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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.

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

Do Yoga at Home with DVDs

Looking to get started with yoga? Or are you finding it difficult to get to the studio for classes? Try out a yoga DVD at home, which you can follow along with at any time of the day! Whether you're a beginner or advanced practitioner, or you have an hour to dedicate or just 10 minutes, chances are there's a yoga DVD that will have you covered. Here are a few to get you started.

DVDs

Yoga journal [videodisc]: yoga for core strength

Element. Yoga for strength & flexibility [videodisc]

Sara Ivanhoe's taste: 10 short yoga sequences [videodisc]

Ashtanga yoga [videodisc]: beginner's practice by with Nicki Doane

Yogalosophy [videodisc] by Mandy Ingber

Radiant heart yoga [videodisc] by a Yoga, Tribe and Culture production for Acorn Media

Shiva Rea. Core yoga [videodisc] by Yoga, Tribe and Culture Productions ; director, James Wvinner ; producers, James Wvinner and Paul Eckstein

Yoga for Kids

Warrior pose, happy baby pose, boat pose, lion pose! Yoga is a great way to play and get moving with your kids. Try reading a yoga story and doing some of the poses together, or watch a yoga video for a more structured and guided approach!

Books

Little flower yoga for kids: a yoga and mindfulness program to help your child improve attention and emotional balance by Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT

You are a lion!: and other fun yoga poses by Taeeun Yoo

Y is for yoga by Anita B. Adhikary ; illustrated by Jen Mundy

Little yoga: a toddler's first book of yoga by Rebecca Whitford & Martina Selway

Babar's yoga for elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff

Read up on Yoga

Looking to start or grow a yoga practice? Reading up on yoga, and doing yoga at home, is a great opportunity to to learn the basics or focus on postures that you want to develop.

Essential yoga by Sarah Herrington

The women's health big book of yoga by [by Kathryn Budig]

Yoga for anxiety: meditations and practices for calming the body and mind by Mary NurrieStearns, Rick NurrieStearns

The power of ashtanga yoga: developing a practice that will bring you strength, flexibility, and inner peace by Kino MacGregor

1001 pearls of yoga wisdom: take your practice beyond the mat by Liz Lark

Weight-resistance yoga: practicing embodied spirituality by Max Popov

FIFA Fever? Try These Fútbol Titles

CYS Printable Program and Event Listing

Here's a printable listing of all the programs and events happening at CPL this summer.

OverDrive Kids Reading Room

The new OverDrive Kids Reading Room opens this week, just in time for Connect Your Summer. The Kids Reading Room makes it easier for kids to find and download eBooks and audiobooks just for them! You can search by book cover, reading or interest level or subject. Many of your favorite books that are checked out in the library are available as an eBook or audiobook. Then download and go! It's a great idea to check here before going on any summer trips. Happy Reading.

Connect Your Summer 2014

Join us Monday June 16 for our 2014 Connect Your Summer reading program Opening Day! Patrons of all ages are encouraged to stop in and learn about this year's badges and all of the exciting ways to earn them. Staff will be on hand to help you get started and explain all the ways to win exciting prizes. Fun activities will also be happening throughout the day:
  • Decorate your own tote bag to carry your summer reading library haul.
  • Try to guess the number of lollipops in our jumbo guessing case. 
  • Make and take your very own bookmark.
  • Have your picture taken in our special CYS photo booth.
  • Enjoy a cookie compliments of Max & Erma's (while supplies last)

All activities will take place from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm in the Community Room WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. 

Romantic Comedies

Breakfast at Tiffany's [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures presents a Jurow-Shepherd production


Bridget Jones [videodisc]: the edge of reason by Universal Pictures and Studio Canal and Miramax Films present a Working Title production


Amélie [videodisc] by Claudie Ossard & UGC présentent une coproduction Victoires Productions, Tapioca Films-France 3 Cinéma, MMC Independent GmbH avec la collaboration de la Sofica Sofinergie 5 et le soutien de la Filmstiftung avec la participation de Canal+, un film de Jean-Pierre Jeunet


You've got mail [videodisc] by Warner Bros. presents a Lauren Shuler Donner production


The Philadelphia story [videodisc] by produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz ; directed by George Cukor ; screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart

Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids,   I don't know about you, but right around February, I'd thought we'd never get here.  But now, the trees are green, the Ducklings are hatched, we've Relayed for Life out in Heritage Park, and pretty soon it will be Liberty Fest.  And then...school will be out, summer will hit full blast and it will be Connect Your Summer time once again.   I don't know about you, but this is one of my favorite parts of the year. The library is hopping, books and other items are flying off the shelves, and you can find something fun to do at the library pretty much every day.  There's a little bit of info about Connect Your Summer on the library website right now, and the librarians and other staff are working hard to finalize last minute details to make sure CYS is extra fun this year.  If you can't wait until Monday, June 16th to sign up, there are some things you can do right now. Make sure you have a "My Account" with a user name and password all ready to go.  Talk about it with your grown-ups so they know that you really really want to participate this year.  And get started on your reading.  It's never too early to pick up a good book!
 Bear Hugs, 
Thorndyke