62 Days of Summer

Astro Origami

Did you know that Michigan is home to six protected Dark Sky Preserves? Additionally, Michigan is home to Headlands International Dark Sky Park and Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, which are the only internationally designated park preserves in the state. While each location provides the very best opportunity for you to truly enjoy the Milky Way, aurora borealis and more - you do not need to travel to these places to Observe the Night Sky. You can begin your adventure at home by simply keeping a few viewing tips in mind.

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The awesome night sky by Kay Barnham

In this gentle science series, World of Wonder (4 titles), the youngest readers are given the fundamental ideas and language needed to grapple with our world's natural wonders. Each title begins with activity suggestions before a series of colorful, full-bleed spreads break the topics down into digestible tidbits--one short paragraph per page--incrementally building readers' understanding of the subject. The Awesome Night Sky tackles astronomy, touching on aspects that will already be somewhat familiar to children, like the sun, moon, other celestial bodies, and the scientific tools human used to study it all. Vocabulary terms are underlined in the text and collected in a glossary. While photography is absent, Frost's inviting illustrations give the perfect context for each lesson, and two omnipresent white children anchor the education in friendly companionship. Effective in balancing simplicity with the right selection of details, these make excellent science primers for early readers.

Hey you! Yes, you! There is no one else like you in the world and that is something very special. In fact, you are worth celebrating just the way you are. Use our tips to enjoy time to yourself, create something special to you, or learn how to boost your confidence.

Sparkler in the snow by Jakob Owens courtesy of Unsplash

Ways to Celebrate Yourself

Volunteering is not only great for your community, but great for you as well! Getting involved with a cause can help you find purpose, connect with others, and feel good about the difference you’ve made. Helping out is also great for everyone, no matter their age. Use the resources below to get involved today!

The photo Colorful Hands by Tim Mossholder is made available through Unsplash

Connect With Volunteer Opportunities

                           

      Gardening does not simply allow one to be mentally old,

      because too many hopes and dreams are to be realized.

                            - Allan Armitage

 

The Earth gives us the opportunity to cultivate and enjoy its offerings. Trees, flowers, and gardens can all flourish under our care. What gardens offer in exchange is the ability to take the end result right to our table. For ideas and inspiration on what the garden to table experience can look like for you, check out the activities, books, and resources listed below.

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                                                   Rain is grace;

                                rain is the sky descending to the earth;

                                    without rain, there would be no life.

                                                  - John Updike

 

We wait so long for sunny skies and outdoor opportunities in Michigan's ever-changing weather, that a rainy day in the summer can be...a bummer. Allowing ourselves to reframe the day and observe what's available to us inside to enjoy can be good. The 62 Days Square "Rainy Day Fun" is here to help you with that.

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Our homes can be a reflection of who we are, how we're feeling, and what brings us joy. That piece of art--expensive or made in preschool, the blanket that acts as a comfort when life is overwhelming, and the chair that is waiting at the end of the day--all are part of your "nest." For ideas on how to "best your nest," CPL has you covered.

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Calming and exhilarating. Both words that can be associated with hiking. Hiking is a fabulous hobby that can be done year round, all over the world, or close to home. Trails and paths can be anywhere from straight, narrow and rocky to wet, curvy, or steep. They can be on all sorts of terrain like sand, snow, dirt, hills, mountains or forests. Michigan is a beautiful state that offers all sorts of hiking trails for any season.  Local metroparks also have hiking opportunities as does the Michigan Trails Magazine. Hiking also offers access to activities for all ages, from senior citizens to kids.  No matter what kind of path you decide to take, hiking is great for your mind and body. So lace up your boots and dont forget to pack your water and some snacks! Head back to 62 days of summer for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Follow the trail to these library hiking books:

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Fiction

Kids Fiction

Kids Non-Fiction

 

Welcome to 62 Days of Summer STEAM!  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Scroll down to find different STEAM topics to explore this summer. We've got something for all ages and interests.

Don't forgot to check out our STEAM titles, we've got books on every topic, and plenty for grownup readers, too.

STEAM Booms and Builds

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Reading book reviews are a great way to find new titles to read, but have you ever considered writing them yourself? Sharing your critiques and compliments of books are a great way to help others evaluate whether they’re worth reading or not. Glowing reviews also help great books that just don’t happen to have a lot of marketing going into their publications, get more attention.

Anyone can write a book review, but there is an art to writing a good one that really tells others if a book is a good fit for them. Good book reviews are not too long, but at the same time get at what struck you most about the book. Book review readers want to know more than that you enjoyed it and would recommend it. You want to summarize the main themes of the book and pick out what you thought stood out to you the most (and whether it was good or bad). Compare it to other similar books.

Get some more ideas on how to format your book reviews here:

BOOK RIOT's "How to Write a Book Review"

Grammarly's "How to Write a Book Review"

What are some places you can share your book reviews?

The most common book review websites are Amazon.com and Goodreads.com, but who says you have to only leave your book reviews on sites people go to looking for reviews? Why not post them on Facebook or Instagram and see what your friends think? Maybe they’ll have some book review recommendations to give back to you!

 

Head back to 62 Days of Summer for more ways to participate in the summer program!

Listen Live three piece band with maracas and a music symbol in greens and blues

Whether you see a favorite band, attend a play, or yuk it up with a comedian, there are plenty of ways to listen live this summer. 

Summer Concert Series

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