Guide Your Intuition: Grab & Go

Intuition  noun

1a: the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference
b: immediate apprehension or cognition
c: knowledge or conviction gained by intuition
2: quick and ready insight

(Merriam-Webster)

Intuition is not logical. That gut feeling is actually deep-seated knowledge which is almost instinctual. Intuition allows us to make quick decisions with little conscious deliberation. By becoming better attuned with our gut feelings and learning to trust those feelings, intuition can serve as a third eye and tap into wisdom that you've already gained.

How can we foster that intuition? To allow it to become a compass in our lives? 

The "Guide Your Intuition: Grab & Go" kit and its contents will encourage you to grow your intuition in a variety of ways:

  1. Examine the dreams and experiences you have at night while sleeping
  2. Learn how a tarot deck can lead you to self-understanding and introspection
  3. Discover how crystals can help you nurture your emotional well-being
  4. Looking at the predominate numbers in your life, uncover insight into your personality and purpose
  5. Explore how astrology and the placement of the moon and sun and your time of birth inform your intuition

 

  • Registration for this grab-and-go kit will take place beginning Thursday, September 24, while supplies last.
  • Individuals will be notified via email when kits are ready. Kit pick-up will take place from October 25-30.

 

 

E-books on Hoopla* are available to accompany each item in the grab & go kit. 

We've all woken up with a start and thought, "What was that? What's the deal with that rooster? And why do I feel like I've seen this all before?" We find dreams (at least our own!) endlessly interesting, but what are they actually saying about us? How Dreams Speak is a book to help untangle it all. Based on the belief that dreams are metaphorical messages from our unconscious minds, speaking to us to help unlock mysteries within, How Dreams Speak is an illustrated guide to our inner selves through the vehicle of our nightly adventures. At the book's heart are more than 150 dream symbols and themes richly illustrated in watercolor and fully explained to help readers interpret their dreams. A dream symbol can be an object-a doll, for example, which might mean your inner child needs to come out and play. An animal, like a giraffe-Freud thought they were phallic, but a more likely meaning is that the dreamer needs to reach up to gain a new perspective. An event, like the classic flying-it's time to concentrate on achieving your waking dreams, or goals. Or a color, a feeling (running late), a concept (invisibility). Multiple prompts accompanying each symbol help the reader explore what their unconscious is trying to say-what a symbol truly means depends on both the dream and the dreamer. Author and artist Nicole Chilton brings us the science behind dreaming, including the fact that everyone dreams (those who think they don't are just not remembering), the history and philosophy of dream interpretation, the different types of dreams we have, and tips on keeping a dream journal.

More than a guidebook, The Book of Tarot offers a space in which to set goals and intentions with clarity and purpose. It also serves as an accessible introduction to the Tarot's many uses, from mystical touchstone to practical resource. In this beautifully designed, easy-to-navigate book, Danielle Noel instructs readers in using the Tarot as a tool for self-understanding, meditation, and soulful introspection.

A unique book for beginners to crystals, that helps you identify your feelings and guides you towards crystal choices to enhance your mental wellbeing. As human beings we all experience a myriad different emotions that have a profound effect on how we live our everyday lives. The awareness of our emotions, or emotional intelligence, is an important skill to cultivate as it is inevitably connected to personal wellbeing and the vitality of all relationships in life. Crystals and minerals are teachers who can guide us through their specific energetic signatures how to maintain, enhance, or alter our moods. When we are aware of our current mind state and work consciously with crystals, we can find practical yet deep practices to help evolve our emotional wellbeing. This guide to crystals for beginners and beyond, will give you practical exercises for engaging with the right stones at the right time and in the most effective way. Perhaps you need to give yourself courage? Or, reduce your anxiety levels? Or, make yourself more open to feeling compassion? There are all sorts of situations, where you may want to control or regulate your frame of mind, and crystals are a powerful tool to help with this. This book will not only guide beginners in choosing the most appropriate stones but also how to work with them in different ways. It describes in detail practices that can help you unlock the stones' power, including meditations of various kinds including movement, sound and touch, journaling exercises to record your experiences and discover patterns in the ways the crystals have helped you, and conscious crystal dreaming which activates the sensory and medicinal qualities of support you associate with dream time. Organized by emotional states, Mood Crystals will help you to cultivate your emotional intelligence as you develop greater awareness of your current mood and practice consciously with crystals. A questionnaire at the back of the book allows you to assess what you're actually feeling and decide which crystal (or crystal combination) will be most beneficial to you at any given moment and which of the practices you should try with each particular crystal.

Your go-to reference for everything you need to know about numerology. After longing to know what made people tick, Sasha Fenton found astrology to give her the answers she was seeking. Sasha has written astrology columns for many magazines and newspapers and numerous books within the mind, body, and spirit subjects.

A fun and sassy no-nonsense invitation to the practice of astrology with easy-to-understand tools for self-development and conscious living Astrology books are typically either overly simplistic sun-sign books or overly complicated chart calculations filled with astro jargon. Astrology for Real Life goes beyond simple sun-sign interpretation and at the same time cuts through the complications of horoscope analysis to make understanding your chart in depth, simple and easy. The goal is to make astrology accessible to total newbies and provide a working reference guide for intermediates. The book is presented in workbook format exploring each part of chart interpretation-signs, planets, houses, aspects-with exercises following each chapter and fill-in-the-blank lessons that take the reader through all the just-learned steps. The tone is warm, fun, and personal, and the exercises give the reader experiential hands-on practice. The end result: once you learn the basics in Astrology for Real Life, you can easily navigate the cosmos by making them work for you. It's kind of like a roadmap where we begin by understanding the terrain and the tools available. From there, the planets will guide you in making brave, excellent choices in love, work, and life. It's profound, fun, and practical. You'll learn how to interpret your chart with confidence and use astrology in a practical, proactive way, with no astro excuses (blaming the stars for your issues).

