Upcoming Programs

Thursday, July 11 from 7 to 8:30 PM, Central Library Auditorium

The SPL and Chef JJ Gonson of Cuisine en Locale are partnering to offer two cooking classes this growing season. 

 Monday, July 15 from 5:30 to 8 pm, Central Library Auditorium

Transform a discarded book into a fairy garden in this hands-on workshop!  All materials will be provided.We love children, but this program is for adults only.  Registration is required. 

Monday, July 22 from 6 to 8 PM, West @ TAB, 167 Holland St, 2nd Floor 

Join us for a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Party! For kids of all ages. Ages 8 and under, please bring your grown up.

Thursday, July 25 from noon to 8 pm, Central Library Lawn

It's time for our annual Summer Jam on the Library Lawn! 

Wednesday, August 21 from 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm, Central Library Lawn

Join us for an outdoor screening of the 1982 Spielberg classic! Bring your comfiest chairs and blankets. 
Beach Reads Recommendations
Adult Recommendations 

It's summer time and the living and reading is easy! Here is some of our favorite beach reads recommended by our staff, courtesy of Julie, Mary, and Kerry from Central.

Julie took this on vacation with her this year.  It's not a light read, but it is gripping and very funny.  

Recommended by Julie
Salad ideas for summer's lighter meals, side dishes, or to take to cookouts. Change up your same old lettuce and dressing routine with these quick and easy variations.

Recommended by Mary
This lovely four part series traces the evolving friendship of two women growing up in Naples, Italy over a lifetime. If you love complex and realistic women characters and a stunning setting, give it a try.
Recommended by Melinda
Feel the Louisiana heat in this stand-alone novel; following young Calla Lily through 25 years of lessons in love, loss, and perseverance. 
Recommended by Kerry

Still looking for more? See the Staff Picks page! 
Young Adult Recommendations

This issue's YA recommendations come from Karen and Kerry at Central.

This compelling political thriller -- a 2019 Printz Honor award winner -- will draw you into the treacherous world of the student senate and honor council at a Los Angeles prep school.

Recommended by Karen

Des, Bea, Kat, and Vi might be sisters, but they're very different. The Garrett sisters story will resonate with anyone with multiple siblings, or those who've learned that one summer can change everything

Recommended by Kerry

Children's Recommendations
This issue's recommendations come courtesy of Alison at West Branch and Wendy and Kerry of Central.
When a human family heads off on a camping trip, animals move into their house for their own vacation. At the end of the week, *everyone* is ready to get back to their own home.
Recommended by Alison
A  gorgeously illustrated  book   is a family favorite of Wendy's. It is the quintessential picture  book  of what summering in Maine is like!

Recommended by Wendy
Grumpy Old Man Fookwire just wants to paint beautiful birds in his backyard. When some squirrels spoil his plans he gets very upset, but can they charm him and change his mind? Silly, laugh-out-loud fun!.

Recommended by Kerry

With illustrations that are just made for a summer's day, this  book  is as beautiful as its predecessors. It will capture your heart as well as your imagination. Stunning, and absolutely a must-read.

Recommended by Kerry

Summer Reading for Adults!

Summer Reading isn't just for kids anymore! Stop by any of the SPL locations to pick up a bingo sheet. 
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