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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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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.

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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

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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

Looking for a great story that's fun to read? These books feature middle school boys dealing with the ups and downs of life. Some tell realistic stories that will make you laugh or cry (or both), while others include fantasy and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dealing with a serious crush that makes you say dumb things whenever they're around? Have a friend that sometimes acts more like an enemy? Love sports and hate school? Figuring out how to handle your ability to manipulate the multiverse? Wish you were Spider-man? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we've got a book for you!    

Sal & Gabi break the universe by Carlos Alberto Pablo Hernandez
Tight by Torrey Maldonado
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It's PCCS Spring Break!   Unless you go on vacation, nine consecutive days with no school can make a person go stir-crazy.  If you need a break from your break, check out our Dance Party kit

This Experience to Go kit has everything you need to throw a dance party at home.  Mixtape? Check.  Links to tunes on Hoopla? Check.  Link to a curated list of dance videos on YouTube? Check.  A strobe light that pulses to any music you play? Check. 

Parents, help your tots get their wiggles out (or bust a move on your own!).  Students, take your Fortnite dance skills up a notch by using the interactive strobe light while completing challenges.

Our Dance Party kit brings the fun to everyone! 

New Year, New Goals

The start of a new year means new reading goals, and CPL's Spark Your Year workbook includes two special Spark Sheets to help you meet those goals. 

If you're like many people, you may want some guidance and encouragement (and book suggestions).  We've collected some of the most popular and engaging reading challenges to help you get started.  Check out the list below to find one that suits you. You can also track your books and set a reading goal on Goodreads

 

Book Riot's 2019  Read Harder Challenge

PopSugar's 2019  Reading Challenge

Bookish's 2019  Reading Challenge

EpicRead's 2019  Reading Challenge

PBS'  Great American Read book list

Penguin Books'  100 Must-Read Classics

Reading  Challenges for Kids

If none of these inspire you, take a look at this big  compilation of 2019 reading challenges

Be sure to check out all the ways you can Spark Your Year

Happy reading!

 

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