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 voted for dandelion, not only because it's the underdog, but also because I feel it gets a bum rap for being a "weed." A field of yellow dandelions in bloom is a beautiful sight!
The invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in words and pictures by Brian Selznick — The first time I tried to read this, I had a hard time flipping between the illustrated sections and the text. But so many people had recommended this one that I felt I had to try again. And it was worth it. Hugo is an orphan living in a train station who keeps the clocks running. He is also trying to solve the mystery of this automaton - a mechanical man who looks like he has a message to write out, if only he was functioning. Hugo tries to fix the automaton, and gets swept up in another mystery. This was a thrilling tale of clockwork, the early days of movies, and a young boy.
Though it isn't the largest, Canton's Farmers Market is one of the best around! It's open every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm (however, it's closed July 7 for the holiday) and is located at Preservation Park in Cherry Hill Village. All food, arts, crafts and other items sold at the market must be grown or made in Michigan. I really enjoy buying locally grown produce and farm fresh eggs, asking the Master Gardeners questions, checking out the food demonstrations by Michigan chefs, talking with the farmers about my own backyard "crops," and listening to the live music on the front porch of the historic Bartlett-Travis House. There are also activities for the kids (including storytimes hosted by Canton Public Library!) and opportunities to tour the historic farm equipment on site. Something for everyone!
The movie takes place not long before the U.S. sent its troops to Europe during WWII, and FDR is hosting King Albert and Queen Elizabeth at his retreat home he called Hyde Park on Hudson. Much of the movie centers on FDR's relationship with his mistress Daisy.