#SummerLearning loss is a significant contributor to the #AchievementGap. #KeepKidsLearning


summer learning dayToday is Summer Learning Day! #KeepKidsLearning attend a library program or visit Hot Topic – Club Read Kids or Hot Topic – Club Read Teens for some fun activities or a good book to read! Pledge to keep kids learning http://bit.ly/SLDPledge

#ClubRead Selection: Red Berries White Clouds Blue Sky Grades 3-5


red berriesRed Berries White Clouds Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn’t speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi’s family is ostracized. Things get much worse. Suspected as a spy, Tomi’s father is taken away. The rest of the Itano family is sent to an internment camp in Colorado. Many other Japanese American families face a similar fate. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her and her family like the enemy. What does she need to do to prove she is an honorable American? Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.

Read about the author on Hot Topic – Club Read Kids

Big news this week for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey! New Chapter for “Fifty Shades” Fans


greyFifty Shades of Grey author E. L. James made big news last week with a surprise announcement: a new book, Grey, due out June 18 worldwide. The novel provides a different perspective; while James’s original trilogy was told from the perspective of Anastasia Steele, this new title focuses on the story from Christian Grey’s point of view. James remains cryptic about exactly what this means, leading fans to speculate about whether Grey retells the same events as Fifty Shades, or features a whole new storyline. Either way, this is big news for those who’ve followed the characters through three wildly popular novels and a blockbuster film version. (And quite possibly a way to tide fans over until the next film releases in 2017!) Get on the list today for Grey.

Available in eBook format as well; holds can be placed on Tuesday June 16th in the eMedia Catalog!

Join the club, school’s out and summer reading is here!


2015 club readDon’t know what to read? Visit Club Read for Kids or Club Read for Teens to find hundred’s of reading suggestions.

Get Two eAudio Books Each Week for Free with SYNC


syncSYNC is a free summer audiobook program for young adults (13+). Starting  May 7th 2015, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at www.audiobooksync.com.

For more summer reading suggestions visit Club Read for Teens.