Summer, Summer Summer!!! By Dani Buehler, Youth Librarian

Get in the game read green and orange

Ok, it’s time for me to shamelessly plug the upcoming summer programming here at the LPL. We are excited to “GET IN THE GAME AND READ” this summer. We have many programs planned to keep the kiddos busy and having fun. We have entertaining story times and crafting opportunities prepared. And we have prizes galore to keep the kids motivated on their reading and learning adventures. Let’s just face it; summer at the LPL is awesome!

And let’s not forget about the books. For me, summer reading is blockbuster reading time. I love to grab a good adventure, sci-fi, or fantasy book that transports me to another time and place. These are the guilty pleasure books, the “sure, I could read another chapter at 11:00 pm” books. Encouraged by the long days of summer, I choose the books that keep the action moving and the characters spinning. We have a few new series here at the library promising just that. Chis Colfer’s Land of Stories, Marie Rutkoski’s The Kronos Chronicles, and Holly Black and Cassandra Clare’s newest, The Magisterium, all prove to be great middle age adventure reads. For our youngest readers, I suggest All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon. The vivid imagery and lyrical prose entice this most imaginative group to experience the beauty of the world around them. Lastly, our teen readers (and let’s face it, most of us as well) have so many great fantasy and adventure books to choose from, picking only a few becomes difficult)  Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is the first book in her new series The Dark Artifices. Clare is a powerhouse author with multiple series’ to her name, such as The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices, leading me to believe this new series has significant potential for “blockbuster” status. Both Rick Yancy and Maggie Stiefvater have recently added new books to their 5th Wave and The Raven Cycle series’ respectively. If you want adventure, come by the library and we will help you fill those warm summer days with just that.

Oh, and I forgot the one series that will forever and for always be on my summer reading list. Harry Potter is and will continue to be the epitome of summer reading to me. I love these books and hope you will give them a try if you have not yet gotten swept up in the land of Hogwarts.