The library has moved to the next phase of our reopening plan and is now providing: ​

The building otherwise remains closed to the public.

We currently have a job opening with our Information Technology department. For complete details please visit our jobs/volunteer page.

View of Hogwarts school; a large castle on a mountain top

This school year is right around the corner and even though we are not sure what it will look like just yet, we can always count on returning to the majestic halls in Harry Potter's own Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Join us for a number of programs including Howell Nature Center's presentation of Fantastical Beasts, check out super fun activities and find out the best place to check out or listen to the Harry Potter books for free. 

Class List

OverDrive's Big Library Read, globally connects readers around the world who are reading the same eBook simultaneously. The 2020 summer selection is the mystery, The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason. A page turning Victorian-era thriller! An assassination attempt on Queen Victoria and the murder of a petty thief moments later leads Chief Detective Inspector Charles Field into an investigation that exposes a shocking conspiracy in which the publication of Charles Darwin’s controversial On the Origin of Species sets off a string of murders, arson, kidnapping, and the pursuit of a madman.

The Big Library Read runs from August 3 -17, 2020 and offers unlimited access to the e-book and audiobook  and no waiting for holds.

Mindfulness with Reset Brain and Body

woman meditating

Mindfulness is the idea of focusing your awareness on the present moment. It affords many health benefits, stress reduction, and increases your gratitude of everyday moments.

On August 20, join us for a virtual day of mindfulness with Reset Brain and Body, based out of Plymouth.

At 2pm, Bridget will teach kids and families mindfulness.

At 6pm, Holly will lead adults in how to start a mindfulness practice. 

Participants will receive a code to access Mindfulness 101, an e-book created by Reset Brain and Body. 

This program will take place virtually over Zoom. Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link the day before the program starts (on August 19). Registration is required, and begins on August 6. 

If you are registering for the 2pm session, please register just one of your family members, and include the age(s) of your family members who will be attending, so we can best tailor the program to you!

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, August 20 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Children and Families Register
Thursday, August 20 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Adults Register
Constellations

A magnificent way to enjoy the summer is to grab a sleeping bag, head to the back yard and gaze up at the night sky. "Observe the Night Sky" 62 Days 62 Ways square encourages you to spend some time under the stars. The other night sitting around my backyard campfire I saw 15 bats, heard a screech owl and saw the stars and moon emerge like a hidden world. Instantly relaxing! Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

Activities:

Resources:

Children will see the stars shining brightly right in their own room with this glow-in-the-dark introduction to the night sky. Each constellation sparkles brilliantly on the page, thanks to the special ink that illuminates the lush artwork. And even as the luminous illustrations encourage stargazing, the kid-friendly text presents a perfect mix of simple science and storytelling. It's an appealing, interactive approach to a popular subject. Check out other kid-friendly night sky titles and emedia.

Cartoon image of airplane, kite, bird, helicopter

 

At this all-ages STEAM Stop, you'll learn about the four forces of flight while seeing them in action! Use the links below to find fun activities you can do at home and choose one (or two or three) that work for you. 

Each instructional sheet includes 2-3 fun STEAM activities you can do from home, a supply list, and step-by-step instructions. 

The Four Forces of Flight

Conversations about race can be uncomfortable and challenging, but are ultimately necessary to create a more just society. The books and resources below may serve as a starting point in important anti-racist work.

E-books and E-audiobooks

Based off the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

May We Suggest

Looking for something new to read? Our librarians are here to help create a personalized reading list for you! Complete a simple questionnaire and you will receive your own personalized list of reading suggestions prepared by a CPL librarian. Choose between:

  • May We Suggest Classic which provides you with a personalized list within 4 days to read at your leisure or
  • May We Suggest Express which provides you with a personalized list within 2 days AND includes the option of having up to three books from that list placed on the hold shelf for you so you can start reading right away!