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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.

Books on Screen: Classic Outdoor Adventures

Read the book then watch the movie!

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

Michigan Critters

Enslaved by ducks by Bob Tarte


The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman


Birds of Detroit by Chris C. Fisher, Allen T. Chartier


Michigan turtles and lizards: a field guide and pocket reference by James H. Harding and J. Alan Holman ; photography and illustrations by James H. Harding, except where otherwise credited


Fish of Michign field guide by David Bosanko


The wolves of Isle Royale: a broken balance by Rolf O. Peterson

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

Dog Tales: Streaming Audiobooks about Dogs from Hoopla

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

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.

Physical Fitness for Older Adults

How to stay fit as you age [videodisc] by Kimberlee Bethany Bonura


Relax into yoga [videodisc]


Gliding. For the active older adult [videodisc]


Age of champions [videodisc] by Documentary Foundation presents a film by Christopher Rufo & Keith Ochwat


Exercise testing and exercise prescription for the elderly [videodisc] by James Skinner ; [American College of Sports Medicine]


Older & much wiser workout for active older adults [videodisc]


Sit and be fit. Easy fitness for seniors [videodisc] by a Sit and Be Fit production in association with KSPS-TV ; producer, Mary Ann Wilson


Older & wiser workout [videodisc]: for active older adults by with Sue Grant ; produced by FitFlix Productions

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

Murder Will Out: May 2014


A dangerous fiction: a novel by Barbara Rogan

Dante's wood: a Mark Angelotti novel by Lynne Raimondo

Dead man's time by Peter James

Deadly devotion: a novel by Sandra Orchard

Death of a chef by Alexander Campion

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

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

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

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

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

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/

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

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:

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