62 Days of Summer

It's another great day in the Mitten State! There are so many great places to visit and fun things to see and do all over our great state that hopefully you will get to enjoy at least one or two of those items this summer. Hopefully, these books will give you some great ideas!

 

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Almost 20,000 years ago, Earth's climate began to warm. Because of the changing temperatures, a miles-thick ice sheet started to shift. As the ice sheet moved, it carved deep pits in the land and left water in its wake. This melted ice filled the new cavities. This is the story of America's Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Enriched with stunning photographs and informative fact boxes and sidebars, this educational text sheds light on the scientific history of some of our nation's most treasured geological features.

Have you ever wanted to see the Great Pyramids of Egypt? What about the Amazon River? Or the Great Wall of China? While it is difficult to travel to so many far off places, we have some amazing books you can read that can transport you there in your imagination. Someday you may stand at the foot of the Parthenon in Greece, but for now fill your mind with images, stories, and facts of places far away and in your own backyard.

 

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In 1910, Captain Robert Scott prepared his crew for a trip that no one had ever completed: a journey to the South Pole. He vowed to get there any way he could, even if it meant looking death in the eye. Then, not long before he set out, the telegram arrived: "Proceeding to Antarctic - Roald Amundsen." What was to be an expedition had become a race. One hundred and eight years later, Captain Louis Rudd readied himself for a similarly grueling task: the first solo crossing of treacherous Antarctica. Then came the Instagram message: "On Nov. 1, I depart for the ice - Colin O'Brady." What was to be a journey had become a race. For fans of Michael Tougias' The Finest Hours, this gripping tale of two history-making moments is perfect for budding scientists, survivalists, and thrill seekers.

Exploring other places on our beautiful Earth is an amazing experience. While you are saving your money for your next big adventure with your family, give these great travel stories a shot. You just might find your next vacation destination!

 

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Off to see the sea by Nikki Grimes

Bath time is full of magic. The faucet flows like a waterfall, the bathroom floor is a distant shore, toy boats sail against the waves. An imagination-fueled adventure on the high seas is just what it takes to get little one clean.

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.

tea, journal, glasses and laptop on table

 

So much of what we do every day has moved online because of the pandemic. It is easy to become exhausted by spending so much time looking at screens and being constantly connected. Set aside a few minutes, an hour, or a day to put away the screens and do something analog.

 

Photo by Cassie Boca on Unsplash

Screen-Free Ideas

Rosie's Girl Texting on Dog Beach--Long Beach--United States Photo by kevin turcios on Unsplash

 

Sharing an experience creates a bond between two people. Sometimes we share a moment of time together. Other times we tell someone about something we went through alone. Reaching out to share time, resources, memories, or even ideas helps to build our relationships and our community.

Share Your Summer Activities

Welcome to the Snap a Photo Square on your 62 Days of Summer Journey.

There are so many ways to capture visual reminders of a summer well-spent. We hope you can use this square to get you started on a new hobby, new way of looking at things, or to just grab some new memories and hold them close.

  • We have some great materials to help you learn how to take amazing photos in your backyard or of the people you love.
  • Are you ready to step up your game? Try looking at the art of taking photos in a completely different way using Pokemon Snap, available for the Nintendo Switch.
  • Once you have stacks of your favorite shots, be sure to check out our upcoming program on Photo Organization and Preservation.
  • Are you more into the decorative side of photography? Let someone else take the photos and then you can embellish them for scrapbooks and crafts.

 

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Did you know that reading and writing poetry is actually good for your health? Reading poetry can help sharpen your brain with insight and critical thinking, while writing poetry can be therapeutic and help you be more self-aware. Appreciation for poetry is beneficial for all ages, whether you're a senior citizen, or a kid.  Some poems may make you ponder, while others will make you laugh together. Some may take you awhile to read, while others can be a "quick fix" to your reading time. No matter your reason for reading poetry, it can be extremely fulfilling and gratifying. The variety of topics that poems cover is vast. Take some time to explore the endless variety out there. The library offers some awesome poetry books as well. There is something for everyone, kids and adults alike. Head back to 62 days of summer for more ways to participate in the summer program.

 

Complete this 62 Days activity by learning something you didn’t know about the Canton Public Library or by asking us questions. 

 

Exercise Your Curiosity about the Library

  • Use the “Ask a Librarian” option on our Contact Us form to ask a reference question remotely.
  • Use Social Media to ask us a question, tell us how we are doing, or learn more. Find and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

  • Explore a limited staff directory and meet a few of the people who keep CPL up and running.

Thorndyke the Bear and Little Buddy

 

Meet Thorndyke and LB

Thorndyke T. Bear is our resident library bear. Thorndyke and his friend LB (Little Buddy) keep an eye over the Children's Library and have adventures. You can follow their exploits at Thorndyke Thoughts.

          Thorndyke the Bear  
          1200 S. Canton Center Road
          Canton, MI  48188
 

Explore Hidden Gems of the Library

  • Have you noticed the art located in and around the library? Discover our sculptures, quilts, paper mache works, bronze statues, vintage posters and more in a video, see most of the art with a 'walk' through via Google, or stop by the Information Desk to get a map and see the art in person.
  • Get a quick look at our sorting system when it was first set up. The sorter room is our hub for all returning materials and is visible through the glass doors on the way to the Children's section. 

 

Learn about the Library's History

Take a Deeper Dive into Libraries

Explore these resources to learn even more about libraries beyond the Canton Public Library. We are just a small part of a larger tradition of community service.

Libraries and Books: A Celebration for Children

Teen Fiction About Books 

Celebrate Libraries and Books: Reading for Adults

Big and small. Furry and smooth. Fierce and calm. Animals are incredibly diverse and represent so much that is amazing about our vast planet. 

Grab your favorite one, two, three, or four-legged friend and get ready to investigate and discover more about what makes animals such a gift to our lives. 

Awesome Animals Book Lists

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