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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.

Creative Inspiration

True stories of creative people and inspirations for sparking your own creativity.

How I discovered poetry by Marilyn Nelson ; illustrations by Hadley Hooper

Get Pinspired to Be Creative

Claim your Be Creative eLectrified badge by using our Pinterest Boards to get creative for your Connect Your Summer experience. 
Find recommendations and inspiration on any of the pinboards, but try our Be Creative pinboard for great ideas on making, creating, and doing.

Creative Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Beginning Readers

Mi familia calaca = My skeleton family by Cynthia Weill ; paper mache by Jesus Canseco Zarate

 

Starlight Grey: a story from Russia by retold by Liz Flanagan ; illustrated by Valeria Docampo

 

Adult Travel Movies You are Sure to Enjoy!

Ready to take a vacation from the comfort of your couch? We have some great movies that will take you to the ends of the earth and beyond. Enjoy!

Around the world in 80 days [videodisc] by Warner Bros. presents


Around the world in 72 days [videodisc]: the audacious adventures of Nelly Bly by a Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc. production for American Experience ; written, produced and directed by Christine Lesiak ; co- producer/director, Mel Bucklin


A year around the world [videodisc] by a Steven Robert McCurdy travelogue ; produced by: Creative Light Productions


First flight around the world [videodisc]


Ride around the world [videodisc]


Around the world in 80 treasures [videodisc]: a quest for mankind's greatest achievements by presented by Dan Cruickshank

Mysteries and Secrets of Science for Kids

Underworld: exploring the secret world beneath your feet by written by Jane Price ; illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

The secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by illustrated by Joan Paley ; Laurence Pringle

The secret pool by Kimberly Ridley ; illustrated by Rebekah Raye

The mystery of Darwin's frog by Marty Crump ; illustrations by Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriguez

Is there life on Mars? by Michael Portman

Fiction

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


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Parched by Melanie Crowder


I lived on Buttefly Hill by Marjorie Agosín ; translated from Spanish by E.M. O'Connor ; illustrated by Lee White


The winter horses by Philip Kerr


Secrets of the terra-cotta soldier by Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine


Karma: a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 

For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

Fiction Books about Games

The challengers by Greg R. Fishbone ; illustrations by Ethen Beavers


The city of gold and lead by John Christopher


The Egypt game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder ; drawings by Alton Raible


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein


The game of sunken places by M.T. Anderson


Game on! by adapted by Tracey West


Games by Carol Gorman

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Easy Fiction

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


Meeting Cézanne by Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by François Place


The Order of the Owls by Elisa Puricelli Guerra ; illustrated by Gabo León Bernstein ; translated by Chris Turner


The great Egyptian grave robbery by created by Jeff Brown ; written by Sara Pennypacker ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan


The mystery of the crystal castle: Bavaria, Germany by Carole Marsh

Mysterious Michigan

All Kinds of Bugs for Kids

Ultimate bugopedia: the most complete bug reference ever by Darlyne Murawski & Nancy Honovich

Behold the beautiful dung beetle by Cheryl Bardoe ; illustrated by Alan Marks

The secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by illustrated by Joan Paley ; Laurence Pringle

Noisy bug sing-along by John Himmelman

Weird insects by Michael Worek

Handle with care: an unusual butterfly journey by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Access Creativity Through eMagazines

Explore our Zinio magazine database for all your creative needs this summer. Enjoy access to eMagazines on gardening, crafting, cooking, parenting, decorating and more, and be inspired to do some creating of your own.
Access to the Zinio database requires an email address and an active Canton Public Library card. Use our handy instruction sheet for more information on the database and for tips on how to get started. 

Medical Drama Nonfiction Films

And the band played on [videodisc] by HBO Pictures

Awakenings [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Gifted hands [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Television Inc

Girl, interrupted [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Sybil [videodisc] by Lorimar Productions presents

The three faces of Eve [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

The vow [videodisc] by Screen Gems and Spyglass Entertainment present ; produced by Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Jonathan Glickman, Paul Taublieb ; story by Stuart Sender ; screenplay by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein and Jason Katims ; directed by Michael Sucsy

Doctors in Fiction to Film

Dracula [videodisc] by Universal Studios

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde [videodisc]

Doctor Zhivago [videodisc] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Dr. No [videodisc] by Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation

The Hound of the Baskervilles [videodisc] by Twentieth Century-Fox

My fair lady [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures ; produced by Herman Levin ; produced by Jack L. Warner ; screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner ; directed by George Cukor

The silence of the lambs [videodisc] by Orion Pictures

GEEK OUT with 3D paper craft characters

In order to properly Geek Out, we have an assortment of paper craft figures available at the Connect Your Summer Activity Center. Feel free to work on the cut-out patterns in the library or the comfort of your home. There are a variety of your favorite characters spanning the geek lexicon, from Adventure Time to Zelda. The successful completion of one of these crafty characters will earn you an On the Scene Geek Out badge. Claim your you badge online today! Don't forget to share a pictures of the completed character.

Love Stories: Great Romance Novels

Bet me by Jennifer Crusie

Born in fire by Nora Roberts

A countess below stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

How to marry a marquis by Julia Quinn

It had to be you by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Mine till midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

Favorite Hen Lit

Hen Lit is grown-up chick lit with an older heroine who probably has a kid or two and a mortgage. But she’s still just as much fun as her twenty-something chick lit sisters.

The generous gardener by Trisha Ashley — Living in an idyllic Welsh village with a handsome husband and a loving daughter, 40-something Fran March has reason to be happy with her lot. Then her daughter, the result of an unforgettable one-night stand, starts asking awkward questions about her "real" father.


Hens dancing by Raffaella Barker — Abandoned by her husband, Venetia Summers is not alone. Living in a dilapidated house in Norfolk, she is surrounded by her three children, a houseful of animals, and a garden run amok.


Savannah blues: a novel by Mary Kay Andrews — Antique “picker” “Weezie” Foley is still angry that ex-husband Talmadge got her painstakingly restored Savannah townhouse in the divorce. So finding the dead body of Talmadge’s new girlfriend casts suspicion on her.