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1776 by David McCullough

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Take a moment to sit back in your lawn chair this month and reflect about our nation’s anniversary.  Exactly 239 years ago Americans were having quite a different summer than many of us get to enjoy in 2015.  Noted historian and story-teller David McCullough takes the reader through the entire tumultuous second year of the American Revolution, arguably the most notable of the eight-year war.  Central to the book’s theme are the events of early July. On July 2, 1776, John Hancock, presiding over the delegates in Philadelphia, declared it is “…necessary to dissolve the connection between Great Britain and the American colonies…”  While the colonists rushed to celebrate the British responded quite differently.  1776 will lead you through the trials and tribulations of our newly forming nation.  1776 is a magnificent summertime read!

The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon

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Commissario Guido Brunetti is back solving crime.  The Venetian inspector has been called on to investigate an attempted murder.  The case is over a decade old and has been filed as an accident.  If this isn’t enough of an obstacle, let’s throw in office politics, inept superiors, and the beautiful but overly touristic and corrupt city of Venice as the setting.  Leon delivers a tight, elegant mystery devoid of car chases, most weapons, and limited cell phone use.

Picture Book Selection: Salsa

In this new cooking poem, Jorge Argueta brings us a fun and easy recipe for a yummy salsa. A young boy and his sister gather the ingredients and grind them up in a molcajete, just like their ancestors used to do, singing and dancing all the while. In English and Spanish. Ages 4-7.

Picture Book Selection: Hiccups!

One morning, Ruby and her dog Oscar are playing when Oscar gets the hiccups!  Ruby tries everything she can think of to help him get rid of them. They dance, they jump, they slurp, and they munch, but nothing seems to work. You'll never guess how she finally makes them disappear! This is a lively picture book that begs to be read aloud. Recommended for PreS-Gr. 1

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