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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.

Cute Baby Animals

Check out these adorable books about the youngest animals out there!

Are you my baby? by Kathleen Rizzi

Baby animals by Roger Priddy

Animal babies by Andrea Pinnington and Tory Gordon- Harris

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: spring babies by written by Erica Silverman ; painted by Betsy Lewin

Biscuit and the little pup by story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; pictures by Pat Schories

Get Outdoors with eMagazines

Gardening, hiking, and nature! Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Michigan Critters

Enslaved by ducks by Bob Tarte


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Birds of Detroit by Chris C. Fisher, Allen T. Chartier


Michigan turtles and lizards: a field guide and pocket reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman ; photography and illustrations by James H. Harding, except where otherwise credited


Fish of Michign field guide by David Bosanko


The wolves of Isle Royale: a broken balance by Rolf O. Peterson

Dog Tales: Streaming Audiobooks about Dogs from Hoopla

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VIII

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, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Sweet poison by David Roberts

Christine Falls: a novel by Benjamin Black

The day the music died: a mystery by Ed Gorman

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

Shadow trade by Alan Furst

The Internet: Where Cats are Famous

The Internet is full of funny pictures, blogs, and videos on pretty much any topic.  These cats have spent so much time on our computer screens that we put them in books, too!

I am Maru by Mugumogu

I can has cheezburger?: a LOLcat collekshun by Eric Nakagawa and Kari Unebasami

How to take over teh wurld: a LOLcat guide 2 winning by Professor Happycat and icanhascheezburger.com

Famous Doctors in TV Series

Looking for a tv series for your Be Well Badge where a "doctor" plays a major role in the drama? Check out these titles:

Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (Scrubs)
Dr. Derek Shepherd (Grey's Anatomy)
Dr. Gregory House (House M.D.)
Dr. Sean McNamara (Nip/Tuck)
Dr. Hawkeye Pierce (M*A*S*H)
Dr. Doug Ross  (E.R.)
Dr. Martin Ellignham (Doc Martin)
Dr. Douglas Howser (Doogie Howser, M.D.)
Dr. Donald Westphall (St. Elsewhere)

Geek Out with Zinio Digital Magazines

Are you a big nerd at heart? Do you love technology? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Murder Will Out: May 2014


A dangerous fiction: a novel by Barbara Rogan

Dante's wood: a Mark Angelotti novel by Lynne Raimondo

Dead man's time by Peter James

Deadly devotion: a novel by Sandra Orchard

Death of a chef by Alexander Campion

Ethnic Michigan

Michigan has a rich history of ethnic diversity. Early European explorers were met by the most populous Native American tribes of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people. Later, in the 17th century, the French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan. These included Etienne Brule, Jacques Marquette, and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit. However, over time large populations of various European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicities have emigrated to our state. Find out more about the people who have contributed to Michigan's growth and culture.

Arab Americans in Metro Detroit: a pictorial history by Anan Ameri ; Yvonne Lockwood

Arab Americans in Michigan by Rosina J. Hassoun

Chaldeans in Michigan by Mary C. Sengstock

Cardiovascular Fitness

Sleuth It: Dead and Done IX

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, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The empty mirror: a Viennese mystery by J. Sydney Jones

Hangman blind by Cassandra Clark

Some danger involved: a novel by Will Thomas

Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

The janissary tree by Jason Goodwin

From Book to Graphic Novel

Are you looking to re-read some of the classics, or want some more time with your favorite characters? Try out a book that started as a novel and was adapted in graphic novel form!

Fahrenheit 451: the authorized adaptation by Tim Hamilton ; introduction by Ray Bradbury

A game of thrones: the graphic novel, volume 1 by George R.R. Martin ; adapted by Daniel Abraham ; art by Tommy Patterson ; colors by Ivan Nunes ; lettering by Marshall Dillon

Pride and prejudice and zombies: the graphic novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ; adapted by Tony Lee ; illustrated by Cliff Richards

The Dresden files: storm front. Vol. 1. The gathering storm by based on the novel Storm Front by Jim Butcher ; adaptation, Mark Powers ; penciler, Ardian Syaf ; inker, Rick Ketcham ; colorist, Mohan ; letterer, Bill Tortolini

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

Y: the last man. Vol. 1. Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Pia Guerra, penciller ; Jose Marzan, inker ; Pamela Rambo, colorist ; Clem Robins, letterer ; J.G. Jones, original series covers ; Y: the last man created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

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

Mysteries We Love

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

A murder is announced: a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie

Death comes as epiphany by Sharan Newman

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Crocodile on the sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Blood alone by James R. Benn

Physical Fitness for Older Adults

How to stay fit as you age [videodisc] by Kimberlee Bethany Bonura


Relax into yoga [videodisc]


Gliding. For the active older adult [videodisc]


Age of champions [videodisc] by Documentary Foundation presents a film by Christopher Rufo & Keith Ochwat


Exercise testing and exercise prescription for the elderly [videodisc] by James Skinner ; [American College of Sports Medicine]


Older & much wiser workout for active older adults [videodisc]


Sit and be fit. Easy fitness for seniors [videodisc] by a Sit and Be Fit production in association with KSPS-TV ; producer, Mary Ann Wilson


Older & wiser workout [videodisc]: for active older adults by with Sue Grant ; produced by FitFlix Productions

If You Like Iris Johansen

If you enjoy suspense with romantic interest, are a fan of Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag, or Catherine Coulter try...

Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan

Trust me by Brenda Novak

Show no mercy by Cindy Gerard

Shiver by Karen Robards

Die for me by Karen Rose

Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo

Live to tell by Wendy Corsi Staub

When Animals Attack!

We like to think that we live in relative harmony with the wild and dangerous creatures around us, but sometimes nature (or science) reminds us that there are bigger, badder creatures on this planet-and some of them want to eat us. Some are tiny and come in large numbers, some are large and have sharp claws, and some hide in deep waters and have many rows of sharp teeth, such as the airborne predators in Sharknado.

Check out these spine-tingling films about when animals (or lizards or arachnids or...) attack!

Snakes on a plane [videodisc] by Hannah Rachel Production Services Ltd. ; Mutual Film Corporation ; New Line Cinema ; Patchwork Productions

The birds [videodisc] by screenplay by Evan Hunter ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Jurassic Park [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment Production ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp

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

The amazing Spider-Man [videodisc] by produced by Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Matt Tolmach ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves ; directed by Marc Webb

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production