Due to the 4th of July holiday next week, there will be no scheduled programs at the library for Summer Reading Program. This includes Storytime, Teens on Tuesdays At 2, Family Night and Afternoon Adventurers activities. The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, and have regular summer hours the balance of the week. Continue working on the reading logs and T-shirt challenge sheets.
Here’s a suggestion for grandparents, aunts and uncles looking for activities for their summer visitors. Kids visiting for a few days are welcome to participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program. “There have been several visitors participating,” commented Jen Leveck, children services librarian, “And they were so excited to be able to pick up a prize, even though they were just here for a short while.”
In addition to books, there are puzzles, puppets, DVD movies, magazines for all ages and even cake pans for baking while they are visiting.
Register to read to therapy dogs
On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday July 23, 24, and 26, Johnson County R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) will be at the library from 5 until 7 p.m. each day. Registration for a specific time to come and read to one of the dogs will begin on Monday, July 9. Kids can register for a 15-minute reading time slot. Any child can sign up, but they must be able to read aloud on their own.
During the first week of registration (July 9 through 14), each child can sign up for one 15-minute session. If there are still open slots after the first week, children can come back and sign up for another session.
Adult Summer Reading Program
“Between the Covers” is an Adult Summer Reading Program for patrons 18 and older. Each time an adult finishes a book, his/her name can be entered into a drawing at the circulation desk. Some of the prizes are: tickets to the Old Creamery Theatre, gas cards, movie passes and a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Bridge Community Bank is helping sponsor this program.
Seniors ‘Meal and a Movie’
Seniors “Meal & a Movie” will be Friday, June 29, at 11 a.m. in the meeting room at the library. Lunch, a festive chicken pretzel sandwich, pasta salad and berry pie will be catered by Savvy Coffee and Wine Bar with the price around $7. Make reservations for lunch with Sandy at 319-624-2710. “We Bought a Zoo” will be the movie. It is an adaptation of a memoir about buying and saving a run-down zoo in southern California directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Matt Damon. Come for lunch and stay to enjoy the wacky zoo crew and the escaped tigers. If there is a movie you’d like to see, drop the senior advocates a line at P. O. Box 99 or call Sandy at 319-624-2710.
New summer reads on fiction shelf
“Porch Lights” by Dorothea Benton Frank is set on Sullivan’s Island, off the Carolina coast where Annie Britt, the family matriarch welcomes her recently widowed daughter and grandson with the porch light burning. Mother, daughter and grandson will share a memorable summer full of bonds with family and the strength of love. After enjoying “Porch Lights”, pick up the latest Karen White novel. In paperback, “Sea Change” set on St. Simon Island, just off the coast of Georgia is the new home of newlywed Ava Whalen. Once the excitement of the marriage is past Ava discovers that true happiness continues to elude her. She realizes there is much she doesn’t know about her new husband and the deeper she looks, the more secrets she finds. Also just released earlier this month is Mary Kay Andrews’s “Spring Fever.” In true Andrews form, she will hold your attention and keep the pages turning in this latest novel about a small Carolina town, old flames and deep secrets. “Sunrise Point” in the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr is a romance between Marine-turned apple farmer Tom Cavanaugh and desperately poor, very young single mother Nora Crane. Both have their own ideas of what family means and they’re about to prove each other completely wrong. “Redwood Bend” and “Hidden Summit” in the Virgin River series are also new on the shelf.
“The Third Gate” by Lincoln Child is another June release. An archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb in an ancient pharaoh in a dig in northern Sudan, one of the most forbidding places on earth. The people on the expedition are beginning to fear a centuries –old curse and new questions are raised as Professor Jeremy Logan is brought in to investigate.
Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Imperative” is a new Jason Bourne Novel penned by Eric VanLustbader. Followers of the Bourne series will love the webs of conspiracy and global adventure in this thriller. “XO” in the Kathryn Dance series by Jeffrey Deaver is another nail-biting thriller. Country singer, Kayleigh Towne had an innocent exchange with one of her fans that turns into a terrifying realm of obsession. California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance is called in to stop the stalker and save innocent lives. Covering only three short days, readers will be held in suspense through the final shocking revelation. New York Times bestselling author, Phillip Margolin, returns to Washington DC in a race to track an escaped serial killer and cut off a major terrorist attack in his new release, “Capitol Murder.”
New non-fiction choices
From the Oprah Book Club comes, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. “Wild” is the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. “Wild” captures the terrors and pleasures as Strayed forges ahead against all odds. “Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News” by Dan Rather is a straightforward memoir which will almost ring with the sound of his distinctive voice as you read. Included are his personal accounts of his dismissal from CBS as well as inside stories, thoughts and reflections of his remarkable career.
David Limbaugh sets his sights on the remainder of President Obama’s first term in his June release of “The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic.” “Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag,” is a heroic love story from one of Stalin’s notorious labor camps based on letters smuggled in and out. Drew Manning, a devoted personal trainer, decided to see what it was like to be overweight to better help his clients. For six months, he stopped exercising and ate fast and processed food. The next six months he devoted to loosing the weight. In “Fit2Fat2Fit” Manning reveals the takeaways and in-sights from his year long journey.
New book list
There are more new books on the list than what space permits to list in the column.
A list of newly acquired books is posted on the shelf in the new book section of the library so that patrons can see the entire selection available. Books that are currently checked out may be placed on hold in your name. Staff will notify patrons as the books become available.
Our DVD collection now has over 900 titles! Latest additions include:
“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012, PG, Adventure/Comedy) The new journey begins when young adventurer Sean (Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist... a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret.
“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011, PG13, Action/Adventure) Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris).
“In Darkness” (2011, R, War Drama) Based on a true story, a sewer worker and petty thief in a Nazi-occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. This film was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category in last year’s Academy Awards.
“The Secret World of Arrietty” (2010, G, Animated Family Adventure) based on the beloved series of children’s books, “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton, the Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family’s residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.