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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.

Wellness Fiction for Beginning Readers

Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer

Itsy bitsy spider by Dosh Archer

Sick day by David McPhail

Monkey and Elephant get better by Carole Lexa Schaefer ; illustrated by Galia Bernstein

Katie Woo has the flu by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Clifford goes to the doctor by Norman Bridwell

Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish ; pictures by Lynn Sweat

Ridiculously Cute Knit and Crochet

Amigurume: make cute crochet people by Allison Hoffman

Feltlicious: needle-felted treats to make & give by text by Kari Chapin ; projects designed and created by Kerri Wessel

Woolbuddies: 20 irresistibly simple needle felting projects by Jackie Huang ; photographs by Antonis Achilleos

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 Inspiration

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

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

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.

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

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.

Love Stories: Great Teen Romance Novels

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Hollow by Jessica Verday

The hollow kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle

Going too far by Jennifer Echols

Books for Kids Who Love Adventure Stories

Mission unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Itch: the explosive adventures of an element hunter by Simon Mayo

The billionaire's curse by Richard Newsome ; illustrated by Jonny Duddle

Ruby Redfort: look into my eyes by Lauren Child

Young samurai: the way of the warrior by Chris Bradford

Copper by Rebecca Lisle

The last musketeer by Stuart Gibbs

Loveable Picture Books

Where's my teddy? by Jez Alborough


Animals should definitely not wear clothing by written by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett


Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel; story and pictures by Virginia Lee Burton by Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968


The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle


Freight train by Donald Crews


Olivia by written and illustrated by Ian Falconer

hoopla eAudiobooks

Have you discovered how easy it is to listen to an audiobook from hoopla? You can either download or stream the recording onto your device, and there are about 9,800 titles for you to choose for yourself and your children. Open a hoopla account with your CPL card to start. Use 'hoopla digital' as keyword to search in our catalog, or just browse on the hoopla site. 

Around the World Fiction Audiobooks

International Mystery Authors

International mystery authors and their sleuths--

Simply Good Reads

Captivating fiction in eBook and/or paper format--

Mango Languages

Mango Languages is the most effective way to learn to speak a language. It's fast, and it's fun. Make it your goal this summer to learn or improve on a language. Free from the library, there are 62 languages for English speakers to choose from, and 17 English courses for non-English speakers. Sign up to start with your CPL library card today.

Geek Out on Fantasy eBooks

Fantasy novels are often encased in huge tomes, and we epic story lovers understand what a struggle it can be to carry our reads on the go. Next time you’re trying to stuff the latest George R.R. Martin book into your purse or carry-on luggage, consider lightening your load with the eBook version! Here are a few reads to get you started.

The lord of the rings [electronic resource] by J. R. R. Tolkien

A game of thrones [electronic resource] by George R.R. Martin

The magicians [electronic resource]: a novel by Lev Grossman

The Sookie Stackhouse companion [electronic resource] by edited by Charlaine Harris

Dead in the family [electronic resource] by Charlaine Harris

TV shows about science… Or, if you like Cosmos…

The new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson just wrapped up, so here are some suggestions for you to get your astrophysical fix.

Cosmos. Episode I [videodisc]: a personal journey by Cosmos Studios

What makes us human? [videodisc] by PBS

A brief history of time [videodisc] by directed by Errol Morris

400 years of the telescope [videodisc]: a journey of science, technology and thought by producer and director, Kris Koenig

The inexplicable universe [videodisc]: unsolved mysteries by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The universe. The complete season five [videodisc] by produced by Flight 33 Productions for History Television Network productions