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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.

Discover Space

The space book: from the beginning to the end of time, 250 milestones in the history of space & astronomy by Jim Bell

New frontiers of space by Jeffrey Kluger, Michael D. Lemonick and Time contributors

Space exploration: triumphs and tragedies by Kim Masters Evans

Space atlas: mapping the universe and beyond by James Trefil ; foreword by Buzz Aldrin

Smithsonian atlas of space exploration by Roger D. Launius & Andrew K. Johnston

The next space age by edited by Christopher Mari

Greatest Love Songs

Cooking Up Fun: Stories With Characters Who Cook

Food lovers can enjoy these scrumptious stories featuring characters who are cooks or who just love to dabble in the kitchen.

Recipe for disaster by Laura Driscoll

Ratatouille: the junior novelization by Kitty Richards

Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles by Rupert Kingfisher ; illustrated by Sue Hellard

Going overboard! by Nancy Krulik ; illustrated by John & Wendy

Evertaster: course of legends by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

The Doctor is In: Biographies

Set in Michigan

Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones


The goddess test by Aimée Carter


Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick


Altered by Jennifer Rush


Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton


The vanishing season by Jodi Lynn Anderson


Run with It

The beginning runner's handbook: the proven 13-week runwalk program by Ian MacNeill and the Sport Medicine Council of British Columbia ; revised text by Alison Cristall and Lynda Cannell

Fitness running by Richard L. Brown

The new rules of running: five steps to run faster and longer for life by Vijay Vad, MD ; with Dave Allen

Healthy running step by step: self-guided methods for injury-free running: training, technique, nutrition, rehab by Robert Forster, P.T., and Roy M. Wallack

The run-walk-run method by Jeff Galloway

Run your first marathon: everything you need to know to reach the finish line by Grete Waitz and Gloria Averbuch ; foreword by Deena Kastor

International Mysteries

The beige man by Helene Tursten ; translation by Marlaine Delargy


The Rome prophecy by Sam Christer


The Andalucian friend: a novel by Alexander Söderberg


Anonymous sources by Mary Louise Kelly


Jar city by Arnaldur Indriason ; translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder


The shape of water by Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli


The fifth heart by Dan Simmons

Animated Foodie Picture Books

Middle School Mysteries

These great middle school mysteries are available as audiobooks or printed copies. Listen to them for the Sleuth It: eLectrified badge, or read them for the Sleuth It: Super Bookworm Badge.

Hold fast [sound recording] by Blue Balliett —  On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father

Also available in print.

Movies About Sports

Rudy [videodisc] by TriStar Pictures presents a Fried/ Woods Films production

A league of their own [videodisc] by a Parkway production ; a Penny Marshall film

Friday night lights [videodisc] by Friday Night Lights, LLC. ; Imagine Entertainment

Field of dreams [videodisc] by a Gordon Company production ; a Phil Alden Robinson film ; Universal City Studios

Remember the Titans [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents, in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Films, a Technical Black production ; produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman ; written by Gregory Allen Howard ; directed by Boaz Yakin

Craftapalooza for Teens

Computer Help

The New Geek

Gone are the visions of pencil protectors and computer nerds. These days, the term "Geek" is used to describe those who are passionate about a particular hobby or interest. Perhaps one of these titles will inspire you to Geek Out!

Are you a geek?: 10[superscript 3] ways to find out by Tim Collins

Popular a memoir: Vintage wisdom for a modern geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground by Williams, John D

Nerd do well: a small boy's journey to becoming a big kid by Simon Pegg

Geek girls unite: how fangirls, bookworms, indie chicks, and other misfits are taking over the world by Leslie Simon; illustrations by Nan Lawson

For the Win: Competitions in Teen Fiction

Who has the drive to come out on top?  Find out in these stories built around contests, rivalries , and other challenges that bring out the competitive spirit.

How I got skinny, famous, and fell madly in love by Ken Baker

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

For real by Alison Cherry

The culling by Steven Dos Santos

Dance themed books for teens

Bunheads: a novel by Sophie Flack

A company of swans by Eva Ibbotson

A time to dance by Padma Venkatraman

Dance of shadows by Yelena Black

A time for dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

Off pointe by Leanne Lieberman

Parenting an Athlete

Audie Award-Winning Audiobooks

Michigan Mysteries

Check out these great mysteries for kids, written by authors from right here in Michigan!

Mike's mystery by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis

The baseball mystery by [Carole Marsh]

The vengeance of the witch-finder by John Bellairs ; completed by Brad Strickland ; frontispiece by Edward Gorey

Blue Bay mystery by created by Gertrude Chandler Warner ; illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis

Mystery explosion! by Johnnie Tuitel and Sharon Lamson

Who's Who in Sports

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by James E. Ransome

The boy in number four by Kara Kootstra ; illustrated by Regan Thomson ; with an afterword by Bobby Orr

Lewis Tewanima: born to run by Sharon K. Solomon ; illustrated by Lisa Fields

Silent star: the story of deaf major leaguer William Hoy by Bill Wise ; pictures by Adam Gustavson

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen

Flavorful Fiction for Kids

Chapter Books

Pickle: the (formerly) anonymous prank club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker ; illustrated by Tim Probert — Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA.

Salt: a story of friendship in a time of war by Helen Frost — Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812.

Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes — In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.