Library Happenings

What a fun week it’s been! We had a great presentation Saturday morning from Kathy Wilson about dangerous fashions throughout history. On Tuesday we watched the movie Coco while we enjoyed ice cream floats. After the movie, we made Day of the Dead masks like the ones we saw in Coco.

Thursday was all about noise! We made several DIY musical instruments to go along with our Libraries Rock Summer Reading theme. We even passed out a few extra noisy instruments to take home as well. Apologies to all the parents 🙂

To finish out the week, we are having a presentation on Genealogy this afternoon. Susan Clark, from the Washington County Genealogy Society, will be giving us some pointers on how to get started tracing our family tree. Come and join us!

There will be so much more fun to come next week too! The Washington County Sherrif’s Department will be here on Tuesday to talk about Summer Saftey. On Thursday we will be making Wind Chimes for our craft day. Check out our Library Events page for all the upcoming programs!

Book Love: Summer Reading for 3-5 Year olds

We have seen many Adult Summer Reading Lists already this Summer but here is a good little list for the littles in your life! Reading through the Summer helps prevent that Summer Slide from happening and keeps your child’s love of reading from being forgotten. This list was put together by Brightly.

The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 3- to 5-Year-Olds — 2018 Edition

by Janssen Bradshaw

Photo credit: Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy, Cultura/ Getty Images

This week, the temperatures crossed into triple digits which means it was time to order new swimsuits for everyone and start thinking about summer reading. When I’m tired of applying sunscreen or just need some snuggles inside, a good stack of books is the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon with your children.

Of course, the key there is “good stack” so we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite new books that you’ll love reading with your children this summer. No sunscreen required!

  • After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)

    by Dan Santat

    You might think you know the story of Humpty Dumpty — how he fell from a wall and cracked — but this spin on the tale from Caldecott Winner Dan Santat is clever and surprising as you discover what Humpty was doing when he fell and how he moves on after his famous tumble.

  • Can I Be Your Dog?

    by Troy Cummings

    Arfy wants a home SO much. He’s living in a box in an alley and all he wants is a family to love him. Arfy decides that the solution is to write a letter to each person who lives on his street to make his case for why he’d be the best pet ever. For every dog-lover out there, this book is a perfect choice.

  • Cycle City

    by Alison Farrell

    Today is the day of the big bicycle parade but invitations haven’t been delivered to everyone yet, so the Snail Mayor sets out to find everyone. Each page is full of delightful details, plus search-and-find elements that make it the perfect book for a long afternoon, a road trip, or an airplane flight!

  • Don’t Blink!

    by Any Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by David Roberts

    When the sun stays up late, it can be hard for little ones to go to bed, but Don’t Blink might be just the trick you need! As long as you don’t get to end of the book, you never have to go to bed. But there’s a hitch (isn’t there always?). If you blink, you’ll have to turn the page. So just. don’t. blink.

  • Don’t Eat That

    by Drew Sheneman

    Bear is hungry. EXTREMELY hungry. But it turns out that finding a snack that’s edible is harder than it looks, even when you have a friend who is willing to help you out. For every parent who has a child who would eat anything or who needs a snack right this second, this book is a laugh a minute, driven by hilarious illustrations and snappy dialogue.

  • Friends Stick Together

    by Hannah E. Harrison

    For littles getting ready to head to school in the fall, summer is the perfect time to gently explore friendship and acceptance before that first day of kindergarten or preschool. In this one, Levi, the new bird in class, annoys Rupert to no end. He’s goofy and embarrassing and Rupert just wishes he would leave. But when he does … Rupert realizes he might have been too hasty.

  • Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

    by Oliver Jeffers

    Summer is often full of travel and new adventures and the chance to see the world around you through new eyes. This beautiful book that Jeffers wrote for his new son has been a family favorite for the past few months. Jeffers explores the planet we all share — from the faraway view of Earth in space to the unique perspectives of every person — and how we can make it a better place for everyone.

