“Dig Into Reading!” is the theme for the summer reading program that runs from June 3 until July 27. All kids from birth through eighth grade are invited to come in and sign up beginning Monday, June 3. An added bonus for participants again this year is a partnership with the SD State Fair’s Read and Win Program, which will offer free student gate passes to the State Fair! Thanks to the Hand County Library League, we also have plenty of other prizes and activities that are being planned to help make the program great fun. Story and craft time will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 4 p.m. beginning on June 5. Some of the themes for these events will be gardening, rocks and dirt, burrowing animals, fossils and dinosaurs, and a real live ant farm! Parents take note: kids who do not read over the summer experience a “summer slide” that is well documented. An easy remedy for this problem is for a child to read just four or five books through the summer, the amount that has been shown to maintain reading levels. STOP THE SLIDE! Please encourage your child to participate in a fun and worthwhile summer activity! The SD Department of Education is offering additional support with its Summer Reading Challenge. More information for this program can be found at http://doe.sd.gov/octe/readsd.aspx.
New fiction titles include: Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes; Did You Miss Me? by Karen Rose*; Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman; Six Years by Harlan Coben; The Burning Air by Erin Kelly; Political Suicide by Michael Palmer*; The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell; The Guardian: Home to Hickory Hollow #3 by Beverly Lewis; And She Was by Alison Gaylin; People of the Thunder by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear; Capital Punishment by Robert Wilson; All That Is by James Salter; A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki; Last Days by Adam Nevill; The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick*; Unintended Consequences by Stuart Woods; Airtight by David Rosenfelt; Benediction by Kent Haruf*; Starting Now by Debbie Macomber*.
Notable nonfiction titles include: The Chew: Food, Life, Fun edited by Peter Kaminsky and Ashley Archer; Michael Jackson: the Magic, the Madness, the Whole Story, 1958-2009 by J. Randy Taraborrelli; Why? Because We Still Like You: An Oral History of the Mickey Mouse Club by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong; Backyard Harvest: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables by Jo Whittingham; Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life On an Island by Jack Perkins; Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives by John Elder Robison; Foods That Harm, Foods That Heal: The Best and Worst Choices to Treat Your Ailments Naturally by Reader’s Digest; Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss*; Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou; Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America’s Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever by Geoff Williams. Titles marked with an asterisk are available for download at SD Titles to Go.
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