Summer reading and more

There are a lot of things to do on Mercer Island outside in the summer, but sometimes curling up with a nice book is just as good.

For those looking for new reading material or new ways to enjoy the written word, the Mercer Island library has a wide variety of options.

The King County Library System’s annual summer reading program will be held throughout the next several months.

This summer, KCLS chose the theme of “One World, Many Stories,” and kicked things off on June 13.

School-aged readers from 5 and up can read for at least 20 minutes a day, keep track of their minutes and record them in their summer reading folders. A special preschool program was added this year for the first time for kids up to 4 years old.

Learn more by contacting the library at 232-4481 or by visiting

Help others learn about the inspiring world of books with the Mercer Island Library’s 2011 Reading Buddies program.

The program runs on Mondays from June 27 through Aug. 8, except for July 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteers are asked to read for at least two sessions, and a training session is available.

Two references are required for interested reading buddies.

Learn more and download the applications at or contact Carrie Bowman at or 236-3537.

Kids age 4 and up are invited on Thursday, June 30, to the Mercer Island Library at 2 p.m. to watch and listen to an Appalachian fairy tale come to life in the “Jack and the Dragon” puppet show.

Presented by the Oregon Shadow Theatre group, kids will watch as various fairy tales take to the stage in the show sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library.

The show is performed in a dark room and may not be appropriate for very young children.

For teen readers back this summer is the KCLS program “Read Three, Get One Free” event.

The summer edition of the contest features a grand prize drawing for a laptop computer.

The book review and reward program is available at any KCLS branch, including Mercer Island. Teens in middle school and high school can choose a free paperback book for each of the three books that are read and reviewed.

Drawings are held each month for reviews, which must be entered by June 30 for this month. The final prize drawing will be held on Sept. 10.

To learn more, visit

Even though students and teachers are on a break for a couple of months, for anyone looking to stay up-to-date on education topics, there is a recommended summer reading list from the education Web site Edutopia. The list is for new teachers, but includes some good titles.

Books include:

• “Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?” by Paula Rutherford

• “Beyond Smarter: Mediated Learning and the Brain’s Capacity for Change” by Reuven Feuerstein, Rafael S. Feuerstein, Louis H. Falik

• “Fred Jones’ Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation” by Fredric H. Jones, Patrick Jones, Jo Lynn, Fred Jones

• “Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year” by Esme Raji Codell

• “Star Teachers of Children in Poverty” by Martin Haberman

• “Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College” by Doug Lemov

• “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin

• “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children” by Gloria Ladson-Billings

• “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher” by Harry Wong and Rosemary T. Wong

• “The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child” by Donalyn Miller

Scholastic offers a long list of summer reading recommendations for children in all age groups. Selections for kids in the 8 to 10-year age bracket include:

• “Atemis the Brave” by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

• “Bud, not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis

• “Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee

• “Duel of the Ironclads: the Monitor vs. the Virginia” by Patrick O’Brien

Visit for more reading lists for all ages.

For adult readers looking for hot new titles this summer, check out this list of new releases recommended by, either already out or coming out this summer.

• “Smokin’ Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel” by Janet Evanovich

• “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest” by Stieg Larsson

• “Against All Enemies” by Tom Clancy

• “A Visit From the Good Squad” by Jennifer Egan

• “Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel” by S.J. Watson

• “The Snowman” by Jo Nesbo

• “Now You See Her” by James Patterson


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