You Should Read This.

You should. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you like, you should read El Deafo byeldeafo Cece Bell.

Do you like comics or graphic novels? You should read it.

Do you dislike comics or graphic novels? You should read it anyway.

Did you have an idyllic childhood? You should read it.

Were you the brunt of all classroom jokes? You should read it.

Do you have an hour and a half in a doctor’s waiting room with nothing to do? I did, and I read it and I loved it.

El Deafo is one of those fantastic books that just works for most everyone, you can sympathize, empathize or just be entertained by the wonderful inner dialog that sometimes escapes for everyone to hear.  The book received a 2015 Newberry Honor Award as well as a finalist for The Kirkus Prize.

Is a M.O.O.C for you?

Welcome to the exciting world of learning online known as a M.O.O.C (Massively, Open, Online, Course)  M.O.O.Cs are free (open) to anyone who wants to participate, if you need or want a certificate to say you completed the course for continuing education there may be a small fee or for some courses or you can even upgrade for full college credit.  M.O.O.Cs are developed by professors and educators at Universities and Institutions around the world. You can take a poetry class from Harvard, economics from University of California, pop culture from the Smithsonian Institution or computer programming from MIT, not a bad way to spend an hour or two a week, right?

here’s a great video that explains how they work…

There are some big players in the world of M.O.O.Cs including edX, Coursera, and Educause and more. Many people use M.O.O.Cs to further their formal education but they are impacting life-long learners more than any other group.  The SPL is excited to help connect our patrons to M.O.O.Cs that will help them meet their own learning goals, both formal and informal.  We will be highlighting  a few courses throughout the year and then offering a time to meet up with your fellow local course takers to talk about the experience.

What do you want to know? What are your passions? The sky is the limit, how far will you stretch? Want to know more? Join us for M.O.O.C. 101 on May 19th at 6pm for an introduction and if you’re interested you can join us on one of our first adventures; Introduction to Nutrition – Food for Health or The Rise of Superheros and Their Impact on Pop Culture.

New E-Audiobooks Available on WV-READS

We’ve added some wonderful downloadable audiobooks to the fantastic collection at WV-READS. Here are a few of the new children’s or great for the whole family selections.  Not sure how to borrow books from WV-READS, read this.


The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer.
Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.


Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart.


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the “boy who wouldn’t grow up.” As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook. The Darlings eventually return home with the Lost Boys, leaving Peter Pan to his perpetual boyhood.

All descriptions were copied in their entirety from the WV READS page.

Spring Break Programs – Peppa Pig and Magic Tree House!

Join us on Tuesday April 7th at 10:30 for a special version of our regular storytime featuring Peppa Pig stories and some muddy puddle jumping! (All Jumping will take place in the library and no boots will be soiled, promise)



The Magic Tree House returns to the Summersville Public Library for a trip back to Ancient Japan to learn the ways of the Ninja! Join us on Wednesday morning at 10:30 to recount Jack and Annie’s amazing adventure.  This program is designed for independent readers.