The Carleton Branch Library recommends Night Road by Kristin Hannah as a perfect beach read. After a string of foster homes and the death of her heroin-addict mother, Lexi Baill is taken in by her Great-Aunt. Lexi becomes friends with Mia, and her twin brother Zach. Everything seems to be going well until Zach and Lexi become romantically involved and the three make a poor decision with extreme consequences.
Check out these picture books for the youngest members of your household. Snoopy: first beagle on the moon by Charles Schulz is a Ready-to-Read title about Snoopy going to the moon. But, will he be home in time for dinner? Perfect for Peanuts fans. For readaloud, try Bug on a Bike by Chris Monroe, a charming story about a ladybug on a bike going somewhere. The ladybug won't say where and a cavalcade of quirky characters follow him. And where do they end up? His birthday party of course! And what a party. Games, snacks and food will be sure to appeal.
For a heartwarming story of acceptance and tolerance, read Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Julian loves mermaids and when he uses his Grandma's curtains to create a costume, does she scold him? Not this Abuela! She adds some jewelry to his costume and takes him to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. What fun!
Continuing the mermaid theme, check out this chapter book for elementary age, Maybe a Mermaid by Josephine Cameron. Anthoni's mother, Carrie, is a sales representative for Beauty & the Bee. Their plan is for Carrie to work her way up the marketing ladder to Queen Bee status and then they will reward themselves with a trip to Carrie's childhood vacation spot, the Showboat Resort. Things go awry, but they still make the trip. They find the Showboat Resort rundown and in disarray, but they do rent a room from it's elderly owner, Charlotte Boulay. Anthoni does some investigating and finds out that Charlotte may be the famed Boulay Mermaid from her family's bygone vaudeville act. Booklist says, "an offbeat, earnest novel for those who believe in magic and those who wish they did."
Join us for these events at Carleton:
3:00 pm Tuesday, June 25 - Summer Reading Tween/Teen Galaxy Painting - Create an out of this universe Galaxy painting that will reflect the night sky. We will be using acrylic paint and canvas to design a one of a kind painting. Please be aware paint may not wash out. Paint clothes are advised. Registration is required and space is limited. Each youth must be registered separately. Program is for 12 -17yrs old. Register here.