By Katie Sokeland

It’s been cold, and there has been rain and snow, and not enough sunshine, but do you know what I cannot stop thinking about? Summer; I cannot stop thinking about summer, specifically Take Control: Have a Text Adventure, EVPL’s summer reading program. Summer may seem so far away, but your dedicated EVPL staff has been planning ahead. I myself have been focused on curating lists of recommended books for all readers to try during Our Summer 2018 (or anytime).

This is a really fun project for me; something I look forward to, because I love recommending books. I love looking at lists of books, and making lists of books. Even more than that, I love imagining how these books might inform, entertain, and delight readers.

For Our Summer 2018, I wanted to involve as many EVPL staff members in making the recommended reading lists as wanted to be involved, so I invited the entire staff to recommend titles for the lists. Since collecting those recommendations, five staff members and I have been working with members of the collection development team to make the final selections. We hope you’ll find something on one of our lists that you really like, or maybe even love. Here’s a little preview of some of the titles on the lists:

Preschool Kids
Emma and Julia Love Ballet, written & illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Little Quack’s Hide and Seek, written by Lauren Thompson, & illustrated by Derek Anderson

Easy Readers
Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini
We are Growing! by Laurie Keller

School Age Kids
Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities by Jamie Ambrose
Insert Coin to Continue by John David Anderson

Game On!: Video Game History from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft, and More by Dustin Hansen
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank


Katie Sokeland

Katie Sokeland

Katie has worked for the EVPL since 2001, but was an avid library user long before that. She is always looking for new ways to share her love of reading.

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