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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.

Chow Down Picture Books

Check out one of these fun foodie picture books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Monster chefs by Brian & Liam Anderson


Albert the muffin-maker by Eleanor May ; illustrated by Deborah Melmon

The good-pie party by written by Liz Garton Scanlon ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Tiny pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman ; illustrated by Edward Hemingway ; recipe by Alice Waters


Pete's a pizza by William Steig

The apple pie tree by Zoe Hall ; illustrated by Shari Halpern

Curtains Up Teen Books

Take a bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Time to shine by Nikki Carter

The girl who became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

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

Audrey, wait! by Robin Benway

Marie, dancing by Carolyn Meyer

House of Dance by Beth Kephart

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

Teen Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHey Teens! It's Connect Your Summer 2013 and here are some awesome suggestions to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge. Enjoy!

Grow your own pizza!: gardening plans and recipes for kids by Constance Hardesty ; illustrations by Jeff McClung

Plants vs. zombies [electronic resource (video game)]

The green teen: the eco-friendly teen's guide to saving the planet by Jenn Savedge

Generation green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life by written by Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen

47 things you can do for the environment by Lexi Petronis with environmental consultant Jill Buck

Love Stories: Great Romantic Films

Penelope [videodisc] by Summit Entertainment and Stone Village Pictures present a Type A Films ; Tatira Active Film production in association with Grosvenor Park Productions

Miss Pettigrew lives for a day [videodisc] by Keylight Entertainment Group ; Kudos Productions Ltd.

I could never be your woman [videodisc] by I Could Never Ltd. ; Bauer Martinez Studios ; Scott Rudin Productions

Four weddings and a funeral [videodisc] by Polygram Filmed Entertainment and Channel Four Films [present] ; a Working Title production

The proposal [videodisc] by Touchstone Pictures presents a Mandeville Films production, an Anne Fletcher film

50 first dates [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures presents a Happy Madison/Anonymous Content and Flower Films production, a film by Peter Segal

Curtains Up Teen Popular Music CDs

Kids Green Thumb Book Suggestions

green thumbHi Kids! Are you looking for some fun summer reads to help you earn your Green Thumb Badge during Connect Your Summer 2013? Here is a list of some great books for you to enjoy:

Potatoes on rooftops: farming in the city by Hadley Dyer

Vegetables!: life on a produce farm by Ruth Owen

Life on a cattle farm by Judy Wolfman ; photographs by David Lorenz Winston

Food and farming by Jen Green

Our farm: four seasons with five kids on one family's farm by written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

CPL Loves Comic Books...Do You?

We love comic books so much, we couldn't have them in just one place. In the Children's Library our collection includes classics such as Archie, Scooby-Doo, where are you? and Sonic the Hedgehog. In the Teen Room titles include Doctor Who, Hulk and Superman. Whether you already love comics, or think you would love trying one, read a comic to earn your Love It badge.

Who do you love? Share your favorite author.

Who is the writer you love the most? Share your very favorite author to earn your Love It badge. You can reply to this blog and tell us your best-loved scribe (and perhaps your top book by that author, too), or you can come in to the library and scribble the name down on a big heart for all the library to see. Or, you could do both!

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

Read Digital Books and Magazines

Here at the Canton Public Library we love reading in any form—and for those of you with an eReader, smartphone or tablet computer we have a world of tech-savvy options! OverDrive offers thousands of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Our newest addition, Zinio, allows you to read new magazines on your smartphone or tablet. Once you finish, don't forget to log on and claim your Geek Out badge!

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.

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.

Read a TumbleBook

Read a story in a new way. Tumblebooks is an online database that contains hundreds of well loved children's books told in an animated, interactive format. Many contain games, quizzes or other activities at the conclusion of the story. You can access it from your home computer or iPad or here in the library. If you are reading here in the library don't forget to bring your headphones so you'll be able to listen to the story.

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

Chow Down Chapter Books

Check out some of these foodie chapter books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Madeline the cookie fairy by Daisy Meadows


Icing on the cake by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk


My chocolate year by Charlotte Herman ; [illustrations by LeUyen Pham]

Katie and the cupcake cure by Coco Simon

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Lucky for good by Susan Patron ; with illustrations by Erin McGuire

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.

Picture Books to Love

There are so many fantastic picture books out there to enjoy. Here's a few great reads that kids of all ages will love!

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault ; illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Curious George by H. A.

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

Mysteries We Love!

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

A murder is announced: a Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie

Death comes as epiphany by Sharan Newman

Death comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

A cold day in paradise by Steve Hamilton

Crocodile on the sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

Blood alone by James R.

Curtains Up Children's Picture Books

You can't take a balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by story by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman ; pictures by Robin Preiss Glasser

Giraffes can't dance by Giles Andreae ; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson

The barn dance by Pat Hutchins

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