Summer Reading Program will be ending for another year on Saturday, July 28. All reading logs must be signed and entered into the drawing boxes by 5 p.m. T-shirt challenge sheets must also be completed and turned in by 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.
There will be a wrap up report on the Summer Reading Program in the next few weeks with attendance figures, a list of all the prize winners and the sponsors who helped make it possible.
Children award-winning books available
Before school starts and all the required reading begins, encourage your student to check out one of the award-winning books for an end of summer read. Each year, the Iowa Association of School Librarians announces several lists of the best books for kids.
The Goldfinch Award nominees are the newest list which includes books for kindergarten through second graders. Nineteen titles were nominated for the Goldfinch Award, all of which are cataloged in the Solon Library. Some of the most popular to be checked out are: “Marley and the Kittens” by John Brogan, “Monsters Eat Whiny Children” by Bruce Eric Kaplan, “Otis” by Loren Long, “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein and “Hot Rod Hamster” by Cynthia Lord.
The Iowa Children’s Choice list is composed of books recommended for third through sixth graders. Twenty-one titles were nominated for the Iowa Children’s Choice Award. “The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity” by Mac Barnett is part of a series which students might want to start with the first book. Other award winners, that are part of a series include: “Zoobreak” by Gordon Korman, “Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos” by R.L. LaFevers and “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin. Library staff members can assist in finding the order of the series. This age group might also enjoy checking out “Finding Danny” by Linzi Alex Glass or “Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle & Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me” by Nan Marino.
Finally, the Iowa Teen Award is a list of great books for middle schoolers. Fifteen titles were nominated for the Iowa Teen Award. A poster listing all the titles is located in the teen section. “The Big Field” by Mike Lupica, “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper, and “Payback Time” by Carl Deuker and “Lockdown” by Walter Dean Myers are selections to attract middle-schoolers who are working through the list.
“Here at the library, we have acquired all the books on all three lists which are the 2012-2013 nominees”, Jen Leveck, children services librarian announced proudly. “They will have a special sticker on the spine with the name of the award.” If assistance is needed in locating any of the books, just ask a library staff member.
Beat the heat with a book
If you haven’t read Danielle Steel for a while, how about picking up her latest release, “Friends Forever,” just out on July 24. Three boys and two girls meet on the first day of kindergarten to begin an unforgettable journey that will last a lifetime. As they face life together, endure loss and face reality they become more than friends.
Best-selling author Fern Michaels writes of Georgia attorney, Mikala Aulani and her defense of Sophie Lee. Every significant event in Sophie’s life has happened on a Tuesday from murder conviction to exoneration and good fortune. As Mikala tries to help her client make her way back into the world, there are still revelations in store.
Chris Bohjalian, author of “Midwives” a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, has written a historical love story of Armenian heritage titled, “The Sandcastle Girls.” When Laura receives a phone call from an old friend claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit for a Boston museum, Laura searches her Armenian family history that reveals love, loss and a secret buried for generations.
Emily Giffin is back after five previous novels to deliver an unforgettable story of two women in “Where We Belong.” Marian Caldwell, living her dream in New York City, is convinced that she has everything she wants when a knock at the door changes it all. Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old with a key to Marian’s past shakes her to the core, stirs up ghosts and memories that embarks her on a journey to find the one thing missing.
Jennifer Weiner has also joined the new release frenzy with “The Next Best Thing,” a story of Hollywood and all its demands as Ruth Saunders and her seventy-year-old grandmother arrive from Massachusetts with Ruth hoping to make it as a screenwriter.
Jeff Abbott has a new thriller in the Sam Capra series titled, “The Last Minute.” Capra has to rescue his baby son from the people who abducted him. The kidnappers have offered a deal of huge magnitude– murder the one person who can expose them. It’s a race against time, a conspiracy to unravel and a rescue that will keep you turning the pages in this recently released thriller.
Karin Slaughter’s new novel, “Criminal,” encompasses 40 years with Will Trent, a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, an investigation of two chillingly similar murder cases and uncovering a good man’s deepest secrets. Riveting suspense best describes this powerful and moving novel.
New window display– “State Fair”
New window display– “State Fair”
Whether or not you’ll be visiting the Iowa State Fair (Aug. 9 through 19) this year, you’ll enjoy a trip to an old fashioned State Fair via Toni Russo’s latest window display. This window, dedicated to the 4-H organization, will be a colorful display full of the sights, sounds, and tastes of a traditional state fair. There will be antique farm toys, an antique pedal tractor, trophies, ribbons, fair food, and yes, even a butter cow. It will be ready soon and be around through mid-September.