Dear Reader,
   We had a blast at our Harry Potter release party and I think our guests did too. We have books if you need one.

   Remember how your kid had a list of books to read this summer?
   And see the calendar and how it's almost time for school! Smart parent! You waited til now so that the book would be fresh in their mind. So come and get what you need. Better yet, place the order online and we'll get it as quickly as we can.
   Friday night is First Friday and we're looking forward to introducing you
to Margo Rivera-Weiss, our featured artist for August. Her paintings and prints are already delighting us and we think they will want to go home with you. 6-9 Friday, be here. The art will be up all month.

   Saturday bring the kids to meet author Audra Caravas and her new book I Can Make a Difference that helps kids know how our laws are made and that everyone can help make our community better.  1 to 3pm.

   Also for kids is an hour long writing workshop with no less than the amazing Marissa Moss on Saturday the 13th. Noon to 1 your budding writer (or illustrator) can get tips and instruction from the author of many books and now also the publisher of many more.  Call to reserve a spot.

   Many more interesting things coming up so check the website.

   And now, on with the books!

Happy reading!

The Big Book of Science Fiction $25  Quite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time-past, present, and future!
What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you'll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more.

Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong $26  Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly forty million Americans were tuning in weekly. Even if you weren't a fan, you likely know about a great number of references.

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon $9.95 In this sexy, heart-stopping tale, one smart, sizzling mami robs the rich and protects the exploited--until one heist too many puts everything at stake. . .
Marisol Rivera barely survived being abused with nowhere to turn. So there's nothingshe won't do to keep her Lower East Side women's health clinic open and give disadvantaged women new lives. Running an exclusive escort service for New York City's rich and powerful 1% is the perfect way to bankroll her business--not to mention the perfect cover for robbing corrupt CEOs. And when times get even tougher, pulling a heist on a mega-billionaire will secure the clinic's future--and her gorgeous crew's--for good. . .  Local author!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany $29.99 Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play received its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Younger Readers

Wolf Camp by Andrea Zuill $16.99
Homer is a dog . . . but he also secretly fancies himself part wolf. So when an invitation to attend WOLF CAMP ("Where every dog can live as a wolf for a week") falls out of his kibble bag one morning, he's determined to go. After his people finally agree, Homer boards the bus bound for Wolf Camp, along with fellow campers Trixie and Rex. They're greeted on the other end by wolf counselors Fang and Grrr ("they seem nice"), and what follows is an array of wolf activities, including learning to howl, mark, and hunt. Of course, Homer's a little homesick at times, and the food isn't very good, but that just makes heading home all the sweeter.

The Quantum Realm, Philly the Photon by Mark Montgomery  $14.95 This is a locally written book for the 5th through 8th grade set. Physics based and a good book for that science kid who might get bored easily and you want to hook them!

Book Club pick for August 18 
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Next meeting is Thursday, August 18, 6:15.
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While scholarshipping at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.


Join us to meet authors in person.
August 8 1pm
author Audra Caravas
I Can Make A Difference
August 7 First Friday  6-9pm
Featured Artist
Margo Rivera-Weiss

August 11
Janet Chapple talks
about Yellowstone

Check the website for more events! 
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