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Have you ever wanted to try a new sport? If you said yes, you've landed on the right square!  So if you've always wanted to smack at a tennis or golf ball, jump on a bike or in a canoe, strap on some running or walking shoes, the summer months provide the best conditions to go outside, enjoy some fresh air and get healthy. In addition, you'll make new friends, challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone and best of all have fun!  Take this BBC 60 second test to see what sport you are made for.*

There are many resources available to help you complete the Try a New Sport square in our 62 Days summer program.

*Before embarking upon any sporting activity, you should seek the advice of your physician.

Get Inspired!

Volunteering is not only great for your community, but great for you as well! Getting involved with a cause can help you find purpose, connect with others, and feel good about the difference you’ve made. Helping out is also great for everyone, no matter their age. Use the resources below to get involved today!

The photo Colorful Hands by Tim Mossholder is made available through Unsplash

Connect With Volunteer Opportunities

Help the little ones in your life learn to love themselves! These pictures explore what it means to be confident, happy, and unabashedly YOU. 

Alma and how she got her name by illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal
Be who you are by Todd Parr

Hey you! Yes, you! There is no one else like you in the world and that is something very special. In fact, you are worth celebrating just the way you are. Use our tips to enjoy time to yourself, create something special to you, or learn how to boost your confidence.

Sparkler in the snow by Jakob Owens courtesy of Unsplash

Ways to Celebrate Yourself

 

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.

Activities

                                            

                                                   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.

Activities

                           

      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.

Activities

Summer is a great time to get out a learn a new hobby. Photography is a fun way to capture the world around you and the people you love. Not sure where to start? We have some excellent resources to point you in the right direction. Happy snapping!

Digital photography by Julie Adair King

The demand for high-quality photographs is higher than ever. Whether you're building your influencer rating online, capturing the moments of a child's life, or are looking for ways to improve your skills, photography know-how is a must-have skill. 

Digital Photography For Dummies helps you do more than pointing, shooting, and hoping for the best or slapping a filter on a camera phone shot. This book introduces you to the camera settings and techniques that separate okay pictures from frame-worthy portraits. It then explains how to apply those skills to capturing your own portraits, landscape shots, and high-action photos. 

Develop a better eye for image composition
Discover how to light photos better, including using natural light
Learn to get quick results in auto settings or take full control in manual mode
Discover the elements of exposure and how they influence the final product
Find instructions on taking a formal or casual portrait
Apply basic editing techniques to finalize your image

Go beyond photo apps and apply the techniques pros use for their images.

Calming and exhilarating. Both words that can be associated with hiking. Hiking is a fabulous hobby that can be done year round, all over the world, or close to home. Trails and paths can be anywhere from straight, narrow and rocky to wet, curvy, or steep. They can be on all sorts of terrain like sand, snow, dirt, hills, mountains or forests. Michigan is a beautiful state that offers all sorts of hiking trails for any season.  Local metroparks also have hiking opportunities as does the Michigan Trails Magazine. Hiking also offers access to activities for all ages, from senior citizens to kids.  No matter what kind of path you decide to take, hiking is great for your mind and body. So lace up your boots and dont forget to pack your water and some snacks! Head back to 62 days of summer for more ways to participate in the summer program.

Follow the trail to these library hiking books:

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Fiction

Kids Fiction

Kids Non-Fiction

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