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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

REPEAT PROGRAM - Make and Take a Hair Flower

Due to popular demand we are repeating this program on July 22 from 2:00-2:45 PM in the Community Room.  We will be layering silk daisy petals to create one of a kind flower hair clips.  We will have all of the supplies you need  to create your own unique accessory.  Make a flower for yourself or someone you love.  Supplies are limited.  All ages welcome.

Family History Sleuth:Getting Started with Genealogy

With so much information available online and at the library, getting started on your family history has never been easier. Kris Rzepczynski, a coordinator at the Library of Michigan, will highlight the tools available to help sleuth out your long, lost relatives. This program will explore key resources, including census records and newspapers, online tools and databases to assist you in your research, and successful strategies for finding your elusive ancestors. Join us July 24th at 7:00 PM.

Humane Society of Huron Valley Wish List Drive

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) graciously let us film some of their furry friends for our CYS promos and badge videos.  To return the favor we are asking that you help us support the cuddly animals of HSHV by donating to our Wish List drive.  We will have a receiving box near the entrance of the library and will accept donations starting on Thursday, July 17 through the end of the day on Friday, August 1. 

Top items requested by HSHV are:
  • Gently used bath towels, small blankets, and small pet beds that can be washed.
  • Dog and cat food in the original unopened bag within 3 months after the expiration date.
  • Dog and cat food in the original opened bag within 3 months after the expiration date, providing it is free of bugs or rodent waste.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg of the many items that help HVHS care for their residents.  For more donation ideas, please visit their website for a complete wish list of items.  


As an added bonus, supporting this donation drive will also earn you your CYS Animal Lover On the Scene badge.

Celebrate National Dance Day

Join us to celebrate National Dance Day on the last Saturday in July. To promote dance as a great way to have fun and be healthy, we'll learn a beginner dance routine. As part of the national celebration, we'll create and share a video of our group dancing. 

Visit the Dizzy Feet Foundation Events page to watch the routines. No dance experience is necessary, please just wear comfortable clothes and bring your enthusiasm.

Dancers of all ages welcome: recommended for ages 8 and up. No registration required.

Look What's In Large Print: July 2014

The focus is on Mystery. The Agatha Christie Estate has authorized release of the complete Agatha Christie crime novels in Large Print. If you haven't read the Queen of Mystery start with her first book, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES which introduces Hercules Poirot. THE PAWNBROKER is the first Charlie Henry book in Aimee and David Thurlo's new series.

The mysterious affair at Styles [large print]: Poirot's first case by Agatha Christie

No man's nightingale [large print] by Ruth Rendell

Pursuit [large print] by Gene Hackman

The pawnbroker [large print] by David and Aimee Thurlo

That old black magic [large print] by Mary Jane Clark

Get eLectrified! with emedia services

The emedia link on our website offers numerous options to get eLectrified for the summer. You can earn a Connect Your Summer eLectrified badge by reading a book, swiping through a magazine, downloading music or streaming TV shows and movies, all on your device and free through one of our emedia subscriptions. Each app operates on the Kindle Fire, the iPad/iPhone and any Android device (other devices may vary). Take a moment and sign-up for:

hoopla (TV, movies, music, audiobooks)
Overdrive (eBooks and audiobooks) 
Zinio (magazines).

Get eLectrified today!

hoopla App for Kindle Fire HDX

hoopla Digital now has a mobile app for the Kindle Fire HDX 7" and 8.9" models! Open the browser on your Kindle Fire device, type slideme.org in the URL, select go to install SlideMe. Sign up for a SlideMe account. You can then search for hoopla app within SlideMe. Detailed downloading and step-by-step installation instructions can be found on hoopladigital.com/support. You can install hoopla without installing SlideMe, but you will not be prompted when hoopla has an app update.

