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To the Library and Beyond! It is time to blast off into the annual Summer Reading Program! The St. Mary Parish Library offers a reading program with weekly activities designed to encourage reading in a fun, non-academic manner. Research has shown that children who participate in summer reading programs maintain their reading skills more often than those who do not read when school is out of session.
Early registration will begin May 1st and continue throughout the summer, giving library users the opportunity to assure accounts are up to date. Registration is only allowed at one branch, though everyone is welcome to attend all programs, activities, and special performances at any branch of the St. Mary Parish Library System. Library calendars and newsletter listings of all the scheduled events will be available at each branch.
Program kick-off will be held on Monday June 3, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During these hours pop in for a crafting workshop, and top it off with a sweet treat! Kick-Off Day will be the first opportunity to check out books that will count towards the summer reading goal.
Our goal is to increase READING. ALL Participants are required to turn in at least a minimum of 600 minutes by July 12, 2019 in order to successfully complete the program. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS. We encourage children and parents to set personal goals in excess of the minimum to possibly place as a top reader. Every participant may only submit minutes read on THEIR reading level. Adults or Young Adults who are reading to their children or younger siblings CANNOT count those minutes for themselves if they are participants in the Summer Reading Program. Finale ceremonies at each library will highlight achievements of all the participants. Enjoy a pizza party featuring final awards, prizes, treats and games. In order to attend you MUST receive an invitation. The only way to obtain an invite is to read and turn in the 600 minute minimum!
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Shattered Remains by Rhonda Dennis
A cruel life has left Camille Brady jaded, depressed, and suffering from no true sense of self-worth. Worn down from the constant struggle that addiction and poverty bring, she seizes the opportunity for a better life when offered what should be a dream job. Taking over as live-in housekeeper for successful writer, Ian Ross, seems simple enough. However, the situation takes a dramatic turn when Ian’s dark secret gets exposed. Ian, a recluse tormented by the loss of his wife, is obsessed with uncovering the circumstances surrounding her death. Unable to accept the coroner’s ruling that her death was a suicide, he stops living his own life to prove the investigators wrong. Camille slowly awakens his tortured soul by helping him rediscover his passion for writing, and by helping him to find answers to questions long left unanswered. Unfortunately, the deeper they dig into his wife’s death, the more dangerous their quest for answers becomes. Happiness and sorrow. Love and hate. Torment and pleasure. Life and death. Good and evil. Shattered Remains is a suspenseful thriller that leaves readers guessing until the very end.