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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.

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

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.

CPL Loves Comic Books...Do You?

We love comic books so much, we couldn't have them in just one place. In the Children's Library our collection includes classics such as Archie, Scooby-Doo, where are you? and Sonic the Hedgehog. In the Teen Room titles include Doctor Who, Hulk and Superman. Whether you already love comics, or think you would love trying one, read a comic to earn your Love It badge.

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

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

Mr.

Visit Michigan Gardens

This summer take in the beauty of a garden and earn your Green Thumb Badge at the same time! Did you know that our state is home to more than 50 public gardens? Whether you're planning a day trip to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor or heading north to Mackinac Island to explore the beautiful grounds of the Grand Hotel, the wonder and beauty of plants, both native and exotic await you.

Who do you love? Share your favorite author.

Who is the writer you love the most? Share your very favorite author to earn your Love It badge. You can reply to this blog and tell us your best-loved scribe (and perhaps your top book by that author, too), or you can come in to the library and scribble the name down on a big heart for all the library to see. Or, you could do both!

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

Books for Kids Who Love Adventure Stories

Mission unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Itch: the explosive adventures of an element hunter by Simon Mayo

The billionaire's curse by Richard Newsome ; illustrated by Jonny Duddle

Ruby Redfort: look into my eyes by Lauren Child

Young samurai: the way of the warrior by Chris Bradford

Copper by Rebecca Lisle

The last musketeer by Stuart Gibbs

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

Books for Kids Who Love Fantasy Novels

The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier

City of fire by Laurence Yep

Poison by Bridget Zinn

Dragon run by Patrick Matthews

The flame in the mist by Kit Grindstaff

Winterling by Sarah Prineas

Bad unicorn by Platte F. Clark

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney

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

Great Sci-Fi for Teens

Check out these great selections for teens about alien invasions, dystopian futures and science gone horribly wrong!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Program by Suzanne Young

Pulse by Patrick Carman

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Non-Fiction Books About Dogs

Book About Animals for Children

Hey Kids! Are you a lover of animals? If so, check out these awesome animal books and get your Animal Lover Badge.

Picture Books

My farm friends by Wendell Minor

Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio; illustrated by Bob Shea

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Animals home alone by Loes Riphagen

Dear Tabby by Carolyn Crimi; illustrated by David Roberts

Mini racer by Kristin Dempsey; illustrations by Bridget Strevens

Teen Fiction About Cats and Dogs

My boyfriends' dogs by Dandi Daley Mackall

The dust of 100 dogs by A.S. King

Inubaka: crazy for dogs. Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi

Ashes, ashes by Jo Treggiari

Black Cat. Vol. 1. The man called Black Cat by story & art by Kentaro Yabuki

Wisdom's Kiss: a thrilling and romantic adventure, incorporating magic, villany, and a cat by written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Unusual Pets

Dog Memoirs

Memoirs About Dogs — Some of these titles may also be available as books on CD or e-books and a few have been made into DVDs:

A dog for all seasons: a memoir by Patti Sherlock

Dog house: a love story by Carol Prisant

Drinking with Miss Dutchie: a memoir by Ed Breslin

Fixing Freddie: a true story about a boy, a mom, and a very, very bad beagle by Paula Munier

It's okay to miss the bed on the first jump: and other life lessons I learned from dogs by John O'Hurley

Izzy and Lenore: two dogs, an unexpected journey, and me by Jon Katz

Animal Lover Scavenger Hunt

Animals have scattered throughout the library! Can you find them all? Follow these instructions:
  1. Obtain an activity log from one of the Help desks.
  2. Read each clue and search the library to find a picture of the animal described.
  3. Write down the name and location of each animal you find.
  4. Put your completed activity log in the box on the reception desk for a drawing. Don’t forget to claim your ANIMAL LOVER badge online, too!