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Investigate, Experiment, and Create

Many of our science experiment books are grouped together in our nonfiction section (J507.8). Here are a few to get you started this summer. Get the whole family in on your experiments!

Citizen scientists: be a part of scientific discovery from your own backyard by Loree Griffin Burns ; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Things that float and things that don't by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Anna Raff

The big green book of the big blue sea by written by Helaine Becker ; illustrated by Willow Dawson

Literary Biographies for Tweens

Ever wonder about the authors and illustrators behind your favorite stories? These biographies tell of fascinating lives and in some cases, the real-life inspiration behind classic works of literature.

Michigan Picture Books For Kids

Little Michigan by written by Denise Brennan-Nelson ; Illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe

Clever Beatrice by written by Margaret Willey ; illustrated by Heather McWhorter

The day the Great Lakes drained away by written and illustrated by Charles Ferguson Barker

Island magic by Martha Bennett Stiles ; illustrated by Daniel San Souci

M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford ; illustrated by Michael Monroe

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginnersby edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion July 21

Please join the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group on Monday, July 21 at 7:00 PM in the Purple Room to discuss:

Home front by Kristin Hannah — After 12 years of marriage, Michael and Joleen appear to be unhappy with their marriage. They edge their way closer towards divorce when the Iraq war begins, sending one away into a dangerous war zone while leaving the other at home waiting for news.

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