comic strip books he's been intending to read for years fell over and crushed him

The start of a new year means new reading challenges! If you're like a lot of people, you may want some guidance and encouragement (and book suggestions).  We've collected some of the most popular reading challenges to help you get started. Check out the list below to find one that suits you. You can also set a goal and track your books on Goodreads.

If you'd rather set your own goals or simply track your 2020 favorites, CPL's Spark Your Year workbook includes two special sheets to help you track what you like AND highlights the digital resources available to you (ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more)!

Reading Challenges

Book Riot's 2020  Read Harder Challenge

PopSugar's 2020  Reading Challenge

Bookish's 2020  Reading Challenge

EpicRead's 2020  Reading Challenge

PBS'  Great American Read book list

Penguin Books'  100 Essential Classics

Reading  Challenges for Kids

If none of these inspire you, take a look at this Master List of 2020 Reading Challenges

Happy reading!

 

If Fleabag was a book instead of a TV show, it might be one of these.  Like the award-winning comedy series (season two is up for three Golden Globes), the books below feature dark humor, fraught relationships, and cheeky characters dealing with issues such as friendship, guilt, love, family, identity, grief, intimacy, loss, and the desire to do and be better.  There may even be a hot priest. 

Mostly dead things : a novel by Kristen N. Arnett

Calming Crafts

Sometimes you just have to chill out! Come on in and handcraft your own eye-catching sensory bottle or a reversible-sequin slap bracelet. Voila! You've just created the perfect stress reliever. Use your fidget to relax and focus when you're feeling overwhelmed. This program is for patrons aged 11-13.  Registration is required. 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

A new school year is about to start but that doesn't mean summer adventures have to stop! 

Check out the list below for thrilling tales of survival, sneaky spy capers, and daring, dangerous, quests. These chapter books are waiting to be your new favorites.

One came home by Amy Timberlake

STEAM Junior

MIssmatched letters representing science, technology, art, and math to spell the acronym STEAM

Kids aged 6-7 who are interested in science, technology, engineering, art, and math are first introduced to a topic and supporting ideas behind it. After learning about the topic, participants will engage in activities that demonstrate principles and bring concepts to life.

Please note: participants must arrive on time, latecomers may not be admitted. 

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, January 30 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room STEAM Junior- Mystery STEAM Register
Thursday, February 27 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friends' Activity Room STEAM Junior - Engineering & Design Register

Looking for a great story that's fun to read? These books feature middle school boys dealing with the ups and downs of life. Some tell realistic stories that will make you laugh or cry (or both), while others include fantasy and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dealing with a serious crush that makes you say dumb things whenever they're around? Have a friend that sometimes acts more like an enemy? Love sports and hate school? Figuring out how to handle your ability to manipulate the multiverse? Wish you were Spider-man? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we've got a book for you!    

Sal & Gabi break the universe by Carlos Alberto Pablo Hernandez
Tight by Torrey Maldonado
dance party hands in air under strobe light

It's PCCS Spring Break!   Unless you go on vacation, nine consecutive days with no school can make a person go stir-crazy.  If you need a break from your break, check out our Dance Party kit

This Experience to Go kit has everything you need to throw a dance party at home.  Mixtape? Check.  Links to tunes on Hoopla? Check.  Link to a curated list of dance videos on YouTube? Check.  A strobe light that pulses to any music you play? Check. 

Parents, help your tots get their wiggles out (or bust a move on your own!).  Students, take your Fortnite dance skills up a notch by using the interactive strobe light while completing challenges.

Our Dance Party kit brings the fun to everyone! 

New Year, New Goals

The start of a new year means new reading goals, and CPL's Spark Your Year workbook includes two special Spark Sheets to help you meet those goals. 

If you're like many people, you may want some guidance and encouragement (and book suggestions).  We've collected some of the most popular and engaging reading challenges to help you get started.  Check out the list below to find one that suits you. You can also track your books and set a reading goal on Goodreads

 

Book Riot's 2019  Read Harder Challenge

PopSugar's 2019  Reading Challenge

Bookish's 2019  Reading Challenge

EpicRead's 2019  Reading Challenge

PBS'  Great American Read book list

Penguin Books'  100 Must-Read Classics

Reading  Challenges for Kids

If none of these inspire you, take a look at this big  compilation of 2019 reading challenges

Be sure to check out all the ways you can Spark Your Year

Happy reading!

 

Bad Art Night: Valentines

Vintage clown valentine

 

Bad Art Night is back, just in time for Valentine's Day! Forget Hallmark. This year, present your sweetie with a homemade token of your love instead. We'll provide the supplies and you create an ugly valentine. Join us for this freestyle crafting event on Thursday, February 7, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm - absolutely no skill required!  

Participants will have 45 minutes to create something dreadful. Then, each valentine will be displayed, and light refreshments served, while participants vote for their favorite valentine. The winner will be recognized as the Best Bad Artist of Love and receive a trophy. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now. Good luck!  

 

This program is for 18+.  

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

winter season keyboard

The information below is provided by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) at the Department of Homeland Security.

Holiday Scams and Malware Campaigns

Original release date: November 19, 2018

As the holidays approach, NCCIC reminds users to be aware of seasonal scams and malware campaigns. Users should be cautious of unsolicited emails that contain malicious links or attachments with malware, advertisements infected with malware, and requests for donations from fraudulent charitable organizations, which could result in security breaches, identify theft, or financial loss.

NCCIC recommends the following actions:

If you believe you are a victim of a scam or malware campaign, consider the following actions:

Stay safe this season! 

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