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Summer Reading 2012

Well, the end has come – books have been read, jugglers watched, donuts eaten, and all the stars have been counted. This was a stupendous, record-breaking summer! Attendance for all events saw a 109% increase from last year. Thank you so much for coming to the library this summer. It was wonderful to see such happy, shining faces and to make so many new friends.

Animal Masks!

Summer Reading crafters made birthday hats, masks, dream catchers, lightning bugs and shooting stars. Summer Reading attendees saw two theater performances, some old school Disney movies, a magic show, a singer, a storyteller and a juggler. And of course, Summer Reading readers read and read and read. Readers read so much they filled three big jars with stars. 7100 stars to be exact.

Chatham Community Library summer readers earned 7100 stars, which is 3550 hours, which is almost 148 days, which is almost 21 weeks, which is over 5 months of reading. That is a lot of reading!

Another fun fact, if you laid all 7100 stars end to end, it would equal 7100 inches. 7100 inches is almost 592 feet, which is over 197 yards, which is almost two football fields worth of stars. That is a lot of stars!

So many stars!

Great job, everyone! Thank you all for a great summer!!!


Take the Caldecott Challenge

The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the artist of the most distinguished picture book of the year (determined by the Association for Library Service for Children).

You can find a full list of winners and honorees here.

We’ve pulled all the winners and put them on display so you can take the Caldecott Challenge. Read as many Caldecott books as you can and earn special stars for Summer Reading! Come in to the library to ask for more details.

Great Summer Reads: Three Times Lucky

Can you believe it is almost the end of July? Neither can we. July brings good news though – we have new books! One of the books we have been waiting impatiently for is Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Here is what Christie has to say about the book:

Mo Lobeau is one funny and sassy gal. Just when she thinks her summer is going to be easy as pie, a fancy pants detective from Winston Salem rides into town just as poor Mr. Jesse ends up dead. How could I not fall in love with this hilarious group of characters (including Mo’s best friend Dale Earnhardt Johnson III and his dog Queen Elizabeth II)? This mystery/ adventure is the perfect middle grade read especially for Carolinians.

Just a few more weeks of Summer Reading, so come by and check out some brand new books!

Our summer reading picks

In anticipation of summer vacations full of summer reading, the staff at Chatham Community Library offer up these great recommendations for your summer reading pleasure…

Amy: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.

Visit the Channel Islands during World War II and honor creativity in adversity! It’s the power of books and community told through letters.



Brendan: Lost Rights by David Howard

I’m currently reading Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic for Chatham Community Library’s July Book Club meeting. It’s the story of how North Carolina’s original copy of the Bill of Rights was stolen during the Civil War and recently rediscovered in an FBI sting operation, and its convoluted journey through many hands along the way. Come talk about it with us on July 3 at 6:45 pm at the Chatham Community Library!

Dana: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

This well-researched historical thriller launches the Benjamin Weaver series, in which a boxer-turned-private investigator travels through the seedy underworld of eighteenth-century London in pursuit of thieves and debtors. Weaver (a Jew among Christians, adding yet another layer of interest to the story) becomes entangled in the world of finance and scandal leading up to the world’s first stock-market crash, brought about by speculation in the South Sea Company’s stock. If you want a rollicking good read without even realizing you’re also getting a bit of a history lesson (the beginnings of speculative trading, anyone?), you won’t be able to get enough of this series.

Megan: On Writing by Stephen King

Summer always puts me in creative-mode, and Stephen King’s classic memoir is full of both writing advice and hilarious life stories. A perfect lead-in to our summer edition of National Novel Writing Month this July!


Molly: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

Jane Eyre was written in 1847 and is the story of orphaned unloved Jane, self-described as “poor, plain, and little.” The novel, told in the passionate first person voice of Jane herself, chronicles the narrator’s life from age 10 through adulthood. While the story contains elements of romance, I would argue that it is a book primarily about one person’s quest for self-determination. Jane is caught in a time and place (19th century England) in which her role in the world is pre-determined. She does not accept this fate, however. There is a mystery at the heart of the book, too, which I won’t spoil. After reading Jane Eyre, definitely try Jean Rhys’s, Wide Sargasso Sea. While the book is technically a prequel to Jane Eyre, it was written over a century after Bronte published her novel, in 1966. This book follows the story of Antoinette, a brilliant and troubled creole woman from the Bahamas. To say more would be to ruin the surprise of both books.

Jennifer’s picks: Find yourself taking a “stay-cation” this year? Three outstanding new books will transport you to different times and places–from the deep woods of Michigan to the Blue Ridge of Virginia and North Carolina–hold you tighter than a patch of brambles, and haunt you like ballads “way over yonder in the minor key,” as Woody Guthrie put it.

