President’s Corner

Summer Reading

Adult Books                                    

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah uses her considerable skill as a storyteller to transport us to France during World War II and bring us the story of Isabelle and Viann, who are sisters but not friends.                                     

Any of author Diane Chamberlain books

Necessary LiesAfter losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.     

Symphony for the City of the DeadNational Book Award winner M. T. Anderson delivers a brilliant and riveting account of the Siege of Leningrad and the role played by Russian composer Shostakovich.

Force for Good – The Dalai Lama’s Vision for the World – Daniel Goleman's book A Force for Good details the Dalai Lama's urgent message for creating a better future.

Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That WayThe Smartest Kids in the World “gets well beneath the glossy surfaces of these foreign cultures and manages to make our own culture look newly strange. The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes.”

Belzhar – If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She'd be watching old comedy sketches with him. She'd be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn't be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English. But life isn't fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Between the World & Me – In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.

New Jim Crow – Mass incarcerationsThe New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.

Father’s Day – Buzz Bissinger’s memoir — a paean to his remarkable son — is tender, funny, frightening at moments when love is re-stated; even brave — which memoiristic writing rarely gets the chance to be. It also reads as unflinchingly true, which should give it a long and useful life in the reader’s heart.”

Reason I Jump – Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.

House Rules House Rules is a story by Jodi Picoult about a boy with Asperger's syndrome living in Townsend, Vermont who is accused of murder. The novel shows the struggle between the boy and his family, the law, and his disability.

Children’s Books

Beautiful Oops! – A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery.

One Word from Sophie – Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation.

The Whisper – Step inside the pages of a little girl's magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story.

Story of Diva and Flea – Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

Island of the blue Dolphin Island of the Blue Dolphins is a 1960 children’s novel written by Scott O’Dell and tells the story of a young girl stranded alone for years on an island off the California coast.

Billy’s Booger – A young lad who would rather draw than do math, spell, or gargle finds the perfect outlet for his always-on imagination in this manifesto to creative joie de vivre, featuring a book within a book.

Cranky Doodle – This unapologetically silly picture book reveals that the legendary ride to town (and the whole macaroni thing) was all suggested by Mr. Doodle’s overeager pony.

Hatchet Hatchet is a 1987 Newbery Honor-winning young-adult wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen.

Voyagers Series This multiplatform series is part sci-fi, all action-adventure. And you don't have long to wait — 6 books are coming all in one year! 

Duke – A poignant World War II story about a boy and his dog and his dad, and the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson.

Barbed Wire Baseball How One Man Brought Hope to the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII. This true story, set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, introduces children to a little-discussed part of American history

Baseball Saves Us (A companion book to Barbed Wire Baseball) – A Japanese-American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II.