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by Goodall Library Staff

Our Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program for youth and for adults ended on August 21st and it was a huge success! We had 196 participants in this year’s Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program, all of whom read a total of over 4,000 books. The staff here at Goodall Library is so proud of all our readers and can’t wait to have some more logging fun in the Winter Reading Program in a few months.

We also want to say thank you so much to everyone who was able to join in on our End of Summer Reading Celebration at Belgian Meadows Farm on Saturday. It was a perfect day and we couldn’t be happier. After a totally virtual summer reading program last year, this day of fun in the sun was exactly what everyone needed. A very special thank you as well to Steve and Alicia for hosting us at their lovely farm, and to their horses Honey and Baby (and of course their dog Sammy) for providing some amazing wagon rides. See more photos below.

Congratulations to our Top Youth Summer Readers: Calvin D, Braedan D, and Tristan S.

Congratulations as well to our Adult Summer Reading Raffle Winners: Kaitlyn Eastman, Keri Porter, and Denise Dowey. You can pick up your baskets at the library any time during our open hours. Wonderful job to all our participants, winners or not – enjoy the rest of your summer!

Miss Nicole’s Online Story Times will continue on Thursdays in September, with older videos available to view any time on the library’s Facebook page. There will be a Back to School Craft Kit available to pick up in the lobby from September 1st – 4th while supplies last. In-person story times and LEGO Club are set to begin at the library again in October. Our rescheduled Harry Potter Trivia event is set for September 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Finally, we have tons of New Books in all areas of the library. Check out some of our recommendations below!

  • Adult Fiction: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. A quirky, big-hearted novel, this is one of many books we have at the library by this beloved author. Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. Each of the diverse captives carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be.
  • Adult Non-fiction: How to Survive America by D.L. Hughley. Dubbed “hilarious yet soul-shaking,” this survival guide is aimed at black and brown Americans and offers some perspective on how to survive in today’s crazy world. There is plenty of humor and sass, but a lot of hard-hitting facts as well.
  • Young Adult: The Poetry of Secrets by Cambria Gordon. This stunning new fiction novel has something for everyone: a forbidden love, a hidden faith, and a dangerous life in the shadows. Set in Spain in 1481, it tells the story of Isabel Perez, a young woman who is arranged to marry a man who could better her family’s standing in society, but who would rather follow her heart, write poetry, and be with a man who she would never be allowed to wed.
  • Children’s: The Shark Book by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page. In this beautifully illustrated nonfiction title, kids can explore the astonishing lives of sharks and learn to appreciate them as well. It presents info on 42 different shark species, containing good detail without feeling overwhelming. Recommended for ages 6 – 10.
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