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As in past years, Lily will spend the summer in Rockaway, in her family's summer house by the Atlantic Ocean.  But this summer of 1944, World War II has changed everyone's life.  Lily's best friend, Margaret, has moved to a wartime factory town, and, much worse, Lily's father is going overseas to the war.

There's no one Lily's age in Rockaway until the arrival of Albert, a refugee from Hungary with a secret sewn into his coat.  Albert has lost most of his family in the war; he's been through things Lily cannot imagine.  But soon they form a special friendship.  Now Lily and Albert have secrets to share: They both have told lies, and Lily has told one that may cost Albert his life.

Join us in the Youth Department on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30 to discuss this excellent book about family, friendship, honesty, separation and loss.  Snacks will be served.

Posted by: Jahnke
on September 27, 2014

For twelve-year-old Lucy Crandall, the last week of August is the most perfect time in the world.  It is when everything she has been worried about---her overprotective mother, her best friend Megan's obsession with being popular, and Eddie, the neighborhood boy with Down syndrome who keeps insisting their friends-----melts away, and she gets to visit Grams at the cabin in Crescent Lake, California.  Grams has a way of making Lucy feel centered, like one of the pots on her kick wheel----perfect, steady, and completely at peace.

But as Lucy's week with Grams turns into a roller coaster of surprises----some good, some awful-----suddenly Grams doesn't seem to be so steady anymore.  And Lucy cannot help but wonder: How is she supposed to find her own center, without Grams to show her?

The Last Best Days of Summer is a refreshing look at both growing up and growing old, and the joy and pain that close relationships can bring.

Join us on Thursday, September 25th at 6:30 to discuss this excellent novel and enjoy some snacks.

Posted by: Jahnke
on August 25, 2014


1 girl, age 13

2 parents, divorced

1 dog, big and friendly

1 cranky old neighbor

1 stepmom, expecting twins

1 cute cooking partner

Lots of eggs

Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients without crowding the pan.  And don't forget to sprinkle in a quirky cooking teacher, a missing cat, and a few snob dinners with Celebrity Chef Dad.  Stir gently!

Join us in the youth department on Thursday, August 21st at 6:30 to discuss this delicious book.  Snacks will be served!

Posted by: Jahnke
on July 26, 2014

For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is filled with doodlebugs, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the 4th of July.  But the summer of 1964 is different.  Glory, as everyone knows her, is eager to turn twelve.  There are times though, when she wishes she could turn back the clock a year.  Maybe it is the new girl from the North----with her black socks and clunky sandals----that's got everyone out of sorts.  Or maybe its the debate about whether or not to keep the town's segregated pool open.  It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool keep changing.  Now she has to summon the courage to find out what is true and who is lying.

In the meantime, Glory's older sister, Jesslyn, is growing up, and she no longer wants to spend time with Glory.  Jesslyn only wants to spend time with her new boyfriend, Robbie.  And Glory's best friend, Frankie, is angry with Glory.  And Yankee Freedom workers are in town this summer, unsettling the residents of Hanging Moss.

The summer of 1964 is not at all like Glory expected it to be.  What else can happen?


Join us on Thursday, July24th at 6:30 in the evening, to discuss this memorable story about family, friendships and choices that aren't always easy. 

Posted by: Jahnke
on June 30, 2014

When 10 year-old Allie learns that her family will be moving from a two-family home to their very own house, she is hesitant until she finds out they will be living on a street with the magical name of Strawberry Hill.  That changes everything!  The new house though, is in Stamford, Conneticut, far from her current home in New Haven.  Allie's father is lucky to find the new job in Stamford.  Jobs are hard to get during The Great Depression.

  But strawberries are not the only things Allie will have to look for in her new neighborhood.  As Allie struggles to find a new "best friend" and adjust to all of the changes she faces, she takes readers on her journey to make Strawberry Hill feel like home.

Join us on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 in the evening to discuss Strawberry Hill and enjoy some snacks.

Posted by: Jahnke
on May 23, 2014


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