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The extraordinary true story of the downfall of one of England's wealthiest families. When the sixth Earl Fitzwilliam died in 1902, he left behind the second largest estate in twentieth-century England -- a lifeline to the tens of thousands of people who worked either in the family's coal mines or on their expansive estate. The earl also left behind four sons, and the family line seemed assured. But was it?

The American Library Association recognizes June as GLBT Book Month. Check out a picture book that explores the lives of the GLBT community.  

Red : a crayon's story by Michael Hall

Red's factory-applied label clearly says that he is red, but despite the best efforts of his teacher, fellow crayons and art supplies, and family members, he cannot seem to do anything right until a new friend offers a fresh perspective.

Stella brings the family by Miriam B Schiffer

Stella brings her two fathers to school to celebrate Mother's Day.

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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Read one of these autobiographies by some of your favorite musicians.

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Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

Dramatization of the life of Christy Brown, an artist paralyzed by cerebral palsy.

17-year-old Griet must work to support her family, so she becomes a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer, where she attracts the master painter's attention. He is commissioned to paint Griet, and the result is one of the greatest paintings ever created.

The life of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

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A courtoom drama of premeditated murder as a jealous army lieutenant pleads innocent to murdering the rapist of his beautiful wife. Based on the book by Robert Traver. Set in the Upper Peninsula.

A  young couple hoping to improve both their health and their marriage, visits the spa/hospital founded and run by the inventor of corn flakes, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. He may know his breakfast food, but some of his ideas about physical fitness are a little strange.Set in Battle Creek.

1970s, Flint, Michigan. Jackie Moon is a former pop sensation who somehow made enough money from a couple of hit records to buy Flint's semi-pro basketball team, the Tropics. The team consists of a bunch of disorganized losers with one genuine talent named Coffee Black. Despite knowing little about the game, Jackie is the Tropics' coach as well as a player. His greater love involves coming up with bizarre marketing stunts to draw in an audience. His stunts include wrestling a bear and attempting a motorcycle jump over a line of cheerleaders. When the league plans to merge with the NBA and in order to survive, the Tropics must do the seemingly impossible - win. Set in Flint.

A group of trivia-obsessed grad students take a shot at a citywide trivia tournament. Set in Ann Arbor.

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Some of my favorite albums from the 1960s not by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, or Bob Dylan.

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Join us July 13th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room while we play the Steam version of the Tell Tale game Tales from the Borderlands. Registration is open to patrons 18 and older.

 

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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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