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Summer Reading Club Kicks Off June 27th June 8, 2016

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On Your Mark_EL purple01The Summer Reading Club for kids will kick off the week of June 27th with the theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!”.  Activities for kids at our local CCLD branches, include:  Puppet, Magic and Outdoor Game Days, as well as CCC’s Planetarium, Science Tellers and a performance of “The Tortoise and the Hare” by the Merry-Go-Round Theatre. There’s so much more, and best of all…completely FREE! Signups start June 27th, either online at www.ccld.lib.ny.us or stop in at your local branch. Once you sign up and start reading, remember to stop in weekly at your local branch for prizes and the club event of the week. All readers who enter and report their progress online or let us know, will be invited to an ending party at Eldridge Park, sponsored by the Friends of CCLD. Parents, remember this is a great way to get your child to keep reading over the summer months, and avoiding the “summer slump” or loss of reading skills. For the tweens (8-13 years) out there, we will be offering a Theatre Camp and a Maker Camp, stay tuned to our website for more details on these!

To get ready for our Summer of Fun, Fitness and Games, check out some of these titles:

Amelia Bedelia Shapes Up by Herman Parish

Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas by Meghan McCarthy

The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell

Diary of a Sixth Grade Ninja Series by Marcus Emerson

Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer Holm

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman

Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services, Steele Library, CCLD

Recommended Adult Fiction Summer Reads June 6, 2016

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With summer almost upon us, the following is a list (in no particular order) of books that caught the attention of those in the know as strong contenders for your reading time. All are or will be available shortly within the library system. Have a great summer!

mirrorthief.jpgThe Mirror Thief, by Martin Seay – part supernatural mystery, part ominous modern thriller, and a true delight.

Zero K, by Don DeLillo – DeLillo packs death, information, mannequins into one of his finest books.

I Almost Forgot About You, by Terry McMillan -There’s no better creator than McMillan of female characters who refuse to give up on dreaming, or on looking back to find the way forward in their noisy, messy, joyous lives.

Marrow Island, by Alexis M. Smith – Smith suffuses her setting with dread and menace, raising the question: What is really happening on Marrow Island?

The Heavenly Table, by Donald Ray Pollock – a psychotic terror ride through an early 20th century hillbilly hellscape that puts the family of a swindled, good-hearted farmer on a collision course with three brothers on a crime spree.

Sweetbitter: A novel, by Stephanie Danler – A lush novel of the senses—of taste and hunger, seeing and understanding, love and desire.

Heat and Light: A Novel, by Jennifer Haigh – To drill or not to drill? Prison guard Rich Devlin leases his mineral rights to finance his dream of farming. He doesn’t count on the truck traffic and nonstop noise or the disruption of his family’s life.

We Could Be Beautiful: A Novel by Swan Huntley – a glittering, seductive, utterly surprising story of love, money, greed, and family.

Trail of Echoes Rachel Howzell Hall – Detective Lou Norton investigates crimes against exceptional African American girls who belong to the same school district.

The Sport of Kings, by C E Morgan – Hellsmouth, an indomitable Thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky s oldest and most powerful dynasties. spiraling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, “The Sport of Kings” is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery.

Ladivine, by Marie N Diaye, translated by Jordan Stump – A trio of women create, discover, and keep disappearing on each other in this melancholy modern fable.

Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett – This touching chronicle of love and pain traces half a century in a family of five from the parents’ engagement in 1963 through a father’s and son’s psychological torments and a final crisis.

Sweet Lamb of Heaven, by Lydia Millet – Blending domestic thriller and psychological horror, this compelling page-turner follows a mother fleeing her estranged husband.

The Adventurist, by J Bradford – A brilliant, introspective, socially awkward software engineer navigates corporate and personal challenges. The writing is just about perfect: incisive, eloquent, philosophical, and witty by turns, a top-notch talent.

Caroline Poppendeck, Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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