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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.

History on Film

Watch history as it really happened:

America over there [videodisc]: the United States in World War I, 1917-18 by United States of America War Office, United States of America Navy Department

BBC history of World War II. Part one [videodisc]

The Edward R. Murrow collection [videodisc]

The lost JFK tapes [videodisc]: the assassination by National Geographic ; produced by Tom Jennings Productions for National Geographic Channel

Mccarthy trials [videodisc]: an exploration through archival film

The 1964 World's Fair [videodisc]: relive the wonder by Connecticut Public Television, Janson Video, Inc

20 Songs About Time

A musical trip through time:

Absolute Animals 1964-1968 [sound recording] by the Animals — When I was Young - Eric Burdon & The Animals

Chicago Transit Authority [sound recording] by Chicago — Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is? - Chicago

Inarticulate speech of the heart [sound recording] by Van Morrison — River of Time - Van Morrison

60's pop hits [sound recording]Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers

She's so unusual [sound recording] by Cyndi Lauper — Time after Time - Cyndi Lauper

Urban hymns [sound recording] by The Verve — This time - The Verve

Help! [sound recording] by The Beatles — Yesterday - The Beatles

Hot rocks [sound recording]: 1964-1971 by the Rolling Stones — Time is on My Side - The Rolling Stones

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

National Cherry Festival

This year's National Cherry Festival takes place June 29 to July 6 in Traverse City. Along with the numerous cherry delights, the festival includes cruises, parades, live music, arts & crafts, and family events. Scheduled to appear live are Edgar Winter, Aaron Tippin, Foreigner, and Styx. Earning your My Mitten badge couldn't be any easier - or more fun!

Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula: hand-altered polaroid photographs by Cynthia Davis


Traverse City: from farmstead to lakeshore by Thomas Kachadurian

All Around Michigan

Take a tour of our great state and learn about some of its many interesting communities.

Ann Arbor observed: selections from Then & now by Grace Shackman

Lost Ann Arbor by Susan Cee Wineberg

Cadillac: vintage postcard memoirs by Debra Bricault

The Caro area by Marcia M. Dievendorf, Patricia E. Frazer, and Mark O. Keller for the Caro Area District Library

Vintage views of the Charlevoix-Petoskey region by M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson

Dearborn, Michigan by Craig Hutchison and Kimberly Rising ; Dearborn Historical Museum, City of Dearborn

Automotive Hall of Fame

Learn about the pioneers of the auto industry through visual and interactive exhibits at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn. Located next door to the Henry Ford Museum, it opened in 1997. A fun and informative way to earn your My Mitten badge.

The Ford century: Ford Motor Company and the innovations that shaped the world by Russ Banham ; foreword by Paul Newman

The American auto factory by Byron Olsen and Joseph Cabadas ; foreword by Ben Hamper

Riding the roller coaster: a history of the Chrysler Corporation by Charles K. Hyde

Billy Durant: creator of General Motors by Lawrence R. Gustin

In Old New York

Take a walk back in history to the New York City of the 1870s, '80s and '90s where you will encounter the Astors and Vanderbilts, Diamond Jim Brady, Boss Tweed, Stanford White, and Teddy Roosevelt:

American passage: the history of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato

The architect of desire: beauty and danger in the Stanford White family by Suzannah Lessard

The blizzard of '88 by Mary Cable

Boss Tweed: the rise and fall of the corrupt pol who conceived the soul of modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Commissioner Roosevelt: the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City police, 1895-1897 by H. Paul Jeffers

Harborfest 2013

Celebrate South Haven's maritime history at this year's Harborfest celebration. Festivities include food, crafts, boat racing and a Renaissance festival, and run from June 20 to the 23rd.  Have fun and earn your My Mitten badge at the same time.

Maritime South Haven: 1900-1950 by Michigan Maritime Museum

Time Travel to the Great Battles of the Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863. Travel back in time and learn more about the battles of the war that literally tore our country apart:

The bonfire: the siege and burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman

Chancellorsville, 1863: the souls of the brave by Ernest B. Furgurson

Dissonance: the turbulent days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run by David Detzer

Donnybrook: the Battle of Bull Run, 1861 by David Detzer

From Winchester to Cedar Creek: the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 by Jeffry D. Wert

Hydroplane Racing on the Detroit River

Watch Unlimited Hydroplanes race on the Detroit River at speeds close to 200 miles an hour at this year's APBA Gold Cup Race. This year's event runs July 13-14 and is a great way to earn your My Mitten badge.

Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Eyewitness History

Be there with the history makers!

The beauty and the sorrow: an intimate history of the First World War by Peter Englund ; translated by Peter Graves

Berlin diary: the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941 by William L. Shirer ; with a new foreword by Gordon A. Craig

Blue-eyed child of fortune: the Civil War letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw by edited by Russell Duncan

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.]

Dispatches from the front: the American war correspondent by Nathaniel Lande

Movie Villains We Love to Hate

Of course we're rooting for the hero/heroine to win, but these movies are extra good because the villains are so very good at being evil.

Love Stories: Great Romance Novels

Bet me by Jennifer Crusie

Born in fire by Nora Roberts

A countess below stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

How to marry a marquis by Julia Quinn

It had to be you by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Mine till midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Mr.

Michigan Modern

Visit the new exhibit at the Cranbook Art Museum and earn your My Mitten badge! Opening June 14, Michigan Modern: design that shaped America celebrates our state's contributions to modern design, including the architects Albert Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and Minoru Yamasaki. The exhibit will be available until October 13. The Cranbrook Art Museum is also part of this year's Michigan Activity Pass program.

Ford Fireworks

fireworks: fireworksCelebrate our nation's birthday and earn your My Mitten badge at the Detroit Ford Fireworks display on June 24 at 10:00 PM. The 55th annual event takes place along the Detroit River and Hart Plaza. For more fireworks display in Wayne County click here.

Electric Forest Festival

The 2013 Electric Forest Festival takes place this year in Rothbury, Michigan from June 27-30. This year's performers include The String Cheese Incident, Passion Pit, Yeasayer and Pretty Lights. Click here for directions and have a great time earning your My Mitten badge.

Animal Friendships for Kids

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh

The monkey and the dove: and four other true stories of animal friendships by Jennifer S. Holland

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Geeked about books and reading? For the most interested, a nonfiction selection of stories about authors or the inspiration for their work.

The Brontë sisters: the brief lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
by Catherine Reef


The trouble begins at 8: a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West by Sid Fleischman


Marooned: the strange but true adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe by Robert Kraske ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker





C.S. Lewis: the man behind Narnia by Beatrice Gormley






Knucklehead: tall tales and mostly true stories of growing up Scieszka by Jon Scieszka







Sports Biographies for Kids

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Mighty Jackie: the strike out queen by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen


Black Jack: the ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr. ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans


You never heard of Willie Mays?! by written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team by written by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Steven Salerno

Fun and Games for the Whole Family