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At this all-ages STEAM Stop, you'll learn about the four forces of flight while seeing them in action! Use the links below to find fun activities you can do at home and choose one (or two or three) that work for you. 

Each instructional sheet includes 2-3 fun STEAM activities you can do from home, a supply list, and step-by-step instructions. 

The Four Forces of Flight

 

Kristin Felsburg recommends Letting Go of Supermom by Daisy Sutherland.*  "I chose this book because I think it does an excellent job of depicting how mothers in today’s age feel the pressure to be everything at all times."  A single working mom of three, Kristin says "I have double the duties and double the workload at home and I feel the pressure to perform all of my roles perfectly all the time.  This book helped me understand that by doing that I’m actually doing a disservice to those who want to help me, as well as my children who need to learn some independence." 

 

 

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Cecilia Escobar recommends An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. "As a new year resolution, I decided to read even more this year, from fiction to political science, to philosophy and all in between." A friend recommended An American Marriage and Cecilia found it fit her resolution.

 

"The simple storyline is narrated by the characters whose individual complexities and points of view add substance to the story. Different upbringings, social class revelations, and yet, a criminal justice system consumed by inequality complete the novel." 

 

 

An American marriage by Tayari Jones
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Newlyweds, Celestial and Roy, are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive and she is artist on the brink of an exciting career. They are settling into the routine of their life together, when they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

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Hailey Davis recommends The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery for readers of all ages. Hailey first read The Little Prince as an adult and found that "it reminded me of the importance of listening and paying attention to the heart of each person you encounter. It reminded me how to be a good friend and to appreciate those that are in my life."

 

This classic appeals to little readers, too.  "When I've shared it with my children they've enjoyed the other world descriptions and curious character of the little prince."

The little prince by 1900-1944 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

Also available as an animated film

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Alfred Brock recommends The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell because "it is informative and interesting and is also uplifting and encouraging to those who are starting out on a new adventure or dealing with personal struggles in their lives.  Just like the mythical stories it is centered on this book is not what it seems at first glance."  Alfred recommends this book for anyone, but especially "people considering going to college because it would encourage them to seek out more and believe in themselves."

 

The hero with a thousand faces by 1904-1987 Joseph Campbell
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Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. As relevant today as when it was first published, The Hero with a Thousand Faces continues to find new audiences in fields ranging from religion and anthropology to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists--including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers--and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

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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. 

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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

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