The protagonist of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s Once Upon a River, Margo, is a teen abandoned by her mother. She’s learned most of what she knows on the river and is as sure a shot as her idol, Annie Oakley. After a tragedy forces her from her home, she survives in the wild on a search for her mother. This is a young woman who makes choices, though they aren’t always good ones, and faces challenges with a calm assurance. In a nutshell, Campbell has created a female Homer who overcomes trial after trial to return home—to herself. Although no Pulitzer prize for fiction was awarded this year, this book was long rumored to be in the running.

Ron Rash and Robert Goolrick are masters of atmosphere, and their newest novels ring with moonshine and high lonesome mystery. Neither Heading Out to Wonderful nor The Cove reach the art achieved in A Reliable Wife or Serena, but both are beautifully written mountain tales that evoke the sights, sounds, and smells of the Virginia and North Carolina Blue Ridge and readers would be missing stories as memorable and compelling as fairy tales.

Open Goolrick’s Heading Out to Wonderful and you won’t be able to stop reading until the bitter end. In 1948, “Charlie Beale drove into town out of nowhere in an old beat-up pickup truck. On the seat beside him were two suitcases. One was thin cardboard. . .and in it were. . .a set of butcher knives, sharp as razors. . .The other one was made of tin and. . .it was filled with money. A lot of money.” Then the handsome, mysterious stranger not only meets the ethereally beautiful wife of the meanest man in Brownsburg, Virginia, but draws the four-year-old son of his new employer into a train-wreck of a tale that will remind you of Long Black Veil, Tom Dooley, and other traditional tragic songs.

In The Cove, the suspicious inhabitants of Mars Hill, North Carolina have labeled Laurel Shelton a witch, though they accept her brother Hank, who has returned home from World War I minus one arm. The gloomy, secluded cove where she and her brother have spent their lives is widely believed to be cursed. One day Laurel follows the sound of flute music emanating from a swath of rhododendron and discovers a mysterious stranger. Dressed in rags, he has a note pinned to his shirt explaining that his name is Walter, he is mute, and he needs to get to New York. Hank and Laurel want to keep Walter in the cove as long as possible; Hank in order to make improvements to the homestead so he can leave the cove for good, and Laurel because she sees in Walter her only hope for happiness. When Walter’s dangerous secret is unwittingly revealed to a vigilante, the story steams full-tilt to its dramatic ending. Readers will want to learn more about the true events that inspired this story.

If you are still looking for books to read, here are more recommendations:

NPR’ s 2012 Summer Books Series

Goodreads Popular Summer Reading Shelves

Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads

Library Journal: Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Don’t forget: summer reading isn’t just for kids! Chatham Community Library is pleased to offer its first summer reading program for adults, Between the Covers. Click here to sign up.

Great Summer Reads: Bink and Gollie

Summer Reading Starts today! You can come by and sign up for summer reading. Every thirty minutes you read this summer equals a chance to win great prizes. Here is our jar that will be filled with glow in the dark stars (one for every thirty minutes read this summer). Hopefully by August 11th we will have filled it to the top!

We are also starting a new series of blog posts to recommend books we think will make awesome summer reads. Please come by or email us with books you think are perfect for reading in the summer.

Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrations by Tony Fucile

Meet Bink and Gollie, two precocious little girls — one tiny, one tall, and both utterly irrepressible. Setting out from their super-deluxe tree house and powered by plenty of peanut butter (for Bink) and pancakes (for Gollie), they share three comical adventures involving painfully bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion. No matter where their roller skates take them, at the end of the day they will always be the very best of friends. (from Random House)

We love Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie, Tale of Despereaux, and many other great books) and Alison McGhee, so it is no surprise that we also love this collaboration with bonus illustrations by Tony Fucile! This book is the first in a series that is a great beginning chapter book for ages 6 and up.

Summer Reading Starts Next Week

Summer reading is days away. We are very excited and we hope you are too! Join us next week to register and stay to see Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets at 7:00.

Summer Reading is around the corner!

Summer Reading calendars are available at the library now! We hope you are as excited as we are about the upcoming festivities. We have a lot of exciting events planned this year as well as the usual reading challenge. Stay tuned for more detailed information. The Library’s event calendar will also have Summer Reading information.

Jaguar Stones

We had a great time hosting J &P Voelkel back in March. Their performance was top notch and everyone had a blast. Over 30 people lined up to eat mealworms! Many thanks to the Voelkel’s for visiting and teaching us so much about the Maya. Can’t wait for book three in the series, The River of No Return, that comes out this fall! Book 1 and 2 are here at the library for you to check out. Be on the lookout for a special summer reading prize from the Voelkels.

J & P Voelkel and Pigeon