  • How to Be a Big Kid

    by DK

    Little readers know that being a kid can be tough! With so many things to remember, life can feel a bit overwhelming at times. Fortunately, How to Be a Big Kid serves as a comforting reminder of all that they’ve learned along the way, from getting dressed in the morning to being respectful of friends. A perfect book for the preschool set.

  • I Got It

    by David Wiesner

    Summer isn’t summer without a baseball game — but every child who has ever been sent to the outfield knows that waiting for a fly ball to land takes approximately … forever. This nearly wordless book is full of imagination as the young fielder has all sorts of run-ins with fantasy as he tries to catch the ball.

  • I Really Want to See You, Grandma

    by Taro Gomi

    Who doesn’t love to go see their Grandma? Yumi can’t wait and so she sets off, but it turns out Grandma came to see HER and they passed on the road. And when they return to their homes, they pass AGAIN. How will they ever meet up?

  • My Little Golden Book About the Statue of Liberty

    by Jen Arena, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

    Learn all about why and how the Statue of Liberty came to be, who created her, and what she has symbolized over the decades in this small but hugely engaging nonfiction read that feels like a great fit for summer.

  • Moon

    by Alison Oliver

    Moon always has a lot to do from homework to lessons, but one day she decides to follow a friendly wolf into the woods and learns how to play and be wild. This book is ideal for summer when schedules are looser and there is plenty of time for exploring your wolfy ways!

  • Original Post from Brightly

This Week @ WSPL



Welcome to another week of This Week at WSPL! Every Monday we will be letting you know about upcoming library events, new books hitting our shelves, and any other important information that you, our patrons, might find helpful!


The Summer Reading Program is off and running full steam with fun prizes and events! Reading logs can now be brought in each week to be stamped! Happy Reading!

Coco Movie and Craft: Tuesday, June 19th @  1:30 p.m.

Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

DIY Musical Instruments Craft – Thursday, June 21st – – sign up for a.m. or p.m.

Toddler Time: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Genealogy 101: Friday, June 22 @ 1:00 PM

Summer Safety     Tuesday, June 25th @ 1:00 p.m.

Library Closed July 4th – Celebrate and stay safe!

We have added a collection of cake pans that are available for check out. Browse online HERE.

** Be sure to check out our Facebook page for future events! **


Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads or Common Sense Media review.



Varina by Charles Frazier

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion

The Cast by Danielle Steel

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper



The Power of Moments by Chip Heath



1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber



Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown


Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce

Flight of the Moon Dragon by Tracey West

Song of the Poison Dragon by Tracey West


Ladybug Girl’s Day Out with Grandpa by Jacky Davis

Pigs by Robert Munsch

Dance! Dance! Underpants by Bob Shea

Tractor Mac, Farmer’s Market by Billy Steers

Tractor Mac Teamwork by Billy Steers


Murder on the Orient Express

Scooby-Doo 13 Spooky Tales

Star Wars – The Last Jedi


Fashions to Die For…Really

It is supposed to be very hot tomorrow and we couldn’t think of anything better to do than come to the library for a really interesting program (did we mention that the AC will be nice and cool?!). Come tomorrow (Saturday) morning and listen to Kathy Wilson speak on bizarre and even deadly fashion trends from the 18th and 19th century!

fashion to die for



Library Happenings: SRP

The Summer Reading Program is off and running! We had our Free Skate last Friday to kick everything off with some fun! Thanks to the City of Wellman for letting the library use the skating rink! We had a full house with over 100 people! This past Tuesday we had our first presenter of the summer from Absolute Science. There were some amazing science experiments and lots of laughs! Thursday kicked off our craft days with Rock Painting. Everyone used their creative sides to make some really neat creations!

Next week we will be showing the movie Coco Tuesday at 1:30 PM and making DIY Musical Instruments on Thursday!





This Week @ WSPL



Welcome to another week of This Week at WSPL! Every Monday we will be letting you know about upcoming library events, new books hitting our shelves, and any other important information that you, our patrons, might find helpful!


Absolute Science: Tuesday, June 12 @ 3 PM

Preschool Story Time: Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM

Toddler Time: Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Rock Painting Craft – Thursday, June 14th – – sign up for a.m. or p.m.

