What Should I Read Next? Our Upcoming Bestseller List for Fall is Available.

Our What Should I Read Next? list is now available for new bestselling and notable fiction titles being published from September through December 2015. A copy is available online, or you may pick up a print copy at the adult reference or Main desks. All titles on the list are available to reserve through our catalog, some in multiple formats such as large print and audiobook. Returning bestselling authors include Mitch Albom, Lee Child, Elizabeth George, John Grisham, and Nicholas Sparks. Several of our favorites even have two books coming out this fall, namely Janet Evanovich (1, 2), James Patterson (1, 2), and Danielle Steel (1, 2).  Hollywood celebrities continue to launch second careers as authors, including Kevin Costner, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ethan Hawke, who all have new novels coming this Fall. And would you believe that even basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is publishing Mycroft Holmes, about the adventures of Sherlock’s older brother! If your tastes run more toward the literary end of the spectrum, several great American and international authors are returning, including Margaret Atwood, Umberto Eco, Jonathan Franzen, John Irving, Erica Jong, and Salman Rushdie. Please keep in mind that since this list is published so far in advance, that some publication dates and titles may be subject to change.

Patchogue, Medford students join forces with Summer Reading club for literary adventures

Local students are going on reading adventures through Patchogue-Medford Library's Summer Reading Club. Photo courtesy Elaine Perez.
Local students are going on reading adventures through Patchogue-Medford Library's Summer Reading Club. Photo courtesy Elaine Perez.

Local students are going on reading adventures through Patchogue-Medford Library’s Summer Reading Club. Photo courtesy Elaine Perez.

The battle for the books continues as Patchogue-Medford students join the library’s Summer Reading Club forces.

The long running Patchogue-Medford Library program has different groups for different ages. Jane Drake, the library’s head of Childrens’ and Parents’ Services, said the youngest Superheroes in Training “read-to-me” program currently has 149 participating kids, the Caped Crusader program for kids in grades K-1 has 132 students, the Library Justice League for students in grades 2-6 has 334 students and the older P.E.T. squad of students entering grades 4-6 has 84 students.

Earlier this past week, Patchogue-Medford’s squad of reading superheroes held a friendly contest against a team from Longwood Library, where all the students read “Pie” by Sarah Weeks and competed in answering trivia questions on the book.

Awards given out as part of the Battle of the Books where Patchogue-Medford students had a friendly trivia contest against Longwood. Photo courtesy Elaine Perez

Awards given out as part of the Battle of the Books where Patchogue-Medford students had a friendly trivia contest against Longwood. Photo courtesy Elaine Perez

While the summer is reaching the halfway point, it’s not too late for kids to begin their reading adventure at Patchogue-Medford Library.

Students joining up just have to borrow any book from the library, take it home to read for at least a night and then meet with a library staff member on their next visit to the Children’s Department to report their literary adventure.

A few of the prizes available for kids to win as part of the Summer Reading Club. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

A few of the prizes available for kids to win as part of the Summer Reading Club. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Kids can earn credits for every book they read, which can be used to win prizes in the Library’s cabinet as well as through weekly raffles.

Teens and adults can also start their own summer reading adventures through similar programs available at Patchogue-Medford Library. Every book read by adult readers that has been checked out from Patchogue-Medford Library will earn them an entry into a raffle drawing.

Flyer for the Adult Summer Reading Club at Patchogue-Medford Library. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Flyer for the Adult Summer Reading Club at Patchogue-Medford Library. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Questions on all of the summer reading programs can be answered by either visiting Patchogue-Medford Library or by calling 631-654-4700.

Genealogy TV show to return this Sunday

"Who Do You Think You Are?" will be returning for a summer season beginning this Sunday, July 26, at 10 p.m. on the TLC channel. Guests for this season are: Tom Bergeron, host of "Dancing with the Stars"; Bryan Cranston, actor from "Breaking Bad" … [Continue reading]

We will reopen Wednesday at 9:30am!

My apologies for the early closing on Tuesday. A gas leak has been ruled out by National Grid, our HVAC company, and our CO2 monitoring company. I understand how making a trip to the Library takes a bit of effort, and I'm sorry if you were meet by … [Continue reading]

Swedish research to be topic of webinar

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present a free webinar at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, entitled "Have Swedish Roots and Don't Know How to Get Started?" This webinar will cover naming patterns, Swedish spellings, and how to locate parishes. The … [Continue reading]