Librarian offer top picks for summer reading

Center for Collaborative JournalismMay 4, 2014 

With so many choices, it can be challenging to find fun summer reads for adults and kids alike.

Local librarians share their top lists for good summer books, from award-winning children’s books to sequels and series installations.

Melanie Duncan, the branch librarian at Shurling Library, suggests Robert Galbraith’s book “The Silkworm.” J.K. Rowling’s pseudonymous work as Galbraith has established her as an author to watch, Duncan said, and the library expects to see as high of a demand as with the first title.

“Her second in the Cormoran Strike series is eagerly anticipated by Rowling and Galbraith fans,” she said.

Duncan’s Top 10 summer reads with release dates

• “Mr. Mercedes,” by Stephen King, June

• “The Silkworm,” by Robert Galbraith, June

• “Top Secret Twenty-One,” by Janet Evanovich, June

• “Invisible,” by James Patterson and David Ellis, June

• “The City,” by Dean Koontz, July

• “A Perfect Life,” by Danielle Steel, July

• “The Girls of August,” by Anne Rivers Siddons, July

• “Cut and Thrust,” by Stuart Woods, July

• “Power Play,” by Catherine Coulter, July

• “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride,” by Carl Weber, August

Yolanda Young, the children’s specialist librarian for Perry Public Library selected “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures” to be included in her summer reading list for kids because it was nominated for the 2014 Newberry Award.

“It is great for readers of junior fiction and comic books,” she said. The book comes equipped with comic book-style and full-page illustrations. Plus, Kate DiCamillo is a popular author who also wrote “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “The Tale of Despereaux,” Young said.

Young’s Top 10 summer reads for children

• “Bridge to Terabithia,” by Katherine Paterson

• “The Secret Garden,” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

• “Inside Out & Back Again,” by Thanhha Lai

• “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” by Brian Selznick

• “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” by C.S. Lewis

• “The Lightning Thief,” by Rick Riordan

• “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” by Lemony Snicket

• “Beezus and Ramona,” by Beverly Cleary

• Any of Mo Willems’ books

• “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” by Kate DiCamillo

Bibb County

Washington Memorial Library

1180 Washington Ave., Macon



Adult Reference and Junior Room: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Genealogical and Historical Room and Middle Georgia Archives: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

Macon Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Riverside Branch

Rivergate Shopping Center, 110 Holiday Drive N., Macon


Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Charles A. Lanford Branch

6504 Houston Road, Macon


Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Shurling Branch

Shurlington Plaza, 1769 Shurling Drive, Macon


Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

West Bibb Branch

Northwest Commons, 5580 Thomaston Road, Macon


Hours: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Houston County

Centerville Library

206 Gunn Road, Centerville


Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Nola Brantley Memorial Library

721 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins


Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Perry Public Library

1201 Washington St., Perry


Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Friday; noon-8 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Peach County

Thomas Public Library

315 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Fort Valley


Hours: 9:30 a.m.-87p.m. Monday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Byron Public Library

105 Church St., Byron


Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesday; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Baldwin County

Mary Vinson Memorial Library

151 S. Jefferson St., Milledgeville


Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

Lake Sinclair Library

130 Log Cabin Road, Suite D, Milledgeville


Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

Crawford County

Crawford County Public Library

340 McCrary St., Roberta


Hours: 1-7 p.m. Monday; and 10 a.m.-noon and 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

Jones County

Jones County Public Library

146 Railroad Ave., Gray


Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Monroe County

Monroe County Library

62 W. Main St., Forsyth


Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Twiggs County

Twiggs County Public Library

101 Ash St., Jeffersonville


Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday

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