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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.

Read a Fascinating Medical History about Henrietta Lacks

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot —  While this started out slow, and bogged down periodically, the story is complex and fascinating, and must have been very difficult to piece together. Skloot tackles not just medical history and the evolution of many ethical issues involved in experimentation, but threads Henrietta and her family's story throughout, detailing Henrietta's history to the extent it seems known, and portraying both Henrietta's human and cellular descendants. I was engrossed from beginning to end.

Watched Brave (Scotland!)

Brave [videodisc] by produced by Katherine Sarafian ; screenplay by Mark Andrews ... [et al.] ; directed by Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman — One of my favorite recent Disney movies, set in Scotland.

Investigated the Family Tree

I used to see if I could find any information on my husband's family. It's kind of fun!

Hugged a kitten


Read a Geeky Science Book

Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Brian Biggs — Loved this chapter book about a science fair, two self-building (or something like that) robots, and a nemesis bent on stealing both the robots and the fair prize. Delightful illustrations by Brian Biggs.

I Read The House on the Cliff

This book was the second one in the Hardy Boys, and I found it to be amazing. The suspense and twisting plot is exactly what I love in a mystery book.

I figured out map how to get to NY

I watched Scooby Doo Mystery

I love my family trip to NY

Searched about places in MI I could visit

Did the poem


Finished the worksheet

Watched a video of George Melies's movie

Finished sheet/hunt

Read "Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life" by Dani Shapiro

I have spent most of my professional life writing for business (public relations, advertising and marketing), but I aspire to write for fun (fiction and/or poetry), so I could relate well to the author's memoirs of her writing.

Listened to "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" audiobook by Kate Atkinson

This story is set mostly in England, but its characters also show up in Australia and Scotland. It spans three generations of women, from pre-WWII to 1992. I enjoyed Atkinson's recent novel "Life After Life" and decided to go back and check out some of her earlier works. Next on my list: "Case Histories."

I made a t-shirt at the family tie-dye event.

I also went to a Marvel Super Hero event at Barnes and Noble and learned about super hero movies.

Checked out the Pure Michigan magazine on Zinio