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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.

Kids, Where Would you Go this Summer?

A great way to explore new places is through books. Be sure to read a few of these and earn your Around the World Super Bookworm Badge!

In the Forbidden City by [written by Chiu Kwong-chiu ; designed and illustrated by Design and Cultural Studies Workshop ; translation by Ben Wang]


We visit India by Khadija Ejaz


Buried alive!: how 33 miners survived 69 days deep under the Chilean desert by Elaine Scott


Jimmy the joey: the true story of an amazing koala rescue by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly ; photographs by Susan Kelly


US geography through infographics by Nadia Higgins


Norway by Derek Zobel

Discover Camping

Great Outdoors eLectrified Fiction

Bird Books for the Young at Heart

Emu by Claire Saxby ; illustrated by Graham Byrne

Nest by Jorey Hurley

Flamingos by Melissa Gish

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth

Do you really want a bird? by Bridget Heos ; illustrated by Katya Longhi

Have you heard the nesting bird? by words by Rita Gray ; pictures by Kenard Pak

Mama built a little nest by Jennifer Ward ; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Geek Out with Superheroes

Aliens attack! by Lisa Shea — More Marvel characters can be found in J READER MAR, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Avengers.


Batman: going ape by Laurie S. Sutton — More DC characters can be found in J READER DC, including Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, and the Justice League.

Bad weather! by Frank Berrios ; illustrated by Ethen Beavers

Starro and stripes forever by Gina Vivnetto ; illustrated by Rick Farley ; digital colors by Kanila Tripp

Chow Down Recipe Cards

Do you have a favorite recipe? Share it with us, or tell us where to find it. Need inspiration? Look under 641 in the non-fiction area of the library. Don’t forget to claim your Chow Down badge online!




Share a Story

There's so much to love about sharing a story. Pick an old favorite or something new, and find a nice place in the library to read aloud for 15 minutes. Try a cozy nook in the Children's Department, or even take your book out to the pond or butterfly garden. Share your book with someone you love, a new friend, or a passing butterfly! Don’t forget to claim your On the Scene Love It badge online, and fill out a ticket in the CYS Command Center near the Self Service area.

Athletes on Audiobook

The Bambino and me [kit] by Zachary Hyman ; illustrated by Zachary Pullen

Players in pigtails [kit] by Shana Corey ; illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Hothead [sound recording]: a novel by Cal Ripken, Jr. with Kevin Cowherd

Shaq uncut [sound recording]: my story by Shaquille O'Neal with Jackie MacMullan

Books on Michigan Birds for Kids

Travel ebooks

Best places to stay in Mexico [electronic resource] by Bill Jamison and Cheryl Alters Jamison

Adventure guide to Jamaica [electronic resource] by Paris Permenter & John Bigley

England [electronic resource] by Lonely Planet

Frommer's China [electronic resource] by Simon Foster, Candice Lee, Jen Lin-Liu, Beth Reiber, Tini Tran, Lee Wing-sze, Christopher D. Winnan

Paris, Paris [electronic resource]: journey into the City of Light by David Downie

Last train to Zona Verde [electronic resource]: my ultimate African safari by Paul Theroux

Fighting Off Illness

Read about how colds, the flu, and other diseases affect you, or how characters in stories deal with being sick.

Your body battles a cold by Vicki Cobb; photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel; illustrated by Andrew N. Harris



The common cold by Terry Allan Hicks

The flu by Jim Ollhoff

Fighting the flu by Robyn Hardyman

Back off, sneezy!: a kids' guide to staying well by Rachelle Kreisman; illustrations by Tim Haggerty


 

You can't take your body to a car mechanic by Fred Ehrlich and Amanda Haley

Sleuth a Story: Wordless Picture Books

Sometimes it's nice to travel back to your childhood. Whether you "read" these books with a child or simple explore them for yourself, use the pictures in these wordless books as clues to decipher the stories.

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Pool by JiHyeon Lee

BirdCatDog: a graphic novel by Lee Nordling & Meritxell Bosch


Flora and the flamingo by Molly Idle

Flora and the penguin by Molly Idle

Draw! by Raúl Colón

Running for Women

Foodie Fiction

Take a bite out of great novels and graphic novels that work food/eating into the narrative ingredients.

Letting Ana go by Anonymous

Kitchen princess omnibus. 1 by Natsumi Ando; story by Miyuki Kobayashi ; translated by Satsuki Yamashita; adapted by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir



Hot lunch by Alex Bradley

Taste test by Kelly Fiore



Peanut by Ayun Halliday; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

Otomen. Vol. 12 by Aya Kanno

Learn to Fish

Parenting Around the World

Love It Cootie Catcher

Not sure what to read? Make a “cootie catcher” to help you decide. We’ll point you to just the right area to find something you’ll enjoy! Don’t forget to claim your Love It badge online!

Plague and Pestilence

Cooking in a Hurry

Michigan Architecture