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Check It Out: Fun summer reading available for all ages

June 24, 2011|By Evelyn Rogers

Editor's note: This is a special edition of Check It Out.

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Summer is here. That means there's time to relax and enjoy a good book. The staff of the Newport Beach Public Library has been busy, preparing to help you take advantage of summer reading opportunities with the 2011 Summer Reading Program.

Beginning Saturday and running through Aug. 12 will be programs for adults, teens, and kids with prizes and activities geared for each age group.

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Special children's events take place at all four Newport Beach Public Library locations, beginning Tuesday, with a magic show featuring magician Allen Oshiro. Check the Events Calendar at http://www.newportbeachlibrary.org for a complete schedule of Summer Reading Program activities.

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Summer Reads

Need some good reading suggestions? Whether you're looking for a new, engrossing, or just plain escapist page-turner, the Newport Beach Public Library has plenty to choose from!

For adults, new mysteries and non-fiction are a great way to start summer.

"Smokin' Seventeen" by Janet Evanovich: New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum returns, and where she goes murder and mayhem are sure to follow. Will she finally choose between Morelli and Ranger? Probably not, but this book is sure to be a fun, fast-paced summer read.

"The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party" by Alexander McCall Smith: Precious Ramotswe, lady detective, sees visions of her old white van, investigates a cattle poisoning, and helps Grace prepare for her wedding in the new book in the charming "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series.

"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson: A compelling non-fiction book set in 1933 Berlin, following William E. Dodd as he becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

For teens, try biography, science fiction, and short stories.

"Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board" by Bethany Hamilton: The teen surfer who lost her arm in a great white shark attack in 2003 describes how she has coped with this life-altering event with the help of her faith, the changes in her life, and her return to the sport she loves.

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