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Reading program wrap-up party tomorrow

Two hundred seventy registered participants in this year’s Summer Reading Program — babies to adults — are looking forward to the free all-age wrap-up celebration at the library tomorrow (Friday, July 15) from 5:30-7:30 p.m., after the library closes to the public.

This will be an international fair, with participants encouraged to design an activity representing a particular culture or nation. Booths will be set up offering crafts to make, a game to try, a food to taste, or a related cultural activity. There also will be raffle drawings for great prizes.

Please register with Kristine or Tessa if you are going to attend so they can plan for enough food and supplies for the gala.

New novels

“Long Drive Home” by Will Allison is a psychological drama exploring the moral ambiguities of personal responsibility.

“Folly Beach” by Dorothea Benton Frank is a family tale set in the South Carolina Lowcountry. “Before I Go to Sleep” by S. J. Watson is a psychological thriller about a woman who loses her memory every time she goes to sleep.

Adventures and crime

“State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett follows a research scientist to the Amazon where she must track down her former mentor. “The Devil Colony” by James Rollins is the latest in the Sigma Force series. “The Kingdom” by Clive Cussler with Grant Blackwood is the third book in the series featuring Sam and Remi Fargo. “Hit List” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the latest in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. “Wicked Lies” by Lisa Jackson focuses on a psychological killer. “The Jefferson Key” by Steve Berry pits Justice Department operative Cotton Malone against a secret society. “Misery Bay” by Steve Hamilton is the latest in the crime series featuring Alex McKnight.

Other novels on CD

“Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See continues the story of sisters Pearl and May from “Shanghai Girls.” “One Summer” by David Baldacci is the story of a family fighting for child custody.

Mysteries and suspense

“Long Gone” by Alafair Burke explores the deceit behind a woman’s being hired for her dream job of an art gallery manager.

Quotable quote

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and repeat to yourself the most comforting words of all: This, too, shall pass.” — Ann Landers, American advice columnist.


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