Connect Your Summer is back and better than ever, and with it are 12 new badges. Click on the badges below to see the reading, program, and activity recommendations from our staff experts for how to earn each badge. Once you've completed an experience, claim the badge online for a chance at some great prizes:
- Entries must be submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade. Winners will be chosen in three divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th
- Three additional winners will be chosen for drawings that best represent the theme of our Connect Your Summer Badges.
Being Erica. Season one. Disc 1 [videodisc] — Erica Strange is sent back in time by her therapist, Dr. Tom, to deal with the regrets of her life.
Doctor Who. The complete first series, Discs 1 & 2 [videodisc] by 2 Entertain ; BBC — The Doctor and his companion Rose travel around the universe - and through time - to battle Daleks and other evil aliens.
Sugarlicious: 50 cute and clever treats for every occasion by Meaghan Mountford
The complete photo guide to cake decorating by [Autumn Carpenter]
Special cupcakes by Wendy Sweetser
What's new, cupcake? by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson ; text and photographs by Alan Richardson ; recipes and
Batter Up! We've got a whole roster full of great reads for kids about America's Favorite Pastime. Check one out today before they're loooong gone.
The boys by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Jeff Newman
Baseball hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson
Watch me throw the ball! by Mo Willems
Use the drop-down menus on the Kids Book Lists page and May We Suggest blog to generate suggestions for a brand new read. Try a graphic novel, audiobook or ebook for a fresh reading experience. If you're feeling brave, combine a new format with a genre you've never read before to truly conquer this badge.
Can't find anything inspiring? Fill out the May We Suggest form to receive personal recommendations.
Did you know that many of the great family movies out there were kids books first? You can earn your "curtains up" badge by reading some of these great titles:
Ella enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Cheaper by the dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; (with a new afterword by Ernestine Gilbreth Carey)
Snatched by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue
Dawn undercover by Anna Dale
Fake ID by Walter Sorrells
And then everything unraveled by Jennifer Sturman
The traveling restaurant: Jasper's voyage in three parts: a novel for children by Barbara Else ; [illustrations, Sam Broad] is a savory story featuring twelve-year-old Jasper who must mature very quickly in order to meet the challenges of life suddenly thrust upon him. He is abandoned by his family, he thinks, and soon realizes his baby sister has been kidnapped by the ruthless Lady Gall and her soldiers. She holds the key to restoring the missing magic to Fontania and he must rescue her before they poison her and take control of the kingdom. He gets help from a most unexpected source - the Traveling Resaurant, a mysterious ship serving delicious, magically appearing food and the two owers who operate it.
The knight at dawn by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Knights of the kitchen table by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith
A wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle
Honus & me by Dan Gutman
City of masks by Mary Hoffman
The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost ; translated by William Rodarmor
The fire thief by Terry Deary
OnTuesday, July 17 at 10:00 AM, join acclaimed photographer, Rick Lieder, as he treks around the library grounds in search of creatures to "capture" on film. The library will provide disposable cameras or you may bring your own. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn to "capture" images of your own. This program is geared to patrons aged 9 and up. Space is limited, so register today.
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Justin Thyme by Panama Oxridge
The new policeman by Kate Thompson
Ruby red by Kerstin Gier ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell
Two more series are moving to J Fiction:
- A to Z Mysteries - will be shelved by author: J Fiction Roy
- Amazing Days of Abby Hayes - will be shelved by author: J Fiction Mazer
Thank you again for your patience while these items are temporarily unavailable in order to process the changes.
Fill out one of our LOVE IT hearts with your favorite book, movie, music, or program. You can pick up a heart at the the Children's Help Desk and the Adult Help Desk. After you fill out your heart, don't forget to claim your LOVE IT badge online.
[Domino Effect by Smabs Sputzer is licensed under CC BY-A 2.0]