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Black Lives Matter

Hands of racially diverse people

Hello folks,

You are likely seeing an explosion of conversation about Black Lives Matter and racism in America right now, whether it’s in the news or all over your social media feeds. Here at the Howell Carnegie District Library, we believe that education and growth are for everyone—children, teens, and adults alike. And so, we interrupt our regularly scheduled virtual programming to bring you some resources that we hope will help you on your journey to ensure freedom and equality for all.

If the Black Lives Matter movement is something new to you, and you would like to learn more, please visit their website BlackLivesMatter.com.

If talking about race and racism makes you uncomfortable, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian Institution, just launched a new portal, Talking About Race, that will help.

If anti-racist is a new term for you, if you’re not really sure what the difference is between not being racist and being anti-racist, the National Museum of African American History and Cultures has information on that too.

If you would like to learn more about racism in general, we have books available! You can check out an e-book or audiobook on Overdrive/Libby or Hoopla right now, or browse our collection and put a physical copy on hold for curbside pick-up. For suggestions, see the We Recommend box on the right. For more reading recommendations and resources, check Ibram X. Kendi’s An Antiracist Reading List and these reading lists collected by School Library Journal and WeNeedDiverseBooks.org.

If you are all in and ready to “stand up” but aren’t sure where to begin, you can take action online at NAACP.org or blacklivesmatter.com and Forbes has put together a great list of additional resources & ideas.

We’re all in this together. Everyone is on their own path of learning and growth. Be kind and show respect. Even if our doors are closed, we are here for you. With resources, with empathy, and, as always, with reading recommendations.

Join us on our journey,
Your friendly HCDL Librarians

June 3rd, 2020|Adults|

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge begins today, May 30, and goes through August 1.

As part of our virtual summer events, SoulShine Yoga presents these yoga classes, available May 30 – August 2.

Family Yoga Class

SoulShine presents a Family Yoga Class – watch, bend, laugh & yoga together!

Beginning Yoga for Adults and Teens

SoulShine Yoga presents a yoga class for beginners to do from the comfort and safety of your own home.

June 3rd, 2020|Adults, Kids, Teens|

Mission Mondays: Summer Fun

2020 Summer Fun Mission Image

The Summer Reading Challenge has begun! For more fun activities and ideas, and the chance to win great prizes, sign up here

Mission Mondays highlight one of the activities in each week’s mission in our Summer Reading Challenge. This week’s mission is Summer Fun.

Even if you’re not participating in the Summer Reading Challenge (although we can’t imagine why you wouldn’t!) but are still looking for some summer fun, try taking a virtual vacation:

Have you taken a virtual vacation? Share the link in the comments!

Celebrating Memorial Day

Virtual Event Adults Memorial Day

Celebrate this Memorial Day with 

Socially distant activities

Indoor grilling hacks for when outdoor barbecuing isn’t an option

A delicious – and patriotic – dessert

… The film Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, which documents the experiences of five wounded veterans as they are coached in stand up comedy by a number of well known comedians

… Or enjoy a virtual Memorial Day “Parade of Heroes,” presented by Ancestry.com and hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford. The virtual parade will be streaming live on Ancestry.com’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel at 11 am on Memorial Day. (Don’t worry if you missed it— it’s available to watch afterwards as well!)

May 25th, 2020|Adults|

Adults Bike Michigan

Virtual Event Adults Bike Michigan

Feeling cooped up during quarantine? Celebrate the fun of biking with these activity suggestions!

… Ready to get outside and try a new trail? Try one of these Livingston County trails or try a nearby trail from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!

… Feeling nervous? Here’s some tips on how to maintain Social Distancing while biking.

… If you’d rather stay indoors and don’t have access to indoor biking equipment, try this fun online biking game, where you can race on tracks designed by other players and even design your own! Or if you do have indoor biking equipment, try one of these virtual bike rides from Hoopla*

… Did you know Howell Carnegie Library offers you access to digital magazines? Get your library card, kick your feet up, and read one of these biking magazines!

… Want to get better at biking? Try these 5 ways to improve your bike handling.

*Must be a Howell Carnegie District Library resident to use this resource.

May 18th, 2020|Adults|

F.R.O.G.: Fandom Random Online Games

Virtual Event Adults FROG

Enjoy this selection of fun activities and online games to keep you entertained during the quarantine period!

Play some brain games. Try Sudoku, Tetris, or a Crossword Puzzle.

… Attempt a fun escape room from the comfort of your own home, like Jumanji Escape Room!

Try to beat the record time for this Howell Library online jigsaw puzzle!

Work on your detective skills! Figure out the identity of The Ferryman, a notorious serial killer, in this fun mini mystery from Deadbolt Society.

… Or give Dungeons and Dragons a try! Roll20 is a website that allows players to play virtually, with video sharing and voice chat capabilities. Get some friends and family together to create your own interactive roleplaying adventure!

May 11th, 2020|Adults|

May the 4th Be With You

May 4th, 2020|Adults|