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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.

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

Learn a New Game

Use the library's collection to learn a new game, then try out your new skills and share your experience to earn your Game On badge. Explore sports, board games, or even card games. A few suggestions to get you going:

The big book of rules: board games, kids'games, card games, from backgammon and bocce to tiddlywinks and stickball by Stephanie Spadaccini ; illustrated by John Farnsworth


The book of rules: a visual guide to the laws of every commonly played sport and game






The New complete Hoyle: the authoritative guide to the official rules of all popular games of skill and chance by Alfred H. Morehead, Richard L. Frey, Geoffrey Mott- Smith


Hoyle's modern encyclopedia of card games; rules of all the basic games and popular variations, by Walter B. Gibson by Gibson, Walter Brown, 1897-

Chow Down Easy Readers

Check out some of these easy-to-read books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Pancakes, crackers, and pizza: a book about shapes by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler ; illustrations by Steven Hayes ; prepared under the direction of Robert Hillerich

Good food by written by DeMar Reggier ; illustrated by David Austin Clar

The greedy python by Richard Buckley ; illustrated by Eric Carle

Custard Surprise by Bernard Lodge ; pictures by Tim Bowers

Pete the cat: Pete's big lunch by created by James Dean

Easy as apple pie by Karen Gray Ruelle

Teens' Top Ten 2012

We know these are books teens love because the Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where the American Library Association has teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The fault in our stars by John Green

Legend by Marie Lu

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Across the universe [sound recording] by Beth Revis

Memoirs: Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham

Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland

Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Drinking: a love story by Caroline Knapp

The heroin diaries: a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx ; with Ian Gittins

Long past stopping: a memoir by Oran Canfield

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

Curtains Up Children's Readers & Fiction Books

Elephants cannot dance! by Mo Willems

Dancing with the star by Alex Harvey ; illustrated by Stephen Reed

Practice makes perfect by text and jacket art by Rosemary Wells ; interior illustrations by Jody Wheeler

The smile by Donna Jo Napoli

Leonardo's shadow: or, My astonishing life as Leonardo da Vinci's servant by Christopher Grey

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist

Heidi Heckelbeck is ready to dance! by Wanda Coven ; illustrated by Priscilla Burris

Curtains Up Adult Fiction Books

Lucky break: a novel by Esther Freud

The star attraction: a novel by Alison Seeney

The starlet: a novel by Mary McNamara

Picture perfect by Jodi Picoult

Someday, someday, maybe: a novel by Lauren Graham

The stand-in by Kate Clemens

An accidental affair by Eric Jerome Dickey

The ballroom on Magnolia Street by Sharon Owens

CYS Green Thumb

Curtains Up Children's Non-Fiction Books

Kids make music!: clapping & tapping from Bach to rock by Avery Hart and Paul Mantell ; illustrated by Loretta Trezzo Braren

M is for melody: a music alphabet by written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Katherine Larson

Linnea in Monet's garden by text, Christina Bjork ; drawings, Lena Anderson

The twelve dancing princesses by a fairy tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell ; illustrated by Dorothée Duntze

Cool painting: the art of creativity for kids by Anders Hanson

Painting by Jane Bower

Get Well/Be Well with Health Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can achieve this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started? Check out these online resources:

"I Want to Believe...": Supernatural Mysteries on TV

Need something to fill that X-Files-shaped hole in your TV viewing? These TV series feature investigations into the spooky and strange. (Warning: May contain aliens.)

Fringe. The complete first season. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc]

Torchwood. The complete first season, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation

Supernatural. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. ; Wonderland Sound and Vision ; Warner Bros. Television

Eureka. Season 1. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Studios ; Sci Fi Channel

Warehouse 13. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Media Studios

Grimm. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by NBC

Chow Down Picture Books

Check out one of these fun foodie picture books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Monster chefs by Brian & Liam Anderson


Albert the muffin-maker by Eleanor May ; illustrated by Deborah Melmon

The good-pie party by written by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Tiny pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman ; illustrated by Edward Hemingway ; recipe by Alice Waters


Pete's a pizza by William Steig

The apple pie tree by Zoe Hall ; illustrated by Shari Halpern

Teen Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHey Teens! It's Connect Your Summer 2013 and here are some awesome suggestions to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge. Enjoy!

Grow your own pizza!: gardening plans and recipes for kids by Constance Hardesty ; illustrations by Jeff McClung

Plants vs. zombies [electronic resource (video game)]

The green teen: the eco-friendly teen's guide to saving the planet by Jenn Savedge

Generation green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by written by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen

47 things you can do for the environment by Lexi Petronis with environmental consultant Jill Buck

Curtains Up Children's DVDs

Clockworks and Steam Power: Steampunk for Adults

The world of steampunk literature imagines a different historical path-a world run on iron and steam, where the preferred method of travel is the dirigible and everything that moves is run on clockworks.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Dead iron by Devon Monk

The windup girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The diamond age ; or, Young lady's illustrated primer by Neal Stephenson

Mainspring by Jay Lake

Soulless by Gail Carriger

The half-made world by Felix Gilman

Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

Curtains Up Children's Music CDs