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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 Reads: Guy Books

A few weeks ago, I posted some great chick lit choices for girls to read.  Guys, it’s you turn!  For fun, fantastic adventure this summer (without leaving your lawn chair), try a few of these great stories.

The Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson must find Zeus’s lost lightning bolt before war breaks out.

The House of the ScorpionThe House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer: Matt, the clone of an aging drug lord, must escape his prison before his life becomes less valuable than the drug lord’s.

The CompoundThe Compound by S.A. Bodeen: Eli and his family fled to the compound years ago to escape Armageddon, but he is beginning to realize the truth of the outside world is not what he ahs always believed.

VenomousVenomous by Christopher Krovatin: Locke has tried his whole life to escape the fits of range that have plagued him, but the venom in his bloodstream gets the better of him every time.

Little BrotherLittle Brother by Cory Doctrow: Marcus must take on the department of homeland security when he and his friends are illegally detained after a terrorist attack.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian @ CADL Holt-Delhi

In Search Of…

garageWell, it’s that time of year again. Time to get out the sunglasses, don the sunscreen and pack up your tote bag for the day’s adventures. What? Oh, yes it IS summer time, as well. But I was talking about Garage Sale Season. The time of year when people wake up at the crack of dawn on their day off so they can beat everyone else to the unwanted discarded items found in structures that usually house vehicles. My sister and her friend are two of these such creatures. Early in the wee hours of a Saturday morning, they sneak out into the sparkling fresh day and drive the town, in search of goodies.

And they are always victorious, bringing home a cache of booty that somehow escaped the eye of other garage sale junkies. Like the Lord of the Rings goblets we got one year, or the kooky display case that probably was meant for collectible thimbles, but now holds tiny Heroclix.

There are a plethora of fabulous finds out there, little grasshopper, even if your taste doesn’t run the gamut of Comic Book Nerd/SciFi collector, like the garage sale junkies in my house.

If you feel like braving the crowds this summer, check out this website for helpful updates and information about some of the sales in your area. With maps, pop up directions and a column of sale descriptions, you will be well enough informed to plan your garage attack, and strategically navigate through the obstructive streets of residents who are enjoying their summer in a more mundane, less adventuresome way. Once you have your loot safely at home, look up Antiques Roadshow or check out books from the library to discover if your new find is a trinket or a treasure.
Be warned…most garage sales don’t actually offer the garage for sale. An oddity I consider false advertising.

-Denelle H., CADL Processing Clerk

Get Ready for Summer!


Summer will soon be here and the library can help you get ready with our books and DVDs.

Need to get back into shorts/bathing suit form?

Plan a picnic or BBQ:

Get the garden ready:

Take me out to the ballgame!

Summer Fun:

-Anne R., Reference Librarian @ CADL

Blockbuster Season Is Here!

Summer is fast approaching, and with it one of the best times of year: blockbuster season.  When the weather turns hot, there’s nothing better than settling into those cushy seats in an air-conditioned theater and spending two hours laughing, crying, or watching cool movie explosions.   This summer, we recommend you keep an eye out for the following, highly anticipated, releases: Shrek Forever After, Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, The A-Team, Iron Man 2, Eclipse, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and BeastlyWe’d like to know: what flicks can’t you wait to see this summer?

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian @ Holt-Delhi Library