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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.

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-

Sporty Picture Books

Who's on first? by Abbott & Costello ; illustrated by John Martz


A is for amazing moments: a sports alphabet by written by Brad Herzog ; illustrated by Melanie Rose


Happy like soccer by Maribeth Boelts ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo


Clorinda plays baseball! by Robert Kinerk ; illustrated by Steven Kellogg


Babar's Celesteville Games by Laurent de Brunhoff


The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo

Sports Fiction for Tweens

Good sports by Jack Prelutsky ; illustrated by Chris Raschka

Lay-ups and long shots: an anthology of short stories by Joseph Bruchac, Lynea Bowdish, David Lubar, Terry Trueman, C.S. Perryess, Dorian Cirrone, Jamie McEwan, Max Elliot Anderson, Peggy Duffy

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman

The girl who threw butterflies by Mick Cochrane

The rivalry: mystery at the Army-Navy game by John Feinstein

Pop by Gordon Korman

Sports jokes to tickle your funny bone by Stew Thornley

Science Mysteries for Kids

Curtains Up Biographies for Kids

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

The extraordinary music of Mr.

Snapshots of Reading and Games

Share the ways you've been able to combine reading with gaming or sports. Earn your badge by sharing a photo of you reading a baseball book at a Tigers Game, reading about improving your chess skills while playing a formidable opponent, or come up with your own way of creatively reading while playing.

Celebrate Go Outdoors Month All Summer Long

You can celebrate Get Outdoors Month all summer long. The official celebration takes place in June, but you can find activities to celebrate going outdoors throughout our Connect Your Summer experience. Use library materials to learn a new outdoor sport, plan an outdoor adventure, or just to find a great book to take outside. Share your experience to earn a badge.

During the month of June, check out our Great Outdoors Month display in the Tween Scene (pictured).

Mysteries for Teens

Heist society by Ally Carter

Death cloud by Andrew Lane

Down the rabbit hole: an Echo Falls mystery by Peter Abrahams

The mystery of the third Lucretia by Susan Runholt

The innocents by Lili Peloquin

Game by Barry Lyga

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Blood trail by Nancy Springer

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.

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

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Curtains Up Adult Non-Fiction Books

Digital close-up photography Q & A: great tips and hints from a top pro by Paul Harcourt Davies

Digital capture after dark by Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler, Philipp Scholz Rittermann

Digital photography for dummies by Julie Adair King

Painting below zero: notes on a life in art by James Rosenquist with David Dalton

Great paintings: [the world's masterpieces explored and explained] by [contributors, Karen Hosack Janes, Ian Chilvers, Ian Zaczek]

Watercolor secrets: over 200 tips and techniques for painting the easy way by Robin Berry

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

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

Perform a Puppet Show

Got a little Theatrical side to you? Make up your own puppet show in the Children's Library. Or check out a couple puppets and put one on for your family at home.

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

CYS Green Thumb

Summer Poet-Tree

Tree in the Children's LibraryFor CYS this summer, the tree in the center of the Children's Library is becoming a Poet-Tree. Stop by and enjoy the new poem posted each week. Read three poems, and you qualify to claim the Curtains Up badge, for celebrating the fine art of poetry.

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