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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.

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.

Children's Historical Fiction Set in Michigan

Travel back in time to various points in Michigan history with these historical fiction novels:

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard ; illustrated by Ronald Himler

Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff

The locked garden by Gloria Whelan

The sign of the sinister sorcerer by Brad Strickland

The shadow of the wolf by Gloria Whelan ; illustrated by Tony Meers

Geek Out on Zinio

ZinioConnect to Zinio from our homepage and read digital magazines on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Earn your Geek Badge as you have fun perusing a wide variety of popular topics including crafts, home decorating, trade skills and more. Get started today!

Pewabic Pottery

Pewabic Pottery in Detroit was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Founded in 1903 at the height of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America, the pottery is known nationally for its unique iridescent glazes. Take a trip downtown and earn your My Mitten badge at the same time!

The arts & crafts movement in Europe & America: design for the modern world by Wendy Kaplan ; with contributions by Alan Crawford ... [et al.]

Fired magic: Detroit's Pewabic pottery treasures by Marcy Heller Fisher ; illustrated by Marjorie Hecht Simon

Children's Fiction Set in Michigan

Ellie McDoodle: have pen, will travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

Mom for mayor by Nancy Edwards ; illustrated by Michael Chesworth

Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor

Gator on the loose! by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

Hidden by Helen Frost

The batboy by Mike Lupica

Take a Hike!

Looking for a way to get some exercise, see some beautiful scenery and earn your My Michigan badge? Then go to MichiganTrailMaps.com and check out the almost 170 trails in the Lower Peninsula which have been mapped out for potential hikers.

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

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

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!

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!

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

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

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

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!

Try a New Sport

Tennis: steps to success by Jim Brown, Camille Soulier

Table tennis: steps to success by Richard McAfee

Field hockey: steps to success by Elizabeth Anders with Sue Myers

Softball: steps to success by Diane Potter, Lynn V. Johnson

Archery: steps to success by Kathleen M. Haywood, Catherine F. Lewis

Swimming: steps to success by David Thomas

Basketball: steps to success by Hal Wissel

Time Travel Series for Kids

These time-traveling adventures will keep you coming back for more...good thing they're part of a series!

 

The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca [series: Magic Tree House]

Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith [series: Time Warp Trio]

A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle [series: Time Quintet]

Spark Your Imagination to Be Creative!

Many new books have been written to help spark creativity.