Reviews and Blog Posts: summer

Bluffton : my summers with Buster

by Matt Phelan

DPL Rating:
3

Every summer is very typical for Henry Harrison until the summer of 1908, when a group of Vaudeville performers vacation nearby. Henry is infatuated with their exciting lives and hilarious performances. He quickly makes friends with one of the star performers, Buster. Henry envies Buster’s exciting life and Buster envies...

The truth of me : about a boy, his grandmother, and a very good dog

by Patricia MacLachlan

DPL Rating:
4

 Robbie cannot relate to his parents who are, again, off touring around the world with their music ensemble. Each summer Robbie looks forward to spending time with his Grandmother, Maddy.  Robbie and Maddy have a very close relationship with each other and with nature. They both enjoy spending time in...

Summer Solstice...Hurray!

Summer Days and Nights

Today is the Summer Solstice, or the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

As the earth revolves around the sun, the north pole is tilted toward the sun half the year and the south pole is tilted toward the sun the other half. Today is the day with the longest period of daylight because the sun takes its longest path through the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere the summer solstice always falls on June 20th, 21st or 22nd.

The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, takes place between December 21st and December 23rd. This occurs when the north pole is at maximum tilt away from the sun.

The Epic Novel

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Summer is supposed to be a time of long sunny days and carefree fun. Why in the world would anyone want to bog themselves down with a thousand-plus page novel? A valid question for sure, but I don't think I'm alone in taking on an epic novel this summer.

My poison of choice, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, a polarizing brick of a book full of nonsequential chapters, more characters than you can count, and 100 pages of fictional footnotes.

Celebrate Summer!

Are you ready for summer? While the kids are doing DPL's Summer of Reading Program, adults can have fun and learn at the library all summer long, too! Summer's not quite here yet, but these upcoming Fresh City Life My Branch programs will give you a taste:

Learn to make (and sample) creative Summer Salads at Schlessman on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. If you're tired of iceberg lettuce, this class is for you! Cool off mealtime while keeping it healthy with these salads that will introduce more veggies into your diet and that your whole family will love!

July is Ice Cream Appreciation Month

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Whether you make your own ice cream, or like to visit the many great local ice cream parlors, the library has the scoop on everything ice cream.

Stephen King's Summer Book Picks

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Entertainment Weekly asked Stephen King for some hot summer reading suggestions, many of which are already on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Stephen King recommends:

Oprah's Summer Book Picks

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There is no denying that Oprah can pick a book. Oprah recommends 26 books for your reading enjoyment in her July edition of O.

Some of Oprah's choices include:

Free Concerts in the Park

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Enjoy sublime music in the great outdoors for FREE this summer during City Park Jazz.

Remaining shows this season include:

Miniature Gardening

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Whether you call them miniature gardens, tabletop gardens, or fairy gardens these tiny, darling landscapes are beautiful and simple enough for anyone to create. Because they are basically container gardens, they are perfect for any space, any lighting and any conditions!

Many of our local gardening stores have miniature plants and even tiny accessories. When I was last at Rabbit Shadow Farm, they mentioned that they would be introducing their own line of fairy garden furniture this fall. Taking a class at the Denver Botanic Gardens offered by Rabbit Shadow Farms was what first got me started in fairy gardening.

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