Summer is a sizzling time at the library

Published 12:18 pm Thursday, June 28, 2018

Is there a better time of year to read what

you like, learn new things and have fun

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with friends? That is what the Jessamine

County Public Library’s Summer Learning

program is all about, and I’m happy to

extend an invitation to you and your family

to join in on the fun.

Library staff have worked tirelessly to prepare

exciting programs, events and workshops

for our community this summer.

For seven fun-filled weeks those who attend

will have an opportunity to interact with

animals, follow along on an African safari

(live), meet a ventriloquist and enjoy giant

puppets. You can play breakout games, and

craft with beads, paint and fabric. You can

also learn about the library’s creative space,

computer software, and even how to make a

movie. Come with us on nature hikes where

you get to learn about birds, plants and wildlife

photography. Don’t miss Make Music

Day on June 21.

These are just some of the things happening

at JCPL in June and July. Check out the

event calendar on the library’s website for

more information and a list of all programs.

Summer Learning is of course also about

reading. Books make great companions on

vacation, on your porch, at the pool and at

summer camp. The grip of a great story is just

as powerful whether you are holding a paperback

or an eReader in your hand.

If you prefer to listen to books, we have a

large collection of titles for all ages that can

be enjoyed on CD players, tablets and smartphones.

Why not try an audiobook next time

you take your riding mower for a spin in the


I believe that one of the greatest

gifts we as adults can give our

children is the love of learning and

reading. We can do this by showing

our kids that we enjoy reading to

them, we are readers ourselves and

we love our public library. Research

shows that children who read regularly

over the summer are less likely

to lose skills and knowledge gained

in the previous school year. As a result, they

are better prepared to resume learning when

they go back to school in the fall.

Summer Learning at JCPL is a wonderful

way for every member of your family

to keep their minds engaged and form and

strengthen their reading habits. Not only are

our events and workshops free of charge, we

also offer reading incentives for children and

teens. Moreover, there are fantastic prizes

available to lucky winners of all ages — the

more you read, the greater your chances are

of winning.

You may turn in reading logs online or

in person through July 22 to enter to win

prizes for your age group. Reading logs can

be picked up and turned in at the library,

located at 600 S. Main St., or by

visiting the library website.

So, please join us on a learning

and reading adventure this summer.

Make it your time to explore

all the things the library has to

offer. For example, did you know

that we have a fully equipped recording

studio or that you can

borrow iPads, sewing machines

and musical instruments?

Try an art or craft you have always been

curious about, discover a new favorite author,

learn to play the guitar or help a child become

a better reader.

Perhaps Dr. Seuss said it best, “You’ll never

be bored when you try something new, there

really is no limit to what you can do.”

For more information, visit

Adult reads –

Recommendations were

made by Jessamine County

Public Library Collection

Development Librarian

Bonnie Danner.

“Country Dark” Adult reads

By Chris Offutt

A young Kentucky bootlegger and

Korean War veteran resorts to violence

when his family is threatened. The first

novel in more than two decades from

this award-winning author is set in his

native Rowan County.

“Conan Doyle for the Defense:

The True Story of a Sensational

British Murder, a Quest for

Justice, and the World’s Most

Famous Detective Writer”

By Margalit Fox

A true-crime murder mystery featuring the

creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Who knew that Arthur Conan Doyle was a detective

in real life?

Youth Reads –


“Maker Lab: Outdoors:

25 Super Cool Projects”

By Jack Challoner

This book includes 25 super fun

science projects and experiments to be

done outside. Spark your childs’ creativity

while helping them develop science skills through hands-on


With stunning photography, succinct step-by-step instructions,

and detailed explanations, “Maker Lab: Outdoors”

takes readers on a journey of discovery. A must-have for every

young scientist curious about their surroundings, and for makers,

crafters and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors.


By Rachel


Daisy, a sixteenyear-

old Floridian

with mermaid-red

hair; a part-time

job at a bootleg

Walmart, and a perfect

older sister who’s nearly engaged

to the Crown Prince of Scotland has

no desire to live in the spotlight. But

relentless tabloid attention forces her

join her sister in the castle. The crown

— and the intriguing princes’ roguish

brother — attempt to make Daisy into

a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite

the royal rulebook to suit herself.

Do you crush on the monarchy? Want

more insight on what it would be like

to suddenly find yourself in a romance

with a prince? Then read this humorous

Cinderella tale filled with mayhem and


“The Fandom”

By Anna Day

Violet’s in her element. Cosplay

at the ready, she can’t wait to feel

part of her favorite fandom: The

Gallows Dance, a mega book and

movie franchise that she and her

friends know every word of (canon

and fanfic included).

But at Comic Con, a freak

accident transports Violet and her

friends into the story for real. And

in just the first five minutes, they

cause the death of the heroine, and get taken prisoner

by the rebel group she was supposed to lead to victory.

It’s up to Violet to take her place, and play out the

plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of

their own, and when you change the script in one place,

the rest gets revised too. Fan fiction or cosplay teens

will delight in the continuing plot shift as they try to

guess the shocking and revealing ending.

“I Have Lost My Way”

By Gayle Forman

When three lost teens meet due to

a fateful accident that draws these

strangers together, the day progresses

and their secrets start to unravel

as they begin to understand the way

out of their own loss might just lie in

helping the others out of theirs. For

readers who want to get in touch

with their feelings this tale of a fateful

accident that draws three strangers together

over the course of a single day

discusses love, loss and self-discovery.


“Llama Llama Loves to Read“

By Anna Dewdney (Author), Reed Duncan (Author)

Anna Dewdney’s beloved Llama Llama is growing up and learning to

read! Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the

other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and

brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By

the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s

becoming a reader! This book celebrates a major milestone in a child’s life and the pride that goes

along with achieving it.


“Baby Monkey,

Private Eye”

By Brian Selznick (Author,

Illustrator), David Serlin (Author)

Baby Monkey may be a baby (and

a monkey) but he has a full-time job

as a private eye. Baby Monkey solves five cases (one for

each chapter) by looking carefully for visual clues. Readers

are encouraged to look closely to find the hidden clues

throughout. Baby Monkey’s adventures come to life in an

exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader and graphic

novel. This funny and engaging book is ideal for sharing

aloud and for emerging readers.


were made

by Jessamine

County Public

Library Teen

Services Librarian




were made

by Jessamine

County Public

Library Children

Services Librarian

Juliana Gaddis.