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Summer Reading 2019 is winding down, but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading for the rest of summer.  Why don't you create your own summer reading challenge between now and when school starts back?  I found some great suggestions at readbrightly.com.

1. See how many different (and unusual) places can you read: on a trampoline, under a table, in a closet with a flashlight.  I bet you'll have even more (and better) ideas.

2. Read a different book by the same author or illustrator every day for a week.

3. Read a picture book or graphic novel, then continue the story with your own artwork.

4. Create a paper chain to keep track of how many books you read.  Write a mini book review on each of the links.

5. Read a book in a different genre every day: mystery, biography, graphic novel, poetry, nonfiction -- there are so many choices!

6. Read a wordless picture book, then write your own text for each page.

7. Read a book about the beach on the beach . . . or on a towel in the living room.

8. Read books with covers that match every color in the rainbow.

9. Read a book to someone else: a parent, a sibling, a pet, or even a stuffed animal.

10. Read books with main characters that are different from you.

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The opening song to The Lion King has been belted (often badly) by almost every person who has ever seen and loved the animated classic movie (or the Broadway musical).  The iconic song also opens the live-action The Lion King, which debuted in theaters this past weekend (and dominated the box office).  The translation of the Zulu is "The lion is coming, Father."  But the Zulu for lion can also be translated as king.  Whoa.  James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa in a star-studded voice cast that includes Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Kani, Beyonce, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner.  The CGI is astonishingly photorealistic.  "Each hair and whisker on a mandrill’s face is defined. Every creature moves with seeming weight and realism, every landscape looks straight off a postcard. The African night sky is rendered so realistically that even Neil deGrasse Tyson won’t take to Twitter to nitpick." [from Reed Tucker's New York Post review]  I didn't see it yet, but don't worry.  I will take my place in the Circle of Life and see it soon on the big screen.

Looking for some award-winning titles to add to your summer reading log?  Have you checked out any of the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award winners?  Since 1967, they have celebrated excellence in children’s and young adult literature by awarding in three categories: Picture Book, Fiction and Poetry, and Nonfiction.   The winning titles must be first U.S. editions of books published between June 2018 and May 2019, but may be written or illustrated by citizens of any country.   Here are the winners (and honors) for 2019.  

July 2019 is the debut Graphic Novels in Libraries Month!  If you love, love, LOVE graphic novels, I'm sure you're jumping for joy right now.  If you don't yet understand the appeal, I encourage you to take this month to give graphic novels a try.  Graphix by Scholastic has compiled an excellent educator resource about the benefits of graphic novels.  Take a look!  Then check out some of these popular new releases.

Get your glow on at our Summer Finale Glow Party on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  The lights will go out, the glow-in-the-dark glasses and necklaces and slime will come on.  You'll have a chance to Just Dance on the Wii and create glowing art on the walls.  And there will be food.  No, the snacks won't be glowing.  That sounds dangerous.

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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.