This post contains suggestions for how to earn your E-lectrified, On the Scene, and Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Do you think that completing all 36 badges in the Connect Your Summer program is impossible for adults? While it can be daunting, a good strategy makes it totally doable. Here are some tips from experienced CYS participants, who have completed the 36 badge challenge numerous times.

  1. Now is not the time to read War and Peace. Look for short books, like these.
  2. Always carry a book with you. Ten minutes waiting for soccer practice to end can turn into ten minutes of reading time.
  3. Find a book with lots of pictures.
  4. Or a book that is all pictures. It's not cheating--it's a Graphic Novel.
  5. Listen to a book. It's entertaining and you can claim an e-Lectrified badge.
  6. Set aside some time to read every day. Maybe a half hour in the morning, or while you eat lunch.
  7. Try a Young Adult title. Good content, quick reads and you might relate to your teenager better.
  8. Have two or three books available. That way if you aren't in the mood for one, you can read a different one.
  9. Make good use of the recommended lists for each badge.
  10. Download a book to your phone or tablet so you always have a book with you.
  11. Find a book your family will enjoy and take turns reading out loud. That counts, even if you are reading a children's book.
  12. Try something different, like poetry, perhaps, or short stories.
  13. Read something that can help you professionally. Bill Gates likes these, and he seems to do okay for himself.
  14. Magazines! Grab one off the shelf, or check out one of the 175 or so available online with Zinio.
  15. Plan a weekly trip to the library and attend a program or complete an On the Scene activity.
  16. Participate in the Big Library Read and combine an e-book with a book discussion, all online.
  17. Browse our Short Story collection to find a quick read.
  18. Use library materials to inspire a daily chore, like cooking dinner. You have to eat anyway, right?
  19. Challenge someone to participate with you. Motivate each other, attend programs together, or trade reading suggestions.
  20. Don't procrastinate. And don't give up. The final day to claim badges is August 17: plan accordingly.

Looking to complete your Electrified Path? Check out and play these games as a way to earn some badges. 

Animal Lover

The wildly popular "Zoo Tycoon" series gets fully reimagined and is set to crank up the excitement of building the ultimate zoo.

Keep it Real

Follow these suggestions (or use your own ideas) to complete your Super Bookworm Path for CYS.

Animal Lover

"THIS IS IT: The final battle for The Red begins here! Teen Titans foe Brother Blood has come to claim the mantle of avatar from Animal Man's daughter Maxine, murdering and plundering his way to power. Now faced with his family being even further torn apart, Buddy Baker must defeat this evil... no matter what the cost. Critically acclaimed writer Jeff Lemire ends his run on the breakout title of The New 52 with this concluding chapter to his epic ANIMAL MAN story. With art from Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE), Travel Foreman and Lemire himself, ANIMAL MAN VOL. 5: EVOLVE OR DIE! is a fitting ending to a modern classic. Collects ANIMAL MAN #24-29"--.

Check out and read these titles to complete your Super Bookworm Path with Manga! 

Animal Lover

Kamisama kiss. Vol. 3 by Julietta Suzuki

Nanami, missing school because she is distracted by her duties as a local deity, finds everything going wrong in class and is bit on the wrist while following her instinct to save animals.

Keep it Real

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Explore History: Super Bookworm and Keep It Real: Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

There are a number of books that deal with similar stories or events in history that have been adapted for younger audiences. Several other topics are covered by multiple ages for multiple age ranges. Pick one of these for yourself and one for your child, and discuss aspects of history as a family.



Extraordinary Zoo Stories During WWII

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw-- and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants and refusing to give in to the penetrating fear of discovery, even as Europe crumbled around her.

An elephant in the garden by Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie and Karl's mother, Mutti, working at a local zoo in Dresden, Germany, during World War II while their father is away fighting in France, brings home Marlene, a baby elephant that is slated to be destroyed as the Allied bombing grows closer, and when they are forced to flee, Mutti feels they must take Marlene with them, adding even more danger to their journey.

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Keep It Real: Super Bookworm, Mega Keep It Real, Mega You Choose, and You Choose: Super Bookworm badges.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Tired of boring nonfiction? Try one of these titles:

"The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War"--.

Describes how the writer and naturalist set about recording in both word and image the birds of North America, and details the legacy his work has left behind.

An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.


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