There are so many fun activities at your library this summer for everyone from babies to youngsters, teens to adults, that we hope you are taking advantage of at least some of them. Among the offerings:
• The last Nintendo Wii water sports games event for adults takes place Wednesday, June 30 from 1-2 p.m. Here’s your chance to experience what your kids and grandchildren are talking about. Summer Reading Program participants will earn one raffle ticket per session attended.
• Our feature and documentary films dealing with water are being shown every Friday through July 9 as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program with the water theme. Family films for all ages will be shown at 10 a.m. Documentaries will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Entertainment films will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Here’s the lineup for the rest of the series, which is sponsored by PAWSD: June 25: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Blue Gold and Gidget; Friday, July 2: Happy Feet, Poisoned Waters, and The Milagro Beanfield War; Friday, July 9: Flipper, Liquid Assets, and Chinatown. Popcorn will be provided. Please bring your own reusable water bottle. Summer Reading Program participants will earn one raffle ticket per screening attended.
• Meanwhile, readers of all ages are busy with their lists and their books, wanting to read as much as possible before the gala beach party on Friday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m. This event celebrates the end of the six-week Summer Reading Program and attendance is limited to registered summer program participants. There will be activities and entertainment for all ages — not to mention food, fun, music and the grand prize raffle drawing.
Books on CD
“Beatrice and Virgil” is the latest novel from Yann Martel, author of “Life of Pi.” “Evil” by David Baldacci is a thriller about a depraved monster willing to buy and sell anything or anyone. “Water For Elephants” by Sara Gruen looks at the life of a young man who grows into a man working at a circus in the Great Depression. “Spoken From The Heart” is Laura Bush’s memoir and it is read by the First Lady herself.
“Delta Blues” is a collection of short stories by 20 writers with a foreword by Morgan Freeman.
“Storm Prey” by John Sandford is the latest in the Lucas Davenport mystery series. “A Secret Affair” by Mary Balogh is a romance involving a scandalous love affair. “The Last Surgeon” by Michael Palmer is a mystery tying two apparently unrelated deaths together.
Biographies and memoirs
“A Philosophical Biography” by Julian Young explores the life and philosophy of 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. “The Promise: President Obama, Year One” by journalist and historian Jonathan Alter takes readers behind the scenes with the new president during 2009. “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Future” by actor Michael J. Fox draws on his own life experiences to inspire and motivate graduates. “Nomad” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells of the author’s coming to America to build a new life away from death threats by the European Islamists. “Hitch 22” is a memoir by essayist Christopher Hitchens, who describes himself as all atheist and partly Jewish. “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore looks at the lives of two boys with the same name in the same city, one a highly successful business leader and the other a convicted murderer.
Christian fantasy for teens
We have three books from the Dragons in our Midst Christian fantasy series by Bryan Davis for young adults: “Raising Dragons,” “Circles of Seven” and “Tears of a Dragon.”
Other new novels
“Beautiful Maria of My Soul” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Oscar Hijuelos returns to the story in “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” this time from the heroine’s point of view. “Amandine” by Marlena de Blasi, follows the life of an orphan girl born in Krakow in 1931. “The Icing on the Cupcake” by Jennifer Ross tells of a family of Southern women who have a tradition of baking their way out of sorrow. “The Imperfectionists” by Tom Rachman explores the lives of those working at an international English-language newspaper in Rome. “Tell All” by Chuck Palahnluk is a humorous tribute to old Hollywood. “A Secret Affair” by Mary Balogh is a romance involving a scandalous love affair.
“Lover Mine” by J. R. Ward is the latest in the series featuring the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Mysteries and suspense
“So Cold The River” by Michael Koryta is a suspense story that begins when a woman hires a man to make a documentary about her father-in-law. “Bedlam” by Laura Joh Rowland is the second installment in the Charlotte Bronte mystery series. “City of Dreams” by William Martin explores the lives of New Yorkers affected by 1780s bonds hidden in New York City. “The Bourne Objective” is the latest Jason Bourne novel by Eric Van Lustbader in the series started by Robert Ludlum. “The Rule of Nine” by Steve Martini is the latest in the series featuring San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani.
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” — American novelist and short story wrier Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864).
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Jim Hancock, Bamma Laizure, Cindy Quigley, Sheila McKenzie and Susan Zeder.
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