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Sign up for Summer Reading: Join the Fun

June marks the start of Summer Reading at the library! Get involved by registering at the youth or main floor desk starting June 1 to receive your all-ages game board. This summer-long event runs for 12 weeks, concluding at the end of August.

Each week, kids, teens, and adults can earn rewards by showing their reading and library activity progress on the Summer Reading game board and receive entries for our monthly raffles. All of this fun starts with a kick-off event on June 1 from 11:30am-2pm that includes the grand opening of the Wilcox Amphitheater right outside of PDL.

Join us for music, free lunch and more activities for you to enjoy while also signing up for summer reading. Prizes will be on display on the main and youth levels. See page seven for a list of suggested books to read for all ages. We can’t wait to see you throughout the summer and hear about the books you are enjoying!

Not sure what you want to read this summer? Not to worry, our librarians put together an amazing list for readers of all ages. Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult, these books will transport you into worlds of mystery, adventure, and inspiration. Perfect for sitting in the grass under the tree or a cozy evening at home, find your next great read here. Also, visit our catalog to search and access more books and materials for your summer selection.

for Kids

Libby Loves Science: Libby hosts a puppy party for her friends and their dogs. With the help of her friend Rosa and little brother, Libby decorates, stuffs goody bags and bakes delicious cupcakes. But when they realize they’ve forgotten an important ingredient, they use science to solve the problem just in the nick of time.

The Labors of Hercules Beal: Seventh-grader Hercules Beal has to figure out how to fulfill his teacher’s assignment of performing the Twelve Labors of Hercules in real life, and discovers important things about friendship, community, and himself along the way.

The Firefly Summer: For as long as Ryanna Stuart can remember, her summers have been spent with her father and his new wife. Just the three of them, structured, planned, and quiet. But this summer is different. This summer, she’s received a letter from her grandparents—grandparents neither she nor her dad have spoken to since her mom’s death—inviting her to stay with them at an old summer camp in the Poconos. Ryanna accepts. She wants to learn about her mom.

for Teens

Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint: As a struggling office worker, Dokja Kim’s sole joy in life is an online novel so obscure that he’s its only reader. Then one day the story comes to an end… and so does the world

Kings of B’more: Propelled by his best friend’s impending move out of state and inspired by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, sixteen-year-old Harrison plans a farewell through Baltimore that includes a road trip, their first Pride, and a rooftop dance party.

Call Me Iggy: Ignacio “Iggy” Garcia is an Ohio-born Colombian American teen living his best life. After bumping into Marisol (and her coffee) at school, Iggy’s world is spun around.

for adults

Funny Story: Daphne always loved the way her fiancé Peter told their story. How they met (on a blustery day), fell in love (over an errant hat), and moved back to his lakeside hometown to begin their life together. He really was good at telling it…right up until the moment he realized he was actually in love with his childhood best friend Petra. Which is how Daphne begins her new story.

Secrets of the Octopus: Remarkable new discoveries affirm the octopus as one of nature’s most intelligent and complex animals. This new book—written by the beloved author of the international bestseller The Soul of an Octopus and enhanced with vivid National Geographic photography—brings us closer than ever to these elusive creatures..

The Night of the Storm: Hurricane Harvey is about to hit Houston. Meanwhile, single mom Jia Shah is already having a rough week: her twelve-year-old son, Ishaan, has just been suspended from school for getting in a fight. Still reeling from the fallout of her divorce – their move to Houston, her family’s disapproval, the struggle to make ends meet on her own – now Jia is worried about Ishaan’s future, too.

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