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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.

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!

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

Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh My!

Michigan is lucky to be home to many successful sports teams - both professional and collegiate. The Detroit Tigers, Red WIngs, Lions, and Pistons are all among the longest running franchises in their sports and have won several championships between them. In fact, in 1935, Detroit was nicknamed the City of Champions when the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won the first championships in their respective sport that year. In addition, boxer and local hero Joe Louis was named the "Most Outstanding Athlete of 1935." The University of Michigan, and Michigan State University both have a long tradition of winning teams in several sports as well.

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

Imported From Detroit

Read about some of Detroit's greatest hits!

Brewed in Detroit: breweries and beers since 1830 by Peter H. Blum

The Vernor's story: from gnomes to now by Lawrence L. Rouch

TV land—Detroit by Gordon Castelnero

The birth of the Detroit sound: 1940-1964 by Marilyn Bond and S.R. Boland

100 years of Ford: a centennial celebration of the Ford Motor Company by David L. Lewis and the auto editors of Consumer Guide

The story of Motown by Peter Benjaminson

Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker

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!

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.

Recent Michigan Nonfiction

From history to sports to music to biography, try some of these recent titles about the great state of Michigan!

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


Driving Detroit: the quest for respect in Motown by George Galster


Hockeytown doc: a half-century of Red Wings stories from Howe to Yzerman by John "Jack" Finley ; [foreword by Gordie Howe]


The glory years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950 by William M. Anderson ; with a foreword by Dan Dickerson


Detroit's historic places of worship by compiled and edited by Marla O. Collum, Barbara E. Krueger, Dorothy Kostuch ; photographs by Dirk Bakker ; with a foreword by John Gallagher

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

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

Michigan Mysteries

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

Documentary Michigan

Check out some of these interesting documentaries on all things Michigan.

Michigan's lumbering days & camp life [videodisc]: when the big trees fell by Program Source International

The Kellogg brothers [videodisc]: corn flake kings by A & E Television Networks

Mackinac Island [videodisc]: a 600 year history by Program Source International

Model T [videodisc] by The History Channel ; Motor Car Co. Inc

The city of Magic [videodisc] by Equity Studios

Borderline [videodisc]: the story of 8 Mile Road by an Urban Garlic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation and Oakland County Cable Communications Corporation

Henry Ford [videodisc]

More Fun and Activities for the Whole Family

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