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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.

Sleuth It: Dead and Done IV

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 Germanicus mosaic by Rosemary Rowe

Mark of the lion by Suzanne M. Arruda

One for sorrow by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Some welcome home: an Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen mystery by Sharon Wildwind

Callander Square: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry

Cute Baby Animals

Check out these adorable books about the youngest animals out there!

Are you my baby? by Kathleen Rizzi

Baby animals by Roger Priddy

Animal babies by Andrea Pinnington and Tory Gordon- Harris

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: spring babies by written by Erica Silverman ; painted by Betsy Lewin

Biscuit and the little pup by story by Alyssa Satin Capucilli ; pictures by Pat Schories

Kids eBooks starring Animals

Check out these stories about animals, and take them with you wherever you go-on your Kindle, iPad, smartphone or other device!
All of these titles are available through OverDrive:

Flora & Ulysses [electronic resource]: the illuminated adventures by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell

The familiars [electronic resource] by Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson ; art by Peter Chan & Kei Acedera

When Animals Attack!

We like to think that we live in relative harmony with the wild and dangerous creatures around us, but sometimes nature (or science) reminds us that there are bigger, badder creatures on this planet-and some of them want to eat us. Some are tiny and come in large numbers, some are large and have sharp claws, and some hide in deep waters and have many rows of sharp teeth, such as the airborne predators in Sharknado.

Check out these spine-tingling films about when animals (or lizards or arachnids or...) attack!

Snakes on a plane [videodisc] by Hannah Rachel Production Services Ltd. ; Mutual Film Corporation ; New Line Cinema ; Patchwork Productions

The birds [videodisc] by screenplay by Evan Hunter ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Jurassic Park [videodisc] by Universal Pictures presents an Amblin Entertainment Production ; directed by Steven Spielberg ; screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp

Meta-Geek: Fiction Soaked in Geek Culture

Do you geek out about technology, fantasy and science fiction? Each of these books features a healthy dose of nerd-culture reference and hidden humor for readers in-the-know.

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd by edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

The magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman (If you like this, be sure to catch the sequel - The Magician King)

Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

JPod: a novel by Douglas Coupland

Cutting for Stone by A. Verghese

Cutting for Stone is a sweeping, family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics--their passion for the same woman--that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him--nearly destroying him--Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

Mysteries For Tweens

The secret cellar by Michael D. Beil

It happened on a train by Mac Barnett ; illustrations by Adam Rex

The secret in the old attic by Carolyn Keene

The Hardy Boys, undercover brothers. Vol. 17. Word up! by Scott Lobdell, writer ; Paulo Henrique Marcondes, artist ; based on the series by Franklin W. Dixon

Gilda Joyce: the Ladies of the Lake by Jennifer Allison

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett ; with artwork by Brett Helquist

Change-up: mystery at the World Series by John Feinstein

Sleuth It: Dead and Done V

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.

Silver lies by Ann Parker

Walking the perfect square: a novel by Reed Farrel Coleman

Jane and the unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

A plague on both your houses by Susanna Gregory

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

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)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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... 

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