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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.

Digging for the Truth

Forensic science(often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system.  Aaron Elkins' Gideon Oliver is a forensic anthropologist, Eve Duncan featured in Iris Johansen's books is a forensic sculptor. Kathryn Fox has a new series featuring pathologist and forensic physician, Dr.

Henry the bear

"Green" and "eco" are popular terms today, but how do we explain these concepts to young children? Why not teach them about nature through a series of picture books based on the life of Henry David Thoreau? In these books, Henry is a bear and a very self-sufficient one. He walks to work, grows his own food, hikes thirty miles to a neighboring town, barters and builds his own home. These picture books are a wonderful way to begin a conversation about the environment and an appreciation for nature.

Amigurumi!

Whether you already know how to crochet or are looking for a new hobby, I definitely suggest checking out Amigurumi World : Seriously Cute Crochet. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and it doesn't get much cuter than this!

Vacation with the Berenstains

I love the Berenstain Bears! I also love going on vacation. So, when I found this book that combined these two things, I was pretty psyched! It might be fun to read about The Berenstain Bears Out West, too.  Or how about discovering The Berenstain Bears' Seashore Treasure?  All of these would be great to read during a car or plane trip on your way to your own vacation!

Now On Our Shelves...

Looking for something new to read? These debut mysteries are get high marks from readers: