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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.

Ethnic Michigan

Michigan has a rich history of ethnic diversity. Early European explorers were met by the most populous Native American tribes of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people. Later, in the 17th century, the French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan. These included Etienne Brule, Jacques Marquette, and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit. However, over time large populations of various European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicities have emigrated to our state. Find out more about the people who have contributed to Michigan's growth and culture.

Arab Americans in Metro Detroit: a pictorial history by Anan Ameri ; Yvonne Lockwood

Arab Americans in Michigan by Rosina J. Hassoun

Chaldeans in Michigan by Mary C. Sengstock

If You Like Steve Hamilton, Harlan Coben or Robert Crais

Old bones: a Gideon Oliver mystery by Aaron Elkins

The vanished: a nameless detective novel by Bill Pronzini

Starvation Lake: a mystery by Bryan Gruley

Open season by C.J. Box

The cold dish by Craig Johnson

Black fly season by Giles Blunt

The blue edge of midnight by Jonathon King

In the bleak midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The emperor of all maladies : a biography of cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane "biography" of cancer-from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a historian's perspective, and a biographer's passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with-and perished from-for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer." The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.

Famous Nurses on TV Shows

Doctors as Characters in Film

Looking for a movie for your Be Well Badge where a "doctor" plays a major role in the drama? Check out these titles:

Analyze This (Dr. Ben Sobel)
Back to the Future (Dr. Emmett Brown)
Field of Dreams (Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham)
The Fugitive (Dr. Richard Kimble)
Ghostbusters (Dr. Egon Spengler)
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones)
Sixth Sense (Dr. Malcolm Crowe)
Spider-man 2 (Dr. Otto Octavius)
Star Trek (Dr. Leonard McCoy)
Twilight (Dr. Carlisle Cullen)

Kids Read Comics - Comics Event in Ann Arbor

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics! Learn, draw, meet cartoonists! Can't make it to KRC? Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

True Stories of Animal Friendship

They might not be the same species, but these amazing animals know just how important it is to have a good friend by your side:

A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler

Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste

Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste

Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley

Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh

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. Benn

LEGO Video Games

Revisit some of your favorite characters in the world of LEGO! Here are a select few LEGO video games you can play, but there are also many more LEGO video games to check out.

The Lego movie — Available on PS4, Xbox One, 3DS, and Wii U

Lego. The hobbit — Available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and 3DS

If You Like Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus balance jobs and family while solving crimes. Authors such as J. A. Jance, Mary Logue, Iris Johansen, J. D. Robb and Catherine Coulter couples trying to find balance in their lives between their relationship and their jobs.

Judgment call by J.A. Jance

Blood country: a Claire Watkins mystery by Mary Logue

The face of deception by Iris Johansen

Naked in death by J.D. Robb

The cove by Catherine Coulter

Running with Scissors: a memoir by Burroughs, Augusten

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her unorthodox psychiatrist who bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. So at the age of twelve, Burroughs found himself amidst Victorian squalor living with the doctor's bizarre family, and befriending a pedophile who resided in the backyard shed. The story of an outlaw childhood where rules were unheard of, and the Christmas tree stayed up all year-round, where Valium was consumed like candy, and if things got dull, an electroshock therapy machine could provide entertainment. The funny, harrowing, and bestselling account of an ordinary boy's survival under the most extraordinary circumstances... 

Bestselling Health Books on Audio

A Doctor's Insight: Medical Memoirs

Unusual Pets

Cats and dogs are fun, but check out these guides to keeping more interesting animals as pets

Miniature horses: cool pets! by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn

Caring for your hermit crab by Adele Richardson

Tricky tarantulas by Alex Kuskowski, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator

Bugs as pets by Jay F. Hemdal


Hilarious hedgehogs by Kelly Doudna, author ; C.A. Nobens, illustrator


The chinchilla handbook: filled with full-color photographs by Sharon L. Vanderlip; illustrations by Michele Earle-Bridges

Fiction about Technology

Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.

Extinction by Mark Alpert

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart

C by Tom McCarthy

For the win by Cory Doctorow

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

Puzzle Video Games

Get creative and test your wits in these challenging puzzle games!

Scribblenauts: Unmasked. a DC comics adventure — Available on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Also check out other Scribblenauts games

Brain Age: Concentration Training — Available on 3DS

You Don't Know Jack by Thq Inc

Toon-doku: sudoku with pictures — Available on DS

Portal 2 — Available on XBox 360 and PlayStation3

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy — Also check out other Professor Layton games

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VII

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.

Bellfield Hall by Anna Dean

Pride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged by Carrie Bebris

Mute witness by Charles O'Brien

A beautiful blue death by Charles Finch

A conspiracy of paper by David Liss

My sister's keeper by Jodi Picoult

"My sister's keeper" is written by Jodi Picoult who is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister's Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child's life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less? Should you follow your own heart, or let others lead you?

Game On with Zinio Digital Magazines

Pass, shoot, or shuffle your way through some of our Game On magazines! 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 Be Well Zinio online magazines for more sporty suggestions.

Medical Drama Nonfiction

And the band played on: politics, people, and the AIDS epidemic by Randy Shilts

Awakenings by Oliver Sacks

Gifted hands: the Ben Carson story by Ben Carson ; with Cecil Murphey

Girl, interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

The three faces of Eve by Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley

The vow : the true story behind the movie by Kim & Krickett Carpenter, with Dana Wilkerson