The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything--everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler. Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere--even back home.

a novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel--a beautifully transporting novel. A Gentleman in Moscow is about the importance of community; the distance of a kind act; and resilience. In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

News of the world : a novel [kit] by 1943- Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.

Constellations

A magnificent way to enjoy the summer is to grab a sleeping bag, head to the back yard and gaze up at the night sky. "Observe the Night Sky" 62 Days 62 Ways square encourages you to spend some time under the stars. The other night sitting around my backyard campfire I saw 15 bats, heard a screech owl and saw the stars and moon emerge like a hidden world. Instantly relaxing! Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

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Children will see the stars shining brightly right in their own room with this glow-in-the-dark introduction to the night sky. Each constellation sparkles brilliantly on the page, thanks to the special ink that illuminates the lush artwork. And even as the luminous illustrations encourage stargazing, the kid-friendly text presents a perfect mix of simple science and storytelling. It's an appealing, interactive approach to a popular subject. Check out other kid-friendly night sky titles and emedia.

Birds made out of yarn

One silver lining to the COVID-19 outbreak is that our lack of activity has benefited wildlife and the environment in unanticipated ways - including birds. Scientists have noted that fewer cars and planes makes a quieter soundscape for birds and humans. There may never have been a better time to enjoy birds and to fulfill your "Go Bird Watching" 62 Days 62 Ways square. The beauty of this activity is that you do not even have to leave the comfort of your home - just look out your window! Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

 

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The blue bird's palace by Orianne Lallemand

Inspired by the Russian storytelling tradition, this contemporary fairy tale about a relatable heroine's inner transformation from materialism to gratefulness will captivate readers of all ages. The Blue Bird's Palace has beautiful illustrations. Blue birds have been abundant this Spring! Check out Bird Books for the Young at Heart and other kid-friendly birding titles including emedia

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A great sign of spring is the sound of frogs and toads. The "Listen to Frogs" 62 Days 62 Ways square encourages you to do just that! Frogs are important to the environment (and to us!) for many reasons, but perhaps the most important is that they are an indicator species that help us determine the health of the environment.

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Froggy goes to bed by 1947- Jonathan London

It's time for bed! Not if Froggy has his way! Even after a long day of playing, Froggy's still not tired. His bath is ready, but first Froggy has to find his boat. And where are his pajamas? And how did his toothbrush get into the cookie jar? Oh, Frrooggyy! Now it's time to go to sleep, right? But Froggy can't sleep without a bedtime story! Join Froggy as he hops, flops, and zips from one familiar bedtime ritual to another. There are more books in the Froggy series or check out other kid-friendly frog titles including emedia.

Perseid Meteor Shower

Many state parks in Michigan are planning “Meteors and S’mores” events in early August 2020 to take advantage of the Perseid Meteor Shower. You can participate by reserving a campsite at one of the participating state parks or you can head to the nearest one and enjoy the free events for the evening! We encourage you to check the parks website before making plans to make sure the event has not been cancelled. The Perseids are a fun meteor shower for sky-gazers because they can be seen without a telescope. Can't make it to a park? Drive to a nearby dark area, or, better yet, try viewing them from your backyard! You can build a campfire and/or camp out under the night sky. Don't forget the s'mores!

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