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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.

Travel with Kid's Movies!

Baseball Fiction in a Series


The Fenway foul-up
by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

Barnstormers. Game 1 by Loren Long, Phil Bildner

Jinxed! by Kurtis Scaletta ; illustrated by Eric Wight

Honus & me by Dan Gutman

The Fenway foul-up by David A. Kelly ; illustrated by Mark Meyers

The catch by Rick Jasper

The roar of the crowd by Rich Wallace

Easy Fiction Soccer Books

Arthur and the best coach ever by text by Stephen Krensky


The ball hogs by Rich Wallace ; illustrated by Jimmy Holder


Captain Awesome, soccer star by Stan Kirby ; illustrated by George O'Connor


Ellie McDoodle: most valuable player by written and illustrated by Ruth McNally Barshaw


Emma dilemma and the soccer nanny by Patricia Hermes


Goalkeeper in charge by Matt Christopher ; text by Robert Hirschfeld

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginnersby edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Fun and Games for the whole Family

Playtime: Games and Sports Stories for Beginning Readers

Bruno & Lulu's playground adventures by Patricia Lakin ; illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds

Boris for the win by Andrew Joyner

Go, Jade, go! by written by Tony and Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Olivia plays soccer by adapted by Tina Gallo ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Monster games by Melissa Lagonegro ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists

Goofy at bat by Susan Amerikaner ; illustrated by the Disney Storybook Artists and Loter, Inc

Crafty Characters

Derek, the knitting dinosaur by Mary Blackwood ; illustrations by Kerry Argent

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Lester's dreadful sweaters by written and illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Penguin in love by Salina Yoon

Pockets by Jennifer Armstrong ; illustrated by Mary GrandPré

Artist Ted by Andrea Beaty ; and [illustrations,] Pascal Lemaitre

More Fun and Games for the Family

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

Book Spine Poetry

Have you heard of “book spine poetry?” It’s a kind of poetry that you create or accidentally discover by arranging book titles to make a poem. Start by collecting a few books, DVDs, or CDs (up to 7). Choose them at random or search out some with interesting titles – look in the library stacks or your book collection at home. Set the books with the spines facing you and keep moving the book titles around until you find the “lines” that go together best to make a poem. 

For inspiration here you can view a few websites where other people have posted pictures of their book spine poems or see examples in the library.

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

Picture Books

Mirette on the high wire by Emily Arnold McCully


From there to here by Laurel Croza ; pictures by Matt James


Ming's adventure with the Terracotta Army by Li Jian ; translated by Yijian Wert


Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson


Green is a chile pepper: a book of colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong ; illustrated by John Parra


Meet me at the moon by Gianna Marino

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

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 Sites for Summer

Explore your creativity online.

The Artist's Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Learn about elements of art and try your hand at creating some art of your own.

Create shapes and patterns that mingle with sound (see image at right).

See how fierce you can make your own roller coaster. Links to other activities.

Get creative with items from your pantry and make some concoctions that have nothing to do with food.

Try your hand at different puzzles.

Beginning Readers

Mi familia calaca = My skeleton family by Cynthia Weill ; paper mache by Jesus Canseco Zarate

 

Starlight Grey: a story from Russia by retold by Liz Flanagan ; illustrated by Valeria Docampo

 

Adult Travel Movies You are Sure to Enjoy!

Ready to take a vacation from the comfort of your couch? We have some great movies that will take you to the ends of the earth and beyond. Enjoy!

Around the world in 80 days [videodisc] by Warner Bros. presents


Around the world in 72 days [videodisc]: the audacious adventures of Nelly Bly by a Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc. production for American Experience ; written, produced and directed by Christine Lesiak ; co- producer/director, Mel Bucklin


A year around the world [videodisc] by a Steven Robert McCurdy travelogue ; produced by: Creative Light Productions


First flight around the world [videodisc]


Ride around the world [videodisc]


Around the world in 80 treasures [videodisc]: a quest for mankind's greatest achievements by presented by Dan Cruickshank

Mysteries and Secrets of Science for Kids

Underworld: exploring the secret world beneath your feet by written by Jane Price ; illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

The secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by illustrated by Joan Paley ; Laurence Pringle

The secret pool by Kimberly Ridley ; illustrated by Rebekah Raye

The mystery of Darwin's frog by Marty Crump ; illustrations by Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriguez

Is there life on Mars? by Michael Portman

Fiction

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus


Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick


Parched by Melanie Crowder


I lived on Buttefly Hill by Marjorie Agosín ; translated from Spanish by E.M. O'Connor ; illustrated by Lee White


The winter horses by Philip Kerr


Secrets of the terra-cotta soldier by Ying Chang Compestine, Vinson Compestine


Karma: a novel in verse by Cathy Ostlere

Fiction Books about Games

The challengers by Greg R. Fishbone ; illustrations by Ethen Beavers


The city of gold and lead by John Christopher


The Egypt game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder ; drawings by Alton Raible


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library by Chris Grabenstein


The game of sunken places by M.T. Anderson


Game on! by adapted by Tracey West


Games by Carol Gorman