April 2, 1513.  Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon sighted Florida and claimed it for Spain. His landing site is now present day St. Augustine -  the oldest city in the continental United States.

April 2, 1792.  Congress established the first U.S. Mint in the city of Philadelphia.

The Cold War : a new history by John Lewis Gaddis

April 4, 1949. NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization) was created with the signing of a treaty by twelve nations united for common military defense against the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe.

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We are all eyewitnesses to history as it unfolds in this time of social distancing, toilet-paper hoarding, business closures and even Some Good News. This crisis is affecting us all in different ways. What is your story?

Please consider recording your daily experiences, thoughts, and feelings in diary form, either in writing or video, to submit to the COVID-19: Share Your Story project. The Library of Michigan is looking to collect and preserve these stories of daily lives during the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide future historians, researchers, and students with information and data on daily life in Michigan communities during this crisis.

Submit your story to Librarian@Michigan.gov. ​

For details, visit the Library of Michigan Share Your Story project website.  

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Autism is a set of complex, developmental challenges that affect an individual's social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation. About 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism in the United States. Want to learn more? You can contact the Autism Alliance of Michigan. The library has resources to help too! 

This accessible and authoritative guide helps parents understand how autism spectrum disorder is defined and diagnosed and offers an overview of the most current behavioral and developmental therapies for children with ASD. Topics include: symptoms, accessing care, services in the community, and the role of complementary and alternative medicine. Parents will also find inspirational and relatable stories from other caretakers, helping them feel less alone. 

A child's voice leads into each chapter, offering a one-of-a-kind exploration into how ten core characteristics of autism affect our children's perceptions and reactions to the surrounding physical, sensory and social environments. This revised and updated third edition sharpens the focus on these basic aspects while expanding on how our own perspectives shape the life of our child and ourselves, today, tomorrow, and for years to come. An all-new section illuminates the surprising breadth of our power of choice and outlines potent strategies for strong decision-making in every situation. 

April is Autism Acceptance Month. To celebrate, we have gathered some great titles in Nonfiction, Adult, Youth, and Teen for you to explore.

Children's

Isaac and his amazing Asperger superpowers! by illustrator Melanie Walsh

Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-20 (COVID-19) has extended the closure of all libraries in the state through April 13.  

Materials
  • We extended the due dates on all materials, including MeL items, to April 30.
  • Do not return materials to the library at this time. Stay home, stay safe.
  • We've suspended the ability to place holds. If you have an item on hold, your place in the queue is frozen. If you have a hold item ready for pick up, it will be there for you when we reopen. You will not be charged for failure to pick up your hold.
  • MeL requests are also suspended.
  • We've doubled the number of items you can check out each month on hoopla, from 20 items per card to 40.
  • Kanopy has added no-credit titles, which means these titles will not count against your monthly cap. Also, Kanopy for Kids is now free for a limited time.
  • We've shifted our purchasing to add more electronic materials to our collection and reduce hold times for these items.
Library Cards
  • Standard cards set to expire in March or April have been renewed through April 30.
  • If your card has expired within the last six months, you can request that it be renewed. We will renew for your card for three months.
  • If you've applied online for a card, allow a minimum of three to five days for processing.

Thank you again for your patience and support. We are responding to emails and social media as quickly as we can. Follow us on social media for daily tips and activities you can do online.

National Puppy Day celebrates the unconditional love, affection and joy a puppy can bring to our lives. Statistically, people who have pets in their home lead happier and healthier lives. If you don't own a furbaby, consider adoption at your local animal shelter. Need ideas to celebrate National Puppy Day? Dress up your pet for a fun photoshoot, enjoy the dog park together, make a homemade dog treat, get your dog a new toy, or donate or volunteer to get your dose of puppy love! Here's some books from our pet collection to learn more! 

Whether you've had a puppy before, it's been awhile, or you're totally new to having a furry friend, this go-to guide is fun to read, visually adorable, and full of must-have information. Providing easy step-by-step instructions on training methods and how to best care for a puppy, this is an enjoyable read with tons of helpful tips and charming drawings and photographs to prepare you and your new puppy for a wonderful first year together! 

