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There is a wealth of YA literature written by black authors. Here are just a few that explore the lives of black teens. 

On the come up by Angie Thomas
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook
If it makes you happy by Claire Kann

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.

Along with ebooks and eaudiobooks, hoopla has an excellent selection of comics and graphic novels! These great titles for kids will entertain and ease boredom at home. All are available for check out now with your Canton Public Library card. 

New kid [electronic resource] by illustrator Jerry Craft

Whether you're homeschooling or preparing to avert the summer slide, these resources will help you strengthen your math skills. 

Elementary School Math

  • Math Everywhere! series on hoopla - An eight book series full of word problems and real world scenarios.
  • McGrath Math series on hoopla - These books use teddy bears to teach beginning skills like counting, patterns, and more. 
  • Mathplayground.com - Hundreds of free math games separated by grade.
  • LearningExpress Library - The Elementary School Center on LearningExpress Library offers practice tests for grades 4, 5, and 6. Create a free account with your library card.

Middle School Math

Brainfuse

HelpNow by Brainfuse offers live homework help daily from 2-11pm. With just your library card, you can bring your toughest math problems to a live tutor. 

 

The American Library Assocation (ALA) reports that 566 books were challenged in libraries, schools, and universities in 2019. Below are the most frequently challenged books. More information can be found through the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

George by Alex Gino
Also available in: e-book

Reasons: challenged, banned, restricted, and hidden to avoid controversy; for LGBTQIA+ content and a transgender character; because schools and libraries should not “put books in a child’s hand that require discussion”; for sexual references; and for conflicting with a religious viewpoint and “traditional family structure.”

Also available in: e-book

Reasons: Challenged and vandalized for LGBTQIA+ content and political viewpoints, for concerns that it is “designed to pollute the morals of its readers,” and for not including a content warning.

Poetry has existed, in varied forms, as long as language itself has existed. Poems have been used to exhalt heroes, tell of epic journeys, express love, mourn, and perhaps most importantly, remind us that we are not alone. Celebrate National Poetry Month with these volumes of modern and contemporary poetry available now on Hoopla. 

  • Dream Work by Mary Oliver - Oliver has turned her attention in these poems to the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit-to accepting the truth about one's personal world, and to valuing the triumphs while transcending the fail­ures of human relationships.
  • 100 Selected Poems by e.e. cummings - These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which cummings is famous.
  • The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot - This collection brings together "The Waste Land," arguably T. S. Eliot's most famous poem, with the poetry originally published in "Prufrock and Other Observations" and "Poems (1920)." This collection of 25 poems in all will provide even the most serious of poetry readers with ample evidence of the genius of T. S. Eliot's work.
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong - Ocean Vuong's first full-length collection aims straight for the perennial "big"and very human subjects of romance, family, memory, grief, war, and melancholia.
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath - This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, Plath's original manuscript-including handwritten notes-and her own selection and arrangement of poems.
  • The Complete Poems of Emily DickensonAlthough most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson's writing, it was not until after her death in 1886-when Lavinia, Emily's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems-that the breadth of Dickinson's work became apparent.
  • Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon - Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately "disorderly, and marvelous, and ours."

Writers, artists, and other creators are finding creative ways to share their work while so many of us are homebound. Here are a few family-friendly sources to help you learn and grow!

Live Readings

  • Oliver Jeffers will read a story every day live on his Instagram (archive also available)
  • Mac Barnett will read a story every day live on his Instagram
  • Monique Gray Smith is sharing readings from her books on Instagram
  • The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is posting live shark stories on Facebook

Art and Science

  • Carson Ellis is sharing art prompts and lessons every day on her blog
  • Every weekday the Kennedy Center is sharing Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
  • The Michigan Science Center is sharing experiments and more in their Echo Live! series
  • The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is posting a live Nature in Your Neighborhood video series 

For more, check out this curated list.

Trying storytime at home for the first time? These resources chosen by CPL librarians will have you laughing, moving, and reading in no time. Remember, this is the perfect time to be silly with the kids!

Books

International Food Day

Join us in a celebration of cultures at the International Food Day in the Community Room on Sunday, April 19 from 1:00-3:00PM. Connect with neighbors and friends and enjoy a range of dishes from around the world! 

No registration is required to attend.

[Specialty foods by IFPRI-IMAGES is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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