Fashions to Die For: Saturday, June 16 @ 10:30 AM

Coco Movie and activity: Tuesday, June 19th @  1:30 p.m.

DIY Musical Instrument Craft- Thursday, June 21st – sign up for a.m. or p.m.

Geneaology 101: Friday, June 22 @ 1:00 PM

Summer Safety     Tuesday, June 25th @ 1:00 p.m.

We have added a collection of cake pans that are available for check out. Browse online HERE.

** Be sure to check out our Facebook page for future events! **


Here are some of the new items hitting our shelves this week. If you’d like to know more about any item, simply click on the title for a Goodreads review.



Overkill by Ted Bell

Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd

The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Princess by James Patterson

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood



The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines



Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe



Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn


The Half-court Hero by Mike Lupica

Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual by Rick Riordan

Llama Llama Loses a Tooth by Anna Dewdney



The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner


Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman

In a Small Kingdom by Tomie DePaola

Otis and the Kittens by Loren Long



Click on title/book below for a Goodreads review

23295987  Allie First At Last by Angela Cervantes

26165479  Brave Like My Brother By Marc Nobleman

22151295  The Contract By Derek Jeter


25938399  Counting Thyme By Melanie Conklin


25721449  The Distance to Home By Jenn Bishop


28695534  Garvey’s Choice By Nikki Grimes


jkt_9780545840712.pdf  Liberty By Kirby Larson


13260468  The Map Trap By Andrew Clements


22249695  Masterminds By Gordon Korman


  20578927 A Million Ways Home By Dianna Winget


  28217808  Moo By Sharon Creech


18405537   Night Gardener By Jonathan Auxier


26875689Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story By Nora Baskin


22323698  Rescue in Time By Kate Messner


15790869   Sasquatch Escape By Suzanne Selfors


25311520  Save Me a Seat  By Sarah Weeks


25578408   Some Kind of Courage By Dan Gemeinhart


21929297Tiger Boy By Mitali Perkins


24921999Unidentified Suburban Object By Mike Jung


27414384Wish By Barbara O’Connor

Hottest Books of Summer

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If you are a reader, there is a good chance you are keeping your eye out for a Summer reading list about now. Who doesn’t love a good book recommendation, right? Check out this list from GoodReads and sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program so you can earn some great prizes while you read!

The Hottest Books of Summer

Posted by Hayley on May 14, 2018

Summer Reading 2018
Summer is a dream; summer without books is a nightmare. Prepare yourself for a blissful season of reading with soon-to-be favorites in every genre!

To create our list, we focused on what Goodreads members are anticipating and reactions from early reviewers. We measured anticipation by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves, and then we only included books that have earned at least a four-star rating. (If you’re curious how you can read prepublished books and be among the first to rate them, take a look at our book giveaways.)

Now let’s get to the books. Tell us which ones you can’t wait to read in the comments.


In this unforgettable follow-up to Beartown, the citizens of a small town in Sweden rally around their local hockey team, even as a hostile rivalry threatens to destroy friendships, families, and the fragile peace of a volatile community.

From the author of Fates and Furies comes a piercing collection of short stories exploring the moments that make us feel alive, all anchored by the landscape, climate, history, and state of mind of Florida.

A fractured love story collides with a secret extremist cult in this electrifying debut about a young misfit, the woman he adores, and the obsession that unravels their relationship and leads to a harrowing act of violence.

The first novel from actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s new imprint, SJP for Hogarth, charts the crucial turning points in an Indian American Muslim family’s past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart.

One photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, overturns Nina’s status among Nashville’s elite, forcing her to choose between her family and her values in this poignant tale from the author of Something Borrowed.

At once merciless and compassionate, this is the story of a young woman who attempts to fill the dark and vacuous hole in her heart by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help, of course, of a truly terrible psychiatrist.

A sheltered young girl and a teenage maid strike an unlikely friendship in this mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990s Colombia and inspired by the author’s own life.


From the author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and In a Dark, Dark Wood comes a tale of spellbinding menace that sees a struggling tarot card reader lured into a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal by the promise of a tantalizing fortune.

