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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.

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

Michigan Eats

Michigan Biography

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

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

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

History is Not Boring!

Michigan Reads! Books for Kids

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects a special book for its 'Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book' program. These books are great for sharing with preschoolers and other members of the family! This summer, earn your My Mitten badge by checking out some of the great book selections from this program.

2013:

Woolbur by Leslie Helakoski ; illustrated by Lee Harper

2012:

Moose on the loose by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

2011:

Memoirs of a goldfish by Devin Scillian ; and illustrated by Tim Bowers

2010:

The runaway garden: a delicious story that's good for you, too! by Jeffery L. Schatzer ; illustrations by Jeffrey Ebbeler

2009:

The pout-pout fish by Deborah Diesen ; pictures by Dan Hanna

2008:

Superheroes Hit the Big Screen

Comic Book Superheroes have hit Hollywood in a big way! Check out these action-packed films full of our favorite heroes.

Marvel's the Avengers [videodisc] by Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, a Marvel Studios production ; written and directed by Joss Whedon

Superman returns [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures in association with Bad Hat Harry

Thor [videodisc)] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

Spider-Man [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Enterprises/Laura Ziskin production

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

Explore Michigan's 'Natural Gems'

Check out the Michigan Radio article, '5 Natural Gems Even Native Michiganders Don't Know About', and learn about some lesser-known attractions to visit during your travels around the state this summer. Visit one of those places, or tell us about another hidden gem you know about, and earn your My Mitten badge!

Traveling Green in Michigan

Planning a vacation or camping trip in Michigan this summer? Make sure you check out these great, simple tips from 'The Awesome Mitten' blog for making your trip more eco-friendly. Do your part in keeping our state clean and beautiful!

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

Geeky Reads for Kids

Geek n.

  1. An unfashionable or socially inept person.
  2. A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest: "A computer geek".

We have lots of books in our Children's Library starring geeks. And quite often, they are the heros. Check one out today.

Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley; illustrations by Ethen Beavers

Geek chic: the Zoey zone by Margie Palatini

The homework machine by Dan Gutman

Sixth-grade glommers, norks, and me by Lisa Papademetriou

Nerd girls: the rise of the dorkasaurus by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

You've Got Mail!

A fascinating look at personal correspondence throughout history:

Dear America: letters home from Vietnam by edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission; [with a new introduction by Senator John McCain; foreword by William Broyles, Jr.]

The 50 greatest love letters of all time by [selected] by David H. Lowenherz

Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 by edited by Lisa Grunwald & Stephen J. Adler

Mary Todd Lincoln: her life and letters by [by] Justin G. Turner [and] Linda Lovitt Turner. With an introd. by Fawn M. Brodie

Letters from Black America by edited by Pamela Newkirk

Teen Baseball Books

Center field by Robert Lipsyte

Heat by Mike Lupica

Curveball: the year I lost my grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

The boy who saved baseball by John H. Ritter

Alex Rodriguez by Michael V. Uschan

The big field by Mike Lupica

Center field by Robert Lipsyte

Time Travel Science Fiction

Science fiction is the home of time travel in literature. Check out these classic tales of time travel adventure.

In the garden of Iden : a novel of the company by Kage Baker

Pastwatch : the redemption of Christopher Columbus by Orson Scott Card

Time and again by Finney, Jack

The centurion's empire by Sean McMullen

Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven

The time machine by H.G. Wells

To say nothing of the dog, or, How we found the bishop's bird stump at last by Connie Willis

Time Travel Fiction

Travel through time to real and imagined places.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

From time to time: a novel by Jack Finney

The house on the strand by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame, 1907-1989

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Life, the universe, and everything by Douglas Adams

Lightning by Dean R. Koontz

Making history: a novel by Stephen Fry

Visit an Historic Bridge

Michigan is home to many historic bridges which are located throughout the state. To get you started on your search, check out the Michigan Historic Bridges list from the MDOT page, or the Historic Bridges of Michigan section of HistoricBridges.org. Either site will give you numerous suggestions to plan your excursion. A great way to earn your My Mitten badge and learn a little history at the same time!