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Sign up now for Summer Reading Program for all ages

It’s time to sign up for one of our community’s most popular summertime activities — the library’s annual Summer Reading Program that this year will have some fun new twists, including a raffle, special events and more.

Registration takes place from Monday, May 31 through June 5. The six-week program, running from June 7 through July 16, is open to babies, kids, teens and adults, with separate activities for each. An all-age wrap-up celebration with food, refreshments, games and raffle prizes is planned for Friday evening, July 16. Water is the theme of this summer’s program, with different slogans for kids, teens and adults.

Reading enjoyment and literacy, of course, are the fundamentals of the program, so all participants will record the books they have read and other reading-related activities. Raffle tickets for prizes will be awarded for various activities. Programs for kids will run on Mondays and Wednesdays. Programs for teens and adults will be scheduled separately.

Register at the library where you can learn more about the many fun activities involved in this program, which came from the creative minds of Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, and Tessa Michaelson, adult services librarian.

Landscape workshop

Xeriscape godfather Jim Knopf joins local gardener Ron Chacey in leading a special program on high mountain responsible gardening using minimal water on Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library. Cost is $5, which includes supplies and lunch. The event is sponsored by PAWSD in support of the water theme of the library’s Summer Reading Program. More details will be in next week’s Library column, but we urge you to sign up now because space is limited to 30 participants.

Books on CD

“Innocent” by Scott Turow is the sequel to “Presumed Innocent.” “Blue-Eyed Devil” is a western by Robert B. Parker. “Private Life” by Jane Smiley tells of a woman married to a brilliant astronomer. “Every Last One” by Anna Quindlen is about a woman whose relatively normal life is destroyed by a terrible family tragedy. “This Body of Death” by Elizabeth George is the latest in the series featuring Thomas Lynley, Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. “Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts is about four women who run a premier wedding planning company. “The Wilderness Warrior” by historian Douglas Brinkley is a biography of Theodore Roosevelt and his environmental legacy. “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead” by humorist Dave Barry looks at the treacherous state of adulthood.

Large print

“The God of the Hive” is a suspense novel about a murderous cult by Laurie R. King. “The Merry Wives of Maggody” is an Arly Hanks mystery by Joan Hess. “The Double Comfort Safari Club” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective series. “Return to Sender” by Fern Michaels is about two teens who had a baby out of wedlock, reunited 19 years later. “Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts is book 3 in the Bride Quartet series. “The Last Stand” by Nathaniel Philbrick is a history about Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Bighorn.

New novels

“Island Beneath the Sea” by Isabel Allende is set on an African island. “I’ll Mature When I’m Dead” by humorist Dave Barry looks at the treacherous state of adulthood. “Hannah’s List” by Debbie Macomber is about a widower whose wife wants him to remarry. ”“The Scent of Rain and Lightning” by Nancy Pickard follows two families as a man convicted of murdering a man is released from prison. “Private Life” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley explores one woman’s life from the 1880s to World War II.

Mysteries and suspense

“Eight Days To Live” by Iris Johansen is an Eve Duncan forensics thriller. “Reckless” by Andrew Cross is a mystery set in the financial world. “Ilustrado” by Muguel Syjuco explores the aftermath of a teacher’s murder. “Dead in the Family” by Charlaine Harris is the latest in the Sookie Stackhouse southern vampire detective series. “State Fair” by Earlene Fowler is the latest in the Benni Harper mystery series. “Innocent” by Scott Turow is the sequel to “Presumed Innocent.” “Changes” by Jim Butcher is a new series featuring Harry Dresden. “The Double Comfort Safari Club” by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest in the No. 1 Ladies Detective series.


“Betsy Ross and the Making of America” by Marla R. Miller is a biography of America’s beloved patriot. “American Insurgents, American Patriots” by T.H. Breen explains how ordinary Americans were drawn into a successful; insurgency against imperial authority. “The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron” by Howard Bryant is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures. “A Life’s Work: Fathers and Sons” is written by Washington Post publisher Ben Bradlee with his son, who has a heart defect and is learning impaired, with observations by wife and mother Sally Quinn.

How-to and self-help

“Passages in Caregiving” by Gail Sheehy identifies eight crucial steps of caregiving and offers insight for successfully handling each one. “Welcome to the Jungle” by Hilary Smith is a guide to managing bipolar disorder. “The Shadow Effect” by Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford and Marianne Williamson illuminates the hidden power of your true self. “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith describes why and how she feels a plant-based diet is not good for the planet. “Eat the Cookie … Buy the Shoes” by Joyce Meyer writes about why we need to break our routines now and then, and even indulge. “The Daily Carrot Principle” by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton offers 365 ways to enhance your career and life. “Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life” is coauthored by ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.

Quotable quote

“Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.” — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), American philosopher.

Thanks to our donors

Our grateful thanks to the local Pi Beta Phi alumnae San Juan Pocket for their generous donation to help us purchase the new wireless microphone system for use at Lifelong Learning lectures and other educational events at the library. For books and materials this week, we thank Jane Ellsworth, Kelly Fisher and Doug Large.


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