John Green Read Alikes

If you just can't get enough of John Green's books you may want to try some of these similar titles:

If you love The Fault in Our Stars try:

If I stay: a novel by Gayle Forman

Me and Earl and the dying girl: a novel by Jesse Andrews

Bitter sweet by LaVyrle Spencer

Deadline by Chris Crutcher


Before I die
by Jenny Downham







If you love Looking For Alaska try:

Thirteen reasons why: a novel by Jay Asher

Please ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Murder Will Out: July 2014

Carol Carr's India Black,  Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde, and Karen Keskinen's Jaymie Zarling are back. Reed Farrell Coleman is wrapping up Moe Praeger's stories so this book is a flashback to Moe's first detecting job. Looking for something new, try Ian Hamilton's or Ingrid Thoft's debut novels.


Black current by Karen Keskinen


India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr

Seven for a secret by Lyndsay Faye

Onion Street: a Moe Prager mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman

The wild beasts of Wuhan: an Ava Lee novel by Ian Hamilton

Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft

Summer Style Storytime change

Mother Nature is serving up some pretty iffy weather today and the ground is still wet from last night's storms. As a result, the Summer Style Storytime will be held in the Community Room this morning. See you there!

TV shows coming to hoopla!

Starting on July 1st, the library will be adding TV episodes to its hoopla offering. Thousands of movies, TV programs, music and audiobooks are available to library patrons to stream or download on their PCs or mobile devices. Borrowing and returning items is quick and easy. Once the lending period has expired (3 days for movies and TV, 7 days for music, and 21 days for audiobooks), titles are automatically returned to the library. Use your CPL card to open a hoopla account. You can check out up to 20 items per month from your hoopla account.

Updated CYS Printable Program and Event Listing

Here's an updated printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL this summer!

eBooks for travelling Around the World

Are you looking for a way to earn your Around the World Super Bookworm Badge and your Around the World eLectrified badge? Check out this list for some great suggestions we have in our ebook collection on Overdrive. Enjoy!

Starcross, or The coming of the moobs!, or Our adventures in the fourth dimension! [electronic resource]: a stirring adventure of spies, time travel and curious hats by as narrated by Art Mumby, (& Miss Myrtle Mumby) to their amanuensis, Philip Reeve ; and illuminated throughout by David Wyatt


The freedom maze [electronic resource]: a novel by Delia Sherman


A crazy day with cobras [electronic resource] by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca


Car trouble [electronic resource]: a novel by Jeanne DuPrau


Going bovine [electronic resource] by Libba Bray

Get your Game On!

Here are some great titles to get you on the path to earning your Game On Badge!

Running loose by Chris Crutcher


Screaming quietly by Evan Jacobs


Dairy queen [sound recording]: a novel by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


The game of triumphs by Laura Powell


The killing woods by Lucy Christopher


Panic by Lauren Oliver


Z by Michael Thomas Ford

Summer Movie Madness

Join us as we show this summer's hottest new dvd releases right here at the libary! You may bring pillows, snacks, even your own comfy lawn chairs. All showings may earn you the On the scene: Curtains Up badge.

Showings are as follows:

Game On Fiction

Calico Joe by John Grisham



For love of the game: a novel by Michael Shaara






Foul lines: a novel about the NBA by Jack MacCallum and Jon Wertheim



Miracle cure by Harlan Coben



Dream breakers by Elizabeth Gill



Hide & seek: a novel by James Patterson






Running the rift: a novel by Naomi Benaron

New Books About the Mitten

Great Outdoor Fiction

Winter study by Nevada Barr



Prodigal summer: a novel by Barbara Kingsolver



The call of the wild by Jack London



Once upon a river: a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell



True north: a novel by Jim Harrison



Ordinary wolves by Seth Kantner

Curtains Up Fiction

Messy: a novel by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Hollyweird by Terri Clark

The art of wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Broadway lights: a novel by Jen Calonita

Love me by Rachel Shukert

So much it hurts by Monique Polak

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

The trouble with flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Curtains Up Fiction

The redhead revealed by Alice Clayton

Actors anonymous: a novel by James Franco

A decent interval by Simon Brett

Lucky break: a novel by Esther Freud

Box office poison by Phillipa Bornikova

From Notting Hill with love - actually by Ali McNamara

An accidental affair by Eric Jerome Dickey

Not without you by Harriet Evans