|2020 Summer Reading Program
Read this summer and earn chances to win prizes! This year, we've added a program for all ages.
Birth to 5 Years Old: Read 100 books and use the reading log to track your progress.
Kindergarten to 5th Grade: Read books to earn raffle tickets for grand prizes. Create a summer reading necklace by earning points for reading.
Teens: For every book you read this summer, you get a raffle ticket entry for the grand prize drawing.
Adults: Go on an adventure and complete different challenges. For every challenge completed, you get a raffle entry for the grand prize drawing!
Spirit Runby Noé ÁlvarezWhat it is: A lyrical debut memoir by the son of Mexican immigrants that chronicles his working-class Washington State upbringing and his 2004 participation in the four-month, 6,000-mile Indigenous people's Peace and Dignity Journey, a relay-style run from Canada to South America.
What's inside: Dangers (a mountain lion, unfriendly motorists, injuries); tensions between the runners; gatherings with Native American/First Nation groups; thoughtful musings about running and place.
American Harvestby Marie Mutsuki MockettWhat it's about: After inheriting her Nebraska-born father’s 7,000-acre family wheat farm, the nonreligious Japanese American author spent a season accompanying the itinerant group of Christian wheat harvesters from Pennsylvania who'd reaped her family's fields for years. As they worked and made their way from Texas to Idaho, she pondered faith, farming, food, and family.
Why you might like it: Offering a poetic, evocative look at the heartland, it provides a kindhearted, thoughtful look at divisions, from science and faith to rural and urban and more.
Notes from an Apocalypseby Mark O'ConnellWhat happened: Feeling the tension between the hope of fatherhood and anxiety about climate change, Irish author Mark O'Connell traveled the globe seeking answers on how to come to grips with the future.
Places visited: New Zealand, where some billionaires plan to retreat to in the event of a global collapse; survival bunkers in South Dakota; a Mars colonization conference in Los Angeles; a Scottish Highlands wilderness retreat; the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Reviewers say: "Smart, funny, irreverent, and philosophically rich" (Wall Street Journal).
Road Trips with Relatives
Driving Miss Normaby Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie LiddleStarring: Charming nonagenarian Norma; her retired son, Tim; his personable wife, Ramie; and their standard poodle, Ringo.
What happened: After receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis the same week her husband died, Norma decided to forgo a nursing home and invasive chemotherapy to embark on a lively tour of the country with Tim, Ramie, and Ringo in their Airstream RV.
Adventures include: Hot air balloon rides, NBA courtside seats, a fêted appearance at the Boston St. Patrick's Day parade, and more.
Love that Boyby Ron FournierWhat it is: A candid, thoughtful memoir recounting a former White House correspondent's father-son road trips with his history-obsessed 13-year-old, who'd recently been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.
Locations include: The White House; Teddy Roosevelt's former home of Sagamore Hill; Monticello; several presidential libraries.
What sets it apart: Research and interviews about parental expectations in general; Fournier's own hard-won parenting insights; long visits with former presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush) and a White House party with Barack and Michelle Obama.
Don't Make Me Pull Over!by Richard RatayWhat it is: A funny, nostalgic, and informative history of family road trips in the U.S. set against the backdrop of the author's time in the backseat of the family car in the 1970s.
What's inside: Seat belt-free riding, Fuzzbusters, CB radios, and sibling squabbles as well as details on the beginnings of the interstate highway system, Howard Johnson's, Stuckey's, Holiday Inn, Disneyland, quirky roadside attractions, and more.
Contact your librarian for more great books!
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