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National Senior Games 2013

The 2013 National Senior Games opened in Cleveland on Friday, July 19. Competitors will meet July 19 through August 1. The Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. Individuals and teams will compete over the next 12 days in Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Volleyball, Swimming, etc. NSGA Member Organizations hold annual games with qualifying competitions in the year preceding The Games. Athletes that meet specific criteria while participating in the State Senior Games qualify to participate. This year, three Michigan Male Volleyball Teams are competing.

Snapshots of Reading and Games

Share the ways you've been able to combine reading with gaming or sports. Earn your badge by sharing a photo of you reading a baseball book at a Tigers Game, reading about improving your chess skills while playing a formidable opponent, or come up with your own way of creatively reading while playing.

Sports Biographies for Kids

Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

Mighty Jackie: the strike out queen by Marissa Moss ; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Lipman Pike: America's first home run king by Richard Michelson ; and illustrated by Zachary Pullen


Black Jack: the ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr. ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans


You never heard of Willie Mays?! by written by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Terry Widener


Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team by written by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Steven Salerno

Super Bowl Kickoff!

The NFL playoffs are in full swing and Super Bowl 47 is right around the corner. While you're waiting, catch up on some of the lives of some of the sport's greatest players and coaches — both past and present:

Moving the chains: Tom Brady and the pursuit of everything by Charles P. Pierce

Namath: a biography by Mark Kriegel

Great Fourth Grade Reads

Looking for some great Fourth Grade reads? Try some of these:

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The one and only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; illustrations by Patricia Castelao

Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume; illustrated by Roy Doty

Get inspired, Go Wild

Have you earned your Go Wild badge yet? If not, summer isn't over yet--so you still have time. Now that the weather has gotten better, be sure to get out and Go Wild by taking a walk in the woods or at a park, enjoying Art in the Park this weekend, July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 in Downtown Plymouth, or run through the sprinkler to cool off. No matter what you choose to do, Go Wild and have fun!

Fly Fishing with James DiStefanis

Local author James DiStefanis shares his knowledge and passion for fly fishing on Wednesday, August 3rd from 7:00-8:30PM. Learn how to tie a fly and perhaps cast a line or two. No registration necessary.

Canton Cricket

Wicket, gully, bowler, batsman… learn all about the game of cricket from the Michigan Cricket Association on Thursday July 21st from 7:00-8:30PM. A major sport in England and India, cricket is becoming more popular here in the United States. In fact, Canton recently unveiled the Township's first cricket field in Heritage Park. Find out more about this game of fierce competition and skill while earning a Connect Your Summer Sports Fan Badge! No registration necessary.
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30 Years of Detroit Sport Championships

  1. 1983 Michigan Panthers win USFL Championship
  2. 1984 Detroit Tigers are World Series Champs
  3. 1986 Michigan State Spartans win NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship
  4. 1988 Detroit Drive win first ArenaBowl Championship
  5. 1989 Michigan Wolverines win their first NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship
  6. 1989 Detroit Pistons win their first NBA Championship
  7. 1989 Detroit Drive are ArenaBowl Champs
  8. 1990 Pistons win NBA Championship
  9. 1990 Detroit Drive win ArenaBowl Championship
  10. 1991 Detroit Turbos win the National Lacrosse League Championship
  11. 1992 Detroit Rockers are National Professional Soccer League Champions
  12. 1992 Detroit Drive win their fourth and final ArenaBowl Championship
  13. 1995 Plymouth Whalers are the OHL Champions
  14. 1996 Michigan Wolverines win NCAA Championship in Men’s Hockey
  15. 1997 University of Michigan Wolverines win share of NCAA Football Championship with Nebraska
  16. 1997 Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup, first in 42 years
  17. 1997 Detroit Vipers are IHL Champs winning their only Joseph Turner Memorial Cup
  18. 1998 Michigan Wolverines win NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship
  19. 1998 Red Wings are Stanley Cup Champions
  20. 2000 Michigan State Spartans win NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship
  21. 2001 Detroit Dogs win American Basketball (ABA 2000) Championship
  22. 2002 Red Wings win their 10th Stanley Cup
  23. 2003 Detroit Shock win WNBA Championship
  24. 2004 Detroit Pistons win their third NBA Championship
  25. 2006 Shock are WNBA Champs
  26. 2007 Michigan State Spartans win Men’s NCAA Hockey Championship
  27. 2007 Plymouth Whalers win OHL Championship
  28. 2008 Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup
  29. 2008 Detroit Shock are WNBA Champs
  30. 2010 University of Michigan wins NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship

Goooooooo Lions!

It's official… football pre-season is upon us. The Detroit Lions have come roaring out of the gate this past weekend with a win over the Cleveland Browns. Tune in and gear up as maybe this will be a sign of good things to come. While you are waiting for the next tramplefest, be sure to check out the great books we have on the Detroit Lions. Grrrrr!

2010 Winter Olympics Come to an End

After seventeen days of incredible and exciting winter events the 2010 Winter Olympics will come to an official end in Vancouver's BC Place Stadium on Sunday, February 28th. As with the Opening Ceremony, everything is hush-hush about the Closing Ceremony and who will perform. One thing is for sure, Nordic combined gold medalist, Billy Demong, will carry the U.S. Flag. The ceremony will also capture the spirit and personality of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada. Coverage starts on NBC @ 8:00pm EST, tune in!

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Canton Pair Featured in Saturday's New York Times


Canton ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White are featured in Saturday's New York Times. Read about their international success and bid for Olympic gold in Vancouver!

Go Red! Go White!

Hey fans! The Detroit Red Wings are playing tonight at 7:30 p.m.! Check your local t.v. listings for the channel, but according the Red Wings website, it will be playing on Fox Sports. We are playing against the sneaky Florida Panthers so beware. They will have their claws sharpened and ready to dig in and try to beat us. Let the icefest begin!

Fanatical Football

Hey sports fans! Check out the latest stats on your favorite teams in our fun and informative collection of books and DVD's on football. Whether you root for the U of M Wolverines or the Detroit Lions, fill those downtimes during commercial breaks and half-time shows with pages of cool information on teams, players, and bowl games found in our collection! Have fun tossing the pigskin!

Happy Birthday Mia Hamm and "Sugar Ray" Leonard

This sunny May 17th, we have two high profile birthdays to celebrate. It is the birthday of boxer "Sugar Ray" Leonard born on this date in 1956 and also soccer player, Mia Hamm, who was born on this date in 1972. Both of these figures have had illustrious careers in their sports field and we wish them a heartfelt happy birthday! Be sure to check out our books on both of these famous, amazing athletes!

Super Bowl XLIII

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the 43rd Super Bowl Championship at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.  Allen St. John takes readers off the playing field and behind the scenes in The Billion Dollar Game.

Sports Fiction

TangerineBloor, Edward. Tangerine. Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight