By Mary Jane Santos
You probably already know that “Fizz, Boom, Read,” the Delaware County District Library’s summer reading program for kids of all ages is well underway, with hundreds of children already registered, reading and winning prizes. But did you know the Library also has a summer reading program just for us adults?
It’s easy to be a part of this program—it’s done all online on the Library’s web site, www.delawarelibrary.org—and once you register and begin reading, you are automatically entered to win weekly prizes (gift cards to a variety of Delaware businesses as well as Amazon.com). Additionally, every three books you read and record between May 31 and July 26 gets you an entry into the drawing for the grand prize—one of five $100 gift cards to Barnes and Noble. Each library location (Delaware, Orange, Powell, Ostrander and Community and Family Outreach Services) will be awarding 2 weekly prizes and one grand prize, but all of the record-keeping is handled by the Library through the online Adult Summer Reading Club portal.
It’s easy, fast, and who doesn’t like spending a hot summer afternoon reading a great book? Hope you sign up today.
And don’t forget the Delaware County District Library’s Friends group will be holding a Bargain Book Fair this weekend at the Library’s Orange Branch, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. You’re bound to find a something to read among the thousands of books available.
If you’re looking for something new to read, check the Library’s New Book Shelves for these titles during the month of June.
• The Arsonist by Sue Miller. A series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley, who makes unsettling discoveries about her aging parents while engaging in a passionate affair with a local journalist.
• Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis. A desperate woman engineers a meeting with a man she believes is raising her kidnapped daughter before unexpectedly falling in love with him.
• The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson. Set in the darkest debtor’s prison in Georgian London, this gripping historical thriller follows Tom Hawkins as he, due to his penchant for wine, women and cards, ends up in Marshalsea where murder runs rampant and no one is as they seem.
• Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
• Invisible by James Patterson. Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?
Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion by David Zweig.
A full-length reference based on the author’s Atlantic article, “What Do Fact-Checkers and Anesthesiologists Have in Common?” recognizes the essential contributions of behind-the-scenes workers to reveal what motivates them, how they define success and their unknown but pivotal roles in high-profile innovations.
• Moving Day by Jonathan Stone. When Stanley Peke and his wife become victims of an elaborate moving-day scam that robs them of all their possessions, it reminds him of his time evading the Nazis in the war-torn Polish countryside, and soon he and his wife are on a cross-country trip, trying to track the criminals down.
• The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport.
Draws on personal writings and private sources to challenge common misperceptions and illuminate the daily lives and vibrant personalities of the four Russian Grand Duchesses from their own perspectives, revealing their awareness of family turmoil and the approach of the Russian Revolution.
• Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row by Damien Echols. A portrait of the unlikely relationship between a former death-row inmate and his wife describes the legal and personal influences that shaped their 16-year correspondence and subsequent marriage.
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 us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at email@example.com . No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!