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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.

Fiction for Cat People

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

Be Healthy Audiobooks

Make a Cake

Sugarlicious: 50 cute and clever treats for every occasion by Meaghan Mountford

The complete photo guide to cake decorating by [Autumn Carpenter]

Special cupcakes by Wendy Sweetser

What's new, cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and

Be Healthy eBooks

Food Writing

The luscious descriptions of food, cooking and restaurants filling these pages will appeal to anyone who loves to chow down.

Masala Farm: stories and recipes from an uncommon life in the country by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd — An Indian chef and consummate city dweller buys a farm in the country.

Beaten, seared, and sauced: on becoming a chef at the Culinary Institute of America by Jonathan Dixon — Discover what it's really like to study at the Culinary Institute of America.

Books About Dogs: Fiction

Bone dogs: a novel by Roger Alan Skipper

Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid

Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid

A dog's life by Gerald Hammond

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.

Baseball Reads for Kids

Batter Up! We've got a whole roster full of great reads for kids about America's Favorite Pastime. Check one out today before they're loooong gone.

The boys by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Jeff Newman

Baseball hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson

Watch me throw the ball! by Mo Willems

Conquer a New Genre

Are you in a reading rut? Summer is a great time to try something new.

Use the drop-down menus on the Kids Book Lists page and May We Suggest blog to generate suggestions for a brand new read. Try a graphic novel, audiobook or ebook for a fresh reading experience. If you're feeling brave, combine a new format with a genre you've never read before to truly conquer this badge.

Can't find anything inspiring? Fill out the May We Suggest form to receive personal recommendations.

Hold a Book Discussion

Don't just read a book this summer, conquer it by checking out one of our Children's or Adult Book Discussion Kits and holding your own Book Club.

Read to Thorndyke

Come to the library and read to Thorndyke, the resident bear in the Children's Library. He's a very good listener and won't bite.

Just Grill It

Emeril at the grill: a cookbook for all seasons by Emeril Lagasse ; with photography by Steven Freeman

Veggie burgers every which way by Lukas Volger ; photographs by Christina Heaston

Good times, good grilling: surefire, fun food for great grill parties by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

Continental Cuisine

Chow Down Delights: The Year of Eating Dangerously

The year of eating dangerously: a global adventure in search of culinary extremes by Tom Parker Bowles — In this book, Bowles travels to ‘hot’ culinary locales around the world to sample the unique and sometimes bizarre cuisine. He examines the relativity of food and proclaims that "one man’s pea is another man’s tripe."

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Geek Dad

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

Picnic Stories

We're going on a picnic! by Pat Hutchins

Teddy bears' picnic cookbook by Abigail Darling; illustrated by Alexandra Day

Peanut and Pearl's picnic adventure by story by Rebecca Kai Dotlich; pictures by R.W. Alley

Cookbooks for Teens

Student's go vegan cookbook: over 135 quick, easy, cheap, and tasty vegan recipes by Carole Raymond

Cooking up a storm by Sam Stern, with Susan Stern

Teens cook dessert by Megan and Jill Carle, with Judi Carle

How to Use Facebook for Business

Facebook is a place you want to be if you own a company — especially if you're a small or medium business, even if you're a B2B company. It's a place to connect with your customers and get their feedback. It's a place where you can build a community around your brand. And it's actually a place where you can convert leads to sales, if you do it right.

The reasons for being there, and what you do once you're there, will vary from business to business, but there are plenty of good reasons to create and run a page for your company. Learn why and how to best use Facebook to meet your business goals from Mike McClure, president of Social Media Club Detroit and Executive Creative Director at The Yaffe Group on Tuesday, July 10, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM.

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