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September 30th marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day also coincides with Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is an annual event that recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools and honours the survivors and their families.
Orange Shirt Day was inspired by Phyllis Webstad who, at the age of six, was stripped of her new orange shirt on her first day at St. Joseph Mission residential school. All Canadians are encouraged to wear an Orange Shirt in support and to remind us all that “Every Child Matters”. It also marks a day to learn more about the historical practices of residential schools and their continued generational trauma.
This year to help honour this day, we have Indigenous beadwork artist Katie Longboat leading us in creating an Orange Shirt pin. Katie Longboat is a Toronto based Indigenous bead artist, originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. Katie is inspired to create beadwork that is reflective of her family and identity and draws inspiration from both Cree and Haudenosaunee styles of beadwork. To create your own pin, join us on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:00PM.
So your kids are back in school. Whew! You’ve given them everything they need to succeed for their academic year – but did you do anything for you? Aren’t you just a little bit jealous that they get to have all of the new experiences and learn all of the new things?
I don’t know about you, but every September I still get the urge to learn something new – it’s the time of year that I start looking at course catalogues and local clubs to see what new skills I might want to develop. If that sounds like you too, let me save you a few steps!
Ready to do some travelling again? Check out Mango Languages and brush up on your language of choice.
Want to accelerate your career? Check out LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) and elevate your professional game.
Need a bit of structure and accountability? Check out Gale Courses, where you can register for six-week instructor-led online courses on a variety of professional and recreational topics.
And that’s not all! We’ve even made this online guideto help you connect to even more local educational opportunities. Whether you’re brushing up on your financial literacy, looking for creative hobbies, or updating your credentials, there’s something for everyone.
We hope you’ll find something that sparks the joy of learning something new. After all, why should kids have all the fun?
I love exploring the great outdoors and hitting the trails as much as possible and fall is a great time to hike. That is why I’ve written this hiking blog.
Caledon sits in a special place in Southern Ontario. Hiking varies from steep climbs up the cliff face of the escarpment through a moss-covered rock garden draped in bowing ferns to the open expanse of the moraine’s terrain where kettle lakes dot the vista to the burnished red Cheltenham Badlands. There are farm fields, split rail fences and magnificent hardwood forests. Caledon’s pair of rail trails are flat and wide enough to accommodate families walking abreast, and some of the trails lead onto quiet country roads that pass through small villages that invite you to stop for a respite and possibly some refreshments. In other words, tucked into the Caledon Hills, only an hour from Yonge & Bloor streets, is some of the greatest day hiking Ontario has to offer.
Within the Town of Caledon, there are over 260 kilometres of trails. One of the top things to do in Caledon is hike. A top trail is the Caledon Trailway! This multi-use trail runs 35 kilometres across Peel Region, from Terra Cotta to Highway 9, and ends in New Tecumseth. So, if you’re looking for awesome hiking trails in Ontario then add the Caledon Trailway to your list.
Here are some books and items from the Caledon Public Library that will help you along your journey!
Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes : 37 Loop Routes
A guide to 37 hiking loops within Caledon, Ontario. Wander past farmers’ fields, down country roads, through forests of towering maples, and along trickling streams. This guide covers the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine, Credit River, Humber River and Etobicoke Creek areas. All hikes start and end at the same point and vary in length from an hour to an entire day. Contains length, level of difficulty, time needed, detailed directions, places to eat and drink, and highlights of each trip.
The Caledon Trailway The story of the Caledon Trailway is about the conversion of an abandoned railway into a beloved linear park, the first registered link in Canada’s Great Trail. But more than just a history lesson, the book chronicles the incredible volunteer commitment and community engagement which made the Trailway a reality. Now used 90,000 times a year, the Trailway connects users to Caledon’s history, to diverse habitats, and to each other.
Nature Hikes: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures
A great guide to visiting 39 Conservation Areas in the Toronto region with new full-color maps. Toronto residents and visitors can find it difficult to get far enough away from city noise and hustle to experience the restorative quiet of a natural setting. But that’s only if you don’t know where to go. Nature Hikes: Near-Toronto Trails and Adventures is a guide through 56,000 acres of Ontario’s most compelling nature destinations. This fifth edition adds six more Conservation Areas selected from the most accessible Conservative Authorities in the area — Credit Valley, Nottawasaga Valley, Toronto and Region, Lake Simcoe Region, Central Lake Ontario — for a total of 39 hikes. They are Caledon Trailway (Central Region) and Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake, Mount Nemo, Kelso and Mountsberg (all West Region).All 33 hikes in the first edition have been updated to incorporate any changes, and together with new hikes are organized by region and presented with beautiful color photography and all the information needed to choose and get to the destination.
