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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.

Road to the Olympics with the Shibutanis

Maia and Alex Shibutani are ice dancers with dreams of attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In 2011, the Shibutanis were the first ice dance team in U.S. history to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships in their debut senior season. They also took the silver at the U.S. championships and at Four Continents Championships behind their training mates, 2010 Olympic Silver Medalists, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. While we are all still steeped in the London Olympics, hear what dedication and drive are needed to aspire to the Olympics and perform at championship levels from brother and sister team, Maia (18) and Alex (21) on Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM.

What Life Was Like in the Past

Books About Cats That Are Non-Fiction

Conquer It

20 Songs About Time

Absolute Animals 1964-1968 [sound recording] by the Animals — When I was Young - Eric Burdon & The Animals


Chicago Transit Authority [sound recording] by Chicago — Does Anybody Really Know What Time it is? - Chicago


Inarticulate speech of the heart [sound recording] by Van Morrison — River of Time - Van Morrison


60's pop hits [sound recording]Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers

Best Selling Fitness and Health DVDs

Put On a Puppet Show

Put on a puppet show to earn your curtains up badge. You can use our puppets here at the library.

Decorate a Dog

Earn your "Make Tracks" badge by decorating a dog. Stop by the main help desk to pick up the outline, take it home and creatively use your favorite medium to fill it in. What will your dog be, a patchwork quilt of colors and fabrics or photos of your favorite pet? Your finished artwork will be displayed beneath the Help Desk, so do your best!

Jewelry Making For Kids

Get Hands On this summer with different styles of jewelry making. These books will help you get started making fun and pretty necklaces, bracelets, and more.

Jewelry making for fun! by Robin Koontz

Jazzy jewelry by Dawn Brend ... [et al.]

Junk drawer jewelry by written by Rachel Di Salle and Ellen Warwick; illustrated by Jane Kurisu

Diet and Fitness Bestsellers

Bestsellers in Health

Tell Some Jokes to Your Family or Friends

Earn your badge by putting on a comedy performance. Read a joke book and then tell some jokes to your family or friends.

Face Your Fears

From a challenge at work to your personal quirk, everyone has a goal to achieve to better their self or their life. Here are some books which address the issue of overcoming obstacles.

Step out on nothing: how faith and family helped me conquer life's challenges by Byron Pitts

Yoga bitch: one woman's quest to conquer skepticism, cynicism, and cigarettes on the path to enlightenment by Suzanne Morrison

Teen Fiction Books 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

Listen to an Audiobook

Earn your Curtains Up badge by listening to one of these great audio book performances:

Bossypants [sound recording] by Tina Fey

Steve Jobs [sound recording] by Walter Isaacson

The Mark of Zorro [sound recording] by written by Johnston McCulley, produced by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear

Watch One of These Great Movies Based Off a Book

Watch a movie based off a book. Here's a list of the top 100 movies based off books. Take the next step and read the book to compare the two!

Geeky Reads for kids

Geek n.

  1. An unfashionable or socially inept person.
  2. A person with an eccentric devotion to a particular interest: "A computer geek".

We have lots of books in our Children's Library starring geeks. And quite often, they are the heros. Check one out today.

Notes from an accidental band geek by Erin Dionne

NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley; illustrations by Ethen Beavers

Teen Books Made Into Movies

Teen books made into movies:

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

The princess diaries by Meg Cabot

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Sewing, Needlework and More

Write a Poem and Recite It

Write a short poem and recite it to someone to earn your Curtains Up Badge.