If you've read everything by the hilarious David Sedaris, try one of these novels, memoirs, or essay collections for more humor!

Looking for a suspenseful read with twist and turns? These thrillers and mysteries will have you turning pages late into the night!

Too close to breathe by Olivia Kiernan

For almost a century, American women took to the streets to march, lobbied Congress, and picketed the White House. What were they fighting for? The right to vote. And on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting all women that right.

On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment's ratification, we're celebrating all things women's suffrage at CPL! Check out the resources we've gathered below and register for a Grab and Go Kit of fun take homes starting August 18th.

Image "Suffragette Banner - Votes For Women, 1910-1920" by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

Thank you for helping us have the best 62 days of our year at CPL! Join us Saturday, 8/15 @ 10:00am on Facebook Live for an Elephant & Piggie puppet show to celebrate 62 Days of Summer! Piggie and Gerald will be sharing a hilarious live show that you can enjoy from anywhere. Then explore more with the Elephant & Piggie resources and books below.  

Waiting is not easy! by illustrator Mo Willems

The phrase "Black Boy Joy" emerged a few years ago as a way to challenge the way we view black masculinity in society. Rather than simply seeing black males as angry or tough, Black Boy Joy allows us to see them through a wide variety of lenses. These picture books cover many topics, but all feature phenomenal black boys!

For picture books with black girls, check out our Black Girl Magic booklist. 

Jabari jumps by illustrator Gaia Cornwall
Also available in: e-video

Juneteenth marks the day that the last slaves were officially emancipated in the United States. Beginning as a smaller holiday throughout Texas, Juneteenth is now celebrated throughout the country on June 19th. The following nonfiction and fiction titles share stories of emancipation and celebration!

Children's Books

Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper

Looking to try something new in the kitchen? These cookbooks offer recipes from around the world and meal ideas both old and new!

Upcycling, or creative reuse, means transforming things that would otherwise go to waste into new products, art, and more. If you enjoy getting crafty, consider using materials you already have to create something unique. The books and resources below can help jump start your creativity!

Remember: you can log into Creativebug with your library card for more upcycling projects taught by expert artists and crafters. 

Today is a great day to love the planet! Respecting the Earth today ensures that we have a beautiful place to call home in the future. Use the resources and ideas below to learn about upcycling, lowering your waste, sustainable fashion, and more!

Love Your Earth for Kids

  • Try upcycling! Upcycling means taking old things that might be thrown away and making them into something new. Find upcycling ideas in a book or try one of these 20 projects from 5-Minute Crafts PLAY on YouTube.
  • Plant flowers by making DIY seed balls from recycled paper.
  • Make recycling fun! Decorate your recycling bins or have a contest to see which family member recycles the most in a week. 
  • Love your Earth up close by taking a nature walk. Use a journal to record what you see, hear, and discover outside.

Love Your Earth for Adults

  • Don't let an old tin can or t-shirt go to waste! Check out a book about upcycling or get inspired with projects from DIY Network
  • The fashion industry produces millions of tons of clothing waste every year, along with using 2% of all freshwater extraction globally. Consider greening your closet and learning more about the fashion industry. 
  • Consider making some simple swaps in your day-to-day life to reduce your waste
  • Make your own cleaning supplies with ingredients you have at home and ensure that your home is clean and natural. We've collected a few simple recipes to try today!

More Ways to Love Your Earth

  • Discover how organizations like Greenpeace, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Sierra Club are working to protect the planet. Consider a donation or simply learn about the work these non-profits are doing. 
  • Your carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gas emissions that your household produces. Use the EPA's Carbon Footprint Calculator and follow their tips to reduce your emissions.

Image "low angle photography of high angle trees during daytime" by Angela Benito on Unsplash

 

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

Upcycling means taking old things that might be thrown away and turning them into something new! Be a friend to the Earth and get crafty with these upcycling books. 

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