Yakety Yak Book Club Wrap Up

The Yakety Yak 2nd-3rd Grade Book Club met on June 8th for the fist time since March, 2020. This was the very first in-person program that the Library hosted since the pandemic began and even a major thunderstorm didn’t keep the group from attending!

I welcomed the children back with a short video of kids playing a Japanese drum called a taiko, just like Jasmine played for the talent show in the book we read, Jasmine Toguchi, Drummer Girl by Debbi Michiko Florence.  The group discussed how Jasmine struggled to find her talent and what learning to play the taiko drum taught her.  We went around the room and each child named a talent they have.  In addition to being excellent readers, the Yakety Yak participants are multi-talented!!   

After the discussion, the children made hachi-maki, a Japanese headband worn as a symbol of perseverance when doing a task, just like Jasmine wore while playing the taiko.

Mark your calendars for the next Yakety Yak Book Club meeting in October. I look forward to seeing you then!

Amanda Winter, Youth Services Librarian

Upcoming July Reads

Hello sunshine and hello blog readers! We’re officially in summer which means lots of great beach reads, thrillers, and steamy romances. Check out the following books at www.livingstonlibrary.org or via https://ebccls.overdrive.com.

Silver Tears by Camilla Läckberg


July 7

A spine-tingling novel of revenge, betrayal, and sisterhood from the internationally celebrated author of The Golden Cage.

The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine


July 7

A diabolically twisty, psychologically unsettling novel about a woman with no recollection of her past from the authors of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Wife Stalker.

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda


July 13

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest, a new riveting suspense novel about a mysterious murder in an idyllic and close-knit neighborhood.

While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory


July 13

Two people realize that it’s no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory. 

The Cellist by Daniel Silva


July 13

Master of international intrigue Daniel Silva follows up his acclaimed #1 New York Times bestsellers The Order, The New Girl, and The Other Woman with this riveting, action-packed tale of espionage and suspense featuring art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon.

The Therapist by B.A. Paris


July 13

The multimillion-copy New York Times bestselling author B.A. Paris returns to her heartland of gripping psychological suspense in The Therapist—a powerful tale of a house that holds a shocking secret.

El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord by Noah Hurowitz


July 20

A stunning investigation of the life and legend of Mexican kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera aka El Chapo, building on Noah Hurowitz’s revelatory coverage for Rolling Stone of El Chapo’s federal drug-trafficking trial.

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena


July 27

In this family, everyone is keeping secrets-especially the dead. Brecken Hill in upstate New York is an expensive place to live. You have to be rich to have a house there. And they don’t come much richer than Fred and Sheila Merton. But even all their money can’t protect them when a killer comes to call. 

A Song Everlasting by Ha Jin


July 27

From the universally admired, National Book Award-winning author of Waiting and The Boat Rocker, an urgent, timely novel that follows a famous Chinese singer severed from his country as he works to find his way in the United States

Below the Edge of Darkness by Edith Widder


July 27

Edith Widder grew up determined to become a marine biologist. But after complications from a surgery during college caused her to go temporarily blind, she became fascinated by light as well as the power of optimism. Her focus turned to oceanic bioluminescence, a scientific frontier in our last earthly one, and with little promise of funding or employment she took a leap into the darkness.

Happy Reading!

-Katie Neylan, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions