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Summer is in full swing! Now is the time for cookouts, vacations and taking advantage of summer reading at your library. Customers of all ages can sign-up in person or online. Track your progress and earn prizes while keeping your mind agile and avoiding the summer slide. Here are a few suggestions for great summer reading.

blackoutFor preschool and early elementary, Blackout by John Rocco is a great summer in the city picture book. A young boy wishes to play a board game, but the rest of his family is occupied with work, cooking and phone conversations. The child is resigned to play by himself until the power goes out. Forced to put their activities on hold, the family learns to make time for one another and live in the moment. Even in the dark, Rocco's illustrations emit a soft warm glow.

time warp trioJon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio books are perfect for fans of the Magic Tree House Series or Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Joe got a special book from his weird uncle. Now he and his two best friends have the ability to travel through time! The boys make wisecracks at the expense of knights, pirates and gladiators, but my favorite of the series is called Summer Reading is Killing Me! The boys find themselves trapped in their school summer reading list, where book characters from different worlds are crossing paths and causing chaos. What's more, a surprise villain must be stopped, and you won't believe who it is.

how they croakedHow They Croaked by Georgia Bragg is a must for middle schoolers. It's a who's who of historical deaths that is simultaneously fascinating, funny and very gross. From Julius Caesar to Pocahontas to Marie Curie, Bragg offers a one-two punch of information and gallows humor that older kids, especially boys, will love and want to share. Just make sure you're not in the middle of long car trip at the time!

Head on over to to learn more about Summer Reading for children, teens, and adults and sign-up today!

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

keepsake box

The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.