Connect Your Summer

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Be Creative: E-lectrified badge.
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Explore the arts with your favorite characters (or some new friends)  in these kids movies!

A young girl tours and twirls through museum galleries experiencing different emotions evoked by different styles of art, and then expresses her energy and inspiration when she finds an empty canvas.

Four-year-old Caillou learns new lessons about life and the world around him. Contains twelve art-themed episodes.

Children are introduced to the imaginative world of art and how a picture can really be worth a thousand words in the lead story ART. Other stories include I Like Me, a celebration of self-esteem; The Dot, a journey of self-discovery and expression that will encourage everyone to explore his or her own creative spirit; Ish, Roman discovers that creativity is about a lot more than getting things just 'right'; and more.

Looking to complete your Electrified Path? Check out and play these games as a way to earn some badges. 

Animal Lover

The wildly popular "Zoo Tycoon" series gets fully reimagined and is set to crank up the excitement of building the ultimate zoo.

Keep it Real

Follow these suggestions (or use your own ideas) to complete your Super Bookworm Path for CYS.

Animal Lover

"THIS IS IT: The final battle for The Red begins here! Teen Titans foe Brother Blood has come to claim the mantle of avatar from Animal Man's daughter Maxine, murdering and plundering his way to power. Now faced with his family being even further torn apart, Buddy Baker must defeat this evil... no matter what the cost. Critically acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire ends his run on the breakout title of The New 52 with this concluding chapter to his epic ANIMAL MAN story. With art from Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Travel Foreman and Lemire himself, ANIMAL MAN VOL. 5: EVOLVE OR DIE! is a fitting ending to a modern classic. Collects ANIMAL MAN #24-29"--.

Check out and read these titles to complete your Super Bookworm Path with Manga! 

Animal Lover

Kamisama kiss. Vol. 3 by Julietta Suzuki

Nanami, missing school because she is distracted by her duties as a local deity, finds everything going wrong in class and is bit on the wrist while following her instinct to save animals.

Keep it Real

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm badge.
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Hey Kids,

It’s Flag Day today, just in time to get everyone in a patriotic mood for Independence Day. On this day in 1777 the Second Continental Congress picked a flag for the brand-new country. I’ve included some helpful resources below in honor of Flag Day. Use them to earn a badge for Connect Your Summer, perhaps the Keep It Real badge for nonfiction, or Explore History, or even Be Creative if you read about Betsy Ross or Francis Scott Key. Listen to patriotic music to earn an eLectrified badge. If you have any questions about our Connect Your Summer program, please see any of our wonderful library staff members.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Books

Flag day by Robert Walker

Describes the holiday of Flag Day that occurs on June 14th every year to celebrate the creation of the United States flag.

The American flag by Debra Hess
This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: E-lectrified and Geek Out: E-lectrified badges.
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Love chess? Want to learn? Check out ChessKid to learn the rules, practice your skills, and play games for free! ChessKid provides a safe, fun, pressure-free environment for kids of all ages to enjoy chess.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Geek Out: E-lectrified badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Surf the web Dewey-style! On #DeweyBrowse, thousands of fun and educational web sites are organized based on the Dewey Decimal System. Explore everything from technology to history with this awesome resource and don't forget to claim your Geek Out badge when you're done!

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Game On: Super Bookworm badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

"Howe shattered records, threw elbows and helped the Detroit Red Wings win four Stanley Cups, becoming an idol to Wayne Gretzky and countless other Canadians while also helping the sport attract American fans." (ESPN) Locally, Gordie Howe was known as an inspiration to the community, interacting with the public and participating in charity work. It is undeniable that Howe helped Detroit earn the moniker of Hockeytown and, as a testament to his popularity in the US and his home country of Canada,  Howe will be immortalized as the namesake for the Gordie Howe International Bridge to be built adjacent to the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River. This great athlete and hero to many will not be soon forgotten. If you would like to know more about his legacy, please check out the following materials.

Mr. Hockey : my story by Gordie Howe

A personal account by the hockey Hall of Famer traces his Depression-era childhood, record-setting career, and enduring relationships with his wife and children.

Hockey great Gordie Howe retired after 25 winning seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he realized that retirement just didn't work for him. When his sons were drafted to the Houston Aeros he came out of retirement to join the team! He was written off by many, who thought he was too old to be playing competitively. Through hard work, perseverance, and the loving support of his wife and family, he and his sons managed to prove the critics wrong by winning several championships for the team.

Love scary movies? Use one to earn your eLectrified badge this summer! These horror flicks are available on DVD at the library or streaming through Hoopla

Animal Lover

A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town. --imdb.com.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: E-lectrified and My Mitten: E-lectrified badges.
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How did Detroit grow from frontier to factory town? Explore an interactive timeline of the city's history OR play the game Building Detroit on this site created by the Detroit Historical Society

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