100 Ways to Kick Off Your Summer

Here are 100 ways to Kick Off Your Summer

  1. Put a Library Lover sign in your yard.
  2. Color on our CYS Community Mural.
  3. Read a book set in Detroit.
  4. Write a Michigan haiku.
  5. Read a book about Yak and Gnu
  6. Learn how to make cheese.
  7. Check out some funny pages
  8. Listen to stories in our Wings of Wonder butterfly garden.
  9. Brush up on your knowledge of our Presidents.
  10. Visit us at the Canton Farmer’s Market.
  11. Learn to read the signs of nature.
  12. Pretend to be a Grown-Up.
  13. Listen to music from the ‘60s. Or ‘70s. Or anytime in the past.
  14. Binge watch horror movies.
  15. Nurture your green thumb.
  16. Share your dream with us.
  17. Solve a murder mystery.
  18. Pursue something trivial.
  19. Bust a yoga move.
  20. Join a Friendly group.
  21. Read about sports teams from the City of Champions.
  22. Sing along with a Tony Award-winning soundtrack.
  23. Find the rebel alliance at CPL.
  24. Make Ice Pops.
  25. Go mad for movies.
  26. Explore shipwrecks of the Great Lakes.
  27. Join in on a book discussion.
  28. Improve your Excel skills.
  29. Check out the MAP and hit the road with your library card.
  30. Research your ancestry.
  31. Create a fairy lantern.
  32. Laugh your socks off.
  33. Travel to another world.
  34. Read through someone else’s eyes.
  35. Take your tastebuds on a trip.
  36. Dive into graphic novels themed around food.
  37. Get crafty with these home project books.
  38. Cast your vote in CPL’s Decision 2016.
  39. Earn 12 badges by reading Manga.
  40. Capture a Wild Badge.
  41. Connect with CPL on social media.
  42. Get eLectrified with a Zinio magazine.
  43. Play Animal Lover bingo.
  44. Grab some friends and start a book club.  
  45. Dominate the Dewey Decimal system.
  46. Geek out over classic storybooks.
  47. Take a selfie with Chewbacca.
  48. Read a memoir. Then write your own.
  49. Tag us on social media with #CYSReturnoftheFun
  50. Read a local newspaper article from the day you were born.
  51. Find a job or read about one.
  52. Discover how mummies were made.
  53. Re-read an old favorite.
  54. Race through the streets of Rio de Janeiro in Forza Motorsport 6.
  55. Read one of roughly 200 mystery books about cats.
  56. Play some Dungeons & Dragons
  57. Listen to that catchy Zootopia song on your phone.
  58. Take a creative writing class online.
  59. Burst into song with musicals for every badge.
  60. Read about a modern-day hero.
  61. Check out a book on constellations, then go stare at the night sky. Then read The End of Night.
  62. Tell a librarian a joke.
  63. Scour Cook’s Illustrated for a new cheesecake recipe.  
  64. Help put together a puzzle.
  65. Try to love spiders (it’s not easy!)
  66. Make a pet toy for your furry friend.
  67. Go meatless on Monday
  68. Cheer up a Toilet
  69. Brush up on your Constitution with this graphic adaptation.
  70. Read a Challenged Book. Read several.
  71. Read a story you loved as a child out loud to someone who has never read it.
  72. Check out a storytime kit and put on a storytime for some kids. Or your friends.
  73. Interloan a book from another library.
  74. Follow Thorndyke’s reading progress. Follow his blog.
  75. Sign up for our enewsletter to get Library News all summer long.
  76. Be inspired by others’ Connect Your Summer experiences.
  77. Read a Shakespearean play. If you’re feeling dramatic, act out a scene at the puppet stage.
  78. Say hello to our fish.
  79. Download the Mango app to your phone and tell your kids it’s a game.
  80. Read without words.
  81. Change your life with some magic.
  82. Let someone else read you a story.
  83. Bike to the library for a program.
  84. Check out a book on ducks, then read it near the pond.
  85. Travel the state without leaving home.
  86. Use a May We Suggest reading list to discover your new favorite book.
  87. Read about Ben Franklin, or his lesser-known correspondent.
  88. Reuse your dinnerware.
  89. Game your way through the eLectrified path.
  90. Read a new book about something old.
  91. Decide for yourself—man or myth?
  92. Eat your way through history.
  93. Enjoy movies about math. Yes, really.
  94. Raise a glass to Michigan brews.
  95. Earn a quick badge with a short book.
  96. Take a coast-to-coast tour of America.
  97. Road trip! Via film.
  98. Or read a road trip.
  99. Learn about Michigan critters.
  100. Visit the library every day for programs, activities and fun.