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Grab a story about dancing and let that inspire you to try your own moves.

I will dance by Bo Flood

Floyd Cooper, award-winning author and illustrator of books for children, passed away July 15, 2021 at the age of 65. Below is a selection of works that showcase his stunning portrayals of Black history, and his fictional stories that capture slices of everyday life.

Books Written and Illustrated by Cooper

Jump! by Floyd Cooper

What was Michael Jordan like as a boy? You might be surprised that the greatest professional basketball player ever wasn't even the best player in his own family!  Based on actual events, this story of a friendly sibling rivalry is enhanced by Floyd Cooper's stunning two-tone art.

President Barack Obama recently shared his 2021 Summer Reading List, comprised of titles from a variety of genres. Interested in the former President's reading habits? Check one of his favorites out today!

At night all blood is black by 1966- David Diop
Land of big numbers by Te-Ping Chen

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are the "Oscars" of the comics world. Check below to access eBook or borrow print copies of many award nominees. Visit the San Diego Comic-Con site for the complete list of nominees

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Sports is hell by artist Ben Passmore

Help the little ones in your life learn to love themselves! These pictures explore what it means to be confident, happy, and unabashedly YOU. 

Alma and how she got her name by illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal
Be who you are by Todd Parr

As we have increased our time at home over the past year, taking full advantage of summer fun in our own CPL backyard is a must! There are so many fun things to do without having to go out and spend a lot of money. Even if you invest in some new games, you can use them all summer and for years to come. Some days just sand, shovels and buckets keep the kids busy, while cooling off with some water action when it gets hot. We also have books at the library to help get some of those backyard ideas coming. Head back to 62 days of summer for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Backyard idea book by Lee Anne White

Meet some of the people who represent the "M" in STEAM. The mathematicians and math-whizzes who calculate and crunch the numbers. Titles are arranged so that those intended for older audiences are last, the first titles might be of interest to most readers.

Introduces trailblazing mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani from her unexpected interest in geometry as a young girl to becoming the first woman to win the world's most prestigious honor in mathematics.

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If Ramanujan could crack the number 1 open and find infinity, what secrets would he discover inside other numbers?

Art and science seem so different, but they actual meet, overlap, and inform each other in many different areas. Try one of these book suggestions to see how creativity and scientific methods go hand in hand.

The Secret Language of Color imparts a beautiful and thorough investigation into the nature of color, such as how and why we see color, rainbows, animals with color vision far superior and inferior to our own, how our language influences the colors we see, and much more.

Photography and science have long been intertwined, helping to shape the way we look at the world. Scientists use photography as a way to gather information, explore, and learn, but just as important, photography is also used to promote scientific advances and has long served as an interface between the sciences and the public.

Throughout history, humans have fought against invisible bacteria, viruses, and fungi that make us sick. There are many people who have made incredible discoveries that helped us learn about the diseases that plague us and how to vanquish them; learn about some of these people, and others involved in fighting off these public health threats.

Titles are listed with those intended for older audiences toward the bottom.

The child of immigrants who never learned to speak English, Jonas was struck by the devastation he saw when the soldiers returned from battle after WWII. Determined to help, he worked to become a doctor and eventually joined the team that created the influenza vaccine. 

This narrative follows Anthony from his Brooklyn beginnings through medical school and his challenging role working with seven US presidents to tackle some of the biggest public health challenges of the past fifty years, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Explosions can be both cool and terrifying. If you're not interested in the hazards of explosive science experiments, try one of these titles where you can experience different kinds of explosions and high-pressure situations from a distance. Titles intended for older audiences are at the bottom of the list.

Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, and became very wealthy from his invention. Saddened by its use for harmful destruction, Nobel left his fortune to create yearly prizes for those who have rendered the greatest services to mankind: The Nobel Prizes.

With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining -- and illustrations that are positively out of this world -- this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds. Don't let your head explode with the awesomeness within.

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