Reading programs spell success
The children of Delaware County made the Delaware County District Library’s 2012 Summer Reading Club another spectacular and record-breaking success. Although totals are still being compiled, more than 6,000 children read books, attended programs and received stickers and prizes for their efforts. More importantly, their involvement in the Library’s summer reading club let them hone and develop their reading skills, making them more prepared to start the upcoming school year.
Hundreds of teens also joined in summer reading this year, reading, attending programs and helping out in the library’s Volunteen program. Their participation helped them to foster a love of reading and the satisfaction of volunteering.
Adults certainly held their own this summer too, with nearly 1,100 registering online and reading and discussing books. No doubt, their appreciation of a good book and their joy of reading will serve as splendid models for children and teens alike.
Everyone who participated in this year’s summer reading club certainly brought the theme, “Dream Big … Read!” to life. Thanks to all who were a part of the programs.
The children’s staff will be taking a much needed rest and there will be no story times for children until September, but August is filled with terrific programs for adults. There is a grant writing seminar at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Powell Branch, and the Green Lecture Series continues with a presentation on beekeeping at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Orange Branch. There will be book discussion groups meeting at all library locations this month, too.
Check the online calendar at delawarelibrary.org, or pick up a copy of “Check It Out!” at any library location for more programming details.
When you’re in the library in August, look for these great books on the New Book Shelves.
• Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear by Carrie Goldman Segall. The mother of a bullied first grader draws on research from the top experts in the field to provide specific advice on how to help children respond to bullies, revealing how to mitigate the destructive behavior that affects too many children.
• A Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case by John Follain. A London Times journalist presents a comprehensive account of the highly publicized trial of Amanda Knox, drawing on hundreds of first-hand interviews and access to complete case files to assess the true story and media sensation surrounding the 2007 murder of her roommate.
• Hostage by Elie Wiesel. In 1975, Shaltiel Feigenberg, a Jewish writer from Brooklyn, endures a nightmarish abduction by Arab and Italian captors by sharing poignant stories from his childhood years spent hiding from the Nazis.
• The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory. Presents a tale inspired by the daughters of “Kingmaker” Richard, 15th century Earl of Warwick, who uses his daughters as political pawns before their strategic marriages place them on opposing sides in a royal war that will cost them everyone they love.
• The Lincoln Letter by William Martin. A latest entry in the best-selling series by the author of The Lost Constitution finds Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington heading to Washington, D.C., to compete against dangerous adversaries in a hunt for the 16th President’s Civil War diary, a record that contains information that could change history and influence key elections.
• The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era by Michael Grunwald. An award-winning Times senior correspondent reveals lesser-known aspects of the stimulus bill while explaining how the Obama administration’s progressive steps have prevented an imminent depression while supporting clean energy, health care, education reform and other positive agendas.
• Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of by Harold Schechter. Shares the stories of lesser-known serial killers including “Mad Sculptor” Robert Irwin, “Tell-Tale Heart Killer” Peter Robinson and “Man of Two Lives” Edward H. Ruloff, in an anthology that evaluates their mental statuses, motivations and role in inspiring period literature and tabloids.
• A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry. A latest installment in the popular Victorian mystery series by the author of Acceptable Loss finds Monk discovering a shocking truth while investigating the murder of a high-end prostitute with ties to an opium-dispensing doctor’s widow.
• Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger. Discovering that he has been set up when Native American governor-elect Jubal Little is murdered with one of Cork’s bow-hunting arrows, Cork O’Connor recalls his complex relationship with Jubal while struggling to clear his name and find the real killer.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delaware library.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.