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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.

The War of 1812 Anniversary

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on June 18, 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain, and although it is arguably one of America's least remembered wars, it was during this time that many legendary battles were fought, heroes made, and memorable events occurred. It was during this war that the British burned the White House and First Lady Dolley Madison helped to save several valuable items — such as George Washington's portrait and original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was during this war that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry. It was during this war that the infamous Battle of New Orleans was fought, making a national hero of Andrew Jackson. It was also during this war that several crucial battles were fought in the Great Lakes Region, including the surrender of the Detroit to the British. The causes for the conflict were many, including attempts by the British to restrict U.S. trade, and the desire by Americans to expand their territory — specifically into Florida and Canada. Hostilities came to an end on December 24, 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

What Day was That?

Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:

America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826

D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944

The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop — April 14, 1865

Day of infamy by Walter Lord — December 7, 1941

The day the American Revolution began: 19 April 1775 by William H. Hallahan — April 19, 1775

The day the war ended: May 8, 1945—victory in Europe by Martin Gilbert — May 8, 1945

Historical "What Ifs"

What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:

Almost America: from the colonists to Clinton: a 'what if' history of the U.S. by Steve Tally

Almost history: close calls, plan B's, and twists of fate in American history by Roger Bruns

The Confederate States of America: what might have been by Roger L. Ransom

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

25 Time Travel Movies

Back to the future [videodisc]: the complete trilogy by Universal and Amblin Entertainment — StarringMichael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.

Bill & Ted's excellent adventure [videodisc] by an Orion Pictures release; Nelson Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production; in association with Soisson/Murphey Productions — Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. Two high school students facing a difficult history exam round up some historical heavyweights with the help of a time-traveling messenger.

Brother Future [videodisc] by Laneuville/Morris Entertainment Inc. Production — Starring Phill Lewis, Carl Lumbly. An inner-city youth is knocked unconscious and wakes up to find he has been transported back through time to 1822 Charleston, S.C., where he is taken captive as a slave.

You Are There!

Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert

Eyewitness to history by edited by John Carey

I wish I'd been there: twenty historians bring to life dramatic events that changed America by edited by Byron Hollinshead

I wish I'd been there, book two: European history by edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb

Travel Back in Time to Pre-Civil War America

Meet the Women of the Civil War

Lanyard Making

Saturday July 7, 2:00 to 3:00 PM make a colorful, attractive, fun beaded necklace or Lanyard to hold your work ID badge.

Conquer Your Health with Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can acheive this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started?

"Sleuth It" Surprise Packages

Sleuth It 2What is inside these wrapped packages? It's a Connect Your Summer mystery (or maybe a romance or a graphic novel)! The package contains two unknown items for your delight. Look at the outside of the package for possible clues as to what is inside. To check out a package, simply place the package on the self-checkout machine (make sure two items show up on the screen and turn black) or take it to one of our friendly check-out staff for assistance. Read, listen, watch at least one of the items and you have completed a Sleuth It activity as part of Connect Your Summer!

Sailing!

Fifty places to sail before you die: sailing experts share the world's greatest destinations by Chris Santella

The sailing bible: the complete guide for all sailors from novice to expert by Jeremy Evans, Pat Manley, Barrie Smith

We, the drowned by Carsten Jensen; translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund with Emma Ryder

Discover Michigan's Wilderness

Adventurous Travel

Fiction about Films and Filmmaking

The extra by Michael Shea

Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann

Adored by Tilly Bagshawe

Whitby vampyrrhic by Simon Clark

Holl

Sew Awesome

Fiction about Theater and Opera

Time Travel Romances

The dragon hour: a time-travel romance by Connie Flynn

Steamed: a steampunk romance by Katie MacAlister

All for you by Lynn Kurland

Beyond the highland mist by Karen Marie Moning

Sporty Romances

Baseball

Hot property by Carly Phillips

Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Fireside by Susan Wiggs

Football

Here I am by Rochelle Alers

Historical Romances

The gowns, the carriages, the manners of another age — be whisked off to another time with an historical romance.

Trouble at the wedding by Laura Lee Guhrke

The price of temptation by Lecia Cornwall

How the marquess was won by Julie Anne Long

Chilly Summer Cooking