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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.

Game On/Green Thumb Flower Tournament: Week 1

As part of Connect Your Summer, the Game On and Green Thumb badges have teamed up to do a flower tournament! Only one flower can be crowned the best flower of summer, and it's up to you to decide.

Each week during Connect Your Summer, two flowers will duke it out for your votes. The flower with the most votes will continue on in the tournament. This week, we're pitting dandelions against violets!

Sign in to vote for your favorite flower:

Dandelion
31% (5 votes)
Violet
69% (11 votes)
Total votes: 16

Cooking From Your Garden

Kristi Zebrowski will share tips on cooking from your garden. You have a ton of tomatoes, a zillion zucchini, a plethora of peppers - what do you do with all that great, fresh food? Kristi will share delicious secrets for using everything up with little or no waste, and you don't have to sneak your produce on your neighbor's porch in the dead of night. Join us on Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 PM for this helpful evening and to earn your Chow Down badge too!

Where in Canton are LB and Clarke? #1

LB's cousin, Clarke, came to visit and LB took him on a tour all over Canton. They forgot to label their pictures, so put your sleuth skills to the test and help the bears remember where in Canton they visited.

Read the clue, look at the picture and send your guess to sleuthit@cantonpl.org with the subject line "Where in Canton #1", then claim your Sleuth it! badge. All correct entries will be entered in a drawing for a prize at the end of the contest. Please one entry per picture.

Clue #1 - Didn't go far to have a lesson about Canton's past.

Green Egg Grilling

biggreenegg_grill.jpgDean Barell, owner of Canton’s Heat & Sweep on Lilley Road will share his expertise on grilling and particularly the amazing and healthy new Green Egg style of outdoor cooking. Join us on Tuesday, July 30 at 6:30 PM.
This one is for all the guys who love to barbeque and the women who love to watch! You can also earn your Chow Down badge.

Read the Book and Watch the Movie

Be a Track Detective!

Can you tell us who made these tracks? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from one of the Help Desks.
  2. Locate the animal tracks and photos on the window of the Purple room in the Children’s department or along the bottom part of the New Book shelf in the Adult department.
  3. Look at an animal track and read the attached hint. Do you know which animal made the track or can you recognize the animal from the added description?
  4. Now look at all the animal photos displayed. Do you see the animal you think was described and could have made the track? If so...
  5. Find the letter next to the track. Write that letter next to the correct animal on the activity log.
  6. Put your completed activity log in the box on the reception desk for a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your ANIMAL LOVER badge online, too!

10 Off-beat Films About Food

Check out one of these food-related films and earn a Chow Down badge:

1. Big night [videodisc] by Rysher Entertainment presents a Timpano production:
Determined to drum up business and foil his Little Italy rival, Secondo concocts a rumor that bandleader Louis Prima will dine at his restaurant that very night, sending chef Primo into a frenzy. Will it be the finest night of his career, or will it be a financial disaster? Will Louis Prima actually come to dine? With wonderful performances by Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub, it's worth viewing this film just to see the dinner's masterpiece timpano.

2. Toast [videodisc] by W2 Media Inc, BBC, and Screen WM present ; produced by Faye Ward ; written by Lee Hall ; directed by SJ Clarkson:
England's reputation for terrible food may be deserved if this film, based on food writer Nigel Slater's memoirs, can be believed. Nigel's mum may have served meals from boiled tins, but he and his dad adored her. When she dies and her place in his father's affections is threatened by their gastronomically adept cleaning lady, Nigel enters into an unofficial culinary contest with his late mother's rival.

Kids Read Comics

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 22nd and Sunday, June 23rd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics!  Learn, draw, meet cartoonists!  Can't make it to KRC?  Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

Hercules: the twelve labors by story by Paul Storrie ; pencils by Steve Kurth ; inks by Barbara Schulz

Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; with color by Gurihiru ; [lettering by John Green]

Giants beware! by written by Jorge Aguirre ; art by Rafael Rosado ; story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre ; colors by John Novak, Matthew Schenk

Phineas and Ferb: it's about time! by adapted by John Green

Zombie Fiction

Why do we love zombies?  They're smelly, they're slow (most of the time), and they bite.  But...zombie stories also celebrate our humanity.  These stories aren't about the end of the world, they're about survival in the face of devastating tragedy.  

