity history that guides us forward and illuminates our times.

This intimate memoir by an American GI who served in Vietnam offers a powerful narrative for readers with an interest in the effects of war and violence, American involvement in Vietnam and how trauma can be a catalyst for transformation.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your E-lectrified, On the Scene, and Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Do you think that completing all 36 badges in the Connect Your Summer program is impossible for adults? While it can be daunting, a good strategy makes it totally doable. Here are some tips from experienced CYS participants, who have completed the 36 badge challenge numerous times.

  1. Now is not the time to read War and Peace. Look for short books, like these.
  2. Always carry a book with you. Ten minutes waiting for soccer practice to end can turn into ten minutes of reading time.
  3. Find a book with lots of pictures.
  4. Or a book that is all pictures. It's not cheating--it's a Graphic Novel.
  5. Listen to a book. It's entertaining and you can claim an e-Lectrified badge.
  6. Set aside some time to read every day. Maybe a half hour in the morning, or while you eat lunch.
  7. Try a Young Adult title. Good content, quick reads and you might relate to your teenager better.
  8. Have two or three books available. That way if you aren't in the mood for one, you can read a different one.
  9. Make good use of the recommended lists for each badge.
  10. Download a book to your phone or tablet so you always have a book with you.
  11. Find a book your family will enjoy and take turns reading out loud. That counts, even if you are reading a children's book.
  12. Try something different, like poetry, perhaps, or short stories.
  13. Read something that can help you professionally. Bill Gates likes these, and he seems to do okay for himself.
  14. Magazines! Grab one off the shelf, or check out one of the 175 or so available online with Zinio.
  15. Plan a weekly trip to the library and attend a program or complete an On the Scene activity.
  16. Participate in the Big Library Read and combine an e-book with a book discussion, all online.
  17. Browse our Short Story collection to find a quick read.
  18. Use library materials to inspire a daily chore, like cooking dinner. You have to eat anyway, right?
  19. Challenge someone to participate with you. Motivate each other, attend programs together, or trade reading suggestions.
  20. Don't procrastinate. And don't give up. The final day to claim badges is August 17: plan accordingly.
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

The Big Library Read is a “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook at the same time. The 2016 summer selection is: A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain.  The program runs from June 23 through July 7, and during this time OverDrive offers unlimited checkouts on the title. With no waiting list, you can  check the book out today!

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