School kids (and – let’s be honest – their teachers) are counting down the days until summer begins. For some, summer means road trips to grandma’s house, camping trips or airplane rides to someplace with a beach or mountains. For others it means many deliciously unstructured days near home, in local parks or at the city pool. This time of year is made for reading, whether you have long stretches of time to spend in a car or aren’t traveling any farther than your backyard. Here are seven recommended books for summer.
Audiobooks Even though parents now have all sorts of high-tech options to keep the kiddos entertained – portable DVD players, license plate game apps for your smart phone – I still think books are one of the best ways to pass the time during a car trip or flight.
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White
White himself reads this audiobook version of the children’s classic, and the experience is nothing short of lovely. His New England accent and the character of his voice invoke the cozy feeling of being read to by a grandfather. Read my full review of this tale of Wilbur the pig, saved once by 8-year-old Fern and then again by a literate spider.
“James Herriot’s Treasury for Children” narrated by Jim Dale
Jim Dale! What a talent. He narrates the Harry Potter audiobooks, creating a dizzying number of unique voices. This collection of gentle animals tales is perfect for the younger set and lasts about 90 minutes – the perfect length for that car trip to see family a couple of counties over.
A group of very talented kids and teens created bookmarks to promote our upcoming Summer Reading program. The theme for all ages this year is “Every Hero Has a Story.” See the 2015 winners, and be sure to pick up a bookmark when you visit the library!
At my ripe old age of 26, it’s hard for me to believe that these titles could be considered “classics,” but that is exactly what they are. These titles have staying power and characters with the potential to remain beloved throughout time. I first noticed this new popularity when I stumbled across the juvenile graphic novel versions of the Baby-Sitters Club, illustrated by the popular Raina Telgemeier (of “Smile” and “Sisters” fame). I immediately checked out the four titles that have been published and devoured them, feeling like it was 1998 again and I didn’t have a care in the world. Reading these novels evoked a strong feeling of nostalgia in me, and I wanted to share these books that meant so much to me as a child with any 10-year-old I saw. But it wasn’t just nostalgia that had me wanting to share these books — the stories and characters actually held up over time. The issues these characters face are still so relevant. Claudia doesn’t get along with her older sister. Stacey is embarrassed about a medical condition. Kristy is still healing from her parents divorce. Mary Ann has a strict father. The woes of these characters are still relatable to any middle grade reader. Which is the awesome thing about this new wave of “classics.” Much like the books that we think of when we hear “classics,” these stories and characters stand the test of time for a reason. Continue reading →
Get ready for Summer Reading! You can stop by your library or bookmobile and sign up starting on Monday, June 1. The library’s Summer Reading program is a fun way to stay engaged in reading and learning over the summer.
This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” Whether your hero is someone real you see every day or a fantastical superhero you imagine flying in the sky above, we celebrate the heroes both around us and inside us.
Have you checked out some of the fun programs we have here at the library? Monday was May the Fourth Be With You, aka National Star Wars Day. All three branches of our library system got in on the action with programs celebrating the day.
Practice Your Mind Powers with Trivia and a Scavenger Hunt
Kids gave us a run for our money on trivia questions, and they hunted the Children’s Department to find hidden characters. Luke Skywalker by the farm was easy, but many families had to really hunt to find the elusive bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Continue reading →