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At the Library: Summer scoop features CROW

By Staff | Jun 3, 2015

At 3 p.m. (Tuesday) July 2 the Captiva Memorial Library will host a special summer reading kick-off program by CROW. Meet Lola, Gus or Sky! Our friends from CROW will introduce you to the Animal Ambassadors, just some of the animals you’re reading to support this summer.

Be a HERO this summer and READ to provide meals and supplies for the injured animals at CROW, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, in Sanibel! Every 15 minutes spent reading equals a scoop of seed for a songbird, a cup of kibble for an otter, a cup of applesauce for a raccoon or a dollop of peanut butter for a squirrel. Sign up at your favorite branch and be entered to win a subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine. One grand prize winner will receive a party on the bookmobile for the winner and six of their friends! The Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Program is open to children who have finished kindergarten. Children ages 5 and under will receive an Every Hero Has a Story Activity card and coloring page. The program runs from June 6 through July 25.

Tweens and teens have their own HERO program. Read this summer to provide meals and supplies for the injured animals at CROW, or the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. It’s simple! Sign up and get started, earn points and collect badges for doing all kinds of stuff over the summer, like reading, donating items to CROW, going to library events and experiencing things in your community. Thirty minutes reading = a badge = a handful of seed for an injured bird OR a scoop of kibble for an opossum, raccoon or otter on the mend OR a tablespoon of peanut butter for a hurting squirrel. One lucky tween and one lucky teen will win a behind-the-scenes tour of CROW’s hospital for themselves and up to nine of their friends. The tour experience includes admission to the education center, an overview program of CROW and concludes with a VIP tour of the hospital and rehabilitation grounds. Winners will get the chance to meet with some of CROW’s staff and learn what it takes to rehabilitate 3,500+ animals a year!

Books for adults to read just for the fun of it:

“Want You Dead”

by Peter James

“Single girl, 33, redhead and smouldering, love life that has crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and — who knows — more maybe? In Peter James’ ‘Want You Dead,’ 33-year-old Red Cameron meets handsome, charming and rich 35-year-old Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, and is instantly attracted to him. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past begins to emerge, and with it his dark side. Everything he has told Red about himself turns out to be a tissue of lies, and her infatuation with him gradually turns to terror. Within a year, and under police protection, she evicts him from her flat and her life. But far from being over, her nightmare is only just beginning. For Bryce is obsessed and besotted with her. He intends to destroy, by fire, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved — and then her, too. It’s up to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace to stop him before it’s too late…” *

“The Lost Boys Symphony”

by Mark Ferguson

“After Henry’s girlfriend Val leaves him and transfers to another school, his grief begins to manifest itself in bizarre and horrifying ways. Cause and effect, once so reliable, no longer appear to be related in any recognizable manner. Either he’s hallucinating, or the strength of his heartbreak over Val has unhinged reality itself.

After weeks of sleepless nights and sick delusions, Henry decides to run away. If he can only find Val, he thinks, everything will make sense again. So he leaves his mother’s home in the suburbs and marches toward the city and the woman who he thinks will save him. Once on the George Washington Bridge, however, a powerful hallucination knocks him out cold. When he awakens, he finds himself kidnapped by two strangers — one old, one middle aged — who claim to be future versions of Henry himself. Val is the love of your life, they tell him. We’ve lost her, but you don’t have to. In the meantime, Henry’s best friend Gabe is on the verge of breakdown of his own. Convinced he is somehow to blame for Henry’s deterioration and eventual disappearance, Gabe is consumed by a potent mix of guilt and sadness. When he is approached by an enigmatic stranger who bears a striking resemblance to his lost friend, Gabe begins to fear for his own sanity. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to the only person who can possibly help him make sense of it all: Val.” *

“Girl Under Water”

by Claire Kells

“Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really. That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person-something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined. In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.” *

“Missing Reels”

by Farran Smith Nehme

“New York in the late 1980s. Ceinwen Reilly has just moved from Yazoo City, Mississippi, and she’s never going back, minimum wage job (vintage store salesgirl) and shabby apartment (Avenue C walkup) be damned. Who cares about earthly matters when Ceinwen can spend her days and her nights at fading movie houses?and most of the time that’s left trying to look like Jean Harlow? One day, Ceinwen discovers that her downstairs neighbor may have?just possibly?starred in a forgotten silent film that hasn’t been seen for ages. So naturally, it’s time for a quest. She will track down the film, she will impress her neighbor, and she will become a part of movie history: the archivist as ingnue. As she embarks on her grand mission, Ceinwen meets a somewhat bumbling, very charming, 100 percent English math professor named Matthew, who is as rational as she is dreamy. Together, they will or will not discover the missing reels, will or will not fall in love, and will or will not encounter the obsessives that make up the New York silent film nut underworld.” *

“The Murder Man”

by Tony Parsons

“Meet London police detective Max Wolfe. Insomniac. Dog lover. Coffee addict. Boxer. Single parent. And every murderer’s worst nightmare. Someone has been violently killing members of London society. The killer is strong enough and smart enough to kill with a single knife stroke, and bold enough to kill in public.

The victims span all levels of London society, and appear to have absolutely nothing in common. As Max begins following the killer’s bloody trail, it takes him from the bright lights and backstreets of London all the way to the corner offices in the corridors of power. But when Max realizes that the victims may have all crossed paths decades ago at their exclusive private school, the case changes. Suddenly, the murders look less random and more personal, and Max finds the killer’s reach getting closer to everything-and everyone-he loves.” *

-Senior Librarian Ann Bradley is branch manager Captiva Memorial Library.