This summer, the Library is challenging you to expand your reading horizons! Hunt down titles to meet the challenge of your choice, chat with staff for help, browse our displays, or check out the picks below.
For every week you try something new, enter our prize draws at any WPL branch!
Week 6 (our LAST week) is Grab Bag Week, so who knows what you’ll end up trying:
- Challenge 16: A book with a year in the title
- Challenge 17: A book starring a dog or cat
- Challenge 18: A book with ‘Secret’ in the title
*All of the picks below can be requested for pickup at your closest branch! Search and place holds with our catalog.
Staff picks for Challenge 16: A book with a year in the title
1776 by David McCullough
The intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence.
1215: The Year of the Magna Carta by Danny Danzinger and John Gillingham
An absorbing portrait of life during a time of global upheaval, at the center of which is the document that has become the root of modern freedom: the Magna Carta.
1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C Mann
A work of science, history, and archaeology that radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus.
1984 by George Orwell
The great modern classic of a “negative utopia,” a haunting novel of a completely convincing imaginary world.
1920: The Year of the Six Presidents by David Pietrusza
The presidential election of 1920, when six once-and-future presidents hoped to end up in the White House: Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and Theodore Roosevelt.
1942 by Robert Conroy
An alternate history that reimagines December 7, 1941 as a fictional Japanese invasion of Hawaii and the subsequent tale of resistance, sacrifice, and courage.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
The classic science fiction novel that changed the way people looked at the stars–and themselves.
Staff picks for Challenge 17: A book starring a dog or cat
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
A DOG’S PURPOSE by W. Bruce Cameron
One endearing dog’s search for his purpose over the course of several lives. Touches on the universal quest for an answer to life’s most basic question: Why are we here?
FIFTEEN DOGS by Andre Alexis
Gods Apollo and Hermes grant human intelligence and consciousness to fifteen dogs who wrestle with the challenges that arise as the result of their elevated thinking.
GRUMPY CAT: A Grumpy Book by Grumpy Cat
Celebrating the Internet sensation’s epic feline frown, and the grouch in everyone, with new photos, grump-inspiring activities and games.
I COULD PEE ON THIS, AND OTHER POEMS BY CATS by Francesco Marciuliano
A collection of humorous poems delves into the cat psyche, covering such topics as separation anxiety, scratching at closed doors, and trips to the veterinarian.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS PLOTTING TO KILL YOU by Matthew Inman
Cat comics, facts and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.
WE3 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
A genetically-altered dog, cat, and rabbit turned into military killing machines have escaped and are desperate to survive with the U.S. army on their trail. Complex, violent, and emotional content–The Incredible Journey for mature readers.
Staff picks for Challenge 18: A book with ‘Secret’ in the title
IN THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET SERVICE: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler
The experiences of Secret Service agents who served during the administrations of such presidents as JFK, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? by Sophie Kinsella
Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane.
THE SECRET KEEPER by Kate Morton
Sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking murder that throughout the subsequent half century shapes her beliefs, her acting career, and the lives of three strangers from vastly different backgrounds.
DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD by Rebecca Wells
When Siddi inadvertently reveals too much about her Southern childhood in a newspaper interview, her mother, Vivi, virtually disowns her. Vivi’s lifelong friends, the Ya-Ya’s, set in motion a plan to bring the mother and daughter back together.
SECRETS OF EDEN by Chris Bohjalian
Haunted by the final words of a newly baptized congregation member who was subsequently murdered by her husband, the Reverend Stephen Drew abandons his pulpit to spend time with an author who writes best-selling books about angels.
THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The gardens surrounding her forlorn new home are Mary’s only escape. When she discovers a hidden, locked door, two unexpected companions help her find a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?
So that concludes our Summer Reading Challenge. Make sure you get your ballots in! The prize draw will be held on August 22.