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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.

Musical Michigan

music: musicThe legacy of music in the state of Michigan is truly impressive. From classical to rock and everything in between, our state can lay claim to hundreds of noteworthy musicians. Here are but a few:

Michigan Art & Architecture

Alden B. Dow: midwestern modern by Diane Maddex

Art Deco in Detroit by Rebecca Binno Savage and Greg Kowalski

Art in Detroit public places by text by Dennis Nawrocki ; photographs by David Clements

Buildings of Michigan by Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Artists of early Michigan: a biographical dictionary of artists native to or active in Michigan, 1701-1900 by compiled by Arthur Hopkin Gibson ; research assistants, Beverly Bassett and Jean Spang

eBooks for Animal Lovers

Looking for a good story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Water for elephants [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


The big cat nap [electronic resource]: the 20th anniversary Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown ; illustrated by Michael Gellatly


Life of Pi [electronic resource]: a novel by Yann Martel


Ape house [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


Animal farm [electronic resource] by George Orwell

Famous Nurses in Fiction

Death of a nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis ; translated from the Danish by Elisabeth Dyssegaard

A fall of marigolds by Susan Meissner

A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway

The glory cloak: a novel by Patricia O'Brien

In falling snow: a novel by Mary-Rose MacColl

My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey

Outlander: a novel by Diana Gabaldon

Chow Down with Zinio Digital Magazines

Do you love to cook? Interested in some fun new recipes for summer? 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!

Happy cooking (and eating!)

If You Enjoy Tense Thrillers...Try These

If you enjoy tense thrillers try…



Down the darkest road by Tami Hoag

Heartless by Alison Gaylin

Silent scream by Karen Rose

Stolen by Allison Brennan

The house on Tradd Street by Karen White

Suspenseful Summer Listens

Here are 9 thrillers for the hot months ahead.

Great Video Games for Grown-Ups

Video games have come a long way since pong! Rich, emotional stories and innovative game-play accompany beautiful graphics in many recent video game releases. Here are a few critically acclaimed video games that have come out in recent years. 

Murder Will Out: February 2014

Video Games for Animal Lovers

Famous Nurses in Nonfiction

Beautiful unbroken: one nurse's life by Mary Jane Nealon

Call the midwife: a memoir of birth, joy, and hard times by Jennifer Worth ; clinical editor, Terri Coates

Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth ; clinical editor, Terri Coates

Shadows of the workhouse by Jennifer Worth

Call the nurse: true stories of a country nurse on a Scottish isle by Mary J. MacLeod ; foreword by Lady Claire Macdonald of Macdonald

I wasn't strong like this when I started out: true stories of becoming a nurse by edited by Lee Gutkind ; foreword by Karen Wolk Feinstein

eBooks for Animal Lovers: Non-Fiction Edition

Looking for a good, true story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Cat sense [electronic resource]: how the new feline science can make you a better friend to your pet by John Bradshaw


Decoding your dog [electronic resource] by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists


Dewey [electronic resource]: the small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter


Chaser [electronic resource]: unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words by John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann


Decoding your dog [electronic resource] by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Murder Will Out: April 2014

This month's selections span the continent...

The devil's interval by Linda Lee Peterson

Foal play by Kathryn O'Sullivan

Detroit shuffle by D.E. Johnson

Crooked numbers by Tim O'Mara







Enigma of China by Qiu Xiaolong

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

Murder Will Out: Sherlock Holmes Wannabees

The House of Silk: a Sherlock Holmes novel by Anthony Horowitz

The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

The Case of Emily V by Keith Oatley

Baskerville by John O'Connell

Sherlock Holmes: the unauthorized biography by Nick Rennison

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

My Mitten at Zinio Digital Magazines

Do you enjoy taking advantage of living in such a nice state? 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!

Visit our Great Outdoors Zinio digital magazines for more ways to enjoy your wonderful Michigan summer!

Murder Will Out: January 2014

This month introduces four new authors to Canton Public Library's Mystery shelves and the latest in James Benn's World War II series featuring Billy Boyle, attaché to General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Anonymous sources by Mary Louise Kelly

The abomination: a novel by Jonathan Holt

The Andalucian friend: a novel by Alexander Söderberg

Aunty Lee's delights by Ovidia Yu

A blind goddess by James R. Benn

Fault in our Stars

The fault in our stars by John Green — Sixteen-year old cancer patient Hazel's constant companion is an oxygen mask and a tank that she drags behind her in a backpack. Her parents force her to attend a kids-with-cancer support group where she meets Gus, a seventeen-year old high school basketball player and amputee who's there to support mutual friend, Isaac, suffering from eye cancer. They bond over their experiences with coping with cancer and they agree to read each other's favorite novels. And there, their journey begins. The book, The Fault in our Stars, will be in theaters starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in June.

Famous Nurses on Audio

The Andalucian friend [sound recording]: a novel by Alexander Söderberg

Death of a nightingale [sound recording] by Lene Kaaberbol & Agnete Friis ; [translated from the Danish by Elisabeth Dyssegaard]

The good nurse [sound recording]: a true story of medicine, madness, and murder by Charles Graeber

Tuesday's child [sound recording] by Fern Michaels

Skyward [sound recording] by Mary Alice Monroe

A Bitter Truth [Sound recording] by A Bess Crawford Mystery ; Charles Todd

Come a Little Closer [sound recording] by Dorothy Garlock

Walking Adventures