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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.

Michigan Authors

Michigan: MichiganMichigan is home to many noted authors. Whether native born or longtime residents, writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, the following authors have produced a remarkable body of work.

Chow Down Books on CD for Children

Gingersnap [sound recording] by Patricia Reilly Giff

The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred [kit] by Samantha R. Vamos ; illustrated by Rafael López

Feast for 10 [kit] by Cathryn Falwell

Granny Torrelli makes soup [sound recording] by Sharon Creech

The Prince's breakfast [kit] by written by Joanne Oppenheim ; illustrated by Miriam Latimer

The great cake mystery [sound recording]: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop [sound recording] by Kate Saunders

Chow Down Fill in the Food Activity

In our Chow Down activity you find the food words missing from book titles. Stop by the library to get one of these activity sheets and start hunting! We've made one for kids and one for older folks. Find all the words and turn the sheet back in to us, and your will be entered in a prize drawing.

Chow Down Books on CD for Adults

Chow Down eBooks for Teens

Chow Down eBooks for Children

Carnivores [electronic resource] by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Dan Santat

Candy bomber [electronic resource]: the story of the Berlin Airlift's "Chocolate Pilot" by Michael O. Tunnell

Little Pea [electronic resource] by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrated by Jen Corace

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff [electronic resource]: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Mr. Putter & Tabby stir the soup [electronic resource] by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Arthur Howard

The rule of three [electronic resource] by Megan McDonald

Foodie Fiction

Delicious!: a novel by Ruth Reichl

The recipe box by Sandra Lee

The girls' guide to love and supper clubs by Dana Bate

John Saturnall's feast by Lawrence Norfolk

How to eat a cupcake: a novel by Meg Donohue

A place at the table by Susan Rebecca White

Foodie Romances

Currant Creek Valley by RaeAnne Thayne

Hot under pressure by Louisa Edwards

A Madaris bride for Christmas by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson

You're the one by Robin Kaye

Burning down the spouse by Dakota Cassidy

Harvest moon by Robyn Carr

Foodie Fiction

Taste test by Kelly Fiore

The secret ingredient by Stewart Lewis

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Close to famous by Joan Bauer

Hot lunch by Alex Bradley






The fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

A la carte by Tanita S. Davis

The cupcake queen by Heather Hepler

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs

Chow Down eAudiobooks for Adults

Wacky Food Books

Chow Down eBooks for Adults

Chow Down Streaming Movies for Children

Secret pizza party [electronic resource] — How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!


The wiggles: yummy, yummy [electronic resource] — Sing along to funny tunes about numbers, food and favorite animal friends.


Noodle and doodle: all aboard with noodle and doodle [electronic resource] — Make delicious recipes and kid friendly creations to remember a special vacation using materials from around the home.


Noodle and doodle: noodly doodly things to make [electronic resource] — Encourage your child's sense of creativity with fun craft projects and kid-friendly recipes that families can make together.


In the night kitchen [electronic resource] — Sendak's classic comic fantasy of Mickey's adventures in the night kitchen tells us how we get our morning cake.

Food DVDs for Kids

The Wiggles. Let's eat! [videodisc]

Sesame Street. C is for cooking [videodisc]

Activity TV [videodisc]: Cooking, lunches & desserts

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

The nut job [videodisc] by Open Road Films presents ; a Redrover Co. Ltd. and Toonbox Entertainment Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures film ; produced by Wookyung Jung, Graham Moloy ; screenplay by Lorne Cameron, Peter Lepeniotis ; directed by Peter Lepeniotis

Fizzy's lunch lab. Fresh food 101 [videodisc] by created by Evan Sussman, Dave Schlafman ; directed by Mike Annear, Evan Sussman

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

Foodie Films and TV Shows

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film — A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.


Julie & Julia [videodisc] — Julia Child's life is intertwined with the life of Julie Powell who decides to cook every recipe in Child's book "Mastering the art of French cooking" over the course of one year.


Chocolat [videodisc] by Miramax Films ; produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran ; screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs ; directed by Lasse Hallström — A single mother opens a chocolate shop in rural France - with Sunday hours -  and meets resistance from the rigidly moral community. But, as the townspeople discover their delicious products, attitudes change.


Waitress [videodisc] by Night and Day Pictures — A young married waitress who bakes wonderful pies discovers that she is pregnant, and as she begins to write letters to her child her life begins to change.

Chow Down Video Games

Book Bundles

Looking for a book (or audiobook or movie) to complete a badge? Come into the library and grab a bundle. Bundles are two or three similar items which we've bundled together. Maybe they are read-alikes for a popular author, or perhaps they all share a theme.  Convenient and fun--pick one up today!

Fiction for Cat Lovers

The guest cat by Takahashi Hiraide ; translated by Eric Selland

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

The nine lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts

What the cat saw by Carolyn Hart

Books About Animal-Human Relationships