If you're anything like most new puppy parents, it won't take long to realize that your fuzzy little bundle of joy can also bark, chew, jump, and mysteriously get into A LOT of trouble around the house. Don't panic--slowly remove the shoe from your pup's mouth and open this book, because it's time to start successfully training. Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps is a practical, step-by-step guide to guarantee that your cute and curious friend stays cute. From puppy proofing your home to mastering need-to-know commands, this fool-proof training manual sets you and your canine companion up for a lifetime of positively reinforced obedience and tail-wagging fun!

Writers, artists, and other creators are finding creative ways to share their work while so many of us are homebound. Here are a few family-friendly sources to help you learn and grow!

Live Readings

  • Oliver Jeffers will read a story every day live on his Instagram (archive also available)
  • Mac Barnett will read a story every day live on his Instagram
  • Monique Gray Smith is sharing readings from her books on Instagram
  • The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is posting live shark stories on Facebook

Art and Science

  • Carson Ellis is sharing art prompts and lessons every day on her blog
  • Every weekday the Kennedy Center is sharing Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
  • The Michigan Science Center is sharing experiments and more in their Echo Live! series
  • The DNR Outdoor Adventure Center is posting a live Nature in Your Neighborhood video series 

For more, check out this curated list.

Trying storytime at home for the first time? These resources chosen by CPL librarians will have you laughing, moving, and reading in no time. Remember, this is the perfect time to be silly with the kids!

Books

We want to ensure you have access to online resources during our closure, so we are 

  • Ordering additional copies of popular ebook and eaudio titles in OverDrive and CloudLibrary, to reduce or eliminate hold lists.
  • Doubling monthly Hoopla checkout limits to 40 through March and April, and adding 1,100 "free" popular titles that don't count against your checkout limit.

In addition, our database vendors are also offering free or enhanced services during this time, which we will make available to you for as long as they are offered:

  • Kanopy is creating a selection of "free" titles that do not count against monthly caps, including unlimited access to Kanopy Kids content!
  • For Pre-K students, Miss HumbleBee's Academy offers learning exercises in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art, and music to prepare children for Kindergarten. 

  • Brainfuse has added additional tutors for their live hours, and is providing stronger support for their 24/7 learning tools such as Skill Surfer and MEET online collaboration.
  • The popular genealogy resource Ancestry, normally restricted to in-library use, is available to you at home. (Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home provides daily lessons and activities to keep kids engaged and learning during school closures. 
  • In addition to our usual Tumblebooks content, you may now access Tumblemath to support K-5 students
  • Pronunciator has added special COVID-19 lessons in 101 languages to help learners communicate with health care professionals - perfect for English Language Learners. 

  • Kids InfoBits helps teachers (and parents) find curriculum-appropriate content for young learners on animals, music, people, and more!
  • Gale in Context for Middle School, High School, or College offers age-appropriate interdisciplinary content that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

All you need to access these resources is an active CPL library card. We have changed expiration dates on all library cards set to expire in March and April, and will renew already-expired cards online if you contact us. Don't have a card? You can apply online to receive a temporary card good for 90 days. 

Bear in red shirt talks to fish in tank

Hey Kids,

Thorndyke here. This is a really long library closure, and I am missing all of your faces. You’ll be glad to know that I’m healthy, practicing safe hand washing, and keeping myself at least 6 feet away from others at all times. Of course, right now that’s only the fish.

Things are a little strange right now, that’s for sure. And maybe you’re worried. I am, too. I felt a little better after talking my worries over with my fish friends, and after I learned more about what is happening. I found a comic by Elise Gravel, one of my favorite authors, that explains it a little. And I found another comic illustrated by Malaka Gharib that explains it a little bit more. Learning about the virus that is causing so many worries helped me a lot.

Stay safe kids. I miss seeing you, and will be so happy to see you all again.

Bear Hugs,
Thorndyke

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