End of Summer Reading

This Saturday – July 27 – is the last day to get tickets for the Summer Reading activities you completed during June and July. We’ll be drawing for our last weekly prize and our Grand Prize next Tuesday!

Thanks to everyone who participated. If you’re still looking for a reading challenge, it’s never too late to do our Readers Dozen – in August, read a popular author you’ve never read before. Fill out a ticket before Sep 7 to enter the August drawing, and you might win a movie pass!

Take Ten: Fly Me to the Moon

This summer has been filled with books, audiobooks, television programs, and more all about space. And, though it’s been fun to learn about the science and stories about the journeys humankind has taken beyond our planet, it can get overwhelming (or become an obsession!).

If you’re looking to stick with the theme but branch out a little, check out one of these books with “moon” in the title. They may not be “NASA-approved” but they’re still a good read.

The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold

  • Having set aside her own life in her support of her parents, husband, and children, Helen Knightly confronts the realities of the choices that were imposed upon her during a harrowing twenty-four-hour period of death and revelation.

Carolina Moon – Nora Roberts

  • Returning to the hometown where her best friend Hope had been murdered as a girl, Tory Bodeen decides to face down her memories from that awful night and, in doing so, forges a relationship with Hope’s older brother Cade Lavelle.

Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the World – Douglas Hunter

  • Recounts how Henry Hudson defied orders to find an eastern passage to China by redirecting his voyage along the coastline from Spanish Florida to the Grand Banks, an effort that laid a foundation for New York’s establishment as a global capital.

He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him – Mimi Baird

  • Author Mimi Baird lost contact with her father Dr. Perry Baird when she was six, in 1944. She knew only that he was “ill” and wasn’t coming home. InĀ He Wanted the Moon, Mimi weaves together excerpts from her father’s manuscript with her own recollections, providing a fascinating, if sobering, portrait of psychiatric treatment before the symptoms of mental disorders were better understood.

Moon Before Morning – W.S. Merwin

  • Merwin’s elgiac poetry describes the human relationship with the natural world and memory.

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History – Ben Mezrich

  • Draws on court records, FBI transcripts, NASA documents, and first-person interviews to reconstruct NASA fellow Thad Roberts’ theft of invaluable moon rocks, offering insight into Roberts’ personality and the nature of his accomplices.

Shoot the Moon – Billie Letts

  • In the 1970s, thirty years after a baby’s disappearance from the community of DeClare, Oklahoma, a grown Nicky Jack Harjo mysteriously returns.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom – Lucia Jang

  • The memoir of a determined young North Korean woman who endured famine, an unlawful marriage and harsh imprisonment, and who finally managed to escape to Canada.

Thirteen Moons – Charles Frazier

  • From the age of twelve, when he is sent alone into the wilderness to run an Indian trading post, Will’s life becomes intertwined with the destiny of the Cherokee Indians, as he falls in love with a girl named Claire, and builds a friendship with a chief named Bear.

Winter Moon – Dean Koontz

  • Policeman Jack McGarvey connects the killing spree of a Hollywood director with a vision witnessed by an old caretaker on a lonely Montana ranch.

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Summer Reading Finale

Help us end Summer Reading with a BLAST! Drop by – we’re closing Hansen Street in front of the Library – and craft, game, and dance the night away (or at least until 8:30!). You won’t want to miss it!

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!