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Free family concert this Saturday

One of the highlights of our Summer Reading Program takes place this Saturday, June 23, from 10–11 a.m. when Melanie Milburn, singer, songwriter, author and teacher, presents a musical concert for our young patrons and their families. Melanie addresses the challenges of life and growing up in a fun, upbeat celebration of youth.

Melanie has been writing songs for more than 20 years, and teaching preschoolers for 18 years. She has created two CDs of clever children’s songs including “I Love You More than Chocolate” and “My Mommy and Me.” She performs with humor, energy, creativity and heart. This event will be a huge treat for everyone in your family.

Films for teens

The free based-on-the-book film series for teens at 12:30 p.m. Fridays features “The Haunting” on June 22 and “I Am Legend” on the 29th.

Films for adults

The free based-on-the book film series for adults at 2:30 p.m. Fridays features “Everything is Illuminated” on June 22 and “Casino Royal” on the 29th.

Forensics lecture tonight

Local Det. Sgt. Richard Valdez will speak on the science and skill of forensic crime detection this evening (June 21) from 6-7 p.m. This free lecture is aimed at teens and adults.

Summer Reading Program

Sign up now — or any time before July 11 — for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Detailed schedules are available at the library. Participants will also want to mark their calendars for an all-ages closing party on Friday, July 13, from 5:30–7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include stories, refreshments and music.


If you are not aware of how to access the free e-book opportunities available for our patrons through your library, please go to or you can pick up a paper copy at the library.

Audio books for teens

“Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games” and “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins make up this hugely popular sci-fi thriller series for teens.

Memoirs and biographies

“It Worked For Me in Life and Leadership” by Colin Powell reveals the principles that have shaped his life and career. “My Cross to Bear” by Gregg Allman is the life story of one of the greatest rock icons of all time.

Mysteries and thrillers

“What Comes Next” by John Katzenbach is a psychological thriller about the race to save a young woman from the hands of a sadistic couple.

“The Last Refuge” by Marcia Talley is a mystery set on a reality show.

“Kingdom of Strangers” by Zoe Ferraris is a mystery set in Saudi Arabia. “Beautiful Sacrifice” by Elizabeth Lowell is a mystery involving missing Mayan artifacts. “The Last Man” by P.T. Deutermann is an espionage thriller of the Middle East set in Israel. “The Games” by Ted Kosmatka is a tale of science cut loose from ethics. “Don’t Ever Get Old” by Daniel Friedman is a mystery involving a fortune in stolen gold. “The Reckoning” by Jane Casey is a thriller set in London. “Dark Magic” by James Swain is a supernatural thriller about a psychic magician.

Books on CD

“The Storm” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown is the latest in the Kurt Austin adventure series.

“Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby” by Ace Atkins is the latest in the Spenser mystery series. “11th Hour” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. Large print

“Betrayal” by Christina Dodd is a romantic suspense story in the Bella Terra Deception series. “The Ghost of Apache Creek” by Joseph A. West and Ralph Compton is a western. “Dead Level” by Sarah Graves is a mystery in the Home Repair series. “The Road to Grace” by Richard Paul Evans is the latest in the inspiration fiction Walk series. “True Sisters” by Sandra Dallas is an historical fiction story about the perils of the Mormon immigration from Iowa to Salt Lake City. “Woodrose Mountain” by RaeAnne Thayne is a contemporary romance in the Hope Crossing series.

Other new novels

“Canada” by Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford is about a boy who tries to remake his life in Canada after his parents are jailed. “The Chemistry of Tears” by Peter Carey follows a woman whose work with an automaton help heals her grief. “The Columbus Affair” by Steve Berry is a whole new look at Christopher Columbus that challenges what we thought we knew about the discovery of America. “I Suck at Girls” by San Diego comedian Justin Halpern is the second of his part-memoir books featuring his father’s wisdom. “Skinny Dipping” by Bethanny Frankel is a story involving a reality show. “Calling All Invisible Women” by Jeanne Ray tells of a woman in her early 50s who becomes invisible to her family. “The Lower River” by Paul Theroux tells of a Peace Corp volunteer who returns year later to Africa. “The Reverend’s Wife” by Kimberla Lawson Roby is the latest in the Rev. Curtis Black series.”


“Man Hunt” by Peter L. Bergen chronicles the 10-year search for Osama bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad. “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” by Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private investigation in the U.S. “End This Depression Now!” by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman explains how we can recover from the current depression.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Medora Bass, Suzy Bruce, Scottie Gibson, Bamma Laizure, Christine Lepore, Jeff Versaw and Codie Wilson.


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