With the holidays and New Year’s Eve behind us, it’s a great time of year to look forward to the different ways that we can take better care of ourselves and to consider starting fresh on a clean slate—while many people use this as a time to inspire tangible goals that have physical resonance with ourselves, it’s also important to consider how we can better our mental health and wellbeing!
While enjoying my last issue of Real Simple, the "Your Words" column revealed a lovely treatise on gift-giving. A reader told us that when she buys for her grandchildren, she follows this rule: "Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read."
For 35 years, the American Library Association (ALA) has been celebrating "Banned Books Week," a time that we showcase books that people have tried to remove from libraries and schools in an attempt to prevent people from reading them. But some people think that in America, we no longer ban books. Is this the case?
Teen books are often known for their drama. Luckily, when you're not in the mood to be bogged down by conflict of the angsty variety, a host of hilarious teen books await you, perfect for all sorts of readers. Whether you like fantasy, realism, sci-fi, or history - there's a funny book waiting for you in this list. Visit our funny teen book display this month (it's the one covered in emojis). Or just click the title to put a hold on one of these
Valentines season doesn't click with everyone. Maybe you're between relationships, have suffered a breakup, or just aren't into the whole lovey-dovey, materialistic holiday. If you're trying to avoid all the romance getting thrown in your face, we have some great books that eschew romantic relationships for friendship.
Writing a hand-written letter seems pretty quaint, but receiving hand-written mail is a wonderful treat. So it's no surprise lots of people have tried to keep the art alive in an age of texting, messaging, and email. Many holidays exist around the world to celebrate and encourage letter-writing, and January is no different! We celebrate Letter Writing Week the second week of January.
The Teen Center has been open for a couple of months now and it's been so great to see you all visiting to game, make crafts and art, jam with friends, and just chill out. We're adding some finishing touches to really personalize the room and make it yours: wall art and more games!
I have some ideas but your input is more important. Take this survey (teens only) to give feedback on how we can further decorate the Teen Center. I need to submit ideas to our Friends group by December 1, though, so don't delay!
We have painted walls, lights, glass in the windows, and a ceiling! The end is in sight. Work on the floor will begin this weekend, and then it will be time for the finishing touches. We appreciate your patience over the summer as we've worked on this space! We promise you will love it when it's done!
Our renovation is well underway! The room has been framed and sheetrocked, and our new lighting configuration should be going in soon! Most of the furniture we've ordered for the room has arrived and I can't wait to take it out of storage! The colors have been decided, and now I'm hard at work picking out a sign that will look just right. Remember, the Community Room is open as our temporary teen space in the meantime. Come on by to hang out!
You've probably noticed the big black tarp coverng the area where the teen den used to be. What's going on?
Thanks to generous grants from the Champlin Foundations, the Levy Foundation, and Ocean State Charities Trust, and funding from the Friends of the Cumberland Library and the Cumberland Library Fund, Inc., we are tripling our space! Our new, awesome Teen Center @ CPL will open in the fall!
Looking for a place to hang out in the meantime? We've set up a temporary area in the Community Room. Come check it out!