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Badges from 2013

The following experiences were added by patrons like you as they participate in Connect Your Summer. You can also see experience photos in a gallery and check out what people are reading to earn their badges.

I read The Phantom Tollbooth

I worked on my math packet

I played checkers with my best friend

I played chess with my best friend

I played checkers

I played chess online

I played Basketball

I played Basketball

I played with my friends

I played with my friends

I biked a few miles with my friends at 10 P.M.

I biked a few miles with my friends at 10 P.M.

My son and I read The Barnyard Banter.

My son and I played with Legos.

He is learning that he can pull apart the blocks!

I made a robot rover with a perfect pivot

My toddler son and I explored flowering plants in our neighborhood.

He touched daffodils for the first time. We also stopped to smell the roses- literally!

Read a Graphic Novel about Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller

I read a book to earn this badge: 
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller

Annie Sullivan and the trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert ; with an introduction by TK — If I knew nothing of either Annie Sullivan or Helen Keller, this might not have been the best first choice to find out, but the graphic format is very creative. I was especially impressed with how the illustrator alternated between Annie Sullivan (with full color and detail) and Helen Keller (beginning with more basic colors and very little detail, but as she learned more words, the pictures also became more rich). My biggest complaint is the skipping around - at times it was hard to tell where in Annie and Helen's timeline the story was taking place. There were multiple flashbacks into Annie's young life, which gave some nice insight, but created a very non-linear story.

Read the Memoir that Inspired Downton Abbey (among others)

I read a book to earn this badge: 
Below Stairs by Margaret Powell

Below stairs: the classic kitchen maid's memoir that inspired "Upstairs, downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" by Margaret Powell — A very conversational memoir of a kitchen maid turned cook in the early half of the twentieth century. Margaret Powell is frank and entertaining while she relates growing up in poverty, beginning to earn a wage, and finding a husband. It's easy to see how this inspired the creators of Upstairs Downstairs, Gosford Park, and Downton Abbey.

Upstairs, downstairs. The complete first season, Volumes 1 & 2 [videodisc] by London Weekend Television

Upstairs, downstairs [videodisc] by BBC Cymru Wales

Gosford Park [videodisc] by USA Films presents in association with Capitol Films and the Film Council a Sandcastle 5 production in association with Chicagofilms and Medusa Film


I read a book to earn this badge: 
Miss Ocean Shores by Erica David


I read a book to earn this badge: 
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. My favorite author.