An ingenious young man creates an “echo box” to hear his late mother’s voice, but the innocent project takes a nefarious turn when shadowy government agents come to seize the extraordinary machine—and silence its creator.

When the bride-to-be is discovered dead in Nantucket Harbor just hours before the ceremony, everyone in the wedding party is suddenly a suspect, from the best man and the maid of honor to the groom’s famous mystery novelist mother.

It’s just a harmless game, right? The author of Final Girls puts a deadly twist on “two truths and a lie” as successful artist Emma revisits her dark past, the one night at summer camp that still haunts her memories and her paintings.


As warrior Helene, the Blood Shrike, searches for a way to hold back the tide of war, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance in this epic installment in the Ember Quartet.

Told through the letters wallflower Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, this charming tale from the author of When Dimple Met Rishi navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

After escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle reinvents herself as the mysterious Holly Vanderhees in this exhilarating take on DC Comics’ Catwoman from the author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, but as all four of her older siblings return for a wedding, chaos reigns supreme in the form of a howling dog, a stubborn band, a missing tuxedo, and a distractingly cute boy.

In this dazzling follow-up to Flame in the Mist, Mariko plays the part of the dutiful bride-to-be in order to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks, rescue her beloved, and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.


A beach house dubbed Sea Section is the setting for reflections on middle age, mortality, and a tumor joke or two in this deeply personal and darkly hilarious book from the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.

The Smithsonian’s star paleontologist explores the cutting edge of whale research, from the fishing decks on Antarctic whaling stations to the desert of Chile where scientists race to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth.

With effervescent charm and wit, the Parks and Recreation star takes readers along on her not-so-meteoric rise from “roaches to riches” before reflecting on her life of fame (fending off trolls, flirting with Michael Fassbender, etc.).

To celebrate the anniversary of Maus, the groundbreaking graphic novel about a father’s memories of the Holocaust, this companion book, prepared by the author, includes never-before-seen sketches, drafts, photos, and more.


The rarefied world of a resort island in the Long Island Sound comes to life in this enchanting novel of romance, class, power, and dark secrets set in the summer of 1951 and 1969 from the author of A Hundred Summers.

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story gives a voice to Sally herself.

From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg to the World War I battlefields, this riveting historical drama focuses on the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.


Brilliant math whiz Stella decides to practice dating by hiring an escort in this heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: There’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

The Winston brothers are at it again. From the author of Truth or Beard and Grin and Beard It comes the next installment in the ongoing saga of the burly brothers’ quest for love in the idyllic town of Green Valley, Tennessee.

Yesterday fiercely independent Poppy worried about the lack of decent suitors in London. Today she has other problems, namely the two men who have kidnapped her and deposited her at the feet of notorious pirate Captain Andrew James Rokesby.

From the three-time winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance comes a powerful story about a troubled marriage and the memories, secrets, and old forgotten promises that might be able to save it.


Two years after enchanting readers with her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Novik is back with a dark take on the Rumplestiltskin legend that follows Miryem, a clever young woman with a dangerous talent for turning silver into gold.

What does it mean if the gods can be killed? Persephone, the first woman to lead her tribe, enters the battle between humankind and the cruel godlike beings who once ruled in this next installment in The Legends of the First Empire series.

Kate Daniels wants to put her paranormal problems behind her. But in this next installment in the popular urban fantasy series, her attempt at a normal life, playing house with former Beast Lord Curran and their child, is interrupted by an ancient enemy.

From his first encounter with the man who will one day become Darth Vader to his rise to power, Grand Admiral Thrawn proves his reputation as one of the most cunning warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire in this thrilling Star Wars tale.

After a disaster rocks their community, a mother, an alien academic, and a caretaker for the dead struggle to build a new future in this story of finding hope and purpose among the stars from the author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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Sync Audiobooks


We hope you’ve been able to enjoy some of the free audiobooks for teens from Sync. Here is the latest group of audiobooks that will be released in the next few weeks.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 26 2018, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at