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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.

Pure Michigan Travel

Michigan's motto declares: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." With that in mind,  take some time to explore the natural beauty and wonder of our great state with the resources listed below. For more ideas explore the Pure Michigan website.

Of woods and water: a photographic journey across Michigan by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan ; foreword by Dave Dempsey


The paddler's guide to Michigan by Jeff Counts


Hiking Michigan by Roger E. Storm, Susan M. Wedzel


Belle Isle to 8 Mile: an insider's guide to Detroit by edited by Andy Linn, Emily Linn and Rob Linn

Detroit Fiction

Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson


Say nice things about Detroit by Scott Lasser


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer


Trigger man: more tales of the Motor City by Jim Ray Daniels


See what I see by Gloria Whelan


The dollmaker by Harriette Arnow

Michigan in Song

music notes: music notesCheck out some of these tunes that mention Michigan or its cities:

Michigan Historical Fiction


Detroit breakdown by D.E. Johnson — Detroit, 1912.


The Detroit electric scheme by D. E. Johnson — Detroit, 1910.


The expeditions: a novel by Karl Iagnemma — Michigan Territory, 1844.


Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer — Detroit, 1967.


Looking for Przybylski by K.C. Frederick — Detroit, mid-1970s.


The mercy killers: a novel by Lisa Reardon — Ypsilanti, 1967.

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon


Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker


From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska


Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum


Detroit's Belle Isle: island park gem by Michael Rodriguez and Thomas Featherstone

Michigan Born!

michigan: michiganMichigan is the birth place of many illustrious figures in all walks of life. The state can claim innumerable artists, actors, authors, sportsmen, scientists, musicians, innovators as native sons and daughters. Here are just a few!

Michigan at the Movies

Check out some of these films set in Michigan!

Anatomy of a murder [videodisc] by Columbia ; Otto Preminger presents — Upper Peninsula

The road to Wellville [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures — Battle Creek

Semi-pro [videodisc] by New Line Cinema presents a Mosaic Media Group production — Flint

Answer this! [videodisc] by Wrekin Hill Entertainment and ; Neka Films present ; produced by Mike Farah, Anna Wenger ; written & directed by Christopher Farah — Ann Arbor

Zebrahead [videodisc] by an Ixtlan Production ; Triumph Releasing Corporation — Detroit

Documentary Detroit

Detropia [videodisc] by Loki Films presents ; in association with Ford Foundation/Justfilms and ITVS, Impact Partners and Vital Projects ; produced and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady


Detroit [videodisc]: remember when by produced by WTVS in association with the Detroit Historical Society and Museums


The Hudson's building [videodisc] by an Urban Gralic production ; presented by Public Benefit Corporation


Searching for Sugar Man [videodisc] by a Sony Pictures Classics release of a Red Box Films/Passion Pictures production in association with Canfield Pictures and the Documentary Co. ; produced by Simon Chinn, Malik Bendjelloul ; written and directed by Malik Bendjelloul


Henry Ford [videodisc]


Burn (DVD) [videorecording]

Great Lakes Shipwrecks

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Show Me the Cookbook: TV Programs and Chefs