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

The Talented Miss Farwell by Emily Gray Tedrowe

Fun Fact: Emily Gray Tedrowe got the idea for this book when she heard about the embezzlement case in Dixon, Illinois.

Available at our library.

Check out this synopsis from Goodreads

At the end of the 1990s, with the art market finally recovered from its disastrous collapse, Miss Rebecca Farwell has made a killing at Christie’s in New York City, selling a portion of her extraordinary art collection for a rumored 900 percent profit. Dressed in couture YSL, drinking the finest champagne at trendy Balthazar, Reba, as she’s known, is the picture of a wealthy art collector. To some, the elusive Miss Farwell is a shark with outstanding business acumen. To others, she’s a heartless capitalist whose only interest in art is how much she can make.

But a thousand miles from the Big Apple, in the small town of Pierson, Illinois, Miss Farwell is someone else entirely—a quiet single woman known as Becky who still lives in her family’s farmhouse, wears sensible shoes, and works tirelessly as the town’s treasurer and controller.

No one understands the ins and outs of Pierson’s accounts better than Becky; she’s the last one in the office every night, crunching the numbers. Somehow, her neighbors marvel, she always finds a way to get the struggling town just a little more money. What Pierson doesn’t see—and can never discover—is that much of that money is shifted into a separate account that she controls, “borrowed” funds used to finance her art habit. Though she quietly repays Pierson when she can, the business of art is cutthroat and unpredictable.

But as Reba Farwell’s deals get bigger and bigger, Becky Farwell’s debt to Pierson spirals out of control. How long can the talented Miss Farwell continue to pull off her double life?

Krys’ Pick of the Month

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Available at our library

A synopsis from Goodreads is below

A foundling, an old book of dark fairy tales, a secret garden, an aristocratic family, a love denied, and a mystery. The Forgotten Garden is a captivating, atmospheric and compulsively readable story of the past, secrets, family and memory from the international best-selling author Kate Morton.

Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace—the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century—Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.

Lisa’s Pick of the Month

 The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and More by Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Available at our library and as an ebook on the Hoopla

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids teaches parents and professionals how to be an effective parent when raising children with ADHD, anxiety, and other complex conditions—and how to guide kids on a path to a healthy, happy, well-adjusted life.

A wake-up call, a clear guide for action, and a message of inspiration, this book provides a reality-based recipe for how to do a masterful job of raising complex kids, while not making yourself (or your family) crazy in the process.

Parenting expert Elaine Taylor-Klaus, co-founder and CEO of ImpactADHD.com, will walk you through their proven coach-approach method, which shows all parents, in simple steps, how to identify challenge areas and how to use critical tools to parent simply, clearly, and effectively—for everyone’s benefit. It doesn’t much matter if your child has ADHD, or anxiety, or learning disabilities, or sensory processing, or ODD, or autism, or depression, or attachment issues—or celiac disease or food allergies, for that matter. All that really matters is this: complex kids struggle with some aspects of life and learning because they have a chronic medical condition (or several) that they need to learn to manage for themselves. A coach approach will help you communicate, collaborate, and guide kids of all ages on their path to independence and success.

Here are some of the challenge areas addressed inside, and the coach-approach messages and strategies for working through them.
Challenge: Feeling Like You’ve Tried Everything –> Coach-Approach: Letting Go –> Strategy: Lean into Relationships
Challenge: Fearing for the Future –> Coach-Approach: Parent from Inspiration, Not Desperation –> Strategy: Shed the Shoulds
Challenge: An Unhappy Home –> Coach-Approach: No One Gets to Be Wrong—The Benefits of Positivity –> Strategy: Play to their Strengths
Challenge: Overwhelm Is Keeping You Stuck –> Coach-Approach: Focus on What’s Most Important –> Strategy: Take Aim!
Once you learn to use the Impact Model with a coach-approach, it can be applied to any situation. in fact, the more you use it, the easier it all becomes. Constant battles don’t have to be part of your daily life. With The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, and More, you can (all) learn to rediscover peace… and thrive.

Makenzie’s Pick of the Month

Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner by Mark and Mary Willenbrink

Available at our library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below.

If you’ve ever dreamed of painting in watercolour, this is the book for you. It’s designed to help you start experiencing the joy of watercolour immediately – even if you’ve never picked up a brush.

Emily’s Pick of the Month

The End of Her by Shari Lapena

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

Check out this synopsis from Goodreads

It starts with a shocking accusation…

Stephanie and Patrick are recently married, with new-born twins. While Stephanie struggles with the disorienting effects of sleep deprivation, there’s one thing she knows for certain – she has everything she ever wanted.

Then a woman from his past arrives and makes a shocking accusation about his first wife. He always claimed her death was an accident – but she says it was murder.

He insists he’s innocent, that this is nothing but a blackmail attempt. But is Patrick telling the truth? Or has Stephanie made a terrible mistake?

How will it end?

 Ray’s Pick of the Month

The Sentinel by Lee Child

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

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads below

As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. One morning he ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee.

But there’s nothing pleasant about the place.

In broad daylight Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. “It was four against one” . . . so Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution.

The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, records, information . . . and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name.

Reacher is intrigued. There’s more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder—all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he’s up against.

Rule one: if you don’t know the trouble you’re in, keep Reacher by your side.