Ontario Parks Day-Use Permit
This permit provides complimentary day-use access for one vehicle and its occupants at more than 100 provincial parks where fees are normally charged.
TRCA/CVC Combination Family Pass Spending time with family in nature is a safe way to adhere to public health guidelines for physical distancing, and a great way to enjoy a variety of safe, outdoor recreational opportunities. A Conservation Parks Membership Pass provides access to a fun variety of nature and cultural-based offerings across the Greater Toronto Area.
A pedometer, or step-counter, is a wearable device that counts a persons steps.
Walking poles, or hiking poles, can help provide stability, balance and support on trails and hikes. Sets contain two walking poles that extend to a full length of 54 inches and feature a wrist strap and comfort grip. Caledon Public Library is not responsible for any injuries or damages, either personal or to property, that may occur during the use of this equipment. By borrowing this equipment, the user acknowledges and assumes all such risks and liabilities.
Summary: After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. Director: Scott Derrickson Stars: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw. Ethan Hawke
Summary: The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Director: Baz Luhrmann Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge
Summary: While spending years attempting to return home, marooned Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear encounters an army of ruthless robots commanded by Zurg who are attempting to steal his fuel source. Director: Angus MacLane Stars: Chris Evans, Keke Palmer, Peter Sohn
Summary: The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain. Directors: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val Stars: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin
Summary: Thor enlists the help of Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster to fight Gorr the God Butcher, who intends to make the gods extinct. Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale
Summary: A woman who raised herself in the marshes of the deep South becomes a suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with. Director: Olivia Newman Stars: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson
September signals the start of fall and the start of a highly anticipated publishing season. Big-name authors releasing sure-to-be bestsellers, a slew of celebs out with memoirs and a mix of titles that cover everything from cookbooks to mysteries. Looking for the best new books for September? Check out these upcoming September book releases.
When Juan Cabrillo fails to capture the leader of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartel and loses an Oregon crew member in the process, he’s determined to get revenge. Little does he know that the explosion he just narrowly escaped was merely the latest flash of violence from a machine of war that has existed for decades, dating from the bloodiest episode in Armenia’s history.
Cabrillo’s Corporation of mercenaries may have finally met its match in The Pipeline—a criminal syndicate passed down from father to son across generations. A group that sits with its finger on the trigger of a torpedo so deadly it could level entire cities. With millions of innocent civilians hanging in the balance, the Oregon’s crew must unravel a tangle of drug-smuggling routes and international conspiracies spanning from the Aegean Sea to the Indian Ocean, putting their lives on the line to find the weapon before its countdown hits zero.
For fifty years a group of friends have been meeting regularly for reunions on Holy Island, celebrating the school trip where they met, and the friend that they lost to the rising causeway tide five years later. Now, when one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now . . .
But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible .
With President Anthony Cook convinced that Mitch Rapp poses a mortal threat to him, CIA Director Irene Kennedy is forced to construct a truce between the two men. The terms are simple: Rapp agrees to leave the country and stay in plain sight for as long as Cook controls the White House. In exchange, the administration agrees not to make any moves against him.
This fragile détente holds until Cook’s power-hungry security adviser convinces him that Rapp has no intention of honoring their agreement. In an effort to put him on the defensive, they leak the true identity of his partner, Claudia Gould. As Rapp races to neutralize the enemies organizing against her, he discovers that a new generation of assassins is on her trail. A killer known to intelligence agencies only as Legion.
The shadowy group has created a business model based on double-blind secrecy. Neither the killer nor the client knows the other’s identity. Because of this, Legion can’t be called off nor can they afford to fail. No matter how long it takes—weeks, months, years—they won’t stand down until their target is dead. Faced with the seemingly impossible task of finding and stopping Legion, Rapp and his people must close ranks against a world that has turned on them.
