Summer Reading Suggestions

Are you looking for some stellar book suggestions for your child this summer? At the library, we are always happy to help you choose the right book. There are also some wonderful resources available online. The Horn Book has compiled a list of highly recommended titles from picture to YA books that is well worth exploring.

The Association for Library Service to Children also publishes yearly suggested reading lists for students in K-8. Take a peek, your child just might discover a new favorite!

Screen Free Week May 5-11

In 1994, Henry Labalme and Matt Pawa came up with their brain child “Screen Free Week” as a way to encourage families to connect with each other and take a break from their televisions, and to a lesser extent, their computers. As our reliance on devices of all kinds has grown, so has the “screen free” movement. Now, millions of families participate in the program each year.

While work and school demand a certain amount of screen time, why not see how you can reduce your leisure time screen usage this week. Stop in at the library and find other activities for the week. We have displays of puzzles and games, don’t forget the telescope, and of course our book collection has something for everyone.

Great YA Reads for Teens and Adults

The YA section has some excellent new books in a variety of genres. Check the the reviews of the books listed below, and try one yourself.

Dystopian Fiction:

Unwind by Neal Schusterman YA F SCH
A gripping and thought provoking thriller that will keep you turning the pages. “Set in the future, the second civil war is fought over abortion. To end the war, a compromise is reached that ends the practice of abortion but creates an alternative called “unwinding.” Between the ages of 13 and 17, parents or guardians can choose to have their children unwound, which involves having every part of their bodies harvested to be “donated” to another person so, technically, they don’t really die. The complex and compelling plot follows three teens whose stories intertwine when they escape while on their way to the harvest camps.” School Library Journal as shared on Amazon.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry YA F MAB
Imagine a world forever changed by a zombie apocalypse, where the lines between good and evil are blurred, where no one is just what they seem. “In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.” Amazon

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey YA F YAN
See the world through Cassie’s eyes as the alien spaceship approaches and ultimately seeks to destroy Earth. Separated from her family, she desperately seeks her brother, and struggles to survive in a world where the enemy and the survivor appear the same. “After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave.” Amazon

Realistic Fiction:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell YA F ROW (2014 Printz Honor Award)
This book is moving and captivating, and you will find yourself thinking about it months after you have finished reading it. It is heart-warming and unforgettable, it will make you laugh and cry. “Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.” Amazon

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell YA F ROW
“Fangirl is a coming-of-age novel that is smart, funny, and genuine. Fangirl takes place during Cather Avery’s first year of college, learning who she is when stripped down to just Cath–not the twins Cath & Wren and not Magicath, her fan fiction pen name.” Amazon

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green YA F GRE Soon to be a major motion film.
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.” Amazon

Historical Fiction:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein CD F WEI (audio book) “In exchange for a temporary stay of execution and lesser forms of torture, a young female spy captured in Nazi-occupied France writes a confession of her activities in the Resistance. Her story is that of two women who should never have crossed paths, yet were destined to become the best of friends and embark upon the covert mission that would determine which of them would live or die. Courage born of friendship, fierce hope, and surprising ironies abound in this spell-binding novel that will appeal to teens and adult readers alike.”–Seira Wilsonas posted on Amazon.

Book recommendations

Kids, are you looking for book recommendations? Parents, do you need a suggestion for your child? Meredith Piotrow, our Children’s Librarian, would love to help you find just the book you are looking for. Stop in and ask her for some ideas.

Other events not to miss at the library include:

  • Storytimes for babies/toddlers/preschoolers on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 10:30. Storytimes feature books, songs, action rhymes and a craft.
  • Lego Club gathering on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 4:30-5:30. Each session has a theme and participants explore ways to create their own designs.
  • K-3 Storytime on the third Tuesday of each school-year month from 3:00-4:15.

Don’t miss our 2014 Summer Reading Program – FIZZ BOOM READ! This program will meet Tuesday afternoons in July. More information to follow.

Catch some Fire!

We are eager to continue using our new Movie License to show films at the Library using our large screen. While the licensing agreement does not permit us to name specific titles in promotional materials, we can give you some good clues about the upcoming showing on Saturday March 15th. This PG-13 rated movie is based on the second book of a very popular trilogy and it is being released on DVD in March.

Don’t miss the excitement as our favorite heroine comes back to the arena. Her performance is sure to Catch Fire and keep our audience on the edge of their seats. So, don’t miss the action on Saturday, March 15th starting at 7pm. Please feel free to bring your own snacks in case you get hungry. Movie goers under the age of 13 will need parental permission or adult accompaniment in order to attend this event. This event is free and open to the public, feel free to bring snacks and a friend. For additional details, please call the Library at 383-9731.