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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.

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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 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

Another Time, Another Place

Find out what life was like growing up in bygone days:

Big Russ and me: father and son: lessons of life by Tim Russert — South Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1950s

Defending Baltimore against enemy attack: a boyhood year during World War II by Charles Osgood — Baltimore in the 1940s

A girl named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel — Mooreland, Indiana in the 1960s

Hotel kid: a Times Square childhood by Stephen Lewis — New York City in the 1930s

The life and times of the last kid picked by David Benjamin — Small-town Wisconsin in the 1950s

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

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