Oakland Library Director Rosa Schmidt Shares Light Summer Reads


By Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director

Fourth of July Celebrations are upon us and ball games are winding down. Many families are planning vacations to be taken before the County Fair and (dare I say it) the new school year.

If you are thinking that you do not have time to read a good book this summer, please think again! There are many books that fit the bill for light summer reading.

Series especially can be a good fit for summer reading. After the first book, we are attached to characters in a story. They make us laugh, cry and sometimes they make us crazy…they become like family to us.

Series can also offer the familiarity of setting. The locations depicted in a story allow us to travel to new places and get to know them or they can allow us to revisit a place we have been. Once we are familiar with the setting, opening a new book in a series is like going “home” again.

After the first book in a series we are invested in these characters, place settings, and the conflicts that revolve around a storyline. It can be hard to let go of them as we turn to the last page of the story. It is great feeling knowing that we are able to set down with them again in the next book and continue our friendship…

Visit your library today and let your librarian show you some of the many varieties of series available for your reading pleasure!

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