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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.

Cryptids: Crazy, Mysterious Animals

Tales of the cryptids: mysterious creatures that may or may not exist by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young

Sea monsters by Melissa Higgins ; content consultant Joseph Nigg, author of Wonder Beasts and other books on mythical animals

Mysteries unwrapped: mutants & monsters by written by Oliver Ho ; illustrated by Josh Cochran

Biggest, baddest book of monsters by Anders Hanson & Elissa Mann

Circus and Magic Acts for Kids

The show must go on! by Kate Klise ; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus. Book #1 in The Three-Ring Rascals series

Escape!: the story of the great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.

<3 for Teens

The law of loving others by Kate Axelrod

Love & other theories by Alexis Bass

We can work it out by Elizabeth Eulberg

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Love on the lifts by Jill Santopolo

Jekel loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

History of Toys and Games

Birth of the chess queen: a history by Marilyn Yalom — Everyone knows that the queen is the most powerful piece in chess, but few people know that the game existed for five hundred years without her. Not until the year 1000, two hundred years after Arab conquerors brought chess to southern Europe, did a chess queen appear on the board.Initially she was the weakest piece, not the formidable force she is today. How and why did this transformation take place? Examine the five-hundred-year period between the chess queens timid emergence and her elevation into the games mightiest piece.

Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground by Williams, John D — Now Word Nerd takes readers inside the byzantine, dog-eat-dog world of top tournament players, creating a piquant (seven-letter word, 68 points!) work that is part pop-cultural history, part anthropological study.

Let the Music Take you Away

Do you find your drive to work or camp is full of the same old same old? Earn your Around the World eLectrified Badge this summer by listening to music from around the globe. Just be careful you don't start dancing in the seats!

Smithsonian folkways world music collection [sound recording]

World travels [sound recording]: world music for kids by Raffi

Rough guide to Scottish folk [sound recording]

Cuban music story [sound recording]

Rough guide to world music [sound recording]: Africa & Middle East

Michigan Authors for Teens

Get Outdoors with Zinio Digital Magazines

It may seem counterintuitive, but you can explore the great outdoors from the comfort of your couch. Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet. And of course, use them as inspiration to get outside! 

Sherlock Holmes Through the Years

Sherlock Holmes [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Silver Pictures production in association with Wigram Productions, a Guy Ritchie film

Sherlock Holmes [videodisc]: the great detective by a Satel Documentary production for A&E Television Networks

Sherlock Holmes. The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Disc 1 [videodisc] by produced by Granada Television ; WGBH Boston

Video Games to and from Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels for Girls

Britt Wilson's cat dad, king of the Goblins by Wilson, Britt, artist, author

Spirited away. Vol. 1 by written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Hilda and the bird parade by Luke Pearson

Pippi fixes everything by Astrid Lindgren & Ingrid Vang Nyman ; translated by Tiina Nunnally

Comics Squad: recess! by edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka ; comics by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman, Ursula Vernon, Eric Wight, Gene Luen Yang

Babymouse. Vol. 1, Queen of the world! by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

True Stories take a Creative Turn: Graphic Novels

Some of these graphic novels describe true events outright, and others are based on real stories, but all of them turn history into a visual treat.

Hidden: a child's story of the Holocaust by written by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrated by Marc Lizano ; color by Greg Salsedo ; translated by Alexis Siege

Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan

Houdini: the life of the great escape artist by Agnieszka Biskup ; illustrated by Pat Kinsella

The Korean War by Gary Jeffrey & illustrated by Terry Riley

To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel ; with artwork by Mark Siegel

Recipes from Around the World

Passport on a plate: a round-the-world cookbook for children by Diane Simone Vezza ; illustrated by Susan Greenstein

One world kids cookbook by Sean Mendez ; foreword by Ferran Adriá

Kids around the world cook!: the best foods and recipes from many lands by Arlette N. Braman ; illustrated by Jo- Ellen Bosson

The international cookbook for kids by Matthew Locricchio ; photographs by Marshall Cavendish

Easy vegetarian foods from around the world by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Teach Your Dog New Tricks

Michigan: Strange and Weird

Ghost stories from Canton by Virginia Bailey Parker ; illustrated by Sharon Lee Dillenbeck and Roy Rinke

Michigan songbag by compiled by Phyllis Rykala Nelson

Favorite Michigan folk songs by selected by Tina Lewis

The Michigan road guide to haunted locations by Chad Lewis & Terry Fisk ; foreword by Linda S. Godfrey

Artist Biographies

A life of Picasso. Volume 3, 1917-1932 by John Richardson ; with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully

Van Gogh: the life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Andy Warhol by Wayne Koestenbaum

Leonardo da Vinci: flights of the mind by Charles Nicholl

Michelangelo: a biography by George Bull

The unknown Matisse: a life of Henri Matisse, the early years, 1869-1908 by Hilary Spurling

Football Fiction

Bleachers by John Grisham

Red zone by Mike Lupica

Rough & tumble by Mark Bavaro

Line of scrimmage by Marie Force

Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury

Deal breaker by Harlan Coben

And this too shall pass: a novel by E. Lynn Harris

Robert B. Parker's Cheap shot by Ace Atkins

Games and Toys

Curiosity by Gary Blackwood — In 1835, when his father is put in a Philadelphia debtor's prison, twelve-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety.

Doll bones by Holly Black ; with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler — Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

The toymaker by Jeremy de Quidt ; with illustrations by Gary Blythe — What good is a toy that will wind down? What if you could put a heart in one? A real heart. One that beat and beat and didn't stop. What couldn't you do if you could make a toy like that? From the moment Mathias becomes the owner of a mysterious piece of paper, he is in terrible danger.

Who Painted That?

Have you ever seen a beautiful painting and wanted to know who painted it? Well, look no further than the Canton Public Library! Earn your Be Creative eLectrified Badge by checking out these great resources on some fantastic artists.

Who was Claude Monet? [electronic resource] by Ann Waldron ; illustrated by Stephen Marchesi

Pablo Picasso [videodisc] by a film by Didier Baussy- Oulianoff

In the footsteps of Van Gogh [videodisc] by directed by Dominik Rimbault

The life and times of Frida Kahlo [videodisc] by a production of Daylight Films and WETA, Washington D.C. in association with Latino Public Broadcasting ; a film by Amy Stechler

Henri Matisse [videodisc] by Kultur International Films

So Real You Can Taste It: Food-Themed Picture Books

Take a taste of some great picture books that put a twist on food and mealtime. They are great for sharing with a hungry young mind!

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett

Peanut Butter & Cupcake! by Terry Border

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

Foodie babies wear bibs by Michelle Sinclair Colman and Nathalie Dion

The best lunch by Terri Dougherty and Patrick Kouse

You are the pea, and I am the carrot by J. Theron Elkins and Pascal Lemaitre

Outdoor themed books

Into the wild by Jon Krakauer

A walk in the woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Blue highways: a journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon ; photographs by the author ; with a new afterword by the author

A moveable feast: the restored edition by Ernest Hemingway ; foreword by Patrick Hemingway ; edited, with an introduction, by Seán Hemingway

The geography of bliss: one grump's search for the happiest places in the world by Eric Weiner