Reading Takes You Everywhere: The Cosmos Library’s summer reading program for 2018

Reading Takes You Everywhere is this year’s summer reading program for ages 3-17 at the Cosmos Public Library. Kids are welcome to sign up anytime from May 29 through the month of August.

Everyone who signs up for the summer reading program will receive a book bag, a bookmark, and a Reading Takes You Everywhere game sheet or a Teen Reading Log.

Kids will earn prizes for reaching spots on the game sheet by reading, attending library events, and being active all summer long.  A variety of small prize choices will be available for reaching these goals.  Kids can play the game over and over again all summer.  Reading all summer is important for school readiness in the fall.

Teens have the option of setting a book reading goal for the summer instead of playing the reading game, earning prizes for reaching milestones along the way.

A number of fun events are planned for this summer.  The Reading Can Take You Anywhere Magic Show with Magic Bob and Lynn Marie will be on Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the community room.  You may have seen one of his entertaining shows in the past when he went by the name “Professor Marvel.”  On Thursday, June 28, Ralph’s World will present a high-energy family concert at 2:30 p.m.  Storytime at 10:30 on Saturday, July 14, will feature the Wonder Weavers, a pair of wonderful storytellers you may remember from the years when our summer reading program was in the school.  And KARE 11 meteorologist Belinda Jensen will visit the library on Monday, August 13, at 10:00 a.m. with her Bel the Weather Girl books.

Storytimes will take place every Saturday at 10:30 this summer June 2 to August 11, with no storyhour on July 28.  The library will be hosting all-ages Lego building events each month this summer: Thursday, June 7, July 5, and August 2, from 3-4 p.m.  On Monday, June 4, kids ages 6-10 can drop in between 10:15 and 3:00 to make a travel bingo craft.  On Monday, July 23, kids ages 8-11 can participate in a 39 Clues scavenger hunt between 1:45 and 2:45 p.m.  Kids ages 7-15 can drop in between 10:15 and 3:00 on Monday, August 6, to make a fictional world map.  And on Monday, August 20, the library is hosting an afternoon of board games for teens, from 1:30 to 4:30.  There is no need to sign up for any of these activities.

Teens (age 11-18) can sign up for a tacky art contest taking place on Thursday, June 21, from 2:30-3:30 and a painting with your feet activity on Thursday, July 26, 2:30-3:30. Children ages 6-10 can sign up to make talking sticks on Thursday, July 12, from 2:30-3:30.  Pre-registration is required for these three activities.

Stay up to date with all of the library’s activities by liking the Cosmos Public Library Facebook page or visiting the website at

We hope to see you at the library this summer!

Closed Saturday

The Cosmos Library will be closed Saturday, April 14, due to the weather.

Find a Book to Finish the Winter Reading Program

by Beth Cronk, Cosmos head librarian

The adult winter reading program runs until the end of March, so if you’ve signed up, you still have a couple of weeks to turn in your book reviews.  The mugs are a really popular prize choice this year.  You will need to read and review three books to get a prize and three more to get another.

What’s new in fiction lately?  Kristin Hannah has a very popular new book, The Great Alone.  In 1974, a former Vietnam War POW impulsively moves his wife and 13-year-old daughter to Alaska so that they can live off the grid.  But the family is completely unprepared for the harsh reality of life in the wilderness.  As winter descends, the father’s mental state deteriorates, and mother and daughter learn just how alone they are.  This one has a bit of a waiting list, but reviews suggest it’s worth waiting for.

Fifty Fifty is one of James Patterson’s newest, written with Candice Fox.  This is the second book in the Detective Harriet Blue series.  In this installment, Harriet’s brother has been accused of murder, and her outburst at his trial gets this Australian detective reassigned to a tiny town in the Outback.  Harry needs to escape a man holding her hostage to save the people in the town from a mass murderer and reach a young woman in Sydney who has the information to exonerate her brother.  Thrilling stuff!

The new Girl on the Train is The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.  Books with potentially unreliable narrators have been popular since Gone Girl.  The Woman in the Window references Hitchcock movies, with the agoraphobic main character Anna spending her days watching film noir classics, drinking wine, and watching her neighbors.  Anna sees something she shouldn’t while spying on the new neighbors, but is it real or imagined?  The book is in development for a movie version.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones saw a sudden boost in popularity when Oprah picked it for her latest book club selection.  People magazine also named this its book of the week right before Oprah’s announcement.  Newlyweds in Atlanta are starting on successful careers when husband Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.  His wife struggles alone for five years and takes comfort with an old friend, and then Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned and he returns to resume his life with her.  Dealing with issues of race, marriage, and loss, reviewers say Jones has written a complex and powerful story.

If you liked Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes, you’ll want to read Still Me, the third in the series.  Louisa Clark has moved from England to New York, taking a job with an extremely rich family and trying to make a long-distance relationship work.  This installment is about Louisa learning to be herself, and it’s described as funny and charming.

Winter isn’t quite over yet, and March often brings snowstorms.  Pick up a novel or two and make the best of it.

Happy Pi Day!

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