Feed by Mira Grant

The walking dead: rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga


Zombies vs. unicorns by Justine Larbalestier, Holly Black

Warm bodies: a novel by Isaac Marion


Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Calling all Pinterest Users

PinterestAre you a Pinterest user? Then check out our Connect Your Summer Pinterest boards. There's a board for every badge with ideas, materials suggestions and activities.
Follow all the library's Pinterest boards, or click for badge-specific boards. Check back often as we'll be adding content all summer long.

Animal Lover
Back in Time
Be Creative
Be Well
Chow Down
Curtains On
Game On
Green Thumb
Geek Out
Love It
My Mitten
Sleuth It

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

Marshall M. Fredericks, sculptor by edited by Suzanne P. Fredericks ; introductory essay by Edgar P. Richardson ; foreword by Sammuel Sachs II ; researched and compiled by Marcy Heller Fisher ; with contributions by Barbara Heller ... [et al.]

Michigan Critters

Enslaved by ducks by Bob Tarte


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Birds of Detroit by Chris C. Fisher, Allen T. Chartier


Michigan turtles and lizards: a field guide and pocket reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman ; photography and illustrations by James H. Harding, except where otherwise credited


Fish of Michign field guide by David Bosanko


The wolves of Isle Royale: a broken balance by Rolf O. Peterson


Fowl weather by Bob Tarte

Detroit Fiction

Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer


Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels


See what I see by Gloria Whelan


The dollmaker by Harriette Arnow


The Detroit electric scheme by D. E. Johnson

Pure Michigan Travel

Michigan's motto declares: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." With that in mind,  take some time to explore the natural beauty and wonder of our great state with the resources listed below. For more ideas explore the Pure Michigan website.

Of woods and water: a photographic journey across Michigan by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan ; foreword by Dave Dempsey


The paddler's guide to Michigan by Jeff Counts


Hiking Michigan by Roger E. Storm, Susan M. Wedzel


Belle Isle to 8 Mile: an insider's guide to Detroit by edited by Andy Linn, Emily Linn and Rob Linn


Twelve classic trout streams in Michigan: a handbook for fly anglers by Gerth E. Hendrickson ; fully revised by Jim DuFresne

Ethnic Michigan

Michigan has a rich history of ethnic diversity. Early European explorers were met by the most populous Native American tribes of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people. Later, in the 17th century, the French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan. These included Etienne Brule, Jacques Marquette, and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit. However, over time large populations of various European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicities have emigrated to our state. Find out more about the people who have contributed to Michigan's growth and culture.

Arab Americans in Metro Detroit: a pictorial history by Anan Ameri ; Yvonne Lockwood

Arab Americans in Michigan by Rosina J. Hassoun

Chaldeans in Michigan by Mary C. Sengstock

Michigan Historical Fiction


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson — Detroit, 1912.


The Detroit electric scheme by D. E. Johnson — Detroit, 1910.


The expeditions: a novel by Karl Iagnemma — Michigan Territory, 1844.


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer — Detroit, 1967.


Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick — Detroit, mid-1970s.


The mercy killers: a novel by Lisa Reardon — Ypsilanti, 1967.


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides — Detroit, from Prohibition to the present.

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

Michigan in Song

music notes: music notesCheck out some of these tunes that mention Michigan or its cities:

Even More Fascinating Michigan History

More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan remembered: photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, 1936- 1943 by edited by Constance B. Schulz ; with introductory essays by Constance B. Schulz and William H. Mulligan, Jr

Father Abraham's children: Michigan episodes in the Civil War by Frank B. Woodford ; new foreword by Arthur M. Woodford

A drive down memory lane: the named state and federal highways of Michigan by LeRoy Barnett

The Potawatomis, keepers of the fire by R. David Edmunds

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel

Lumberjack: inside an era in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by William S. Crowe ; editors, Lynn McGlothlin Emerick, Ann McGlothlin Weller