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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.  One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished ina special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time. .

Felony and Mayhem Mysteries

For the latest and best in intelligent mystery fiction, try the website Felony and Mayhem. Mystery book news and reviews are available and one can search by author, title, category, series, or setting. The site offers Featured Felonies, Freshest Felonies for hot off the press titles, and Future Felonies for upcoming titles. Here is the link:
http://felonyandmayhem.com/

Suggestions for Traveling "Around the World" with CYS

If exotic locales do not fit your summer travel plans, here are some suggestions for reading and listening. Remember "travel" can be in your own backyard as well as "around the world."

Broaden children's listening horizons with:

The rough guide to world playtime [sound recording]

Mariachi fiesta! [sound recording]: sing-along

The rough guide to African music for children [sound recording]

Putumayo kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

Sing-along travel songs [sound recording]

The rough guide to African lullabies [sound recording]

Swing around the world [sound recording]

Beyond our comprehensive selection in travel guides, these choices might catch adult interests:

Medical Drama Fiction

Before I go to sleep: a novel by S.J. Watson

Coma: a novel by Robin Cook

Contagion by Robin Cook

The descendants: a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

The fault in our stars by John Green

My sister's keeper: a novel by Jodi Picoult

One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey

Outbreak by Robin Cook

CYS 2014: Curtains Up!

"I Want To Believe"...: Supernatural Mysteries on TV

Need something to fill that X-Files-shaped hole in your TV viewing? These TV series feature investigations into the spooky and strange. (Warning: May contain aliens.)

Fringe. The complete first season. Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc]

Torchwood. The complete first season, Disc 1 [videodisc] by British Broadcasting Corporation

Supernatural. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by Kripke Enterprises, Inc. ; Wonderland Sound and Vision ; Warner Bros. Television

Eureka. Season 1. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Studios ; Sci Fi Channel

Warehouse 13. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] by Universal Media Studios

Grimm. Season 1. Disc 1 & 2 [videodisc] by NBC

If You Like Legal Thrillers

Prime witness by Steve Martini

The Lincoln lawyer: a novel by Michael Connelly

Running from the law by Lisa Scottoline

The fifth assassin by Brad Meltzer

The cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Futuristic Fiction...or, If You Liked The Hunger Games

So you've finished the Hunger Games, and you're looking for more tales of grim future days? Look no further...

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

The stand by Stephen King

A canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood

The maze runner by James Dashner

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Learn about Weird, Gross and Awesome Animals

Not all animals are cute cuddly. Some of them are gross or downright weird.

Weird sea creatures by Erich Hoyt

Odd animal helpers by Gabrielle Reyes

Animal grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Ack! icky, sticky, gross stuff underground by Pam Rosenberg ; illustrated by: Beatriz Helena Ramos

Animal grossology: the science of creatures gross and disgusting by Sylvia Branzei ; illustrated by Jack Keely

New True Crime

Medical Books to Movies

And the band played on [videodisc] by HBO Pictures

Awakenings [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Gifted hands [videodisc] by Sony Pictures Television Inc

Girl, interrupted [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures

Running with scissors [videodisc] by Plan B Entertainment

Sybil [videodisc] by Lorimar Productions presents

The vow [videodisc] by Screen Gems and Spyglass Entertainment present

The three faces of Eve [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Great Outdoors eLectrified Suggestions

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.