For as long as Lucia Gomez has been the police chief in the city of Highland Isle, near Kindle County, she has known that any woman in law enforcement must walk a precarious line between authority and camaraderie to gain respect. She has maintained a spotless reputation—until now. Three male police officers have accused her of soliciting sex in exchange for promotions to higher ranks. With few people left who she can trust, Chief Gomez turns to an old friend, Rik Dudek, to act as her attorney in the federal grand jury investigation, insisting to Rik that the accusations against her are part of an ugly smear campaign designed to destroy her career and empower her enemies—both outside the police force and within..
Clarice “Pinky” Granum spent most of her youth experimenting with an impressive array of drugs and failing out of various professions, including the police academy. She finally has a respectable-enough job as a licensed P.I. working for Rik on his roster of mostly minor cases, like workman’s comp, DUIs and bar fights. But Rik and Pinky feel that Chief Gomez’s case, which has attracted national attention, is their chance to break into the legal big leagues. Guided by her gut instinct and razor-sharp investigative skills, Pinky dives headfirst into a twisted scandal that will draw her into the deepest recesses of the city’s criminal networks, as well as the human mind. But she will need every scrap of tenacity and courage to unravel the dark secrets those closest to her are determined to keep hidden.
Private Investigator Cassie Dewell’s business is thriving, and her latest case puts her on the hunt for a slippery con man who’s disappeared somewhere in the “treasure state”. A wealthy Florida widow has accused him of absconding with her fortune, and wants Cassie to find him and get it back. The trail takes Cassie to Anaconda, Montana, a quirky former copper mining town that’s the perfect place to reinvent yourself. As the case develops, Cassie begins to wonder if her client is telling her everything.
On top of that, Cassie is also working what’s easily one of her strangest assignments ever. A poem that promises buried treasure to one lucky adventurer has led to a cutthroat competition and five deaths among treasure-hunters. But Cassie’s client doesn’t want the treasure. Instead, he claims to be the one who hid the gold and wrote the poem. And he’s hired Cassie to try to find him. Between the two cases, Cassie has her hands full.
In Montana, a killer view can mean more than just the scenery, and Cassie knows much darker things hide behind the picturesque landscape of Big Sky Country. Treasure State, C. J. Box’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Bitterroots, is full of more twists and turns than the switchbacks through the Anaconda Range.
Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?
As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.
So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home?
I’m loving the new Shelves option in the library catalogue – it might be my favourite new feature. They make it so easy to keep track of the things I’ve borrowed and enjoyed, as well as the things I plan on borrowing in future.
You’ve probably spotted your library shelves without even realizing it. When you’re logged in you will see that every item in the library catalogue gives you the option to add it to one of your three shelves, For Later, In Progress, and Completed:
I choose For Later if I’m looking at an item in the library collection that I want to borrow at some point, but that I don’t want to commit to putting on hold right away. Most people use In Progress for books they’re currently reading, but I also like to use it to make a note of books that I might have started in one format but want to finish in a different one. I’m picky about audiobook narrators, so this really comes in handy for me. The Completed shelf helps me keep track of the titles I enjoyed to the very end and actually want to remember. I find this handier than using my Borrowing History, because I start far more books than I finish and would rather keep a record of just the good ones. I even have the option to make my shelves publicly visible if I want to share my reading journey with other library users, or keep them private just for my own use.
Give it a try! Head to the library catalogue website, https://caledon.bibliocommons.com/, log in, and start adding items to your shelves. To manage your shelves, click on your username and look for My Collections:
For more information on how to get the most out of your library catalogue, check out our Catalogue FAQs!
Agents Savich and Sherlock are back in the latest installment in Catherine Coulter’s #1 New York Times bestselling FBI Thriller series, and this time both are enlisted to help women with traumatic pasts who are in mortal danger.
When she was twelve years old, Kirra Mandarian’s parents were murdered and she barely escaped with her life. Fourteen years later Kirra is a commonwealth attorney back home in Porte Franklin, Virginia, and her goal is to find out who killed her parents and why. She assumes the identity of E.N.–Eliot Ness–and gathers proof to bring down the man she believes was behind her parents’ deaths. She quickly learns that big-time criminals are very dangerous indeed and realizes she needs Dillon Savich’s help. Savich brings in Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith to work with Lieutenant Jeter Thorpe, the young detective who’d saved Kirra years before.
