Library Column for May 27, 2022

@ Your Library

The school year is almost over and summer is just around the corner. That means it is time to visit the public library and stock up for summer reading. I doubt anyone will argue that it has been a rough couple of years, so let’s all work together to support our youth and help them this summer have fun as well as learn and grow. The library has lots planned for summer (more on that next week).

Today I want to share some of the awesome new books on our shelves. Do you have a little who loves construction? Then be sure and borrow They’re Tearing Up Mulberry Street by Yvonne Ng for a great look at the equipment and steps needed to remake a street. Fans of sharks will enjoy two new books The Shark Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page and I am the Shark by Joan Holub. Both books have cool facts and information about many varieties of sharks, big and small. Wonder Women of Science by Tiera Fletcher and Ginger Rue share ‘twelve geniuses who are currently rocking science, technology and the world.’ I hadn’t heard of any of these women involved in cancer research, climate change research, space suit redesign and so much more.

History has so much to teach us all. Crazy Horse and Custer: Born Enemies by S.D. Nelson is a new look at the relationship and history of the Battle of the Little Bighorn as the Euro-Americans call it or Battle of the Greasy Grass as called by the Lakota.

Sports fans will find the book Hardcourt by Fred Bowen and James E. Ransome full of fascinating stories from 75 years of the National Basketball Association. And then they might want to borrow the novel Final Season by Tim Green for a great football story about a sixth grader who wants to follow in his brothers’ and father’s steps. He has a great arm and seems destined to be a great quarterback.

Do you have siblings that quarrel? Then share the book Dust and Grim by Chuck Wendig for an extremelook at quarreling siblings as Molly and Dustin must learn to work together at the family business or both lose out on their inheritance.

Gary Paulsen published prolifically and always had laughs alongside the lessons and his last two books (I don’t think he had anymore in the transom) are no exception. How to Train Your Dad is a funny story about a son applying the principles learned in the puppy training manual he found to change his dad. Northwind is another survival story, but this time on the sea in a cedar dugout canoe after fleeing from a small fish camp overcome by a plague.

Kids that love animal stories will love Amy Timberlake’s two Skunk and Badger books with the second being Egg Marks the Spot. And who knew that Judy Moody now has 16 books with the latest being Judy Moody in a Monday Mood.

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