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

www.co.bibb.ga.us/library

Washington Memorial Library

1180 Washington Ave., Macon

478-744-0800

Hours:

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

478-757-8900

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

Charles A. Lanford Branch

6504 Houston Road, Macon

478-621-6970

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

Shurling Branch

Shurlington Plaza, 1769 Shurling Drive, Macon

478-744-0875

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

West Bibb Branch

Northwest Commons, 5580 Thomaston Road, Macon

478-744-0818

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

Houston County

www.houpl.org

Centerville Library

206 Gunn Road, Centerville

478-953-4500

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

478-923-0128

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

478-987-3050

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

www.peach.public.lib.ga.us

Thomas Public Library

315 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Fort Valley

478-825-1640

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

478-956-2200

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

www.tllsga.org

Mary Vinson Memorial Library

151 S. Jefferson St., Milledgeville

478-452-0677

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

478-452-6522

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

Crawford County

Crawford County Public Library

340 McCrary St., Roberta

478-836-4478

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

478-986-6626

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

478-994-7025

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

478-945-3814

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

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