From Ancient China to California in the 1990s, step back in time with these fantastic historical fiction titles. 

The black kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
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With the Rodney King riots closing in on high school senior Ashley and her family, the privileged bubble she has enjoyed, protecting her from the difficult realities most black people face, begins to crumble.

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After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from September 15-October 15. Celebrate with one of the following Young Adult titles featuring Hispanic main characters!

Clap when you land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Incendiary by Zoraida Córdoba

After a remarkable career in law, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, only the second woman to join the Court. Much of Ginsburg's career was dedicated to gender equality and women's rights, as well as working as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU. In her later years, Ginsburg was well-known for her dissenting opinions and often wore elaborate collars when dissenting in Court. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a giant in the landscape of American law and will remain an icon for generations to come.

Celebrate the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg with one of the many books and movies about her in CPL's collection.

Children's Materials

If you've read everything by the hilarious David Sedaris, try one of these novels, memoirs, or essay collections for more humor!

Looking for a suspenseful read with twist and turns? These thrillers and mysteries will have you turning pages late into the night!

Too close to breathe by Olivia Kiernan

For almost a century, American women took to the streets to march, lobbied Congress, and picketed the White House. What were they fighting for? The right to vote. And on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting all women that right.

On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we're celebrating all things women's suffrage at CPL! Check out the resources we've gathered below and register for a Grab and Go Kit of fun take homes starting August 18th.

Image "Suffragette Banner - Votes For Women, 1910-1920" by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

Thank you for helping us have the best 62 days of our year at CPL! Join us Saturday, 8/15 @ 10:00am on Facebook Live for an Elephant & Piggie puppet show to celebrate 62 Days of Summer! Piggie and Gerald will be sharing a hilarious live show that you can enjoy from anywhere. Then explore more with the Elephant & Piggie resources and books below.  

Waiting is not easy! by illustrator Mo Willems

The phrase "Black Boy Joy" emerged a few years ago as a way to challenge the way we view black masculinity in society. Rather than simply seeing black males as angry or tough, Black Boy Joy allows us to see them through a wide variety of lenses. These picture books cover many topics, but all feature phenomenal black boys!

For picture books with black girls, check out our Black Girl Magic booklist. 

Jabari jumps by illustrator Gaia Cornwall
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Looking to try something new in the kitchen? These cookbooks offer recipes from around the world and meal ideas both old and new.  

  • Indian-ish by Priya Krishna - Indian food is everyday food! This colorful, lively book is food writer Priya Krishna's loving tribute to her mom's "Indian-ish" cooking-a trove of one-of-a-kind Indian-American hybrids that are easy to make, clever, practical, and packed with flavor. Think Roti Pizza, Tomato Rice with Crispy Cheddar, Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Pea Chutney, and Malaysian Ramen.

  • Six Ingredient Meals - With only six ingredients or less per recipe, making dinner has never been easier. Six Sisters' Stuff is one of the most popular blogs for quick and easy cooking and entertaining at home for families. In their eighth cookbook, they tackle how to master meals for any cook with any skill level with more than 100 easy recipes made with incredible flavor combinations from just six ingredients or less.
  • The Geeky Chef Cookbook by Cassandra Reeder - You've watched the TV shows and movies, played the video games, and read the books. Now it's time to level-up your geek factor…into the kitchen. From Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Star Trek to Doctor Who, The Legend of Zelda, and World of Warcraft, The Geeky Chef compiles over 60 delectable, ethereal, and just plain odd-yet oddly delicious-recipes that you can re-create right in your own home. This smaller hardcover version of the original book has a new, fresh, modern design and includes 10 additional recipes from The Geeky Chef Strikes Back, making it the perfect gift for the geek in your life.
  • Tasting The Past: Recipes From Antiquity by Jacqui Wood - The many influences of the past on our diet today make the concept of 'British food' very hard to define. The Celts, Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans all brought ingredients to the table, as it were, and onwards the Crusades gave us all manner of spices. This book, one of three volumes, documents the rich history of our food, its fads and its fashions to be combined with a practical cookbook from antiquity. Offerings include tasty beach BBQ ideas from Celtic times, a hearty Roman Army lentil stew and ideas for festive feasts of ancient times.
  • Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi - Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables. Yotam's food inspiration comes from his Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients. Not a vegetarian himself, his approach to vegetable dishes is wholly original and innovative, based on freshness and seasonality, and drawn from the diverse food cultures represented in London.
  • Myers+Chang At Home by Joanne Chang - These recipes, all bursting with flavor, are meant to be shared, and anyone can make them at home-try Dan Dan Noodle Salad, Triple Pork Mushu Stir-fry, or Grilled Corn with Spicy Sriracha Butter. This is food people crave and will want to make again and again. Paired with the couple's favorite recipes, the photography perfectly captures the spirit of the restaurant, making this book a keepsake for devoted fans.

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A zero waste lifestyle means reusing or recycling all products that you consume (including food). Those that follow the principles of zero waste don't throw anything away - ever! Simple swaps make it surprisingly easy to lower your carbon footprint and waste output even if you don't throw out your garbage bin for good. Pick up a few tips from the titles below.

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