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Trips to the beach, hanging out with friends, sleeping in…summer is a great time to relax and take a break from your school-year schedule. But one thing you should never take a break from is reading. Experts say that just three months off can result in a loss of skills. That can make it hard to catch up when school starts again.

Besides, all the benefits of reading don’t disappear just because it’s summer. Reading is always a great way to combat boredom, improve your focus and concentration, and give you a glimpse of people and places that are different from those around you.

One of the best things about reading in the summer is that you get to read whatever you like. Fantasy, mystery, manga, graphic novels, magazines, even car repair manuals—it’s all good! You can find these and much more at your local CADL branch. Check out our collection online, or come in and browse the shelves.

While you’re here, take a minute to sign up for Teen Summer Reading. Just by keeping track of how much time you spend reading, you’ll earn fun prizes like passes to the Ingham County Fair and Edru Skatarama, plus be entered in weekly drawing for gift cards from local stores and restaurants. The program runs through Aug. 11.

And there’s more! All summer long we’re offering fun workshops and events just for you and your friends. Come in and get a henna tattoo, meet a graphic novel author, make your own bracelets and more. Everything is free, so bring your friends! Just click on any link for more information.*

*Some events have age or registration requirements

New Teen Titles for Summer

Now that school is out for the summer, you may find that you have some extra time for reading, but don’t know where to start.  Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of when new titles will be released:


Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

Pretty Little Liars: Stunning by Sara Shepard

The Golden Lily: a Bloodlines Novel by Richelle Mead

Rapture by Lauren Kate

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer


Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Endlessly by Kiersten White


Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure
by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans

The Kill Order by James Dashner

Wake by Amanda Hocking

The Heroes of Olympus the Demigod Diaries
by Rick Riordan

Over You by Emma McLaughlin

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2 by Kenneth Oppel

Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Every Day by David Levithan

– Lynn H., Youth Services Specialist

If You Liked the Show…Reading Suggestions for our Summer Events!

Summer reading events are starting up at our libraries, featuring magicians, storytellers, puppet shows, live animal demonstrations, musicians and more. These talented performers teach kids through entertainment, so that kids may not even realize they’re learning. If your kid is especially excited about the topic of an event, why not extend the experience with books? This can be a great way to entice a reluctant reader or to beat summertime boredom.

Amazing Feats & Magic

Amazing Magic Tricks series by Norm Barnhart

Escape!: the Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

Magical Illusions by Jon Tremaine

Art, Music & Theater

Cool Performances series by Karen Latchana Kenney (includes titles on costumes, makeup, props & sets)

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz

M is for Melody: a Musical Alphabet by Kathy-Jo Wargin

More than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses by Bob Raczka

Rock ‘n Roll Camp for Girls: How to Start a Band, Write Songs, Record an Album, and Rock Out! edited by Marisa Anderson

Creatures & Critters

Adopted by an Owl: the True Story of Jackson the Owl by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle

Night Science for Kids: Exploring the World After Dark by Terry Krautwurst

Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators by Jim Arnosky

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Puppets & Storytelling

Balloons Over Broadway: the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Jim Henson: the Guy Who Played with Puppets by Kathleen Krull

Pete Seeger’s Storytelling Book by Pete Seeger & Paul Du Bois Jacobs

Simple Puppets from Everyday Materials by Barbara MacDonald

Three-Minute Tales: Stories from Around the World to Tell When Time is Short by Margaret MacDonald

Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

Summer Means Sunshine and Story Books!

Summer may be the time to take a break from school, but it’s a great idea to make sure your child keeps reading. Doing so unquestionably helps prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” or loss of reading skills over the course of summer vacation. In fact, a study by the University of Tennessee Knoxville determined children who read over the course of three consecutive summers tested well above their non-reading peers. The difference in reading scores was the equivalent to three years of summer school, and all the children had done was read books they selected.

Keep your child reading this summer, and help keep his or her academic achievement rolling.  Here are a few great titles for children of many different age levels.  Visit the library to check them out.  If you need additional motivation, or just want to make summer reading tons of fun, make sure to participate in CADL’s Summer Reading Program, where children of any age can earn prizes by spending time with a book!

Babies & Toddlers:

Romeo & Juliet: A Counting Primer by Belle Yang

Trains Go by Steve Light


Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Early Grade Readers:

Blackout by John Rocco

Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems

Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor

Middle Grade Readers:

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos


Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Selection by Kiera Cass

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

For a Summer of Reading, CADL Has You Covered!

School is out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that families are any less busy. Soon the calendar will fill up with hobbies, lessons, camps and trips—all great ways to spend the summer. But one thing kids should always include on the list is reading. Studies have shown that those who don’t read over the summer lose some of their skills and fall behind their peers who do read.

Every year the Capital Area District Library helps fight this problem by offering a free Summer Reading program for kids and teens, encouraging them to read for fun and prizes. Nothing is assigned and there are no tests—they can read anything, anytime, anywhere. Books, blogs, magazines, graphic novels—if your child is reading, it counts, simple as that.

Even if long, lazy afternoons curled up with a book aren’t possible for your family, you can still squeeze in some time for reading. Take advantage of the hours spent shuttling the kids to and from their activities. Books and magazines can easily be stored in your car. Listening to audiobooks together is a great way for the whole family to share the experience. And it doesn’t leave out kids who aren’t reading independently yet.

There’s even more opportunity if your family is into downloadables. CADL’s ever-growing collection of eBooks can be used on eReaders, smartphones, tablets and other devices. Even when you’re out of town you can access these. Not only are they free to download, they never have late fees.

To encourage families to keep coming back to the library all summer long, our 13 branches are also offering special performers and events. Bring the kids in to enjoy magicians, live animal shows, storytellers, puppeteers, live theater, musicians and more. Teens and tweens can attend workshops on topics like henna tattooing and manga drawing.

Sign-up begins as soon as school is out. Visit your library for more information, or find details at cadl.org/summer.

Summer Reading – Staff Favorites

 This is our last Summer Reading edition of Reader Roundup so we wanted to offer a list of our staff favorites. If a younger reader is slowing down on their reading challenge or you’re just looking for an enthusiastic suggestion, check out these picks.

And don’t forget, the last day for kids and teens to claim prizes is August 13. (Exception: last day at Haslett is August 6)

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Picture Books

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Tuesday by David Wiesner

Chapter BooksCoraline by Neil Gaiman

The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Anna Mei, Cartoon Girl by Carol Grund
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Teen Books No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman

Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
Looking for Alaska by John Green
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
The Golden Compass trilogy by Phillip Pullman
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Summer Reading 2011

The 2011 Summer Reading Program has begun! Be sure to sign up to read for prizes at any of our CADL locations. If you’re in a reading rut, find inspiration in our list of new and upcoming books for kids and teens!

At This Very Moment by Jim Arnosky Junonia by Kevin Henkes  Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Picture Books

The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood
Skippyjon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner
Ponyella by Laura Numeroff
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel
Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley
No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont
At This Very Moment by Jim Arnosky
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova
The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin

Chapter Books

Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce
Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham
The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger
The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
Junonia by Kevin Henkes
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Zita the Spacegirl – Book One, Far From Home by Ben Hatke
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

Teen Books

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society series) by Ally Carter
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Sapphique by Catherine Fisher
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

-Lynn H., Youth Services Specialist