The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Heritage month. This month celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islanders' contributions to the history, culture, and achievements in the United States. Check out some of these newer titles in Youth, YA, and Adult materials featuring  Asian American and Pacific Islanders in their characters, authors, and illustrators. 

Youth Materials

Fatima's great outdoors by Ambreen Tariq

Excitedly joining her family for an outdoor camping trip in a Midwestern state park, Fatima Khazi helps set up a tent, build a fire, and fend off a daddy longlegs before settling down to sleep surrounded by the near-magical sounds of the forest

STEAM: Explosive Science

Circular patterns in an explosive array surrounding the words explosive science

*** This program will take place IN PERSON at the 62 Days of Summer Final Party on August 14 @ 11:00AM***

Have you ever watched exploding fruit or made vegetable volcano erupt? If you'd like to see this and more, please check out our Explosive Science program. 

We invite you to join us live as we dive into different aspects of explosive science with spectacular experiments.  A list of supplies and other information will be available at the program so you can try the experiments at home!

 

Want more explosive things? Check out these explosive reads!

What will you do next? Check out our 62 Days of Summer Landing Page for more fun! 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Calming Crafts

Image with mandala coloring and pencils, and handmade embroidery wreath, and slime in a jar

Join us live on Zoom as we assemble beginner-friendly crafts, meant to soothe and calm. The kit is available by registration only and will include supplies to make a felt succulent wall hanging, stress-relieving slime, and some adult coloring sheets and pencils. You will need a hot glue gun, or other felt-friendly glue from home to assemble the succulents and wreath. We provide the rest! 

Registration begins July 15, 2021, and kits will be assembled for each registered patron and available for pickup. July 27- Aug 3, 2021. Zoom link for the program will be in the kits and emailed 24 hours before the program. 

 

Looking for more? Check out our 62 Days of Summer Landing Page for more programs and activities 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Looking for a read to put you in the shoes of a sleuth? These titles are best for middle-grade readers and will have you guessing whodunnit along with the gumshoes in the books. 

Vanishing acts by Phillip Margolin
Ali Cross by 1947- James Patterson

Check out the following YA and Adult titles to read novels featuring romance between LGBTQ+ characters. 

YA Novels

Date me, Bryson Keller by Kevin Van Whye

Throughout history, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields have been dominated by white males. In this list, we will be highlighting books that feature a more inclusive look at various fields. 

Boys and girls holding hands encircling a small world with braille at bottom describing image

Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.
Click here for the Schneider Family Book Award Manual (PDF)
Bibliography of Children's Books about the Disability Experience (pdf)

Younger Children Winner

These titles feature strong protagonists, strong values, kindness, and humor. Read these with your grownup or your friends and chat about what you read and experiences in your life that are similar. Did we miss your favorite? What book would you recommend?

A drop of hope by Keith Calabrese
New kid by illustrator Jerry Craft

This list includes staff favorites as well as the most popular items that patrons checked out during 2020. Did we miss your favorite? let us know in the comments. 

Staff Favorites
I found a kitty! by Troy Cummings
orange background with mandala designs that says "Happy Diwali"

Diwali (also called Deepavali, Dipavali, Dewali, Deepawali, or the Festival of Lights) is the biggest and most important celebration in India. The name originates from the row of clay lamps (diya or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes in the representation of the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. This celebration is over 2,500 years old. This holiday is celebrated by Hindus mainly but is also enjoyed by non-Hindu communities too. Diwali takes place over 5 days in either October or November. This year it spans November 12- 16 with the main celebration day in the middle on November 14. 

To learn more, or to find some activities or materials to check out, keep scrolling down! 

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