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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.

Preserving Summer's Bounty

Fiction for Foodies

Lunch & a Book July 2012

On Thursday, July 12 at Noon we'll be discussing:

Beloved: a novel by Toni Morrison — According to the publisher, Random House, the book can be described as "Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history in a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

Healthy Cooking

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

The get healthy go vegan cookbook by Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb

Chloe's kitchen: 125 easy, delicious recipes for making the food you love the vegan way by Chloe Coscarelli ; foreword by Neal D.

Mysteries for Foodies

Lunch & a Book August 2012

On Thursday August 9 at noon we'll be discussing:

Waterland by Graham Swift — Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, England and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving… Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity… A fine and original work."

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

Armchair Traveler