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Looking for a Dozen Summer Romances?

Then take a peek at Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories!  This book features a dozen stories about soaking up the summer sun and falling in love, written by twelve best-selling authors:

  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Francesca Lia Block
  • Libba Bray
  • Cassandra Clare
  • Brandy Colbert
  • Tim Federle
  • Lev Grossman
  • Nina Lacour
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Veronica Roth
  • Jon Skovron
  • Jennifer E. Smith

If you're looking for more romantic reads and you need a break from the summer heat, try the other compilation edited by Stephanie Perkins -- My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.

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150 Years of Alice

2015 marked the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.  And we're almost halfway through 2016.  No, I'm not late, late for a very important date.  I purposely postponed this post to coincide with the big screen release of Alice Through the Looking Glass!  In this sequel to Disney's 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland (and travels back in time) to save the Mad Hatter.  The original star-studded cast returns -- Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska -- plus Sacha Baron Cohen as Time.  If you go to see it, prepare yourself for "visual extravagance" and extreme quirkiness.

Want to flip through the original, hand-penned and illustrated manuscript?  You can read it AND hear it when you visit Alice's Adventures Under Ground.

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Laser Blast Combat

Teen Summer Reading is kicking-off with a field trip to Ultra Blast Combat Center on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  The library will provide admission for the teens (grades 7-12) that want to go.  Yeah, we're awesome that way.  But you have to let us know you're coming!  Register online or by phone (444-7826) ASAP.  

Everyone's a winner during this year's sports/fitness-themed summer reading program!  On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! is our children's summer reading program for birth through rising sixth grade.  (Make sure you watch the official commercial, starring Mr Justin and Miss Anna Beth and featuring the vocal talents of Mr Steve.)  Get in the Game -- READ! is our teen summer reading program for rising seventh through twelfth grade.

Registration begins Monday, May 23, 2016 and continues through July 18, 2016.  To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk.  We ask a couple of questions for our stats (grade, name of school), then we hand you a bag of fun free stuff.  The most important thing you'll find in your bag is your reading log.  Every time you finish a book this summer, add the title to your log.  You'll also want to write down the number of pages in each book.  That's because you earn a ticket for every 100 pages!  These tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Locker, which opens Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  Prizes cost 2, 5, 10, or 15 tickets.  Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes.  Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics.  Children also have a chance to win something big!  Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle!  Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a race to see who reads the most or the fastest.  Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU!  The final day to redeem your tickets is August 3, 2016.

If you need help finding amazing books this summer, make sure you take a look at our official summer reading lists.  They are filled with our favorite fiction titles about playing sports and having fun.  I'll link to them at the end of this blog, but they are also always available in the Downloads sections of both the Kid Zone and Teen Spot webpages.  If you love nonfiction books, stay tuned to the blog all summer long for our Train Your Brain series.  For a sneak peek at some of the titles on the lists, watch our Summer Reading 2016 books trailer.  

Author Kate DiCamillo thinks you should sign up for Summer Reading, too!  Click here to learn more.

I read around 300 books each year.  That's a lot of titles.  And, since I like to read a wide array of genres, it should be quite a diverse list.  But you know what happened recently?  I read two books about the March 11, 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan.  I didn't plan it.  The reading universe took things into its own hands.  Both books were good and each took a different approach to the topic.  So you may want to read both, too.

  • The Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry (2016)
    When the earthquake hits in Japan, Kai knows he’s supposed to follow the rules, but he also knows that his beloved grandparents need his help evacuating—and he runs away from his teacher. Many thousands of miles away, Kai’s American cousin, Jet, knows she must check the tides before sailing—each and every time. But she didn’t this time, and her decision has grave consequences. In the aftermath of the tsunami that devastates Kai’s island, his parents send him to stay with his American cousins in Oregon. Both kids must come to terms with the consequences of their decisions. Kai feels tremendous guilt that he was unable to save his grandparents, compounded by the shame of disobeying an adult. He already feels like he doesn’t fit in because he’s half-Japanese. Jet’s family business, piloting ships through treacherous channels, is decidedly male-dominated. There has only been one female pilot, and Jet wants to be the second. She keeps this secret, though, and works twice as hard at everything to succeed. Their summer isn’t an easy one. Kai’s homesick; worried for his parents, who are nuclear engineers in charge of repairing the power plant; and grieving his grandparents. Jet knows her intense competitiveness is off-putting and mourns the loss of her best friend. Parry has created two uniquely flawed main characters that readers will quickly grow to love. She has also crafted a vivid, close-knit community of seafarers who help one another.
  • Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz (2016)

    Life changes in an instant for seventeen-year-old Kai, sitting in math class in a coastal region of Japan on Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011. He is thinking about skateboarding with his two best friends when the massive earthquake strikes. Lowitz’s free-verse novel sweeps the reader into Kai’s fragmented, rapidly changing consciousnesss. Blocked by fallen trees from climbing a mountainside, the students race to a high bridge only to be swept away in the tsunami. Kai survives but loses his entire family. He has already lost his American father, who abandoned them six years earlier. Taunted throughout childhood as “Hafu,” or half-Japanese, Kai is chosen to fly to New York to meet young people who lost parents on 9/11. Their warmth allows Kai to open up and move past his anger and his grief. When he returns to Japan, incredibly, his old soccer ball has washed up on a beach in Hawaii and is returned. Kai starts a soccer team with the youngsters who have been begging him to teach them. If the ball made it back, can Dad be far behind? And what will Kai choose when offered homes in two countries? Lowitz based her fiction on various true events. It is a moving story of the rebirth of hope in a teen who has lost almost everything. The book is flavored with Japanese customs and legends unobtrusively explained in quick footnotes. But Kai will resonate with teens on a simple human level, just as 3/11 resonates with 9/11.


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Teen Community Service Volunteer Guidelines

Volunteer applications are taken year round, but opportunities are available on a limited basis. During the school year times are available for special programs only. Applications will be held on file until opportunities arise. Volunteers are needed more during the summer to help with the library’s Summer Reading Program.