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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.

Top Ten Crime and Mystery Books on Goodreads

Here are the top ten most popular mystery and crime books of all time that are in our collection and are also listed at the top of Goodreads' 100 best. There is a link to the complete list which follows this top ten listing.

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Capote

The godfather by Mario Puzo

The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold

Sleuth It: Dead and 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

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!

If You Enjoy Suspense

If you enjoy Christian Fiction filled with suspense...

Fatal judgment: a novel by Irene Hannon

Unspoken by Dee Henderson

What lies within: a novel by Karen Ball

Intervention: a novel by Terri Blackstock

When a secret kills: a novel by Lynette Eason

Video Games for Animal Lovers

Cool Cult Classics for Hot Summer Nights

Cult classics: the good, the so-bad-they're-good, and the ugly-but-still-pretty-good. They are the films that inspire a dedicated following, line-quoting, group viewings and many a Halloween costume. They may not have done that well at the box office, but they're survived the ages with their special cult status.

Have you seen these cult classics? If not, beat the heat with a viewing of some of these unconventionally cool movies.

The princess bride [videodisc] by [presented by] Act III Communications [Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.]

Office space [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film

The Rocky Horror picture show [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production

Labyrinth [videodisc] by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Ltd. presents a Jim Henson film

Raising Arizona [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox ; Circle Films presents a Ted and Jim Pedasa/Ben Barenholtz production

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. 

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies: fact or fiction? Some are believable, others stretch the outer limits of credulity. Which are which? You, the reader, decide.

Collected Conspiracies

The new hate: a history of fear and loathing on the populist right by Arthur Goldwag

Among the truthers: a journey through America's growing conspiracist underground by Jonathan K

63 documents the government doesn't want you to read by Jesse Ventura, with Dick Russ

Secret societies [videodisc]: the dark mysteries of power revealed by produced by Content Inc. and Imagen Satelital/Infinito Channel

Circle of intrigue: the hidden inner circle of the global Illuminati conspiracy by Texe Marrs

Love It with Zinio Digital Magazines

What do you love? 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!

Sleuth It: Mystery Meet Up

Here is a list of books discussed at the Mystery Meet-Up Connect Your Summer 2013, which was part of the 2013 Canton Public Library's Summer Reading Program for all ages.

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger



Blood alone by James R. Benn

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

A duty to the dead by Charles Todd

Murder on Nob Hill by Shirley Tallman

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.

Walking Adventures

Animals on The Go: Downloadable eAudiobooks

Take these animal stories with you anywhere you go!  Download them to your smart phone, tablet, or MP3 player with OverDrive eAudiobooks.

Pure joy [electronic resource] by Danielle Steel


Making rounds with Oscar [electronic resource]: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa


The puppy diaries [electronic resource]: [raising a dog named Scout] by Jill Abramson


A lion called Christian [electronic resource] by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall ; foreword by George Adamson


Oogy [electronic resource]: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin


Inside of a dog [electronic resource] by Alexandra Horowitz

Non-Fiction: Lives Changed by Animals

We can learn a lot from our pets. Check out these touching stories of animals that changed the lives of those around them.

Oogy: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin

A lion called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall

What the animals taught me: stories of love and healing from a farm animal sanctuary by Stephanie Marohn

Cat daddy: what the world's most incorrigible cat taught me about life, love, and coming clean by Jackson Galaxy with Joel Derfner

Bad dog: a love story by Martin Kihn

The cat who came back for Christmas: how a cat brought a family the gift of love by Julia Romp

Look What's In Large Print: Suspense

If you enjoy the novels of Lee Child, David Baldacci, James Lee Burke, Joseph Finder, or Vince Flynn and like the readability of Large Print try...

Buried secrets [Large print] by Joseph Finder

The innocent [Large print] by David Baldacci

American assassin [Large print] by Vince Flynn

Alibi [Large print] by Joseph Kanon

Hot pursuit [Large print] by Suzanne Brockmann

The third bullet [Large print]: a Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter

Get Outdoors with eMagazines

Gardening, hiking, and nature! 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!

Suspenseful Summer Listens

Here are 9 thrillers for the hot months ahead.

Books on Screen: Classic Outdoor Adventures

Read the book then watch the movie!

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

Stick It with My Mitten On the Scene

Tahquamenon Falls
Do you love summertime in northern Michigan? Can't get enough of Detroit Rock City? Pining for that Pinconning cheese? Show us where you've vacationed in the Wolverine state. Come in to the library and place a star sticker on your latest destination on our Michigan map and earn your My Mitten On the Scene badge. Haven't had time to venture out this summer? Stick a star on your all-time favorite spot in the mitten.

After you've stuck your sticker log on to the CYS home page and claim your badge to be entered in a prize drawing!