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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.

Michigan Fiction

The burning of Rachael Hayes by Doug Allyn


Company man: a novel by Joseph Finder


Eden Springs: a novella by Laura Kasischke


Freshwater boys by Adam Schuitema


The river swimmer: novellas by Jim Harrison


Ford Road by Amy Kenyon


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser

Mysterious Michigan

Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh My!

Michigan is lucky to be home to many successful sports teams - both professional and collegiate. The Detroit Tigers, Red WIngs, Lions, and Pistons are all among the longest running franchises in their sports and have won several championships between them. In fact, in 1935, Detroit was nicknamed the City of Champions when the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won the first championships in their respective sport that year. In addition, boxer and local hero Joe Louis was named the "Most Outstanding Athlete of 1935." The University of Michigan, and Michigan State University both have a long tradition of winning teams in several sports as well.

Even More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan eBooks

Musical Michigan

music: musicThe legacy of music in the state of Michigan is truly impressive. From classical to rock and everything in between, our state can lay claim to hundreds of noteworthy musicians. Here are but a few:

Documentary Michigan

Check out some of these interesting documentaries on all things Michigan.

Michigan's lumbering days & camp life [videodisc]: when the big trees fell by Program Source International

The Kellogg brothers [videodisc]: corn flake kings by A & E Television Networks

Mackinac Island [videodisc]: a 600 year history by Program Source International

Model T [videodisc] by The History Channel ; Motor Car Co. Inc

The city of Magic [videodisc] by Equity Studios

Borderline [videodisc]: the story of 8 Mile Road by an Urban Garlic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation and Oakland County Cable Communications Corporation

Henry Ford [videodisc]

Michigan Art & Architecture

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski

Art in Detroit public places by text by Dennis Nawrocki ; photographs by David Clements

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Artists of early Michigan: a biographical dictionary of artists native to or active in Michigan, 1701-1900 by compiled by Arthur Hopkin Gibson ; research assistants, Beverly Bassett and Jean Spang

New True Crime

My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult

"My sister's keeper" is written by Jodi Picoult who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you?

"I Want To Believe"...: Supernatural Mysteries on TV

Need something to fill that X-Files-shaped hole in your TV viewing? These TV series feature investigations into the spooky and strange. (Warning: May contain aliens.)

Fringe. The complete first season. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc]

Torchwood. The complete first season, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation

Supernatural. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. ; Wonderland Sound and Vision ; Warner Bros. Television

Eureka. Season 1. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Studios ; Sci Fi Channel

Warehouse 13. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Media Studios

Grimm. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by NBC

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

Animals on The Go: Downloadable eAudiobooks

Take these animal stories with you anywhere you go!  Download them to your smart phone, tablet, or MP3 player with OverDrive eAudiobooks.

Pure joy [electronic resource] by Danielle Steel


Making rounds with Oscar [electronic resource]: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa


The puppy diaries [electronic resource]: [raising a dog named Scout] by Jill Abramson


A lion called Christian [electronic resource] by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall ; foreword by George Adamson


Oogy [electronic resource]: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin


Inside of a dog [electronic resource] by Alexandra Horowitz

My Mitten at Zinio Digital Magazines

Do you enjoy taking advantage of living in such a nice state? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Visit our Great Outdoors Zinio digital magazines for more ways to enjoy your wonderful Michigan summer!

Video Games for Animal Lovers

And the band played on : politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic / Randy Shilts

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.  One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished ina special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time. .

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Non-Fiction: Lives Changed by Animals

We can learn a lot from our pets. Check out these touching stories of animals that changed the lives of those around them.

Oogy: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin

A lion called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall

What the animals taught me: stories of love and healing from a farm animal sanctuary by Stephanie Marohn

Cat daddy: what the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean by Jackson Galaxy with Joel Derfner

Bad dog: a love story by Martin Kihn

The cat who came back for Christmas: how a cat brought a family the gift of love by Julia Romp

Stick It with My Mitten On the Scene

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Do you love summertime in northern Michigan? Can't get enough of Detroit Rock City? Pining for that Pinconning cheese? Show us where you've vacationed in the Wolverine state. Come in to the library and place a star sticker on your latest destination on our Michigan map and earn your My Mitten On the Scene badge. Haven't had time to venture out this summer? Stick a star on your all-time favorite spot in the mitten.

After you've stuck your sticker log on to the CYS home page and claim your badge to be entered in a prize drawing!

Love It with Zinio Digital Magazines

What do you love? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!