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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.

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]

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

Michigan Born!

michigan: michiganMichigan is the birth place of many illustrious figures in all walks of life. The state can claim innumerable artists, actors, authors, sportsmen, scientists, musicians, innovators as native sons and daughters. Here are just a few!

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

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

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!

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.

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

Teen Fiction Set in Michigan

Looking for a novel that takes place in our very own great state? Check out these novels set throughout Michigan, from Detroit to Flint to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Albatross by Josie Bloss

Queen of secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff

Cheated by Patrick Jones

The goddess test by Aimée Carter

The morgue and me by John C. Ford

Belle by Beverly Jenkins

Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones

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 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!

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

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

World War II : A History Mystery Activity

By conducting research and using the fewest number of clues possible, solve a mystery related to World War II. Geared towards children in grades 3-8, this is a great way to earn your Sleuth It badge. Complete the mystery and then return to our website to claim your badge!

Mystery Authors Word Search

Do you love word searches? Do you find yourself looking for more mystery authors to read? Earn your Sleuth It badge by completing either our adult or children's mystery author word search! Pick up your copy at either Help Desk. No need to turn it back in. Save it so you'll have a list of authors that you may have never read before. Once you finish it, make sure you visit our website and claim your badge!

Michigan Historical Museum

MichiganA great way to earn your My Mitten badge is to visit the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing. Current exhibits include The First People to 1900, Michigan in the Twentieth Century, and Put it on Paper. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Michigan at War

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Earn your My Mitten badge this summer by visiting the Charles H. Wright Muesum of African American History. Located in Detroit's Midtown area, among its many attractions is its core exhibit And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture.

The African-American century: how Black Americans have shaped our country by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West