Summer Learning Program
This summer’s theme is "Imagine Your Story" - join CCPL in a Summer-long adventure of fun activities you can do at home. Submit the activities you complete in our forms to the right and be entered to win prizes!
Since ancient times people have imagined all kinds of creatures. It’s the same today.
Middle School Activities
In 1920, two teenage girls used trick photography to convince the world they had taken pictures of real fairies—they fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and it wasn’t until 1983 the girls admitted they were fake (or at least some of them).
- Read about how they did it and see if you can reproduce their results with modern equipment!
Everybody knows dragons hatch out of brightly-colored crystal eggs, right?
Be your own wizard and sketch out a surrealist creature combining a series of idea cards.
From the Collection
A sampling of related books, DVDs, Access Videos, etc. in our collection.
- “Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies are Real” Marc T. Nobleman, J 398.45 N
- “Dr. Ernest Drake’s Dragonology Handbook : a Practical Course in Dragons” Ernest Drake, J FIC DRA
- “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” J.K. Rowling, J FIC ROW
- “Questionable Creatures: a Bestiary” Pauline Baynes, J 398.24 B
- “Bad Mermaids Make Waves” Sibéal Pounder, J FIC POU
- “The BFG” Roald Dahl, J FIC DAH
- “The Truth About Unicorns” James Cross Giblin, J 398.24 G
- “Abiyoyo; Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story” Pete Seeger, E SEE
- “Fabulous Monsters” Marcia Williams, J 398 W
- “How to Draw Magical Creatures and Mythical Beasts” Mark Bergin, J 743.8 B
- “Snake Hair: the Story of Medusa” Stephanie Spinner, ER 398 S
- “The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science” Marc Aronson with Adrienne Mayor, J 398.2454 A
- “Fairies” Series: Daisy Meadows, J FIC MEA
- “Mythical Birds & Beasts From Many Lands” Margaret Mayo, J 398 M
- “Mythological Creatures: a Classical Bestiary: Tales of Strange Beings, Fabulous Creatures, Fearsome Beasts, & Hideous Monsters from Ancient Greek Mythology” Lynn Curlee, J 292 C
- “Erni Cabat’s Magical World of Monsters” Erni Cabat, J 398.2 C
- “Monster Hunt: Exploring Mysterious Creatures” Jim Arnosky, J 398.469 A
- “The Shark King” R. Kikuo Johnson, ER JOH
- “Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods: 20 Chilling Tales from the Wilderness” Hal Johnson, J FIC JOH
- “Don’t Bump the Glump!: and Other Fantasies” Shel Silverstein, J 811 S
- “Leprechaun: Art with Joy”
More activities you can do at home
- Sixteen lesser-known cryptids
- Dragon crafts
- Simple crafts including fairy houses
- Medieval bestiary digitization project
They may not be magical exactly, but they’re fascinating—live animal feeds from zoos and the wild!
Once Upon a Time
The first thing a character needs is a place and time to live in so that their story can happen, and some would say everything depends on setting. “Romeo and Juliet” might not have been such a tragedy if they could have texted the plan, and “Lord of the Rings” would have been a lot shorter if Frodo and Sam had ridden dirt-bikes to Mordor. In imaginary stories, the possibilities are endless. Where do the characters live? Who is in charge? What kind of technology and magic exist, and who gets to use them?
- Simple cardboard castle 1 and/or Simple cardboard castle 2.
- Sail away on a egg carton boat: or milk carton.
- Take a hike on a mountain adventure.
Pick a few famous stories about imaginary worlds and think about how different it would be if the characters swapped places.
- Everybody needs a cool castle, mansion, or lair, right? It’s easier than you think!
- Magic wand craft 1 and/or Magic wand craft 2
Middle School activities
- What kind of wizard can grow real crystals to form words and pictures? All it takes is pipe cleaners, borax, and hot water!
- Household chemistry magic potion lab
- Simple but impressive braided yarn beards for dwarves and wizards
From the Collection
A sampling of related books, DVDs, Access Videos, etc. in our collection
- “The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again” JRR Tolkien, YA FIC TOL
- “The Chronicles of Narnia, Book One: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” CS Lewis, J FIC LEW
- “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” Frank Baum, J FIC BAU
- “Alice in Wonderland” Lewis Carroll, J FIC CAR
- “When Birds Could Talk & Bats Could Sing“ Virginia Hamilton, J 398 H
- “Don’t Know Much About World Myths” Kenneth C. Davis, J 201.3 D
- “Whatever After” series, Sarah Mlynowksi, J FIC MLY
- “A Pride of African Tales” Donna L. Washington, J 398 W
- “Stories from the Billabong” James Vance Marshall, J 398 M
- “Favorite Norse Myths” Mary Pope Osborne, J 293 O
- “The Enormous Carrot” Vladimir Vagin, J 398 V
- “Greek Mythology” Ken Jennings, J 292 J
- “Witches & Magic-Makers” Douglas Hill, J 133.4 H
- “The Story of King Arthur and His Knights” Tania Zamorsky, J 398.2 Z
- “The Spiderwick Chronciles, Book One: the Field Guide” Tony diTerlizzi, J FIC DIT
- “Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven: Classic Chinese Tales” Ji Li Jiang, J 398 J
- “The Crystal Pool: Myths & Legends of the World” Geraldine McCaughrean, J 398 M
- “Egyptian Gods and Goddesses” Henry Barker, ER 299.31 B
- “American Tall Tales” Mary Pope Osborne, J 398 O
- “Atlantis” Ken Karst, J 398 K
- “Modern Marvels. Castles and Dungeons”
More activities you can do at home
Check back here on the dates below for even more activities you can do at home- based on these themes:
June 20 - July 3: Magical Creatures
Since ancient times people have imagined all kinds of creatures.
July 4 - July 17: Hero’s Journey
A hero’s got to do what a hero’s got to do—and that can mean a lot of different things.
July 18 - July 31: How Does Your Story Go
Staying at home isn’t much of a story, but how will you get where you need to go?
August 1 - August 14: Telling Your Story
We each have our own stories, and so do our families.