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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.

Sink Your Teeth In: Fiction Featuring WereBeasts

Be it a furry romance, or a spine-tingling horror novel, these part-human, part-beast creatures have taken hold of our literary imaginations!

Red moon: a novel by Benjamin Percy

Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

Moon called by Patricia Briggs

Darkness devours by Keri Arthur

Beauty and the werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bound to shadows by Keri Arthur

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VI

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The queen's head by Edward Marston

One corpse too many by Ellis Peters

Veil of lies: a medieval noir by Jeri Westerson

Wine of violence by Priscilla Royal

Death comes as epiphany by Sharan Newman

Michigan Biography

Superheroes Hit the Big Screen

Comic Book Superheroes have hit Hollywood in a big way! Check out these action-packed films full of our favorite heroes.

Marvel's the Avengers [videodisc] by Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, a Marvel Studios production ; written and directed by Joss Whedon

Superman returns [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures in association with Bad Hat Harry

Thor [videodisc)] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

The amazing Spider-Man [videodisc] by produced by Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Matt Tolmach ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves ; directed by Marc Webb

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

Top Ten Crime and Mystery Books on Goodreads

Here are the top ten most popular mystery and crime books of all time that are in our collection and are also listed at the top of Goodreads' 100 best. There is a link to the complete list which follows this top ten listing.

The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

In cold blood: a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences by Truman Capote

The godfather by Mario Puzo

The lovely bones: a novel by Alice Sebold

Mysteries For Kids

Early Chapter Books

Nate the Great and the lost list by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat ; illustrated by Marc Simont

Cam Jansen and the mystery at the haunted house by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Princess mix-up mystery by Carolyn Keene ; illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

The deadly dungeon by Ron Roy ; illustrated by John Steven Gurney

The case of the double trouble detectives by James Preller ; illustrated by Jamie Smith ; cover illustration by R.W. Alley

Robot rumble by Franklin W. Dixon ; illustrated by Scott Burroughs

Middle Chapter Books

Great Video Games for Grown-Ups

Video games have come a long way since pong! Rich, emotional stories and innovative game-play accompany beautiful graphics in many recent video game releases. Here are a few critically acclaimed video games that have come out in recent years. 

eBooks for Animal Lovers

Looking for a good story about animals that you can take with you?  These downloadable eBooks are available through OverDrive.

Water for elephants [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


The big cat nap [electronic resource]: the 20th anniversary Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown ; illustrated by Michael Gellatly


Life of Pi [electronic resource]: a novel by Yann Martel


Ape house [electronic resource]: a novel by Sara Gruen


Animal farm [electronic resource] by George Orwell

Murder Will Out: If You Like Agatha Christie

If you enjoy Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple you should try...

Death with reservations by Kate Kingsbury

The man with a load of mischief by Martha Grimes

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Whose body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

Cocaine blues: a Phryne Fisher mystery by Kerry Greenwood

Agatha Raisin and the case of the curious curate by M.C. Beaton

A nice class of corpse: a Mrs. Pargeter mystery by Simon Brett

Cool Cult Classics for Hot Summer Nights

Cult classics: the good, the so-bad-they're-good, and the ugly-but-still-pretty-good. They are the films that inspire a dedicated following, line-quoting, group viewings and many a Halloween costume. They may not have done that well at the box office, but they're survived the ages with their special cult status.

Have you seen these cult classics? If not, beat the heat with a viewing of some of these unconventionally cool movies.

The princess bride [videodisc] by [presented by] Act III Communications [Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.]

Office space [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film

The Rocky Horror picture show [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production

Labyrinth [videodisc] by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Ltd. presents a Jim Henson film

Raising Arizona [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox ; Circle Films presents a Ted and Jim Pedasa/Ben Barenholtz production

Sleuth It: Dead and Done I

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, gives a look at history’s darker underside.

As if by magic by Dolores Gordon-Smith

Everybody kills somebody sometime by Robert J. Randisi

The reeve's tale by Margaret Frazer

Blood alone by James R. Benn

India Black by Carol K. Carr

Death of a chancellor: a murder mystery featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt by David Dickinson

My Mitten at Zinio Digital Magazines

Do you enjoy taking advantage of living in such a nice state? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Visit our Great Outdoors Zinio digital magazines for more ways to enjoy your wonderful Michigan summer!

Video Games for Animal Lovers

Explore the World with CultureGrams

CultureGrams is an online database that features detailed information on over 200 countries.  Learn more about the peoples of other continents, or explore our neighbors to the North, South, East or West with the States and Provinces Editions, which tour the U.S. and Canada. 

If You Enjoy Suspense

If you enjoy Christian Fiction filled with suspense...

Fatal judgment: a novel by Irene Hannon

Unspoken by Dee Henderson

What lies within: a novel by Karen Ball

Intervention: a novel by Terri Blackstock

When a secret kills: a novel by Lynette Eason

Animals on The Go: Downloadable eAudiobooks

Take these animal stories with you anywhere you go!  Download them to your smart phone, tablet, or MP3 player with OverDrive eAudiobooks.

Pure joy [electronic resource] by Danielle Steel


Making rounds with Oscar [electronic resource]: the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat by David Dosa


The puppy diaries [electronic resource]: [raising a dog named Scout] by Jill Abramson


A lion called Christian [electronic resource] by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall ; foreword by George Adamson


Oogy [electronic resource]: the dog only a family could love by Larry Levin


Inside of a dog [electronic resource] by Alexandra Horowitz

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies: fact or fiction? Some are believable, others stretch the outer limits of credulity. Which are which? You, the reader, decide.

Collected Conspiracies

The new hate: a history of fear and loathing on the populist right by Arthur Goldwag

Among the truthers: a journey through America's growing conspiracist underground by Jonathan K

63 documents the government doesn't want you to read by Jesse Ventura, with Dick Russ

Secret societies [videodisc]: the dark mysteries of power revealed by produced by Content Inc. and Imagen Satelital/Infinito Channel

Circle of intrigue: the hidden inner circle of the global Illuminati conspiracy by Texe Marrs

Love It with Zinio Digital Magazines

What do you love? Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Fault in our Stars

The fault in our stars by John Green — Sixteen-year old cancer patient Hazel's constant companion is an oxygen mask and a tank that she drags behind her in a backpack. Her parents force her to attend a kids-with-cancer support group where she meets Gus, a seventeen-year old high school basketball player and amputee who's there to support mutual friend, Isaac, suffering from eye cancer. They bond over their experiences with coping with cancer and they agree to read each other's favorite novels. And there, their journey begins. The book, The Fault in our Stars, will be in theaters starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in June.

Walking Adventures