World Culture

Expand your world and learn about other cultures.

The country of Mexico has a rich and extensive cultural history. Learn about its traditions and customs with fiction and non-fiction titles featuring Mexican and Mexican-American characters.

Picture Books

Just in case by Yuyi Morales

As Senor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle's birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.


Look through another's eyes with a book translated from another language. Scroll to the bottom for chapter books and teen fiction.

Picture Books

Over the ocean by Tarō Gomi

A young girl gazes out over the horizon, and wonders what lands lie beyond the ocean, and what the people are like who live in those lands.

Whether you are celebrating Ramadan this season or simply want to teach your children more about this Muslim holiday, CPL has a number of wonderful books for you to take home. 

Ramandan is celebrated in the ninth month in the calendar used for Muslim holidays. This year Ramadan falls during summer which is the most challenging season to fast. The days are very long and hot. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down in order to understand how the poor feel when they go hungry. The beginning and ending of Ramadan is marked by the crescent moon, and this is why many children's books feature moons on the cover or in the title! 

Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi

Now that she is ten, Lailah is delighted that she can fast during the month of Ramadan like her family and her friends in Abu Dhabi, but finding a way to explain to her teacher and classmates in Atlanta is a challenge until she gets some good advice from the librarian, Mrs. Scrabble.

Curious George celebrates Ramadan with his friend Kareem by sampling special treats, making baskets to donate to the needy, and searching for the crescent moon.

Chocolate Around the World

Join us for a delicious night out and taste your way around the world with samples of everyone's favorite sweet treat. Join Tammy Coxen of Tammy's Tastings as she takes you on a guided tour of the world's best chocolate. Participants will have the opportunity to try 8 chocolate sample and explore the qualities making each variety unique. This program is for patrons 18 years and older. Registration begins June 23.  

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Create Your Own Dream Catcher

Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating Native American traditions. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. Join us for a DIY event honoring this tradition. Connect with other craft enthusiasts while creating a dream catcher of your very own. All supplies will be provide. Ages 12 and up. Registration begins July 25.  

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"As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 1980 and 90s, Ozge Samanci watched as her country struggled between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world of brand-name products and television stars. In Ozge's own family, she struggled to figure out the place where she belonged, too. Her older sister was a perfect student, and her dad hoped Ozge would study hard, go to good schools, and become an engineer to find stability in their country's uncertain economic climate. But Ozge was a dreamer and wanted adventure. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Costeau? Or should she become a world-famous actress? This touching memoir shows how Ozge dared to overcome both her family and her country's expectations to find happiness by being an artist"--.

Midnighter. Volume 1, Out by Steve Orlando

"Spinning out of GRAYSON comes a solo series starring the man who can predict your every move ... but no one will be able to predict what he'll do next! A theft at the God Garden has unleashed a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world, and Midnighter intends to put that genie back in the bottle by any means necessary. But something else was stolen from the Garden as well ... the secret history of Lucas Trent, the man Midnighter once was! Collects MIDNIGHTER #1-6"--.

"Born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and an American father in 1997, Christine Mari Inzer spent her early years in Japan and relocated to the United States in 2003. The summer before she turned sixteen, she returned to Tokyo, making a solo journey to get reacquainted with her birthplace. Through illustrations, photos, and musings, Inzer documented her journey. In Diary of a Tokyo Teen, Inzer explores the cutting-edge fashions of Tokyo's trendy Harajuku district, eats the best sushi of her life at the renowned Tsukiji fish market, and hunts down geisha in the ancient city of Kyoto. As she shares the trials and pleasures of travel from one end of a trip to the other, Inzer introduces the host of interesting characters she meets and offers a unique -- and often hilarious -- look at a fascinating country and an engaging tale of one girl rediscovering her roots."--provided by

Lunch and a Book June 2017

Please join Lunch and a Book to discuss:

A man called Ove : a novel by Fredrik Backman
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

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Chess Plus Tournament

Chess board and pieces

Calling all Chess Experts!  Test your chess playing skills and practice good sportsmanship in our Chess Tournament.  We'll match up players head-to-head in age-based brackets, play multiple games with winners advancing to the next round, and ultimately crown a winner in each bracket.  This program is suggested for ages 9-17, and no advance registration is required.  Knowledge of basic chess rules is necessary, however, and tournament players must be present at the beginning of the program to participate in the full tournament.  Checkers and mancala will also be available for non-tournament play.

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Baby Jumping Contest

Every year in the Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia, a festival called "El Colacho" takes place. During the festival, men in bright costumes jump over babies laid in the street. We're recreating this tradition (using dolls instead of babies) at the library. Stop in, learn more about this unique festival, and see how many babies you can jump over! Ages 11 and up. No registration required.

In Spagna, l'antica usanza de El Colacho, il santo del neonato by Viaggio Routard is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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