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Have you ever wanted to try a new sport? If you said yes, you've landed on the right square!  So if you've always wanted to smack at a tennis or golf ball, jump on a bike or in a canoe, strap on some running or walking shoes, the summer months provide the best conditions to go outside, enjoy some fresh air and get healthy. In addition, you'll make new friends, challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone and best of all have fun!  Take this BBC 60 second test to see what sport you are made for.*

There are many resources available to help you complete the Try a New Sport square in our 62 Days summer program.

*Before embarking upon any sporting activity, you should seek the advice of your physician.

Get Inspired!

Many people are excited to think about future trips this year.  You can also travel the world while sitting in your favorite comfy chair by choosing books from this list.  Visit any one of these continents to experience a new setting and enjoy your adventure!

Read Around the World - Africa
Read Around the World - Asia
Read Around the World - Europe and the United Kingdom
Read Around the World - North America 
Read Around the World - Oceania
Read Around the World - South America 

 

For Kids:

Read Around the World--Kids Nonfiction

Read Around the World--Kids Fiction

 

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

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

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

 

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.

Activities

                                            

                                                   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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      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.

Activities

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.

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.

Also available in: video | e-video

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

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