Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20. Kids 8 – 17, and parents, can geek out with a life-sized R2-D2 robot, Ozobots, Sphero robots, coding, games and 3-D design virtual reality, Apollo 11 exhibit, LEGOs and much more! Tech Fair partners include MOSH, Microsoft, Renaissance Jax and others.
Smack dab in the middle of fun!
Students zoomed through the month of June, earning prizes for reading and attending super cool events during Summer Reading and Learning. The best is yet to come so blast off with us again this month to explore a world of fun with Mad Cowford Improv, Space Games, Mission: Artemis, Star Wars Bloxels, Magic of Sands, Cosmic Destiny and a closing party at every branch.
What's for lunch?
Through August 2, kids up to age 18 can get a free lunch Monday through Friday at various library locations. Bring the crew for Summer Reading and fun, and let them take advantage of the extra benefit of receiving a nutritious meal.
Reach for the reads.
Adults can soar into Summer Reading with an autobiography about Jean-Luc Picard, a novel by William Shatner, best-sellers made into blockbuster movies, and the definitive story about the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Also, refresh your memory about the Apollo 11 lunar landing (50th anniversary is July 20) with a galaxy of books, e-books, e-audiobooks and videos at your library.
Audiobooks count toward Summer Reading to earn prizes. Download two popular titles every week—free, with no wait time, using OverDrive. It's not too late to catch the last month of featured books. Each book is available for seven days for download; and once downloaded, the titles are yours to keep.
Entertaining, engaging and informative! Listen to Completely Booked anytime, anywhere as podcast hosts Amanda and Gabby bring you inspiring stories of people places and things, and dig into timely topics you'll want to know. Hear their latest interview with a local photojournalist, and catch up on past episodes.
Double the discussions.
Get ready for two hot topics this month: Decoding U.S. – China Trade (July 11) will explore different tools the U.S. can employ to counter China's unfair trade policies. Cyber Conflict & Geopolitics (July 18) will address new ways of looking at 21st century warfare and whether the U.S. is prepared.
China Trade – July 11
& Geopolitics – July 18
Read a literary winner.
American author Emily Ruskovich won the prestigious 2019 International Dublin Literary Award for her debut novel, Idaho. The award represents the world's largest prize — €100,000 (a little more than $110,000) for a single novel published in English. Idaho was chosen from 141 titles nominated by libraries in 115 cities across 41 countries. Borrow Idaho in various formats, including digital and large print, from the library and enjoy!
Ready, set, save!
The Friends groups at both Mandarin and South Mandarin libraries are holding summer book sales. Shop Mandarin Branch Library one day only — July 13 — and South Mandarin Branch Library three days — July 12, 13 and 15. It's your chance to stock up and save on books, CDs and DVDs for all ages. Every purchase you make helps support the library.