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Practice Kindness

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind." That quote isn't credited by anyone famous. If there's one thing we need in the world right now, is more kindness. Kindness is a quality we learn early in life by treating others with empathy, fairness, compassion and respectfulness without expecting praise in return. At the heart of any act of kindness, is selflessness. When we put another's comfort or well-being ahead of our own, we feel good. By giving or practicing kindness, it lifts our spirit and our mood. The stress hormone in our body decreases, boosting the levels of serotonin and dopamine in our brains giving us the warm feeling of well-being. Where focus grows, energy flows.  When we practice kindness, we create connections with others and that helps build stronger communities. "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." Now that quote is by a famous person, the Dalai Lama. Start your day by asking yourself, "How am I going to practice kindness today?" We got some ideas to help you put kindness on repeat.

  • Start with an inspiring book list donated by Citizens for Peace whose mission is to facilitate practices and principles of non-violence in the world. 

Cooking can be fun for the whole family when you learn how to play with your food! Connect in the kitchen by making something sweet or trying an edible experiment. These projects work for all ages and are guaranteed to bring smiles to your plates. To set the mood, check out this special food-themed playlist on Spotify!

Fun At Home

  • With just a few sweets like Fruit by the Foot and Rice Krispies Treats, you can make candy sushi at home! 
  • Learn how to make edible slime with this list of 14 recipes from Abrazo and Coze.
  • Get inspired by amazing food art! Red Hong Yi makes art using everyday items, including foods like tea leaves, beans, and seeds. Artist Jason Mecier makes portraits using candy, cereal, and more! What art can you make out of food?
  • These edible science experiments from We Are Teachers prove that science can be fun and delicious.
  • You can cook a whole meal with just a coffee mug! Try making pizza in a mug and delicious chocolate cake for dessert. 
  • See what you can build using only food. Graham crackers, frosting, and candy can be the building blocks to start you off!
  • Patience pays off when you make rock candy at home! This delicious treat is a perfect kitchen science experiment. 

CPL Resources

  • Try a brand new recipe featured in a cookbook. We've collected both physical and ebook picks!
  • Use Your library card to access AtoZ World Food. Learn about food culture, national cuisines and ingredients, and save recipes in an interactive digital cookbook.
  • Music can set the stage for a fantastic meal. If you're trying out a dish from another country, check out these world music picks from hoopla!

CPL Programs and Grab & Go kits

 

Image "two pineapples with gold party hats" by Pineapple Supply Co on Unsplash. 

 

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How do you really get to know someone? 

  • Asking people questions about their life is one way to find out about them.   StoryCorps has an app  that you can download to record conversations and even upload them to their story archive.
  • If you are interested in family history, MyHeritage has 117 questions that you can ask your family member.  
  • The library has hundreds of biographies to read for both adults and children!  Find out more about someone through the written (or spoken) word!

 

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    "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves        of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

                              --Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 

Nature has long been considered a cure for the troubled soul. Some studies have shown that time in nature is an antidote to stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. It is also just plain fun! Especially with a few helpful suggestions to make your nature observations even more enjoyable.

 

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Look for more information about the animals you see during your nature observation in Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia or PebbleGo

When a girl walks through the woods with her grandma, she's so excited about reaching their destination that she misses out on what's around her. But with Grandma's help, she learns how to breathe, be peaceful, and notice the little surprises along the way. Find mindfulness in nature through this gentle story.

Complete a READ square by reading or listening to a book,  or by doing something bookish!  

If you are in need of some help with your reading journey, here are some suggestions:

  • Go on an adventure without leaving your chair! You can Read Around the World with international book suggestions for both adults and children.   
  • Looking to go on a journey through Michigan?  Try these suggestions for adults and children.
  • Reading about the personal journeys of others can be both inspiring and riveting. We also have amazing personal journeys for the kids to enjoy!
  • Looking to try a different book format?  The library has a great selection of graphic novels for both adults and children.  
  • Explore the art of making your own book by trying book sewing and book binding crafts on Creativebug (Canton Public library card required). We also have some fantastic crafting books to read and enjoy for adults and kids!
  • Check out the 2021 Summer Big Library Read!
  • Besides just searching our catalog, you can explore our May We Suggest page, full of searchable booklists by topic and age. You can even request personalized recommendations from the comfort of your own home.

Many people are excited to think about future trips this year.  You can also travel the world while sitting in your favorite comfy chair by choosing books from this list.  Visit any one of these continents to experience a new setting and enjoy your adventure!

Read Around the World - Africa
Read Around the World - Asia
Read Around the World - Europe and the United Kingdom
Read Around the World - North America 
Read Around the World - Oceania
Read Around the World - South America 

 

For Kids:

Read Around the World--Kids Nonfiction

Read Around the World--Kids Fiction

 

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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!

Growing your own garden is a great way to save money, provide family fun and get exercise. Community gardening, Farmer's Markets and eating local are all the rage. Get help gardening, from learning the basics to more advance gardening, with these resources and activities to help you complete this 62 Days square and Grow Green.

 

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Photo: Colleen O'Brien-Brumley

Books

Physical fitness can help you sleep, feel, think and manage your weight loss better. It can also energize your mind and body. Just a quick walk around the block can rejuvenate your body and mind. Get moving and inspired with these books, DVDs, e-media and other digital resources.

 

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!

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