Summer Staff Picks

It’s been a busy summer at our libraries, but we are still making time to relax and read a book! Here are some of our staff favs:

Karen’s Pick

The JewelThe Jewel by Amy Ewing

I had to read “The Jewel” by Amy Ewing because someone had mentioned that it was reminiscent of Atwood’s “The Handmaidens Tale”. I’d place this with a high school audience as it does in fact deal with pregnancy and surrogacy, but it is not on the same level as “The Handmaidens Tale” by any stretch of the imagination. Still, a great dystopian that does deal with similar topics in that a woman’s body is not her own in this fast paced, suspense filled novel.  My teen loved it, and burned through it in a few hours.

Debbie’s Picks

little-house-livingLittle House Living by Merissa A. Alink

Simple. Self-sufficient. Healthy.

A modern look at how to live like the days of long ago.  For everyone who would like to simplify your life and to make wholesome food, cleaning supplies and toiletries, this is the book for you. Filled with natural healthy living recipes and ideas. Very interesting to read and fun to try!

Pious DeceptionPious Deception: A Megan O’Connell Mystery  by local author Joan Hetzler

This  cozy mystery will pull you in on page one.   You will find yourself drawn into  the book by the  strong characters and seemingly unsolvable  mystery.  Each character is so cleverly introduced to the plot you will  have accused everyone by the time the mystery is solved.  It is obvious Ms Hetzler has a gifted command of the English language.  I highly recommend this entertaining book!

Chelsea’s Picks

Rebel of the SandsRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Western/Arabian Nights/Fantasy Romance–this book follows gunslinger Amani as she escapes an arranged marriage to her Uncle. Politically, the world is unstable, and djinni are rumored to still exist. Amani gets caught up in a rebellion against the throne. It’s a fluff book, but just the perfect thing to pick up during summer vacation.

Revenge of the WildRevenge of the Wild by Michelle Modesto

This was a fun Western meets YA steampunk. Westie is a foul-mouthed, one-armed girl with an attitude–bound and determined to bring the cannibals who killed her family to justice. This book almost has TOO many genres going on at once (there is even an allusion to some zombies) but overall it is a fun summer read. If you are a fan of the Steampunk genre, give this book a read!


Introducing TumbleBooks–eBooks for eKids!

Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use!

TumbleBook Library, provided by GALILEO and Georgia Public Library Service, is a collection of animated, talking picture books suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music, and narration to create an electronic picture book.

In addition to electronic books, this resource also features games, read-along and non-fiction books (no animation), videos, and some books in French and Spanish. The web site is easy for children to navigate and allows children to hear stories read fluently. Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension.  TumbleBooks use Flash, but they are viewable on the iPad with the exception of some of the games.

Accessing TumbleBooks is easy! If you are at home, you will need the library’s current GALILEO password. If you don’t know the password, call any of our open libraries, just make sure you have your library card number handy so we can verify that you are our patron! The password expires every four months.

If you are in the library, or using our WiFi, you won’t need the password. Either way, to get started just click the link below!

clickHere_banner Tumble Book Library

Summer Reading is Here!

It’s Summer Reading time at our libraries!

What is Summer Reading, you ask? Summer Reading is an incentive program to motivate you and your family to READ this summer. This is especially important for children–because reading during the summer is a proven way to fight the “summer slump” and ensure that your child hits the ground running when school starts back up this August. But most of our branches have Summer Reading programs for Adults too!

Registration has already begun at all of our 4 branch libraries. Sign-up now to commit to reading a pre-set goal. There will be tons of great prizes throughout the summer, and some AMAZING programs.

  • Children can look forward to visits from the Zoo, Jugglers, Magicians and more!
  • Go putt-putt golfing at our Chickamauga and LaFayette branch libraries with the whole family!
  • Teens and Adults can look forward to programs like Resin Casting, Yoga, Zumba and more!

There are tons of activities, prizes and fun happening this summer so check it all out here. Pro Tip: Participate at multiple libraries to multiply the fun. 

And because our theme this year is all about Fitness–don’t forget that the library partners with the Georgia State Parks. Free State Park Passes are available for checkout at all of our four branch libraries. Just go to the circulation desk and ask!

On your Mark, Get Set, Read!

May Staff Picks

Carmella’s Pick

As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins ClarkAS-TIME-GOES-BY

This series features television journalist Delaney Wright, who is covering the trial of Betsy Grant. Betsy is on trial for the murder of her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Her lawyer wants Betsy to accept a plea deal but Betsy refuses. She wants to prove her innocence.   As the trial unfolds and the evidence against Betsy mounts, Delaney’s own life is in danger as she gets closer to the truth that will leave the reader surprised to the very end.

Karen’s Pick

Siren by Kiera CassSiren

The Siren, by Kiera Cass, is a tender little love story that is perfect for younger teens! Light and airy, very gentle on the romance side, and a great introduction to this genre for this target age group. This is not like her popular Selection series in any way, but still has that same floaty language, and romantic angst that she’s known for! A sweet summer romance novel for your middle school reader!

Martha’s Pick

Treasure Concealed by Tracie PetersonA Treasure Concealed

This is a nice story about a girl dedicated to her family. She has great respect for her parents, letting her own needs go for them by nursing a dying mother. But in the end she is rewarded for her loyalty.

Dave’s Pick

An Ember in the AshesAn

I’m always a little cautious when I pick up fantasy books that are on the larger side. Often I feel that YA fantasy isn’t necessarily well-written, as if solid writing is sacrificed for a large world with swords and war, but with the amount of author buddies and writer friends who praised this book, I knew I had to take a chance on it.

I loved it. The story and concept felt both familiar and unique. The world wasn’t a place I’ve never read before, but rich and captivating none the less. What made the characters solid was their development arc. It was strong, and you could trace their growth from point A to B.

Well written, strong story, tried and true concepts made AEITA a book I’d recommend to any voracious reader, even cautious fantasy readers (let’s be honest, I’m probably the only one of those) like me.

April’s Pick

The Professionals by Owen LaukkanenThe Professionals

The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen is the first in a series of fast-paced page-turners. With short chapters and lots of action, these books are suggested for mystery fans. If you like The Professionals, you will enjoy the rest of the series which currently has 4 other titles.

Chelsea’s Pick

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin HobbAssassin's Apprentice

How did I miss this one, ya’ll? I had this recommended to me from one of my old Teen Advisory Board members, and it is FANTASTIC! Political maneuverings, old hedge magic, and the coming of age of a lonely ostracized boy–a must read for the fantasy fan. 

Free Access to Children’s Books

This summer your children can enjoy access to free e-books (with accompanying audio!) through the Get Georgia Reading Campaign’s partnership with myON.Get Georgia Reading

These incredible books are FREE to access now
through August 31st, by following the steps below:

Get Georgia Reading

You can read more about the program here.

Get Georgia Reading will be tracking books read by map, so let’s light up Dade and Walker counties! Check out this free resource today!