Cooking can be fun for the whole family when you learn how to play with your food! Connect in the kitchen by making something sweet or trying an edible experiment. These projects work for all ages and are guaranteed to bring smiles to your plates. To set the mood, check out this special food-themed playlist on Spotify!

Fun At Home

  • With just a few sweets like Fruit by the Foot and Rice Krispies Treats, you can make candy sushi at home! 
  • Learn how to make edible slime with this list of 14 recipes from Abrazo and Coze.
  • Get inspired by amazing food art! Red Hong Yi makes art using everyday items, including foods like tea leaves, beans, and seeds. Artist Jason Mecier makes portraits using candy, cereal, and more! What art can you make out of food?
  • These edible science experiments from We Are Teachers prove that science can be fun and delicious.
  • You can cook a whole meal with just a coffee mug! Try making pizza in a mug and delicious chocolate cake for dessert. 
  • See what you can build using only food. Graham crackers, frosting, and candy can be the building blocks to start you off!
  • Patience pays off when you make rock candy at home! This delicious treat is a perfect kitchen science experiment. 

CPL Resources

  • Try a brand new recipe featured in a cookbook. We've collected both physical and ebook picks!
  • Use Your library card to access AtoZ World Food. Learn about food culture, national cuisines and ingredients, and save recipes in an interactive digital cookbook.
  • Music can set the stage for a fantastic meal. If you're trying out a dish from another country, check out these world music picks from hoopla!

Image "two pineapples with gold party hats" by Pineapple Supply Co on Unsplash. 

 

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

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, 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. 

What's worth fighting for? Discover your passion by learning about current and historical social movements. Then find tips about standing up and making your voice heard.

Social Movements

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.

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