Read, Listen, Watch: Summertime Edition

Summer doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! Celebrate the turn in the season with a few of these titles to read, to listen to, and to watch. And, enjoy Summer 2019!



A Hundred Summers – Beatriz Williams

The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream – Jim Collins

Summer Stargazing: A Practical Guide for Recreational Astronomers – Terence Dickinson


Farewell Summer – Ray Bradbury

One Summer: America, 1927 – Bill Bryson

Porgy and Bess featuring Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong


Indian Summers

The Long Hot Summer

Ping Pong Summer

Readers Dozen – June

June is underway, and if you’re doing the Readers Dozen and Summer Reading, here’s a chance to kill two challenges with one book! June’s RD challenge is to read a book whose title starts with the letter “J” and in doing so, you can get a ticket for Adult Summer Reading (and be in the running for all the cool prizes for each!)

Need an idea? Here are a few titles we recommend, as well as a few links to find even more suggestions.


Jack Absolute – C.C. Humphreys

The Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy Fowler

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The Janus Stone – Elly Griffiths

The Japanese Lover – Isabel Allende

Jarhead – Anthony Swofford

Jazz – Toni Morrison

Jennifer Government – Max Barry

John Adams – David McCullough

John Dies at the End – David Wong

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke

The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan

The Jungle – Upton Sinclair

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton


Goodreads: Titles Starting with I, J, K

Wikipedia: Title Starting with J


Take Ten: D-Day

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the day the Allies stormed the beaches at Normandy in their plan to push the Nazis into retreat (and later, defeat). If you’re looking for a good read to learn more, check out one – or more! – of these titles:


D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II – Sarah Rose

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy – Rick Beevor

The Dead and Those About to Die: D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach – John C. McManus

Decision in Normandy – Carlo D’Este

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies – Ben Macintyre

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 – Rick Atkinson

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944 – Cornelius Ryan

Normandy ’44: D-Day and the Epic 77-Day Battle for France, a New History – James Holland

Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasions and the Liberation of France – Peter Caddick-Adams

Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th – August 25th, 1944 – John Keegan

Summer Reading 2019!

It’s that time of year again – SUMMER READING! This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” and we’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing as well as having other fun space-related adventures (including our Street Dance finale!).

Adults, get in on the action – like our tee/tote weekly drawings and our grand prize drawing of an Amazon Kindle – by checking out our Summer Reading Guide. Choose 20 objectives to accomplish, get a ticket for each one, and that’s it! And, with reading challenges, event participation, and social/digital interaction, you’ll find a few “far-out” ways to fill your summer. Read on!

Read, Listen, Watch: Doris Day

News came on Monday of the death of Doris Day, iconic actress, singer, and philanthropist whose career spanned the mid-20th century. She will be remembered as “the girl next door,” but her life was more complicated – and richer – than that. Learn more about her, or enjoy her performances, with one of these choices.




Considering Doris Day – Tom Santopietro

Doris Day – Michael Freedland

Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door – David Kaufman



Doris Day: Her Greatest Hits and Finest Performances

Doris Day with Les Brown: Best of the Big Bands

The Essence of Doris Day



By the Light of the Silver Moon

Do Not Disturb

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Teacher’s Pet



Readers Dozen May 2019: Read a book by an author of color

For the Readers Dozen challenge this month, pick up a book written by an author of color. It’s a good time to be a conscious reader – choosing something with characters that might not look exactly like you. You may already have a few favorites that fit this category, but if you need ideas, here are 100 Authors of Color whose books are in our Library. Read on!


Susan Abulhawa               Chinua Achebe

Tomi Adeyemi              Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aravind Adiga               Sherman Alexie

Monica Ali               Isabel Allende

Julia Alvarez               Maya Angelou

James Baldwin               Octavia Butler

Stephen L. Carter               Ted Chiang

Zen Cho                Sandra Cisneros

Liu Cixin               Ta-Nehisi Coates

Paulo Coelho               Teju Cole

Edwidge Danticat               W.E.B. DuBois

Vine Deloria, Jr.               Sonali Dev

Junot Diaz               Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Ralph Ellison               Louise Erdrich

