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Free Summer Reading Program starts tomorrow

It’s not too late to sign up for your library’s free seven-week Summer Reading Program that starts tomorrow (Friday, May 27) and ends with a party on Friday evening, July 15.

Summer reading activities are open to toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County. This year’s umbrella theme is world culture/world travel. The adult theme is “Novel destinations,” the teen theme is “You are here,” the kids’ theme is “One world, many stories” and the babies/toddlers theme is “First steps.”

Programs for babies and toddlers will run on Mondays. Programs for kids will run on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Programs for teens and adults will be scheduled at various times. The movie program for all ages will run on Fridays. Detailed schedules are available at the library.

You do not need to be a registered Summer Reading Program participant to attend these events. But registering provides all sorts of bonuses, including your own personal reading record sheet and raffle tickets for special prizes.

The Summer Reading Program is a great deal of fun for participants because of the varied activities and prizes. But it has a very serious purpose for children — to keep intact your child’s reading skills over the summer, and maybe even improve them. Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.” That phenomenon is cumulative. Children don’t catch up in fall, because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of sixth grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates.

Watch for more details on the Summer Reading Program activities in future library columns and in flyers at the library.

Request for speakers

One of the adult Summer Reading Program events takes place on Thursday, June 30 from 5-7 p.m. when Powerpoint or similar visual presentations about world travel will be showcased. For this special armchair travel evening, we are looking for seven presenters. Each speaker will have a maximum of 15 minutes to share stories and digital photos from a recent excursion to an international location. So far we have Asia and North America covered, and we are hoping to get all seven continents represented. Please call Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, assistant director, at the library at 264-2209 if you are interested in speaking. She also can help you with your Powerpoint presentation if needed.

Books on CD

“Lover Unleashed” by J.R. Ward is the latest novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

“Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts is a story about the Missoula smoke jumpers, one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the U.S. “44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steel explores the lives of four people living in a boarding house. “The Land of Painted Caves” by Jean M. Auel is the conclusion of the Ice-Age Epic Earth’s Children series.

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“The Silver Boat” by Luanne Rice is about three sisters reuniting one last time at their mother’s beach house on Martha’s Vineyard. “Southern Comfort” by Fern Michaels follows the adventures of a hermit-like ex-policeman faced with a new challenge. “Sixkill” by Robert B. Parker is the latest in the Spenser series. “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks is about a unique friendship between a young girl and the young son of a Wampanoag chief. “Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree” by Nancy Atherton explores the shadowy past beneath an estate’s magnificent surface.

Short stories

“The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011” contains 20 of the nation’s best stories selected from hundreds of literary magazines.

New novels

“Breaking the Rules” by Suzanne Brockmann is the latest in the series featuring Izzy Zanella.

“The Daughter’s Walk” by Jane Kirkpatrick is a historical fiction book about a mother and daughter who walked across America to save their family farm. “A Turn in the Road” by Debbie Macomber is about three women at turning points in their lives heading for a 50th high school reunion. “Night Road” by Kristin Hannah explores the lives of a happy family that could be torn apart by one decision. “The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace is the last novel of this author before his death. “Sweet Valley Confidential” by Francine Pascal explores the lives of the Wakefield twins and their classmates ten years later.

Fantasy and supernatural

“Lover Unleased” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. “Born of Shadows” by Sherrilyn Kenyon is the latest in The League series.

How-to and self help

“20 years Younger” by Bob Greene offers a healthy program based on exercise, nutrition, skin care and sleep. “Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create” by sixth generation homesteader and gardener Renee Wilkinson shows you how to transform your urban space into a sustainable home. “The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv identifies seven concepts to help adults reshape our lives by tapping into the restorative powers of nature.

Other nonfiction

“Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul” is the story of the coffee giant’s comeback by its CEO Howard Schultz. “The Age of Deception” by Nobel Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei is the inside story of nuclear diplomacy in treacherous times. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” by Rob Lowe is the autobiography of this famous Hollywood actor. “All My Life” by Susan Lucci is the autobiography of the award-winning daytime TV actress. “Unfamiliar Fishes” by Sarah Vowell explains why she thinks 1898 might be one of the most important years in our nation’s history.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Lew and Sachiko Stallman.

Quotable quote

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind.” — William James (1842-1910), American psychologist and philosopher.


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