If you're interested in researching your family history, there are many online resources available to begin your search (and a lot of them are free!).  Use the attached worksheet to document your progress!

Essentials

Are you are planning a staycation this summer and need some ideas about places to visit and things to do?  Metro Detroit has a lot to offer!  Be sure to check websites for hours and possible closures.  

Hiking and Biking Trails

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to make discoveries in your own neighborhood, home or community!  Use the resources here to organize your own scavenger hunt and find treasures in your own backyard. 

As you travel through the 62 days of Summer, there are many ways to share your experiences with family, friends, and other folks in your community. To share your experiences with the CPL community, make sure to hashtag #howdoyou62. You can also create shareable moments with some of the 62 Ways squares listed below.

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

 

Start your meditation practice by learning more about the ideas, methods, and benefits of meditation with titles like Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics or Eff This! Meditation. Dive deeper into your meditation with titles like Wherever You Go, There You Are and A Fearless Heart. Try meditation with your children. Wherever you are, we have something to help guide you. 

The art of breathing by 1966- Danny Penman

Chances are you've got an empty cardboard box around the house right now. With a few simple materials plus some imagination, you can turn it into your own kid-sized drive-in car. 

You'll need:

  • A cardboard box big enough for a child to sit in
  • Paper (wrapping paper, Sunday comics, or any other colorful paper) to cover your box
  • Decorations for the outside of your wrapped box. Use whatever you have on hand! Cut circle shapes for headlights, use a paper plate for a steering wheel, cut rectangles for license plates, embellish the sides with stickers, or draw your own designs - get creative! There's no wrong way to decorate your car.

For inspiration, check out this Flickr album from one of our past Baby Drive-In programs at the library.

When you're finished building your car, pull up to a screen, put on a favorite movie or show, settle in, and enjoy!

 

Please return to the Summer Movie Madness blog here.

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

 

 

 

Although the new world of social distancing is putting a crimp in all of our travel plans, that's no reason we can't take a trip - a virtual trip that is! From museums to zoos, to country and city tours, the possibilities are endless. No need to leave your couch, just pick a destination and you're on your way! No passport required. A good place to start your vacation is from one of the following sites which list a variety of virtual tours from around the world.

  • Google Arts & Culture  Explore art and culture from around the globe with this comprehensive site, including over 200 museums from 80 countries.
  • Thrillist.com  Find links to food, drink, travel and entertainment around the world including their list of the best virtual trips while social distancing
  • Pure Michigan  The new #Virtual Pure Michigan campaign brings Michigan travel experiences directly into people’s homes by way of virtual tours, live streams, web cams and other interactive technology such as puzzles, games, and fun fact sheets for the whole family
  • VisitDetroit  Links to Detroit attractions offering virtual tours and online learning.
  • Travel and Leisure  Tours of Tokyo, European castles, glaciers in Alaska, and Abbey Road studio in London are just some of the many virtual destinations you can find on this site
  • Discovery Education  Virtual field trips with hands-on learning activities

Can't make up your mind with all of the many choices available? No problem!  Browse through some of the categories listed here - and take a minute to view this inspiring video about the city of Detroit.

Animals & Nature

Cities & Countries

Detroit & Michigan

Kids & Family

Museums

National Parks

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Print & emedia

The Library's collection also offers a variety of ways to experience a virtual vacation:

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Databases

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Kick back and soak up some travel tips as well as "visit" some fascinating destinations.

Podcasts

  • Amateur Traveler  This long-running podcast (over 600 episodes) talks about a different destination every week.
  • Globetrotter Lounge   Hosted by award-winning travel expert Jet Set Lisette who interviews inspiring women who have found creative ways to travel the world.
  • Switchback Kids   Elizabeth and Cole Donelson (aka the Switchback Kids) visited all of the 59 national parks, and share their experiences, including top lists, budgeting tips and more.
  • The Thoughtful Travel Podcast  Hosted by travel blogger Amanda Kendle, who interviews fellow travel addicts about their travel experiences, like getting lost, navigating different cultures, and meeting the locals. ​

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

 

Kindness Rocks

It's easy to forget that sometimes the most rewarding thing we can do is to help someone else. It only takes a moment -a kind word or gesture- to brighten someone's day. That's it! Need inspiration? Try one of these ideas:

Reach Out

woman doing seated yoga outside

Yoga offers a range of healthy benefits, including stress reduction, flexibility, and strength building through bodyweight exercises. Hoopla has dozens of on-demand titles that you can access at any time with your library card. Try doing some yoga at home with these options:

  • My Yoga: Who Needs Coffee - This short and energizing practice from Tara Lee is guaranteed to kick a coffee craving any day! This practice is a dynamic flow that will work out all the kinks in your body and leave you feeling great.
  • Yoga for Runners - Yoga instructor Matt Giordano leverages his experience as a runner, knowledge of biomechanics, and integrative mind and body techniques in a runner's yoga series created to elevate performance and provide balance to the sport's high-impact intensity.
  • Daily Yoga for Beginners with Two Fit Moms - Meet Laura Kasperzak and Masumi Goldman, the Two Fit Moms - yoga instructors, wellness advocates and Instagram sensations. They've designed four beginner yoga practices you can do daily that will help improve flexibility, reduce stress and boost energy levels.
  • Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea - Yoga instructor Shiva Rea addresses the changing needs of pregnancy with safe, effective stretches and easily modified exercises for each trimester. Focused on helping you feel comfortable, relaxed, and fit during pregnancy, this workout will increase your energy and stamina and build strength, flexibility, and balance.
  • Yoga for Weightloss - Acclaimed yoga instructor Colleen Saidman creates three results-oriented routines. These energizing practices will burn calories and increase strength, flexibility, balance and focus -- all keys to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

 

You can even try yoga with your kids! 

  • Storyland Yoga - The winner of four national awards, Storyland Yoga is a fun-filled adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while also incorporating eco-conscious messages. In "Save the Whale" and "Condor Trek," kids will engage in a story where they learn yoga by imitating animals. Equally fun for parents and family members, this video is the perfect way to spend time with kids!
  • Yoga for Kids: Dino-Mite Adventure - Travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth! Kids' yoga instructor Jodi Komitor leads three fun-filled, dino-mite yoga practices for kids ages 5 and up. These interactive yoga sessions are fun and educational and will have imaginations soaring and little bodies moving!
  • Shiva Rea Mama & Baby Yoga - Every new mother experiences it-the desire to get back into shape with seemingly no time to do it. Renowned yoga instructor Shiva Rea introduces a solution: four yoga practices to tone your body while allowing you to involve and bond with your baby at the same time. Ideal for women with infants up to six months old.
  • Goodnight Yoga - For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep. This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature.

Head back to the Move your Body square or the 62 Days of Summer home page for more ways to participate in the summer program!

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