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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 Authors

Michigan: MichiganMichigan is home to many noted authors. Whether native born or longtime residents, writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, the following authors have produced a remarkable body of work.

Michigan Biography

Time Marches On!

History is full of days and years which have special meaning. 1492? Columbus discovered America. 1776? America declared its independence. 1929? The stock market crashed. We all learned about these significant dates in school. However, these are just some of the years in history worth remembering - for better or for worse. Check out the following list for more:

69 A.D.: the year of four emperors by Gwyn Morgan

The year 1000: what life was like at the turn of the first millennium: an Englishman's world by Robert Lacey, Danny Danziger

1066: the year of the conquest by David Howarth; illustrations to chapter headings by Gareth Floyd

Fascinating Michigan History

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:

Mysterious Michigan

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon


Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker


From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska


Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum


Detroit's Belle Isle: island park gem by Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone

Michigan Eats

Pure Michigan

Visit the Pure Michigan site and earn your My Mitten badge by visiting or exploring one of the numerous vacation spots in our great state. From bike trails to museums to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, you're sure to find something to do this summer!

Michigan at the Movies

Check out some of these films set in Michigan!

Anatomy of a murder [videodisc] by Columbia ; Otto Preminger presents — Upper Peninsula

The road to Wellville [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures — Battle Creek

Semi-pro [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Mosaic Media Group production — Flint

Answer this! [videodisc] by Wrekin Hill Entertainment and ; Neka Films present ; produced by Mike Farah, Anna Wenger ; written & directed by Christopher Farah — Ann Arbor

Zebrahead [videodisc] by an Ixtlan Production ; Triumph Releasing Corporation — Detroit

Grosse Pointe blank [videodisc] by Hollywood Pictures in association with Caravan Pictures, New Crime Productions — Grosse Pointe

As Time Goes By

Enjoy these films about the passage of time:

Around the world in 80 days [videodisc] by a Harmony Gold & ReteEuropa production ; in association with Valente/ Baerwald

The big clock [videodisc] by a Paramount picture

The clock [videodisc] by a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture

Clockwatchers [videodisc] by Goldcrest Films International

The devil at 4 o'clock [videodisc] by directed by Mervyn LeRoy ; written by Liam O'Brien

(500) days of Summer [videodisc] by Fox Searchlight Pictures presents a Watermark production

Friday night lights [videodisc] by Friday Night Lights, LLC. ; Imagine Entertainment

Visit a Michigan Sand Dune

Some of the most spectacular sand dunes in the nation are right here in Michigan. In fact, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was recently voted as the most beautiful place in America by viewers of Good Morning America. Take in some awe-inspiring scenery and earn you My Mitten badge at the same time by visiting some of these natural wonders.

Sleeping Bear, yesterday and today: including ghost towns, lighthouses, and shipwrecks of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by George Weeks ; preface by James Ridenour

Sand dunes of the Great Lakes by photographs by C.J. Elfont ; text by Edna A. Elfont

The legend of sleeping bear by text by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Michigan Notable Books 2013

Michigan: MichiganThe Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable volumes published that year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Most of the winning titles can be found in the Library's collection. From fiction to nonfiction, the following list offers a variety of choices:

American Poet by Vande Zande, Jeff


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


Bear has a story to tell by written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead


The boy governor: Stevens T. Mason and the birth of Michigan politics by Don Faber

Upper Peninsula Fiction

Cold: a novel by John Smolens


North of nowhere: an Alex McKnight mystery by Steve Hamilton


Anatomy of a murder by Traver, Robert, 1903-


Returning to earth by Jim Harrison


Without a trace by Colleen Coble


Ursula, under: a novel by Ingrid Hill


Red jacket: a Lute Bapcat mystery by Joseph Heywood


A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

History is Not Boring!

Visit the World's Fair - in Dearborn!

The Henry Ford Museum is sponsoring the exhibit Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s until September 2. Nearly 150 artifacts are on display from the six fairs held in the United States during the 1930s - from Chicago in 1933 to New York City in 1939. Besides offering a fascinating look back at our country's history, it's also a great way for history buffs to earn their My Mitten badge!

Teens Get Your Fiction Game On

The Big Game of Everything by Chris Lynch

Swim the fly by Don Calame

Whale talk by Chris Crutcher

Winger by Andrew Smith

Rush for the gold: mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein

Vanishing act by John Feinstein

Summer ball by Mike Lupica

The batboy by Mike Lupica

Michigan Myths, Legends & Folklore for Kids

Have you ever wondered how the Sleeping Bear Dunes got their name? Or how Mackinac Island came to be? If so, check out these books on Michigan myths, legends, and folklore and earn your 'My Mitten' badge.

The legend of the Petoskey stone by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Leelanau by written by Kathy-Jo Wargin ; illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of Mackinac Island by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The legend of sleeping bear by text by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrations by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter

Visit the Detroit Zoo!

animals: animalsThe Detroit Zoo's featured animal for June is Kisa, a 10-year old Amur tiger. Come out and see Kisa, along with the lions, giraffes, polar bears, penguins and the almost 3,300 animals representing 280 species situated on 125 acres. A fun way to earn your My Mitten badge! Learn how to get discounted tickets to the Detroit Zoo using your library card.

Sleuth It: Dead & Done I

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, gives a look at history’s darker underside.

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Everybody kills somebody sometime by Robert J. Randisi

The reeve's tale by Margaret Frazer

Blood alone by James R. Benn

India Black by Carol K. Carr

Death of a chancellor: a murder mystery featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt by David Dickinson