Summer Reading Program 2020

Summer Reading Challenge

The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge begins on June 8! Check out this list of tasks to keep you busy reading and having fun this summer!

Click here for the Summer Reading Challenge

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Goodreads

Keep track of the books you’ve read and the books you want to read! See what your friends are reading and be a part of the world’s largest community of readers!

https://www.goodreads.com

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Brown Bags & Books

Join us at the library on the fourth Wednesday of the month at noon for Brown Bags & Books. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy our light refreshments as you listen to a book review.

January 22 Roger Lyons

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner

 

February 26 Kelly Phelps

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

 

March 25 David Berry

Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

 

 April 22 Kevin Corley

13 Steps for Charlie Birger by Kevin Corley

 

 May 27 Leo Gher

Fire & Wind  by Leo Gher

 

June 24 Sam Stearns

War Is a Racket by Smedley Butler

 

 July 22 Jeff Campbell

Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

 

 August 26 Rachel Parish

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

 

 September 23 Emily Drone

The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes and The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

 

October 28 Janet Jones

The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Fantastic Fiction

A great website where you can search for your favorite authors and easily see all of the books they have written.  Plus, find all of your favorite series in order! https://www.fantasticfiction.com/

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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.

https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your     Local Library.”

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Hoopla

The Hoopla app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books, e-audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. There are items available for all ages, with no wait times. Download the item immediately for easy access or stream online.

www.hoopladigital.com

*Sign up with an email and password, choose your library, accept the terms and conditions, then enter your library card number and 4 digit PIN

Sherry’s Pick of the Month

Shadows of the Dead (Special Tracking Unit #3) by Spencer Kope

This book is available at our library

Check out this synopsis from Goodreads

The best tracker in the world, a man with a secret and a special set of skills, must find two nearly untraceable killers before time runs out for their victims, in Spencer Kope’s Shadows of the Dead.

A woman—abducted and found in the trunk of a car after a high-speed chase—regains consciousness in the ICU to reveal two crucial pieces of information: the man who kidnapped her is not the same as the man who left her in the woods, and she’s not the first victim—in fact, she is number eight.

Magnus “Steps” Craig is part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI. Known for his ability to find and follow trails over any surface, Steps is called in on cases that require his unparalleled skills. But there’s a secret to his talent. Steps has a kind of synesthesia where he can see the ‘essence’ of a person—what he calls ‘shine’—on everything they’ve touched.

Brought in to track the driver through a dense forest after the blood hounds have lost his trail, Steps and his partner Jimmy find the driver laughing maniacally, babbling about souls, and hiding a pristinely maintained box of eight posed rats. Now the Special Tracking Unit must chase two villains—through not just the real world, but the dark web as well—tracking an enemy they can’t see, as time runs out for the unknown victims.

Krys’ Pick of the Month

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Cloud Library.

A synopsis from Goodreads is below

A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn’t stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an “excitement addict.” Cooking a meal that would be consumed in fifteen minutes had no appeal when she could make a painting that might last forever.

Later, when the money ran out, or the romance of the wandering life faded, the Walls retreated to the dismal West Virginia mining town — and the family — Rex Walls had done everything he could to escape. He drank. He stole the grocery money and disappeared for days. As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.

What is so astonishing about Jeannette Walls is not just that she had the guts and tenacity and intelligence to get out, but that she describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

For two decades, Jeannette Walls hid her roots. Now she tells her own story.

Lisa’s Pick of the Month

 Witches: The Transformative Power of Women Working Together by Sam George-Allen

Available as an eaudiobook on the Hoopla

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Covens. Girl bands. Ballet troupes. Convents. In all times and places, girls and women have come together in communities of vocation, of necessity, of support. And wherever women gather, magic happens. Female farmers change the way we grow our food. Online beauty communities democratise the intricacies of skincare. Teen girls invent phrases that enter the urban lexicon, and choose our next pop superstars.

Patriarchal societies have long been content to uphold men’s and boys’ clubs, while viewing groups that exclude men as sites of rivalry and suspicion. In this deeply personal exploration of what women make together, Sam George-Allen delves into workplaces, industries and social groups to dismantle the cultural myth of female isolation and uncover the inherent revolutionary potential of these groups.

Thoughtful, intimate, and convincing, Witches is a long-overdue celebration of the power and pleasure of working with other women.

Makenzie’s Pick of the Month

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Available at our library and as an eaudiobook on the Cloud Library

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

Young Ender Wiggin thinks he is playing war games at the Battle School, high in orbit, but he is engaged in something far more desperate. Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever-harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly.

Emily’s Pick of the Month

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Available at our library and as an ebook and eaudiobook on the Cloud Library.

Check out this synopsis from Goodreads

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?

 Ray’s Pick of the Month

The Old Works by Whittney Jones

Available at our library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

This is Whittney Jones’ first volume of poems. Jones provides readers with powerful instances of the affects of the coal mining industry on a family and the community, the hardships and loss.