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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.

Books by Bloggers

Earn your Geek Out badge with one of these books from some of the Internet's most popular bloggers:

Let's pretend this never happened: (a mostly true memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Sleep is for the weak: the best of the mommybloggers including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and more!: a blogHer book by edited by Rita Arens ; forward by Stacy Morrison

Sparkly green earrings: catching the light at every turn by Melanie Shankle

Heaven is here: an incredible story of hope, triumph, and everyday joy by Stephanie Nielson ; with Amy Ferguson Hackworth

Carry on, warrior: thoughts on life unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton

Detroit River Days

detroit: detroitCelebrate River Days at the Detroit River Front! This year's event takes place June 21 to June 23 with live music, tall ships, sand sculptures and delicious food. Scheduled performers include Guess Who, the O'Jays, and George Clinton. A great way to earn your My Mitten badge!

Great Graphic Novels

Comics aren't just for kids!These graphic novels tell great stories (with and without superheroes) fit for adults.  Some stand alone, some are part of a series.  They all feature excellent characters and beautiful images. 

Fables. Vol. 1. Legends in exile by Bill Willingham, writer ; Lan Medina, penciler ; Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, inkers ; Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Fables created by Bill Willingham

Blacksad by written by Juan Diaz Canales ; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido ; lettering by Studio Cutie

Batman: the killing joke by Alan Moore, writer ; Brian Bolland, art and colors ; Richard Starkings, letterer ; introduction by Tim Sale ; afterword by Brian Bolland ; Batman created by Bob Kane

Brainy Games

scrabble boardEarn your Geek Out badge by playing Words With Friends or Scrabble online. Learn new words while having fun. Or take your choice of a host of other puzzle, hidden object or word games. Online chess is a good one as well. Games can be played on Facebook or independent of it. Start those brain games now!

25 Time Travel Movies

Time travel doesn't just happen in science fiction. These 25 movies cover a variety of genres (science fiction included) but all have one thing in common: the protagonists just can't seem to stay in the same time period.

Back to the future [videodisc]: the complete trilogy by Universal and Amblin Entertainment — Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.

Bill & Ted's excellent adventure [videodisc] by an Orion Pictures release; Nelson Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production; in association with Soisson/Murphey Productions — Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. Two high school students facing a difficult history exam round up some historical heavyweights with the help of a time-traveling messenger.

Looper [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a TriStar Pictures, FilmDistrict, Endgame Entertainment presentation in association with DMG Entertainment of a Ram Bergman production ; produced by Ram Bergman, James D. Stern ; written and directed by Rian Johnson — Starring Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. An assassin known as a "Looper" must kill his future self, who has been sent back 30 years in time by mobsters.

Not Your Grandma's Geeks...

Gone are the visions of pencil protectors and computer nerds. These days, the term "Geek" is used to describe those who are passionate about a particular hobby or interest. Perhaps one of these titles will inspire you to Geek Out!

Geek girls unite: how fangirls, bookworms, indie chicks, and other misfits are taking over the world by Leslie Simon; illustrations by Nan Lawson

Record collecting for girls: unleashing your inner music nerd, one album at a time by Courtney E. Smith

International Bridge Walk

Take part in a truly unique experience by joining the International Bridge Walk in Sault Ste. Marie on June 29. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge, walkers from both the Michigan and Ontario side will get a fantastic view of the Soo Locks along the way. Earn your My Mitten badge and see some beautiful scenery at the same time.

The border at Sault Ste. Marie by Graeme S. Mount, John Abbott, Michael J. Mulloy

Geek Out on Trivia

google logoEarn your Geek Out badge, have fun learning trivia, earning points, and playing A Google A Day online. Share your accomplishments with your friends online or check out how they're doing as they play the game. Library staff is playing this game as well, so see how we do and try it yourself!

Special Events Calendar - Pure Michigan Style

Wondering what special events are going on in Michigan this summer? If so, check out Pure Michigan's Special Events Calendar. This interactive calendar lets you search by date and event type (Fairs & Festivals, Exhibits & Shows, etc.) to find an event in Michigan that's just right for you! Find an event and earn your My Mitten badge by attending.

Fiction about Technology

Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.

Extinction by Mark Alpert

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart

C by Tom McCarthy

For the win by Cory Doctorow

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

Meta-Geek: Fiction Soaked in Geek Culture

Do you geek out about technology, fantasy and science fiction? Each of these books features a healthy dose of nerd-culture reference and hidden humor for readers in-the-know.

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd by edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

The magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman (If you like this, be sure to catch the sequel - The Magician King)

Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

JPod: a novel by Douglas Coupland

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

Historical "What Ifs"

What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:

Almost America: from the colonists to Clinton: a 'what if' history of the U.S. by Steve Tally

Almost history: close calls, plan B's, and twists of fate in American history by Roger Bruns

The Confederate States of America: what might have been by Roger L. Ransom

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

If your summer travels take you in the direction of Saginaw Valley State University, don't forget to visit the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum where you can find more than 2,000 works of the famous sculptor. Fredericks was on the staff of the Cranbook Academy of Art in the 1930s and lived in Birmingham until his death in 1998. His many creations include the Spirit of Detroit sculpture in downtown Detroit, the Barbour Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle, and the Christ on the Cross at the Indian River Catholic Shrine in Indian River, Michigan. The museum is also part of this year's Michigan Activity Pass program. A great way to earn your My Mitten badge!

You are There!

Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert

Eyewitness to history by edited by John Carey

I wish I'd been there: twenty historians bring to life dramatic events that changed America by edited by Byron Hollinshead

I wish I'd been there, book two: European history by edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb

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

What Day Was That?

Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:

America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826

D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944

The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop — April 14, 1865

Day of infamy by Walter Lord — December 7, 1941

The day the American Revolution began: 19 April 1775 by William H. Hallahan — April 19, 1775

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.