Summer One Church One Read
Ten copies of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman—the Library Committee’s selection for the Summer One Church One Read book—are available for checkout in the OSL Library.
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.
Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly man who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kind of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. It is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
Stop by the Library to check out or reserve a copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, then join in the discussion on September 23 at 10:00 a.m., in the Conference Room.
Sunday 8:30 a.m.–noon
Monday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.–noon
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.–noon
2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 a.m.–noon and 4:30–6:30 p.m.
“Reading Rocks” Summer Reading Program Runs through August 5
The OSL Library’s reading program, “Reading Rocks,” is underway and will run through August 5. Each day they check out items, children, youth, and adults will receive a treat and have their book receipt entered in a weekly drawing for a $5 gift card.
In addition, the child, youth, and adult who read the most books in their category during the program will receive a $15 gift card. Throughout the nine-week program, Library staff will track and display the number of books each person reads on vinyl records on the bulletin board in the center of the Library.
Monthly Book Club for Adults
The Book Club for Adults meets at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the OSL Library to discuss that month’s novel. The July 26 selection will be A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.
I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
Join this exciting community of readers! A list of the 2018 selections is available in the OSL Library.
New for Adults
The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton. After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans.
Instead, Sara learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering her grandmother’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there. Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career.
Amid drywall dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected. Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed her grandmother’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.
When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.
Additional New Titles for Adults
• The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson
• The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
• The Summer House by Jenny Hale
New for Middle-
and High-School Youth
Endling #1: The Last by Katherine Applegate. The author of the action-packed Animorphs series and the award-winning The One and Only Ivan takes us on an unforgettable journey in this first book of an epic middle-grade series.
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near-extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species, the Endling, so she sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true.
Along the way, she meets new allies—animals and humans alike—who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. Although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family, one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.
Additional New Titles for Middle- and High-School
• Worldquake #1: Dragon’s Green by Scarlet Thomas
• Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
• Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
New Chapter, Picture,
and Early Reader Books
Dragon Masters: Chill of the Ice Dragon by Tracey West. In the ninth book of this series, a Dragon Master named Mina arrives at the castle. She tells Drake and his friends that her kingdom in the Far North Lands was attacked by a magical Ice Giant.
Everything there was frozen but Mina escaped. Only a fire dragon can unfreeze her land and defeat the terrible Ice Giant, but Rori and Vulcan are no longer at the castle! Can the Dragon Masters find them in time to help their new friend?
Additional New Chapter Books
• Eerie Elementary: The Science Fair Is Freaky! by Jack Chabert
• The Jewel Fairies: India the Moonstone Fairy by Daisy Meadows
New Early Readers
• Brave Fire Truck by Melinda Melton Crow
• Rabbit & Robot and Ribbit by Cece Bell
New Picture Books
• Pet This Book by Jessica Young and Daniel Wiseman
• There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher