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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.

Went on a walk

I made cottage cheese pancakes for my mom's birthday.

played in the woods at a park

went to a botanical garden

My neighbor Sandy and I started walking 5 days a week.

I am growing tomatoes and green peppers from seeds this year!


I read a book to earn this badge: 
The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. I like to eat chocolae, too.

Filled up a Love It heart

George R.R. Martin.

Took an hour long walk

Warm and muggy but at least the breeze helped during my walk from my neighborhood to my dad's.

did library scavenger hunt

Call me irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I read a book to earn this badge: 
Call me irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I read a book

I read a book to earn this badge: 
I read ' Missing Grace"
American girl Kit loses her dog, Grace as one person moves into her house. She does not like dogs and Grace has to sleep out of the house. Kit has a great adventure while finding Grace.

Read a book.

I read a book to earn this badge: 
Amelia's Best Year Ever By Marissa Moss
A year won't be everything you want it to be.

Played with my newest grand "fur" kid-a St. Bernard!

Went to a Tiger's game!

Taped an I ❤ Barbara Kingsolver ❤ to the Help Desk

Barbara Kingsolver is my all-time favorite author. She is a master storyteller, and you can't help but become fully immersed in the lives of the characters she so vividly "paints" with words. I've read and enjoyed both her fiction and non-fiction works. Her latest novel, Flight Behavior, written with a global climate change perspective, did not disappoint! If I had to choose favorites, they would include The Bean Trees (her debut novel), The Poisonwood Bible, and Prodigal Summer, along with her nonfiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which inspired me to become an even bigger advocate for 'locavore' eating, or striving to obtain most of your food from local sources, such as farmers, growers and producers within 100 miles of home. I would prefer to call myself a "Michivore," which expands the 100-mile rule to the entire state of Michigan! 

Read The Villa of Mysteries

I read a book to earn this badge: 
The Villa of Mysteries by David Hewson
The Villa of Mysteries is the sequel to A Season for the Dead, both starring Roman detective Nic Costa. As in the first novel, Roman history shapes the crimes and solutions to the story and Nic continues to struggle against the corrupt powers of the city in order to achieve justice.

Traveled to Muskegon/Lake Mi

Though we went to Muskegon for my nephew's graduation party, I couldn't resist a brief side trip to the beach and Lake Michigan. It's been a few years since we've been to the Lake Michigan shoreline; almost forgot how gorgeous it is. The beach in Muskegon has pristine, fine white sand, and the water was clean and positively sparkling in the afternoon sun

tofee cake cookies

I read a book to earn this badge: 
ngredients 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine , softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs 1-1/3 cups (8 oz. pkg.) HEATH BITS 'O BRICKLE Toffee Bits Directions 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. 2 Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in toffee bits. 3 Drop by rounded teaspoons onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.