End of Year Procedures and Big Dates

The End of the Year is a great time to complete all your library business and spring clean your account.

We expect that every library account (for students, teachers, and parents) is clear, with no overdues, when school is out on June 20.  Only official summer checkouts (with the August due date) should be on your account.

Every student from Grade 6-11 will need to complete a checkout form with a library signature.  All overdue books will need to be cleared, either through return or payment. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to see us.  

Grades 5 and below will be receiving emails and reminders to clear accounts from the library in the same way.  If you have been receiving emails from us, please make every effort to complete the business. It will make the end of the year much smoother for you and for us.

Summer Checkout Reminders and Procedures:

Any patron that wants to checkout books for summer must have a clear account as of June 8th: No overdues or incomplete business.  

Returning patrons can checkout 15 items for summer.

Grades 4 and above can utilize summer checkout on their own accounts.  Grades 3 and below can have checkouts on parent accounts only.

Any renewals should be done with the physical item present (if you want to keep a book for the summer because you are still reading, you are welcome to, but you need to bring the book to show us)

Important Dates:

June 1: Last Day of checkout for all students and parents.

June 4-8: Week of returning books, checking accounts, and working on the book chain!

June 9: (Saturday) Summer checkout begins.

June 11-15: BLU (Book Lovers United) Week

June 11: Book Banquets

June 12: Breakout Boxes

June 13: Guest Readers

June 14: Breakfast and Browse, After School Book Swap Event, Additional Book Banquets and Breakout Boxes

June 15: Breakfast and Browse, DEAR (Drop Everything and Read)

June 20: Summer checkout ends and school is out!

BLU and Book Chain Programs:

Book Lovers United is our new program.  We will have a week of book celebration, with a paper chain full of your reading, guest readers (if you want to sign up to read to kids, come and see us!!), Drop Everything And Read Day, and browsing events for our adults.  You are welcome to participate in any way you can.

We will be working on a paper chain with the reading of all the students, teachers, parents, and community members.  Please stop in to add to our community reading visual!

Librarians Read: Every Single Secret

Another thriller!

This book follows a couple, going up into the mountains on a couples retreat. He has dreadful nightmares, fears that wake him in the night with violent kicking and screaming.  She has her own past, sordid and messy.

They meet with the doctor, who records their every move on video cameras. They walk in the forest, and meet a woman who suddenly vanishes. They are looked after by a cook who speaks no English and brings plates to other doors.

How does this one end?  Read it and find out.

Librarians Read: Then She Was Gone

I’ve been in the mood for thrillers, and this was a delightful new one that popped across the desk.

The story follows a young teen, at the cusp of finishing her GCSEs and completing her last semester of high school.  She is looking forward to a summer of freedom from studies, dreaming about boys and beaches and beautiful things.

But then she was gone, missing. Did she run away? Was she kidnapped?  What happened?

Follow the questions as her mother searches for her, navigating her own relationships with her ex-husband, the other daughter, and a new beau who shows up with cake by chance… with a child that looks amazingly like her lost daughter.

Librarians Read: How Not to Die

This a terrific book to own and consult when it comes to eating for health. The author primarily uses data gathered from the World Health Organization which I trust more than anything that comes out of the US. It is such a shame that much of our health data is corrupted by allegiances to big-pharma and to big-ag and other food/medicine industries. Dr. Greger absolutely leans towards a plant-based diet though he doesn’t ask anyone to give up the special foods that they love. Rather he states that it is how we eat day-to-day that makes the impact on our health, not what we eat on special occasions. The first part of the book gives very specific diet and exercise recommendations based on common deadly diseases (heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, liver disease, etc). In the second part of the book he more thoroughly gives suggestions on how to improve overall diet and find the right level of exercise. The results of many research studies are described in this fact-filled and informative book. The title makes it sound like a bit of a downer, but our family found it to be fascinating, helpful and overall upbeat. Hope you will too. (Secondary Nonfiction health section, call number 613.)

Librarians Read: A Place in the Wind

A Place in the Wind was a solid detective/mystery that took on some very current issues – undocumented immigrants and distrust of the police force. It kept me hooked to the end and though I didn’t appreciate the big reveal of who the killer was, I was impressed with all of the twists.

You can find this book and other similar titles on the Mystery shelves which are conveniently located right by the Thrillers section. Enjoy!

Librarians Read: The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian was a fascinating literary novel about a young married woman pushing the boundaries of social norms in Korea. The three sections of the slim book are narrated in turn by Yeong-hye’s husband, her brother-in-law and her sister; this lens both separates us from the main character and allows us to view Yeong-hye as the enigma that she is and that all people can be. As a reader, when do we respect the decisions that she makes about food and eating and when do we perhaps stop? This book will leave you with many questions and also with stunning visual images as various characters attempt to re-create their dreams as art or in life choices.

Librarians Read: Sourdough

Sourdough was a light and easy read and I plan to recommend it widely. I fell into the story immediately just as Lois talks about falling into her career as a programmer, “Here’s the thing I believe about people my age: we are the children of Hogwarts, and more than anything, we just want to be sorted.” The narrative is set just slightly in the future which is fun, it captures a touch of the foodie world and a touch of the tech world, and combines those settings with a unique heroine on circuitous life path. If you’re looking for a break from heavy lit but still want to read something smart and interesting then this is a great option. Another good choice would be Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, also by Robin Sloan.

Librarians Read: The Fully Raw Diet, 21 Days to Better Health

The perfect summertime cookbook just came in so stop by and pick it up if you want to try some raw recipes. Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram found that for her particular health issues eating an all-raw diet of fruits, vegetables and nuts worked perfectly for maintaining high energy and health. Whether you want to go “fully raw” or not this book has some terrific and creative options for salads, main dishes, fruit drinks and desserts. Most recipes require a high-speed blender and plenty of yummy fresh fruits and veg.

 

This cookbook is in our HS Nonfiction section. Call number 641.5 will get you to the right zone for all of your recipe needs.

I read this book in part because of my Read Harder Challenge. I made a pact to myself to read some things I don’t usually, and this book qualifies purely for the subject area of WWII and the Holocaust.

There are so many books about spies and life in WWII that I decided just to not read any of them, but this one made it into my hands from the Thriller genre section.

I quite enjoyed the intensity of this book, although it was baffling at times.  All in all, it is recommended for teen and adult thriller readers who would like a bit of history in their page turners.

Librarians Read: Lost Girls

I listened to this book on Overdrive, as part of the True Crime book news that has recently been released.  We have this book in print in the library as well.  True Crime Books have been in the news recently because one book (I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, about the Golden State Killer) has just led to the capture of a 70+ year old who they believe was the serial killer.

Lost Girls is still unsolved, about ladies in New York who went missing and their lives up until that point.  While the book posits about some of the disappearances, it is better at showing the lives of the girls, the decisions that led up to where they were, and the general reasons behind why they would be where they are.

Recommended for adult readers, and fans of True Crime.