Library Column for July 18, 2018

@ Your Library

Summer vacation is about half over for students. Have you been making sure they are reading on a regular basis and setting a good example and reading regularly yourself? If not, make a goal to read regularly the second half of summer. I can say from personal experience that kids that read over the summer will find the transition back to school much easier and be able to start learning much quicker than students who don’t read over the summer. Help your children get the most out of their schooling and make sure they read regularly all summer long. It isn’t too late to sign up for summer reading and win cool prizes. Participation in summer reading is very easy, just track the days you read at least twenty minutes and be eligible for prizes by reading for twenty days a month and/or writing reviews of books read. Stop in the library for a summer reading booklet or visit to sign up and track your reading online.

Summer, that time of year we remember idyllically, but is it really idyllic? Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes spends a year in Tuscany with four American strangers looking to change their lives. One fateful summer three very different women find themselves in Summer Hill, Virginia with a chance to discover what can happen when dreams really do come true in As You Wish by Jude Deveraux.

J.A. Jance has returned with another Ali Reynolds mystery called Duel to the Death. This book continues the story of Stuart Ramey from last year’s book Man Overboard. This year he is trying to completely shut down a rogue A.I. program created by the killer, but there are some who would love to get their hands on the program and use it for their own nefarious ends. Can Ali, Stuart and their colleagues at High Noon Enterprises stop them?

Author Nicci French, the pseudonym of a British husband and wife team, has a new psychological thriller with Sunday Silence. Frieda Klein is many things, lover of London, gifted psychologist, frequent police consultant and now person of interest in a murder case after a body is discovered beneath the floorboards of Frieda’s house.

World War II stories seem to be springing up everywhere these days. The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy tells of young Dutch boys thrust into the Nazi campaign and the brave boatmen who risked everything to give Jewish refugees safe passage abroad. Steven Hartov looks at the end of the war from the eyes of two German officers knowing the war is ending and looking to secure their future in The Soul of a Thief.

Teens are welcome to join library staff in creating their very own literary signpost on Tuesday, July 24th from 1:30 – 3:30pm. The library will provide all the supplies to create a unique signpost to hang on a wall, teens need to bring the literary locations they want to visit. Anyone entering grades 6 and up is welcome.