Laura Esquivel               Roxane Gay

Amitav Ghosh               Jasmine Guillory

Yaa Gyasi               Alex Haley

Rachel Howzell Hall                Mohsin Hamid

Joy Harjo                Helen Hoang

Khaled Hosseini               Zora Neale Hurston

Kazuo Ishiguro               Marlon James

N.K. Jemisin               Beverly Jenkins

Edward P. Jones               Tayari Jones

Han Kang                Eugenia Kim

Jamaica Kincaid               Kevin Kwan

Jean Kwok               Shin Kyung-Sook

Jhumpa Lahiri               Min Jin Lee

Stacey Lee               Mario Vargas Llosa

Malinda Lo               Carmen Maria Machado

Naguib Mahfouz               Nelson Mandela

Gabriel Garcia Marquez               Alexa Martin

Hisham Matar               James McBride

Dinaw Mengestu               Rohinton Mistry

N. Scott Momaday                Toni Morrison

Siddhartha Mukherjee                Haruki Murakami

Azar Nafisi                V.S. Naipaul

Dina Nayeri               Celeste Ng

Viet Thanh Nguyen               Trevor Noah

Nnedi Okorafor               Daniel Jose Older

Helen Oyeyemi              Ruth Ozeki

Orhan Pamuk               Kwei Quartey

Jiang Rong                Arundhati Roy

Salman Rushdie               Esmeralda Santiago

Marjane Satrapi               Vikram Seth

Elif Shafak               Leslie Marmon Silko

Zadie Smith               Amy Tan

Ngugi Wa Thion’go               Luis Alberto Urrea

Alisa Valdes               Alice Walker

Jesmyn Ward               James Welch

Colson Whitehead              Isabel Wilkerson

Take Ten: Holocaust Memoirs

Today is U.S. Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to remember lives lost and lives changed by the events of the genocide during WWII. In honor, and to further the knowledge of those of us of later generations, here are a few powerful survival stories to help us always remember.


Born Survivors: Three Young Mothers and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage, Defiance, and Hope – Wendy Holden

  • Relates the true account of three pregnant women who met in Auschwitz, where they concealed their pregnancies from infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele and fought for their survival as well as the survival of their newborns as they embarked on a treacherous journey to freedom.

Clara’s War: One Girl’s Story of Survival – Clara Kramer

  • An account based on the author’s personal record of the months during which she hid from Nazis in an underground bunker with seventeen others discusses the characteristics of their unlikely protector and the house fire that threatened everyone’s survival.

Gertruda’s Oath: A Child, A Promise, and A Heroic Escape During World War II – Ram Oren

  • Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, traveled to France, leaving Michael in the care of his mother and Gertruda Bablinska, the family’s devoted Catholic nanny. When Michael’s mother had a stroke, Gertruda promised the dying woman that she would make her way to Palestine and raise him as her own son.

The Hiding Place – Corrie Ten Boom

  • An old Dutch watchmaker and his two daughters become part of a major underground operation: to hide Jewish refugees from the occupying Germans. The cost of their bravery is betrayal, and they end up in the dreaded Ravensbruck concentration camp. Nevertheless, they continue their efforts to save those around them.

In Our Hearts We Were Giants: The Remarkable Story of the Lilliput Troupe: A Dwarf Family’s Survival of the Holocaust – Yehuda Koren

  • Recalls the experiences of the Ovitz family–a troupe of performing dwarves, all relatives, who were deported to Auschwitz, but managed to stay alive, despite special attention from the camp’s Angel of Death, Joseph Mengele.

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy – Thomas Buergenthal

  • A judge at the International Court in The Hague who was rescued from Auschwitz at the age of eleven presents the story of his extraordinary journey from the horrors of Nazism to an investigation of modern day genocide.

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale – Art Speigelman

  • The author-illustrator traces his father’s imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a series of disarming and unusual cartoons arranged to tell the story as a novel.

Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust – Rita Goldberg

  • Goldberg introduces the extraordinary story of Hilde Jacobsthal, a close friend of Anne Frank’s family who was fifteen when the Nazis invaded Holland. After the arrest of her parents in 1943, Hilde fled to Belgium, living out the war years in an extraordinary set of circumstances among the Resistance and at Bergen-Belsen after its liberation

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust – Edith Hahn-Beer

  • The author, a Jewish law student when the war broke out, recounts how she survived the Holocaust as the wife of a Nazi party member in Munich.

Night – Elie Wiesel

  • The author-illustrator traces his father’s imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp through a series of disarming and unusual cartoons arranged to tell the story as a novel.


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