Read a Biography

There’s still time to work on your July Summer Challenge Sheet! Have you read a biography or memoir yet? Biographies are a fantastic genre because they give a glimpse of another person’s life. They can inspire or challenge you. And, reading about other people’s lives can be beneficial to your own.

Here are a few biographies and memoirs to check out:

 

Indira by Katherine Frank – Indira Ghandi was reluctant to enter politics. She was educated at schools in Switzerland, England and India while her father and many family members were in and out of jail during the Independence Movement in India. After the deaths of her husband, her fathers, and independent India’s first leader she joined politics in order to realize the dream of an independent country.

Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin – Read about Iftin’s path to US citizenship. He grew up in Somalia and loved American culture as a young child and learned English by listening to American music. But when a radical Islamist group rose to power in 2006, it became dangerous to celebrate any kind of Western culture. Iftin used his language skills to post secret dispatches to NPR and the Internet in order to make a living, and found an audience of worldwide listeners. But as life in Somalia grew more dangerous, Ilftin had no choice but to flee to Kenya as a refugee.

Sick by Porochista Khapour – Khapour doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t sick. Several hospitalizations and $100,000 later, Khapour finally learns that she has Lyme disease. Read about her long, emotional journey and how she deals with the American medical system.

Well That Escalated Quickly by Franchesca Ramsey – The comedian and activist shares her advice on how to deal with internet trolls, low-key racists and social media in general.

How To American by Jimmy Yang – Jimmy Yang is a standup comedian and actor. In his hilarious memoir, he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant and how pursuing a Hollywood career went against the dreams of his parents.

Fairy Tales for Adults

Who says fairy tales are just for kids? Fairy tales originated from oral storytelling as far back as 6th century BC and were intended for adults. Fairy tales have been found in almost every culture; the first known literary version of Cinderella was written in China around 850 AD.

Listed below are fairy tales for adults- some are re-imagined tales and others incorporate fairy-tale elements. So, read some fairy tales and check off a box on your July Summer Challenge Sheet!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – A young girl, Vasya, is born in a small village in the wilderness of Russia and with the birth, a stranger gives the new father, Pytor, a beautiful necklace, meant for the child. Pytor hides the gift away, unsure of the gift. Vasya grows up to be a rambunctious child and when dark forces threaten their village Vasya discovers that she, armed with the necklace, may be the only one who can help.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – Alaska in 1920 was an unforgiving place to homestead. Jack and Mabel want to have a child, but haven’t been able to and instead have been drifting apart. But during the season’s first snowfall the couple build a child out of snow. The next day the snow child is gone, but they do see a young girl running through the trees. The young girl lives alone in the woods so Jack and Mabel take her in as their own daughter, but not everything about the girl is wonderful as it seems.

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire – from the author of Wicked, comes the mysterious backstory of the Nutcracker. Discover the story of how the Nutcracker is carved and guides a girl through a dreamland on Christmas Eve.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – Two mythical creatures, Chava and Ahmad, journey through turn-of-the-century New York and form an unlikely friendship. They take human forms and live in the growing immigrant community. But danger is near and threatens them both.

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

 

JMRL will begin its annual Summer Reading Challenge tomorrow, June 1. Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Simply pick up the first challenge sheet at any branch or download it from jmrl.org/summer to get started. Complete five library-related challenges to earn a prize each month, June through August. Turn in the sheets at any branch to claim a prize, and receive an entry into the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for every five challenges you complete. With up to a total of 25 challenges on each of the three sheets, you can earn up to 15 grand prize entries.

Grand prize winners will be drawn after August 31. One child at each branch will receive a gift card to either Barnes & Noble or a local bookstore, one teen at each branch will receive an Amazon gift card, and one adult at each branch will receive an Amazon Kindle.

Join your local JMRL branch for a fun party to kick off the summer:

CENTRAL LIBRARY

Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo
Saturday, June 9 at 10am-12pm
Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library’s annual street party. Snack on donuts, enjoy juggling and face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Check out the Friends’ mini-book sale and visit with the riders of Books on Bikes, too. Continue reading