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Dr. Seuss Makes Reading Easy

Dr. Seuss wrote many books that are perfect for the beginning reader. Try some of them! Here's a list of some of the most popular ones:If you read enough of these, you might find yourself speaking in rhyme and making up silly words of your own! Happy zappy reading, superiffic summer reader! (Uh-oh...now I'm doing it, too!)

Gross me out!

What tastes like pudding and looks like kitty litter? A cake you can bake! Flex your culinary muscles with recipes from these wacky books. You could make a mashed potato mountain or a really weird veggie wrap with help from 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter. Don't have a babysitter? Never fear. You can gross out your neighbors with baked treats from Gross-Out Cakes: the Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics. Yum yum.

May We Suggest a Great Read?

Children, tweens, teens and adults can get customized book recommendations from CPL librarians by simply filling out a May We Suggest form. This great service provides you with personalized reading recommendations based on information you provide us in the form. Don't have time to fill out a form but still want some suggestions for a great read? Check out our May We Suggest blog. Photo courtesy of AP Photo.

Ribbon Embroidery

Ribbon EmbroideryRibbon Embroidery: Simple Stitches for Easy Embellishments by Natalie Bellanger-Clement is a guide to small repeating stitches, line stitches, and filled stitches created with ribbon. The directions are clearly illustrated with photos, and templates are provided for each stitch. In all, there are over 30 stitches featured.

Mysterious and Ghostly Writing

Why not join in the Summer Reading theme of being creative and try your hand at writing? Mysterious and magical powers might just help you once you get started. Read about these supernatural powers in The Bronze Pen (Snyder) or Dying to Meet You: 43 Cemetery Road (Klise). The library also has other great books about authorship if these are out by popular demand.

Summer Reads

In case the forecasted inclement weather keeps you away from Liberty Fest this weekend, why not stay home and curl up with a fun read about other folks' summer vacations? A couple of my favorites are The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (by E. L. Konigsburg) and A Corner of the Universe (by Ann M. Martin). These books are fun to read even when the weather isn't overcast and rainy.

Seasoned Chicks

Fiction for the discriminating woman… a little romance, a little humor, some anger, some sorrow, but when you reach a certain age this is what life offers… beginnings and endings and endings leading to beginnings… The Last Time I Saw Paris by Elizabeth Adler, The Florabama Ladies' Auxilary & Sewing Circle by Lois Battle, Murder on a Girl's Night Out by Anne George, The Sunday Wife by Cassandra King, and Stately Pursuits by Katie Fforde.

Master the Art of...Education

blackboardSummer Reading ideas and inspiration for the teacher-at-heart...

Master the Art of Reading 2009

Adult Summer Reading is in full swing and we have compiled many resources to help you figure out what to read next. On the Books & More page you will find links to the NYT Bestseller Lists, Staff Recommendations, as well as lists of New Materials. Our Bookmarks page has all the recommended reading lists you will need to, "Master the Art of Reading." Still can't find what you are looking for? Then don't hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk and ask a Librarian for a suggestion!

Southern Recipes With A Touch Of Spice

June 21st is the beginning of summer. Get out the Bar-B-Que grill and try some of Pat and Gina Neely's flavorful grilled dishes. Down home with the Neely's, a southern cookbook has everything from how to soak woodchips for grilling, to the Neely's signature spice rubs as well as their southern recipes with a kick, and If that's not enough to satisfy you, the Husband and Wife team host their own cooking show Down home with the Neely's on the Food Network channel which airs Saturday's @11:00 a.m.

Top Picks For Teen Mysteries

If you are interested in mysteries and thrillers you may also be interested in the following book list that we put together based on one of our patron's request:

reading levels for kids

A lot of people think that it's important or positive for a child to read "above grade level", but does it really matter? Is it even good for a child to read books that were intended for an older audience? Many literacy experts believe that it doesn't matter, and that it isn't necessarily good - a child should read books that make for a pleasurable, positive reading experience.

Eco Craft

Eco Craft Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle by Susan Wasinger is a collection of thirty eco-friendly projects for your home. The projects run the gamut, from recycling sweaters into a knitted rug to re-purposing plastic six-pack holders into a modern screen/divider to altering old books into holiday decorations.

Inspirational Suspense, Fantasy, Historicals & More

Do you enjoy reading books by Christian authors such as Ted Dekker, Catherine Palmer, and Beverly Lewis? Are you always looking for new authors? If so, take a peek at the following list we created at the request of another CPL patron.

What's In a Title?


              
Don't judge a book by it's cover' we're told, but what about it's title?  5 bestselling novels with titles that intrigued me enough to check them out:.

On the Case...

If you're a fan of Walter Mosley and enjoy stories featuring a 'real' private eye try...Loren D. Estleman, Robert J.

Hurray for Olivia!

Olivia is an intelligent, charming pig who lives with her parents, and younger brothers Ian and William.  She dreams of being a famous dancer, and enjoys going to the beach and bossing her brothers around.  Check out these great books by Ian Falconer: Olivia, Olivia forms a band,

Gear Up For Getting Creative!

Gear up for this year's summer reading theme (Get Creative @ Your Library) by checking out Blue Balliett's Chasing Vermeer or The Calder Game. These art-inspired mysteries are a lot of fun and when you finish you can check out the related games on Scholastic's website.

Backyards

backyardsBackyards: A Sunset Design Guide by Bridget Biscotti Bradley is full of beautiful images of backyard spaces that are, unlike those in many landscaping books, realistic for suburban homeowners like us. The spaces are reasonably sized and range in style from clean modern to cozy cottage and beyond. A bonus is that throughout, the author of the book provide tips on how to use native materials for a greener, more sustainable result.

Positively creepy...

Stephen King is literally the 'Master of Horror', but if you have read everything he's written and you're looking for new authors try Dean Koontz's SHATTERED , THE ICE HOUSE by Minette Walters, F.