Emma Hunt, a piano prodigy and the granddaughter of powerful crime boss Mason Lord, was only six years old when she was abducted. Then, she was saved by her adoptive father, San Francisco federal judge Ramsey Hunt. Now a 12-year-old with a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she narrowly saves herself from a would-be kidnapper at Davies Hall in San Francisco. Worried for her safety, Emma’s entire family joins her for her next performance, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Sherlock and officers from METRO are assigned to protect her, but things don’t turn out as planned.
Former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Zach Bridger hasn’t seen his ex-wife, Rebecca Pratt, for years–not since their volatile marriage imploded–so he’s shocked to receive a life-altering call about her. Rebecca has been placed on life support after a violent assault, and he–despite their divorce–has medical power-of-attorney. Zach is asked to make an impossible choice: keep her on life support or take her off of it. Buckling under the weight of the responsibility and the glare of public scrutiny, Zach ultimately walks away, letting Rebecca’s parents have the final say.
Four years later, Rebecca’s attacker, Eban–the scion of a wealthy North Carolina family–gets an early release from prison. The ludicrous miscarriage of justice reeks of favoritism, and Kate Lennon, a brilliant state prosecutor, is determined to bring him to justice. Rebecca’s parents have kept her alive all these years, but if her condition were to change–if she were to die–Eban could be retried on a new charge: murder.
Kate’s mission to send Eban back to prison for good depends wholly on Zach. It isn’t lost on him that in order for Eban to be charged with Rebecca’s murder, Zach must actually be the one to kill her. He rejects Kate’s legal standpoint, but can’t resist their ill-timed attraction to each other. Eban, having realized the jeopardy he’s in, plots to make certain that neither Zach nor Kate lives to see the death of Rebecca–and the end of his freedom.
The ancient Ojibwe healer Henry Meloux has had a vision of his death. As he walks the Northwoods in solitude, he tries to prepare himself peacefully for the end of his long life. But peace is destined to elude him as hunters fill the woods seeking a woman named Dolores Morriseau, a stranger who had come to the healer for shelter and the gift of his wisdom.
Meloux guides this stranger and his great niece, Cork O’Connor’s wife, to safety deep into the Boundary Waters, his home for more than a century. On the last journey he may ever take into this beloved land, Meloux must do his best to outwit the deadly mercenaries who follow.
Meanwhile, in Aurora, Cork works feverishly to identify the hunters and the reason for their relentless pursuit, but he has little to go on. Desperate, Cork begins tracking the killers but his own skills as a hunter are severely tested by nightfall and a late season snowstorm. He knows only too well that with each passing hour time is running out. But his fiercest enemy in this deadly game of cat and mouse may well be his own deep self-doubt about his ability to save those he loves.
When frantic, disheveled Edie Ledwell appears in the office begging to speak to her, private detective Robin Ellacott doesn’t know quite what to make of the situation. The cocreator of a popular cartoon, The Ink Black Heart, Edie is being persecuted by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym of Anomie. Edie is desperate to uncover Anomie’s true identity.
Robin decides that the agency can’t help with this—and thinks nothing more of it until a few days later, when she reads the shocking news that Edie has been tasered and then murdered in Highgate Cemetery, the location of The Ink Black Heart.
Robin and her business partner, Cormoran Strike, become drawn into the quest to uncover Anomie’s true identity. But with a complex web of online aliases, business interests and family conflicts to navigate, Strike and Robin find themselves embroiled in a case that stretches their powers of deduction to the limits – and which threatens them in new and horrifying ways.
Do you enjoy reading stories that seem to defy the common laws of our reality? That describe future worlds and technologies based on plausible scientific theories? From aliens to superhero origin stories, here are some new and noteworthy science fiction reads that cannot be missed!
When his DNA is rewritten with a genetic-engineering breakthrough beyond anything the world has seen, Logan Ramsey finds his transformation threatening everything around him as he is forced to take sides in a fight to save humankind.
When the arrival of Eduardo Lizalde sets motion a dangerous chain of events, Carlota Moreau finds her carefully constructed world falling down around her as passion is ignited in the sweltering heat of the jungle where a motley group of monstrosities await.
