2024 Summer Reading Sign Up is Open!

Graphic for summer reading featuring a child and a ghost sharing a book by a fire and the slogan "adventure begins at your library"

Our ALL AGES summer reading program is returning on June 3, 2024! This year’s theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library and focuses on exploring, and all kinds of adventures.

Sign up is open now!

You can sign up using the above link, or by calling us at 1-800-252-9605.


From June 3 to August 9, you’ll get themed book lists and matching activities, and you can win a prize at the end of summer by reviewing books. Materials will be available electronically, in large print, in braille, and in Spanish.

This year the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS) is also providing several virtual events, including a kickoff party, live author talks, and online games!

We can’t wait for you to join us this summer!

Summer Vacations Bibliography

Vacation, all we ever wanted. Vacation, time to get away. But sometimes we can’t get away for a vacation. Yet you can always escape by reading. Here is a list of books where the characters go on vacation. They span all genres: romance, horror, historical fiction, fantasy.

Fantasy

DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner (DB 71580)
SHARKS IN THE TIME OF SAVIORS by Kawai Strong Washburn (DB 9895)

Historical Fiction

FRENCH BRAID by Anne Tyler (DB 107336)
FRENCH FOR MURDER by Verity Bright (DB 111302)
LIONESS by Chris Bohjalian (DB 107943)

Horror Fiction

CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Paul Tremblay (DB 92126)
GETAWAY by Lamar Giles (DB 111267)
NEVERLAND by Douglas Clegg (DB 72089)
THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH by Ramsey Campbell (DB 94701)

Romance

HOW TO KEEP A SECRET by Sarah Morgan (DB 93429)
MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU by Samantha Young (DB 102516)
PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry (DB 103191)
UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren (DB 95304)

Thrillers

GIRL OVERBOARD by Sandra Block (DB 108649)
HOUSE ON FRIPP ISLAND by Rebecca Kauffman (DB 105164)
ISLAND by Adrian McKinty (DB 108002)
RECKLESS GIRLS by Rachel Hawkins (DB 106455)
TAKE ME HIGHER by Pamela Clare (DB 109192)
VACATION by T. M. Logan (DB 100556)

Science Fiction

TROUBLE ON PARADISE by Doug Tisdale, Jr. (DB 105971)

Women’s Fiction

ENCHANTED AUGUST by Brenda Bowen (DB 81867)
SUMMER RENTAL by Mary Kay Andrews (DB 74258)

Bill Gates’ 2016 Summer Reading List

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, has just announced his summer reading list for 2016. The Texas Talking Book Program has the majority of the list in our collection. Although many of his selections deal with math and science, Mr. Gates emphatically states that he chose books that made him think and kept him up at night reading instead of sleeping. He explains that he only chose ones that he genuinely loved.

For more information directly from Bill Gates himself, click on the video below.

In TBP’s collection:

Title: SEVENEVES
Author: STEPHENSON, NEAL

A catastrophic event forces humanity to band together to survive, though only a handful succeed and flee Earth. Five thousand years later, their descendants number three billion and comprise seven distinct races. They embark on a journey into the unknown, to an alien world–Earth. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2015.
DB 83040

Title: SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND
Author: HARARI, YUVAL N

A discussion of the development of human culture and history, from the emergence of the first species of the genus Homo over 2 million years ago to the twenty-first century. Examines progress from the standpoints of biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics. Translated from the 2011 Hebrew edition. Bestseller. 2015.
DB 81335

Title: HOW NOT TO BE WRONG: THE POWER OF MATHEMATICAL THINKING
Author: ELLENBERG, JORDAN, 1971-

Mathematician–and former child prodigy–reveals the mathematical patterns and principles that underlie everyday life. Ellenberg argues that math is an extension of common sense and can be learned by paying attention to aspects of the world around us–including electoral politics, the stock market, and grocery shopping. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2014.
DB 79914

Title: VITAL QUESTION: ENERGY, EVOLUTION, AND THE ORIGINS OF COMPLEX LIFE
Author: LANE, NICK, 1967-

Biochemist theorizes the emergence of morphologically complex life two billion years ago, two billion years after simple bacterial life arose. Discusses the basis for the question he is trying to answer, and presents evidence for his hypotheses, including cellular morphology and biochemistry, genetic divergence–including sex–and a 2010 discovery. 2015.
BR 21297; DB 83289