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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.

Manga Drawing Contest 2012

Starting June 18 enter our Connect Your Summer 2012 Manga Drawing Contest and you could win some great prizes (a special 'thank you' to Chou Anime Cafe for donating). Last day to enter is August 3. Prizes will be awarded for 3 different age categories: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th grades. Plus 3 prizes for those who best represent this summer's badges.

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by students entering 5th–12th grade. Winners will be chosen in three divisions: 5th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th
  2. Three additional winners will be chosen for drawings that best represent the theme of our Connect Your Summer Badges.

Time Travel TV Series

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.

Time Travel Fiction

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman


From time to time: a novel by Jack Finney


The house on the strand by Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame, 1907-1989


Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Time Travel to the Great Battles of the Civil War

Another Time, Another Place

Find out what life was like growing up in bygone days:

Big Russ and me: father and son: lessons of life by Tim Russert — South Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1950s

Defending Baltimore against enemy attack: a boyhood year during World War II by Charles Osgood — Baltimore in the 1940s

A girl named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel — Mooreland, Indiana in the 1960s

Hotel kid: a Times Square childhood by Stephen Lewis — New York City in the 1930s

The life and times of the last kid picked by David Benjamin — Small-town Wisconsin in the 1950s

The life and times of the thunderbolt kid: a memoir by Bill Bryson — Iowa in the 1950s

In Old New York

Take a walk back in history to the New York City of the 1870s, '80s and '90s where you will encounter the Astors and Vanderbilts, Diamond Jim Brady, Boss Tweed, Stanford White, and Teddy Roosevelt:

American passage: the history of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato

The architect of desire: beauty and danger in the Stanford White family by Suzannah Lessard

The blizzard of '88 by Mary Cable

Boss Tweed: the rise and fall of the corrupt pol who conceived the soul of modern New York by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Commissioner Roosevelt: the story of Theodore Roosevelt and the New York City police, 1895-1897 by H. Paul Jeffers

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: the story of a daughter and a mother in the Gilded Age by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

Men's Health

The Men's health diet: 27 days to sculpted abs, maximum muscle & superhuman sex! by Stephen Perrine ; with Adam Bornstein, Heather Hurlock, and the editors of Men's health

The Men's Health big book of food & nutrition by [by Joel Weber, with Mike Zimmerman]

The Men's health big book of 15 minute workouts by [by Selene Yeager and the editors of Men's health]

The War of 1812 Anniversary

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on June 18, 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain, and although it is arguably one of America's least remembered wars, it was during this time that many legendary battles were fought, heroes made, and memorable events occurred. It was during this war that the British burned the White House and First Lady Dolley Madison helped to save several valuable items — such as George Washington's portrait and original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was during this war that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry. It was during this war that the infamous Battle of New Orleans was fought, making a national hero of Andrew Jackson. It was also during this war that several crucial battles were fought in the Great Lakes Region, including the surrender of the Detroit to the British. The causes for the conflict were many, including attempts by the British to restrict U.S. trade, and the desire by Americans to expand their territory — specifically into Florida and Canada. Hostilities came to an end on December 24, 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.

Historical "What Ifs"

What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:

Almost America: from the colonists to Clinton: a 'what if' history of the U.S. by Steve Tally

Almost history: close calls, plan B's, and twists of fate in American history by Roger Bruns

The Confederate States of America: what might have been by Roger L. Ransom

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Presidential Time Travel

Travel back through America's history and learn more about America's 44 presidents and their families:

America's first families: an inside view of 200 years of private life in the White House by Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Dear First Lady: letters to the White House by [compiled and edited] by Dwight Young and Margaret Johnson; foreword by Helen Thomas

First fathers: the men who inspired our Presidents by Harold I. Gullan

First ladies: from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama by Betty Boyd Caroli

First mothers: the women who shaped the presidents by Bonnie Angelo

A funny thing happened on the way to the White House: humor, blunders, and other oddities from the presidential campaign trail by edited and with an introduction by Charles Osgood

25 Time Travel Movies

Back to the future [videodisc]: the complete trilogy by Universal and Amblin Entertainment — StarringMichael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Marty McFly is transported back to 1955 where he must bring his parents together so that he will exist when he gets back to his own time.

Bill & Ted's excellent adventure [videodisc] by an Orion Pictures release; Nelson Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production; in association with Soisson/Murphey Productions — Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter. Two high school students facing a difficult history exam round up some historical heavyweights with the help of a time-traveling messenger.

Brother Future [videodisc] by Laneuville/Morris Entertainment Inc. Production — Starring Phill Lewis, Carl Lumbly. An inner-city youth is knocked unconscious and wakes up to find he has been transported back through time to 1822 Charleston, S.C., where he is taken captive as a slave.

Travel Back in Time to Pre-Civil War America

What Day was That?

Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:

America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826

D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944

The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop — April 14, 1865

Day of infamy by Walter Lord — December 7, 1941

The day the American Revolution began: 19 April 1775 by William H. Hallahan — April 19, 1775

The day the war ended: May 8, 1945—victory in Europe by Martin Gilbert — May 8, 1945

You Are There!

Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!

Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel

Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert

Eyewitness to history by edited by John Carey

I wish I'd been there: twenty historians bring to life dramatic events that changed America by edited by Byron Hollinshead

I wish I'd been there, book two: European history by edited by Byron Hollinshead and Theodore K. Rabb

Conquer Your Health with Goals

Remember: your body is a temple. Take control of your health by setting (and meeting) goals to improve your health. Begin a new fitness routine. Make a plan to improve your eating habits. Take up an active hobby, such as bicycling or playing a sport. Make goals you can acheive this summer, for example:
  • Walk for 30 minutes, 5x a week
  • Quit drinking soda for (at least) one month
  • Find and join a local martial arts group and attend at least 3 meetings
Once you've met your first goal, log in and claim your badges! Need help getting started?

Meet the Women of the Civil War

Lanyard Making

Saturday July 7, 2:00 to 3:00 PM make a colorful, attractive, fun beaded necklace or Lanyard to hold your work ID badge.

"Sleuth It" Surprise Packages

Sleuth It 2What is inside these wrapped packages? It's a Connect Your Summer mystery (or maybe a romance or a graphic novel)! The package contains two unknown items for your delight. Look at the outside of the package for possible clues as to what is inside. To check out a package, simply place the package on the self-checkout machine (make sure two items show up on the screen and turn black) or take it to one of our friendly check-out staff for assistance. Read, listen, watch at least one of the items and you have completed a Sleuth It activity as part of Connect Your Summer!

Sailing!

Fifty places to sail before you die: sailing experts share the world's greatest destinations by Chris Santella

The sailing bible: the complete guide for all sailors from novice to expert by Jeremy Evans, Pat Manley, Barrie Smith

We, the drowned by Carsten Jensen; translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund with Emma Ryder

Discover Michigan's Wilderness