On a warm March night in 2083, Judy Wallach-Stevens wakes to a warning of unknown pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. She heads out to check what she expects to be a false alarm-and stumbles upon the first alien visitors to Earth. These aliens have crossed the galaxy to save humanity, convinced that the people of Earth must leave their ecologically-ravaged planet behind and join them among the stars. With everyone’s eyes turned skyward, the future hinges on Judy’s effort to create understanding, both within and beyond her own species.
Joey is a Reality Controller in near-future Delhi. Her job is to supervise the multimedia multi-reality livestreams of Indi, one of South Asia’s fastest rising online celebrities—who also happens to be her college ex. Rudra is a recluse estranged from his wealthy and powerful family, now living in an impoverished immigrant neighborhood. When his father’s death pulls him back into his family’s orbit, an impulsive job offer from Joey becomes his only escape from the life he never wanted. But as Joey and Rudra become enmeshed in multiple conspiracies, their lives start to spin out of control—complicated by dysfunctional relationships, corporate loyalty, and the never-ending pressures of surveillance capitalism.
When their brother who has been missing for years, suddenly returns, changed, Evie and Kass Shao must cast aside their differences to hide him from the FBI and entire alien army who are in fast pursuit.
When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt. What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble. It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society whose found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.
Summary: Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Director: David Cronenberg Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart
Summary: The Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess’s newly inherited villa. Director: Simon Curtis Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery
Summary: Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures in a new Era. Director: Colin Trevorrow Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern
Summary: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. Director: Joseph Kosinski Stars: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller
Summary: Vivo, Sony Pictures Animation’s first-ever musical adventure featuring all-new original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda, will take audiences on an epic adventure to gorgeous and vibrant locations never before seen in animation. Directors: Kirk DeMicco, Brandon Jeffords Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda (voice), Ynairaly Simo (voice), Zoe Saldana (voice)
Summer is the perfect time to pick up a great book! Have you joined our Adult Summer Reading Challenge yet? If not, visit our website more information on the Adult Summer Reading Challenge here: Adult Summer Reading Challenge
In this haunting and groundbreaking historical novel, Danielle Daniel imagines the lives of women in the Algonquin territories of the 1600s, a story inspired by her family’s ancestral link to a young girl who was murdered by French settlers.
1657. Marie, a gifted healer of the Deer Clan, does not want to marry the green-eyed soldier from France who has asked for her hand. But her people are threatened by disease and starvation and need help against the Iroquois and their English allies if they are to survive. When her chief begs her to accept the white man’s proposal, she cannot refuse him, and sheds her deerskin tunic for a borrowed blue wedding dress to become Pierre’s bride.
1675. Jeanne, Marie’s oldest child, is seventeen, neither white nor Algonquin, caught between worlds. Caught by her own desires, too. Her heart belongs to a girl named Josephine, but soon her father will have to find her a husband or be forced to pay a hefty fine to the French crown. Among her mother’s people, Jeanne would have been considered blessed, her two-spirited nature a sign of special wisdom. To the settlers of New France, and even to her own father, Jeanne is unnatural, sinful–a woman to be shunned, beaten, and much worse.
With the poignant, unforgettable story of Marie and Jeanne, Danielle Daniel reaches back through the centuries to touch the very origin of the long history of violence against Indigenous women and the deliberate, equally violent disruption of First Nations cultures.
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.
They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of spending summers in cottage country, on the glittering lakeshore of her childhood, she stays in a stylish apartment in Toronto, keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.
Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek–the man she never thought she’d have to live without.
For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant, Percy and Sam had been inseparable. And when Percy returns to the lake, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until she can confront the decisions she made, they’ll never know whether their love is bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.
Told over the course of six years in the past and one weekend in the present, Every Summer After is a gorgeously romantic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.
Ama plans to give her house on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard to one of her goddaughters, and she has invited all three of them to spend the summer with her like when they were kids. Each of the women want the house desperately, but each is grappling with a secret that they fear will make them lose Amas approval and the house.
An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb.
Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in Wembley, in West London after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries.
Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a list of novels that she’s never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities she’s facing at home.
When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading list…hoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.
Looking for more summer reads? Check our Adult staff lists in our catalogue! Also check out our library of things for lots of summer related items to borrow, including life jackets and park passes!
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