What I Read on Summer Vacation

It’s summer–your kids are free! But free to what? On nice days, they should be out enjoying the weather, running and playing.  But let’s face it, Maryland’s weather is often unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving. You want them safe, out of trouble, and happy. Perhaps they can keep their brains sharp with reading. Don’t forget to get them signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Club; what better incentive to read than a game with prizes?! And if the reading encourages some healthy lifestyle choices, all the better! Here are a few new titles at HCLS you may want get them to check out:

Food and Energy: Striking a Health Balance
by Kristin Petrie, a fun and positive book for school-aged children looking at energy balance, the Food Pyramid, and smart food, among pother health topics.

Healthy Eating by Megan Borgert-Spaniol, a great introduction to healthy eating for Kindergartners-third graders, lots of helpful pictures.

Healthy Food by A. R, Schaefer,  nutrition made simple and clear for your early elementary school child.

Healthy Habits by Rebecca Weber, leading your young one through a day of health, nutrition, and hygiene, also available in Spanish.

Healthy Snacks, Healthy You! by Sally Lee, simple text and illustrations, as well as examples, help kids make the right decisions for snacks with the nutrients they need.



  1. Does the library have a summer reading program for adults and if so, how does it work?

    • Mary,

      Thanks for asking. We do indeed have a game for adults–the Adult Summer Reading Club (ASRC)! And, in my humble opinion, it is the friendliest (read easiest) of all the summer reading games we offer. All you need to do is stop by any branch, pick up some small ASRC forms, and fill one out for each book you read/listen to during the summer. The next time you’re at the library, find one of our snazzy ASRC drop boxes (located at every research and customer service desk), and drop in your forms. We’ll have a drawing at the end of each summer month at each branch for some fun prizes. Then at the end of summer, we’ll have a major drawing at each branch for a Kindle Fire. Keep reading, and join the fun!

      Your Friends at HCLS

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