Catalog

Search our Catalog

Back In Time

Children's Historical Fiction Set in Michigan

Travel back in time to various points in Michigan history with these historical fiction novels:

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

The locked garden by Gloria Whelan

The sign of the sinister sorcerer by Brad Strickland

The shadow of the wolf by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Tony Meers

Time Travel Series for Kids

These time-traveling adventures will keep you coming back for more...good thing they're part of a series!

 

The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca [series: Magic Tree House]

Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith [series: Time Warp Trio]

A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle [series: Time Quintet]

Historical "What Ifs"

What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:

Almost America: from the colonists to Clinton: a 'what if' history of the U.S. by Steve Tally

Almost history: close calls, plan B's, and twists of fate in American history by Roger Bruns

The Confederate States of America: what might have been by Roger L. Ransom

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

You are There!

Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert

Eyewitness to history by edited by John Carey

I wish I'd been there: twenty historians bring to life dramatic events that changed America by edited by Byron Hollinshead

I wish I'd been there, book two: European history by edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb

You've Got Mail!

A fascinating look at personal correspondence throughout history:

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

The 50 greatest love letters of all time by [selected] by David H. Lowenherz

Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 by edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler

Mary Todd Lincoln: her life and letters by [by] Justin G. Turner [and] Linda Lovitt Turner. With an introd. by Fawn M. Brodie

Letters from Black America by edited by Pamela Newkirk

Time Travel Fiction

Travel through time to real and imagined places.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

From time to time: a novel by Jack Finney

The house on the strand by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame, 1907-1989

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Life, the universe, and everything by Douglas Adams

Lightning by Dean R. Koontz

Making history: a novel by Stephen Fry

Another Time, Another Place

Find out what life was like growing up in bygone days:

Big Russ and me: father and son: lessons of life by Tim Russert — South Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1950s

Defending Baltimore against enemy attack: a boyhood year during World War II by Charles Osgood — Baltimore in the 1940s

A girl named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel — Mooreland, Indiana in the 1960s

Hotel kid: a Times Square childhood by Stephen Lewis — New York City in the 1930s

The life and times of the last kid picked by David Benjamin — Small-town Wisconsin in the 1950s

History on Film

Watch history as it really happened:

America over there [videodisc]: the United States in World War I, 1917-18 by United States of America War Office, United States of America Navy Department

BBC history of World War II. Part one [videodisc]

The Edward R. Murrow collection [videodisc]

The lost JFK tapes [videodisc]: the assassination by National Geographic ; produced by Tom Jennings Productions for National Geographic Channel

Mccarthy trials [videodisc]: an exploration through archival film

The 1964 World's Fair [videodisc]: relive the wonder by Connecticut Public Television, Janson Video, Inc

20 Songs About Time

A musical trip through time:

Absolute Animals 1964-1968 [sound recording] by the Animals — When I was Young - Eric Burdon & The Animals

Chicago Transit Authority [sound recording] by Chicago — Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is? - Chicago

Inarticulate speech of the heart [sound recording] by Van Morrison — River of Time - Van Morrison

60's pop hits [sound recording]Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers

She's so unusual [sound recording] by Cyndi Lauper — Time after Time - Cyndi Lauper

Urban hymns [sound recording] by The Verve — This time - The Verve

Help! [sound recording] by The Beatles — Yesterday - The Beatles

Hot rocks [sound recording]: 1964-1971 by the Rolling Stones — Time is on My Side - The Rolling Stones

In Old New York

Take a walk back in history to the New York City of the 1870s, '80s and '90s where you will encounter the Astors and Vanderbilts, Diamond Jim Brady, Boss Tweed, Stanford White, and Teddy Roosevelt:

American passage: the history of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato

The architect of desire: beauty and danger in the Stanford White family by Suzannah Lessard

The blizzard of '88 by Mary Cable

Boss Tweed: the rise and fall of the corrupt pol who conceived the soul of modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Commissioner Roosevelt: the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City police, 1895-1897 by H. Paul Jeffers

Time Travel to the Great Battles of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863. Travel back in time and learn more about the battles of the war that literally tore our country apart:

The bonfire: the siege and burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman

Chancellorsville, 1863: the souls of the brave by Ernest B. Furgurson

Dissonance: the turbulent days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run by David Detzer

Donnybrook: the Battle of Bull Run, 1861 by David Detzer

From Winchester to Cedar Creek: the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 by Jeffry D. Wert

Eyewitness History

Be there with the history makers!

The beauty and the sorrow: an intimate history of the First World War by Peter Englund ; translated by Peter Graves

Berlin diary: the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer ; with a new foreword by Gordon A. Craig

Blue-eyed child of fortune: the Civil War letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw by edited by Russell Duncan

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission ; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain ; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

Dispatches from the front: the American war correspondent by Nathaniel Lande

Back in Time Word Search Game

This is Week One of our "Back in Time Word Search" series challenge. Throughout the course of six weeks, we'll feature three games. They will focus on different aspects of going back in time. The Back in Time: Historical Events is for this week and the next (until June 2.) Pick one up from the Help Desk, and have fun figuring out the word puzzle. Return it to the Help Desk and you earn yourself a chance for prize drawing!

Historical Fiction for Kids

The blood stone by Jamila Gavin

Destiny, rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Ben and me: a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos by lately discovered, edited & illustrated by Robert Lawson

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak ; illustrated by Philip Hopman ; translated by Laura Watkinson

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Teen Historical Fiction

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The book thief by Markus Zusak

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Never fall down: a novel by Patricia McCormick

What I saw and how I lied by Judy Blundell

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Between shades of gray by Ruta Sepetys

Letters From Skye

Canton's own Jessica (Turza) Brockmole has made an impressive mark on the book world with her first novel, Letters from Skye. Jessica, a 1996 local grad, has received amazing reviews including a starred Kirkus review, as well as USA Today and Good Housekeeping featured book status. Letters from Skye is a sweeping story told in letters spanning two continents and two world wars. Join us as we welcome one of our own home and celebrate her outstanding novel on Monday, July 22 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room. Jessica will discuss, sign and sell her book.

Found Another Reason Why I Love History

I read a book to earn this badge: 
Founding Myths by Ray Raphael
I love it when someone does more research and/or new sources comes to light. This book examines any number of traditions we hold about our Revolutionary War period, and is a great reminder about why history is exciting and a little bit mysterious.

Founding myths: stories that hide our patriotic past by Ray Raphael

June is Audiobook Month!

There is no better way to celebrate the National Audiobook Month than with a fun, captivating beach listen!

Collecting Family Stories: How to Interview Your Relatives with Virginia Bailey Parker

Virginia Bailey Parker is a national award-winning author, oral historian, speaker and writing coach. She has written three books, has been a columnist, newsletter editor for professional organizations and a freelance writer. Parker will help you record your family's unique stories while you can. But first, which questions should you ask and how do you ask them to get the best results when interviewing family members. Join us on Monday, July 8 at 7:00 PM.

Family History Charm Bracelets

Parents, grandparents, and kids, 7-10, join us Saturday, July 20, 1:00-2:00 PM to make a beautiful family history charm bracelet. Design and decorate a unique charm for each member of your family out of Shrinky Dinks. Registration required.