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Paws for Summer Reading!
Get set for some feathered and furry reading fun as the Summer Reading Program begins on Thursday, June 12th. This year's theme is "Paws to Read," focusing on our animal friends. Storytime session sign-ups will also begin at 9:00am on June 12th. For our Summer Reading Kick-off Party, the library is pleased to present Ken Frawley and his program "Animal Tales and Musical Scales" at 3:00pm in Library Park on Thursday, June 19th. For additional information about Summer Reading or Storytime sign-ups, please call (310) 524-2722.
Summer 2014 Teen Programs
Between June 25th and August 6th, kids in the 6th grade and up are invited to join in on some great summer activities. The programs will take place on Wednesdays, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Library's Friends of the Library Room.
July 16: Dewey Decimal Pictionary. Based on the board game Pictionary, compete against your friends in teams to show off your best quick draw skills.
July 23: Book Discussion & Root Beer Floats. Hang out with other teens and talk about books. Bring the book that you have read, or are reading, to share with others. Make sure the books are on your reading level.
July 30: DIY Craft Mixer. Join us for an afternoon of DIY and crafting. Craft stations will include duct tape wallets, friendship bracelets, recycled glass lanterns & flower vases. Choose your craft. Make as many as you have time for.
August 6: Teen Pizza Party and Movie. Have an afternoon of fun from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at our Summer Reading Finale Party. Participants must be enrolled in the Totally Teen Reading Club and must have read five books to attend the Teen Pizza Party. RSVP and tickets are required.
Below are selected new titles at the library. Come in and check out these and other books recently added to the library collection.
Shirley, by Susan Scarf Merrell.
Two imposing leterary figures are at the center of this captivating novel: the celebrated Shirley Jackson, best known for her short story "The Lottery," and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, a literary critic and professor at Bennington College. When a young graduate student and his pregnant wife--Fred and Rose Nemser--move into Shirely and Stanley's home in the fall of 1964, they are quickly cast under the magnetic spell of their brilliant and proudly unconventional hosts. While Fred becomes preoccupied with his teaching schedule, Rose forms an unlikely, turbulent friendship with the troubled and unpredictable Shirley. Fascinated by the Hyman's volatile marriage and inexplicably drawn to the darkly enigmatic author, Rose nonetheless senses something amiss--something to do with nightly unanswered phone calls and inscrutable accounts of a long-missing female student. Chillingly atmospheric and evocative of Jackson's own classic stories, Shirley is an elegant thriller with one of America's greatest horror writers at its heart.--From the dust jacket.
The Year She Left Us, by Kathryn Ma.
The Kong women are in crisis. A disasterous trip to visit her "home" orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr-educated mother, Gran--who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao's Revolution--and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant for ruling over everyone's lives. As they cope with Ari's journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face-to-face with the truths of their lives--four powerful, intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love. Beautifully illuminating the bonds of family and blood, The Year She Left Us explores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe to ourselves.--From the dust jacket.
Bliss House, by Laura Benedict.
Amid the lush farmland and orchards of Old Gate, Virginia, stands the magnificent Bliss House. Built in 1878 as a country retreat, Bliss House is impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious. Decades of strange occurrences, disappearances, and deaths have plagued the house, yet it remains vibrant. And very much alive. Rainey Bliss Adams had lived in a haze of grief for the two years following the freak explosion that killed her husband and disfigured her teenage daughter, Ariel. When Rainey buys Bliss House, built by one of her ancestors, it's meant to be a new start for both mother and daughter. At the grand housewarming party, Bliss House begins to reveal itself again. Ariel sees haunting visions: the ghost of her father as well as the ghost of a woman falling to her death off an upper floor balcony, beneath an exquisite dome of painted stars. And then there is a death the night of the party. Who is the murderer in the midst of this small town? And who killed the woman in Ariel's visions? Rainey is loath to admit it, but something is happening to her daughter, too. Yet Bliss House is reluctant to reveal its secrets.--From the dust jacket.
Elizabeth Is Missing, by Emma Healey.
Despite Maud's growing anxiety about Elizabeth's welfare, no one takes her concerns seriously--not her frustrated daughter, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's mercurial son--because Maud suffers from dementia. But even as her memory disintegrates and she becomes increasingly dependent on the trail of handwritten notes she leaves for herself in her pockets and around her house, Maud cannot forget her best friend. Armed with only an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth--no matter what it takes. As this singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present, the clues she uncovers lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: that of her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II. As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more than fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud's search for Elizabeth develops a frantic momentum. Whom can she trust? Can she trust herself?--From the dust jacket.