*a CPL card is required to access materials on Hoopla

Upcoming sessions

Monday, October 25 - 9:00 AM to Saturday, October 30 - 6:00 PM Guide Your Intuition: grab-and-go

Senior Book Group: November

The Senior Book Group will again be meeting in person on Thursday, November 18 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Friends' Activity Room to discuss Crying in H Mart: a memoir by Michelle Zauner.

Crying in H Mart : a memoir by Michelle Zauner
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook | large print

From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean-American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian-American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother's particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother's tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. As she grew up, moving to the east coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, performing gigs with her fledgling band--and meeting the man who would become her husband--her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother's diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Michelle Zauner's voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, November 18 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Nonfiction Book Group: November

The Nonfiction Book Group will again be meeting in person on Saturday, November 20 from 10:00am-11:00am in the Friends' Activity Room to discuss Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez.

For those who prefer to meet via Zoom, you may opt to attend this book discussion virtually – it is up to you! The registration process is the same for in person and virtual attendance. Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a Zoom link to join the discussion. 

For those that plan on meeting in person, simply come to the library. We will meet in the Friends' Activity Room.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. But because so much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default and women as atypical, bias and discrimination are baked into our systems. And women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives. Celebrated feminist advocate Caroline Criado Perez investigates shocking root cause of gender inequality and research in  Invisible Women†‹, diving into women's lives at home, the workplace, the public square, the doctor's office, and more. Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world, and written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is a groundbreaking, unforgettable exposé that will change the way you look at the world.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, November 20 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Friends' Activity Room

Below are the titles that the Senior Book Group will be reading in September, October, November, and December of this year.

September

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Senior Book Group: October

The Senior Book Group will again be meeting in person on Thursday, October 28 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in the Friends' Activity Room to discuss Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge.

Libertie : a novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Coming of age as a free-born Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her mother, a physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie will go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie feels stifled by her mother's choices and is constantly reminded that, unlike her mother, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it--for herself and for generations to come.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, October 28 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Friends' Activity Room

Creativebug Spotlight Program: Book Safe

Creativebug* boasts more than 1,000 arts and crafts videos and tutorials. In September, the library is happy to highlight one specific class for a grab-and-go kit: Book Safe. With step-by-step instructions provided by video, you will be able to create the perfect gift or ideal hiding spot for a beloved item.

Each kit will contain:

  1. Cutting tool/X-acto
  2. Glue brush
  3. Glue
  4. Straightedge ruler
  5. Hardcover book 

You will need to supply at home:

  1. Sandpaper (optional)
  • Registration for this grab-and-go kit will take place beginning Thursday, August 26, while supplies last.
  • Individuals will be notified via email when kits are ready. Kit pick-up will take place from September 13-18. 

 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the thousands of craft videos available on Creativebug to get started today.

 

*a CPL Library card is required in order to use Creativebug

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Celebrate the 16th annual Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 20. Taking place on the third Friday of May each year, Endangered Species Day seeks to celebrate, inform, and take action to protect endangered species. Organizations--zoos, schools, aquariums, wildlife refuges--hold special programs to enhance awareness.

The Endangered Species Coalition has a list of activities, featured events, and an event map highlighting activities around the globe. Interested in testing your knowledge on your favorite endangered animal? The World Wildlife Fund has animal trivia!

Check out the books below on animals currently on the endangered species list...

In 2007 only thirty Amur leopards remained in the wild. Scientists knew they needed to do more to help these big cats. However, details of the leopards' wild lives in their high-altitude forest home were still a mystery. With the help of new technology and the cooperation of scientists and governments around the world, people have learned more than ever before about these rare cats. An innovative plan is under way to give Amur leopards a more secure future. Can these cats rebound from the brink before it's too late?

Orangutan houdini by Laurel Neme

This is the true story of Fu Manchu, an adult male orangutan, who relishes outsmarting his friend, zookeeper Jerry Stones. He does just that when he escapes his enclosure at will and spends sunny days with the elephants in another part of the zoo. At first Jerry believes his staff's carelessness allowed the crafty ape to get out. But when that assumption proves wrong, he launches an all-out surveillance mission to discover how Fu manages his getaways. Jerry soon discovers that Fu can open the locked door, but can't figure out how he does it. The zookeeper removes every twig and stick that could be used as a lock pick, but Fu continues to escape. Eventually, Fu reveals to Jerry how he did it, and is rewarded with honorary membership in the American Association of Locksmiths.

                                            

                                                   Rain is grace;

                                rain is the sky descending to the earth;

                                    without rain, there would be no life.

                                                  - John Updike

 

We wait so long for sunny skies and outdoor opportunities in Michigan's ever-changing weather, that a rainy day in the summer can be...a bummer. Allowing ourselves to reframe the day and observe what's available to us inside to enjoy can be good. The 62 Days Square "Rainy Day Fun" is here to help you with that.

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      Gardening does not simply allow one to be mentally old,

      because too many hopes and dreams are to be realized.

                            - Allan Armitage

 

The Earth gives us the opportunity to cultivate and enjoy its offerings. Trees, flowers, and gardens can all flourish under our care. What gardens offer in exchange is the ability to take the end result right to our table. For ideas and inspiration on what the garden to table experience can look like for you, check out the activities, books, and resources listed below.

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Our homes can be a reflection of who we are, how we're feeling, and what brings us joy. That piece of art--expensive or made in preschool, the blanket that acts as a comfort when life is overwhelming, and the chair that is waiting at the end of the day--all are part of your "nest." For ideas on how to "best your nest," CPL has you covered.

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