Free Summer Reading Program starts on Monday
This year’s free Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 1 and runs until July 31 – and it is not too late for you to sign up. You can register here at your library or online from our homepage. Everyone can participate, but you must be registered to win prizes. Summer reading activities are open to everyone from babies to adults. Our baby and toddler programs are designed especially to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with your children. All the activities build early literacy skills.
The summer reading theme is Every Hero has a Story. Also, summer reading participants will want to mark your calendars for a free, all-ages closing party on July 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Detailed summer reading schedules for all ages are available at the library. We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free, fun events.
Also, reading logs become available June 1 as well. You do not have to be registered with Summer Reading to participate in programs.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids (includes tweens), teens and adults.
Free Read with a Ranger on Tuesdays
Read with a Ranger is back for the summer. Starting June 2, kids entering the second through fifth grades are invited on the first Tuesday of each month through August to join Ranger Brandon from 2 – 3:30 p.m. for nature-themed books, activities, crafts and fun. Parents or caregivers are not required to attend. No advance registration required – just show up.
Free movie Fridays
Join us every Friday in June for movies and popcorn – 10 a.m. for kids, noon for seventh-12th graders and 3 p.m. for adults. Our contract does not allow us to identify the movies in the media, but you can pick up the kids, teen and adult activities calendars in the library with the film names.
Teens are invited to join us Wednesday, June 3 from 2-3 p.m. to paint the windows at the library with Super Readers.
Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens who are anime fans meets Monday, June 1 from 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture and snacks.
Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games. Note: No teen gaming on Tuesday, June 9.
Free preschool fun
Preschoolers and their families are invited to an hour of stories and music every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m.
Free Superhero Academy
Kids entering first-sixth grades are invited from 1-2:15 p.m. every Thursday this month to build costumes, learn about the science of superheroes and enjoy super activities.
Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.
Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. A more formal session requiring advance registration is Facebook Basics from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8.
Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have just purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to thousands of award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. You can access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on our library website.
“Children of Huang Shi” follows a British journalist in China. “Misery” is based on the Stephen King book. “Cradle Will Rock” is set in 1930s America. “Still Alice” was a 2015 Academy Award winner. “Selma” follows Martin Luther King, Jr. on the march from Selma to Montgomery and was a 2015 Academy Award nominee. “Our Daily Bread” explores the world of international food production. “The Way” stars Martin Sheen embarking on an historical pilgrimage. Disney’s “Angels in the Outfield” is a comedy about baseball. “Mockingjay” is part one of The Hunger Games.
“Searching for Sunday” by Rachel Held Evans follows a woman’s quest to return to church. “Lost World of the Old Ones” by David Roberts explores ancient ruins and rock art in the Southwest. “The Good Gut” by Stanford University’s Justin and Erica Sonnenburg exposes the relationship between our bodies and microbiota and offers a new plan for health. “The Year Yellowstone Burned” is a 25-year perspective on the fires of 1988 by Jeff Henry. “Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (As We Know It)” by Ana Maria Spagna is a quirky collection of essential skills for a brave new world. “The Happy Herbivore” by Lindsay S. Nixon is a guide to plant-based living. “The Double Life of Fidel Castro” is an expose by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez, personal bodyguard to Castro for 17 years. “Capital Dames” by Cokie Roberts features the role of Washington women in the Civil War. “The Road to Character” by New York Times columnist David Brooks focuses on the deeper values that should pervade our lives. “When Parents Part” by Penelope Leach offers advice on how mothers and fathers can help their children deal with separation and divorce. “Freedom of Speech” by Pulitzer Prize winner David K. Shipler analyzes free speech controversies across the U.S. “When to Rob A Bank” by Steven D. Devitt and Stephen J Dubner is a collection of posts from their economics blog.
Mysteries and thrillers
“The Enemy Inside” by Steve Martini is the latest in the Paul Madriani legal thriller series. “The Hanged Man” by P.N. Elrod is an historical mystery featuring a psychic reader. “Pinnacle Event” by Richard A. Clarke revolves around the sale of five nuclear weapons. “Ruins of War” by John A. Connell is set in post-Nazi Munich. “Don’t Go Home” by Carolyn Hart is the latest in the Death on Demand series. “Ming Tea Murder” by Laura Childs is a Tea Shop mystery that includes recipes and tea time tips. “Solitude Creek” by Jeffery Deaver is the latest in the FBI Kathryn Dance thriller series.
“Secrets of a Charmed Life” by Susan Meissner is about two sisters with secrets from World War II. “Your Next Breath” is a mystery by Iris Johansen. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. “Garden of Lies” by Amanda Quick is a mystery. “Day Shift” by Charlaine Harris is the latest in the Midnight, Texas mystery series. “Perfect Match” by Fern Michaels is a love story. “The Fall” by John Lescroart is a mystery featuring Dismas Hardy’s daughter. “Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories” is a collection of short stories by Mary Higgins Clark.
“Beach Town” by Mary Kay Andrews follows a big-budget movie team filming in a Florida town. “Seveneves” is a science fiction tale by Neal Stephenson. “The Summer’s End” by Mary Alice Monroe is the conclusion to the Lowcountry Summer trilogy. “The Scarlet Gospels” by Clive Barker is a supernatural epic. “The Cavendon Women” by Barbara Taylor Bradford is the sequel to “Cavendon Hall.” “Beauty’s Kingdom” by Anne Rice writing as A.N. Roquelaure is a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth.
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Karen Goodwin, D.W. King, Betty Mathis, Dan Senjem and several anonymous donors.
“Coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Nobel Prize winner in physics.