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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.

Picture Books to Love

There are so many fantastic picture books out there to enjoy. Here's a few great reads that kids of all ages will love!

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault ; illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Curious George by H. A.

Geeky Non-Fiction for Kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to help you geek out.

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Star Wars head to head by Pablo Hidalgo

Lego Star wars: character encyclopedia by written by Hannah Dolan with Elizabeth Dowsett, Shari Last, and Victoria Taylor

The Lego ideas book: unlock your imagination by author, Daniel Lipkowitz

Crazy concoctions: a mad scientist's guide to messy mixtures by Jordan D. Brown; illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Discovery Channel young scientist challenge: taking science to the extreme! by Rosanna Hansen and Sherry Gerstein

Curtains Up Children's Picture Books

You can't take a balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by story by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman ; pictures by Robin Preiss Glasser

Giraffes can't dance by Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson

The barn dance by Pat Hutchins

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Books for Geek Parents

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

The geek dad's guide to weekend fun: cool hacks, cutting -edge games, and more awesome projects for the whole family by Ken Denmead


And for Moms who want to get in on the fungeek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!

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

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

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

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

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

Where Do You Love to Read?

Do you love to read so much that you will read almost anywhere? Where are you reading this summer? On the golf course? In a tent? On a boat? On vacation in some exotic locale? Or in your own tree fort? When you claim your Love It badge, upload a picture of you (or your family) reading. Not only will you earn your Love It badge, you will be entered in a random drawing for a prize! 

Curtains Up Children's Music CDs

Books for Teens Who Love Adventure Stories

Variant by Robison Wells

The knife of never letting go [sound recording] by Patrick Ness

The maze runner by James Dashner

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz ; adapted by Antony Johnston ; illustrated by Kanako Damerum & Yuzuru Takasaki

The night she disappeared by April Henry

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Green Thumb Flower Matching June 23 to 29, 2013

Have you earned your Green Thumb Badge yet? No? Good! Come to the library anytime during the week of June 23 to 29, 2013 and earn your badge by entering our Name the State Flower contest. Entry forms and state flower pictures will be at the Children's Reference Desk and one lucky winner will be drawn from the correct answers. Good luck and see you soon!

Curtains Up Teen Books

Take a bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Time to shine by Nikki Carter

The girl who became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Audrey, wait! by Robin Benway

Marie, dancing by Carolyn Meyer

House of Dance by Beth Kephart

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

Love Stories: Great Romantic Films

Penelope [videodisc] by Summit Entertainment and Stone Village Pictures present a Type A Films ; Tatira Active Film production in association with Grosvenor Park Productions

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day [videodisc] by Keylight Entertainment Group ; Kudos Productions Ltd.

I could never be your woman [videodisc] by I Could Never Ltd. ; Bauer Martinez Studios ; Scott Rudin Productions

Four weddings and a funeral [videodisc] by Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Channel Four Films [present] ; a Working Title production

The proposal [videodisc] by Touchstone Pictures presents a Mandeville Films production, an Anne Fletcher film

50 first dates [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a Happy Madison/Anonymous Content and Flower Films production, a film by Peter Segal