Family  //  August 2020

The Best Books
Handpicked by Your Local Librarians

      Our usual summer activities may have hit a snag this year, but that hasn’t stopped our local libraries. Like many, the Greece Public Library has had to adapt to changes, though they have continued to promote reading and family time with their Summer 2020 Reading Program and craft projects. Reading is crucial at any age, and the library offers a great deal of resources for everyone in the family.

      “We are only offering virtual programs at this time,” said Catherine Henderson, a librarian at the Greece Public Library. There is currently no sitting, printing or computer use for the time being, though patrons may enter the library wearing a mask and browse the entire collection and check out whatever catches their eye. “Staff is available to help anyone find whatever material they’re looking for.”

      The library hosts a number of online book clubs through Facebook that cover a range of genres in both fiction and non-fiction, including sci-fi, mystery, and historical fiction to name a few. Their two previous in-person clubs (Print & Prose and As the Page Turns) have shifted from the Blue Barn Cidery and the library to Zoom meetings. People can visit their online calendar in order to sign up and participate.

      Similarly, their craft and story time programs for children, tweens, and teens have also been moved online. “Participants can pick up supplies and then either craft alongside a staff member via Zoom or they can watch it on YouTube later," said Henderson. "We just ask them to send us pictures of their projects!”

      Every year, the library hosts a summer reading program for all ages and encourages all who enter to record their reading. For more information, check out our summer recommended reading list crafted by the library staff! You’re sure to find something for everyone in the family.

      Be sure to check your local library’s website for more information on their reading programs and for any specialized COVID-19 safety practices!

Grades 1-3 Chapter Books:

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Dragon Masters by Tracey West
The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
Critter Club by Callie Barkley
Humphrey’s Tiny Tales by Betty G. Birney
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Magic Tree House by Mary Pop Osborne
I Survived by Lauren Tarshis

Grades 1-2:

Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Blowfish by Emma Bassier
Whoo-Ku Haiku by Maria Gianferrari
Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley
Who Would Win? Ultimate     Showdown by Jerry Pallotta
The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk
Riddle Me This! Animal Riddles by Lisa Regan
Fly Guy Presents: Monster Trucks by Tedd Arnold
Flop to the Top! A Toon Book by Eleanor Davis & Drew Weing
Meditation: My Mindful Day  by Katie Marsico
I Want to Be a Veterinarian by Laura Driscoll
With My Hands: Poems About Making Things by Amy Ludwig
The Great Pet Escape  by Victoria Jamieson
Noodleheads Find Something Fishy by Tedd Arnold
Owly The Way Home: Owly Series by Andy Runton

Grades 3-5:

Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan
The Big Break by Mark Tatulli
Science Comics: Cars by Dan Zettwoch
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Game On: Mario by Paige V. Polinsky
The Slime Book by DK
Where is the Bermuda Triangle? by Megan Stine
Chef Gina’s Taste Test Challenge by Gino Campagna
I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
Hilo all the Pieces Fit by Judd Winick
The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith
The Fierce 44 Black Americans Who Shook Up the World  by Robert Ball

Adult Staff Picks:

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Summing for Sunlight by Allie Larkin
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
The Girl He Used To Know by Tracy Garvis Graves
#MomSoHard by Kristin Hensley
The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury


Our Local Libraries

Greece Public Library
2 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Greece •

Chili Public Library
3333 Chili Avenue, Rochester •

Gates Public Library
902 Elmgrove Road, Rochester •
Parma Public Library
7 West Avenue, Hilton •

Ogden Farmers’ Library
269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport •

Frederick Douglass Library
971 South Avenue, Rochester •
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A Special Thank You to The Greece Public Library for our reading lists!

2 Vince Tofany Boulevard, Greece, NY 14612 • 585.225.8951 •