The world is opening back up (hooray!) and the libraries in Allegheny County still have what you need remotely to offset all the socializing you’ll be doing. Don’t forget that you still need some downtime! Here’s some ways to have a great eSummer:
- Hoopla has your summer movies and books! Their titles are always available (no waiting!) and always changing. Some summer favorites:
- Movies with Reese Witherspoon all day, all summer: Sweet Home Alabama, The Man in the Moon, Rendition and The Importance of Being Earnest
- Books for the kiddos when they need a break from swimming in freezing water: Sonata for Fish and Boy by Milan Pavlovic, The Color Collection by Nick Solis and You are Fantastic! by Sabrina Moyle.
- Take a moment and recapture your youth! I love re-reading old childhood favorites like More About Paddington, The Boxcar Children, The One and Only Ivan, Winnie the Pooh, Romana Quimby Age 8 and Where the Sidewalk Ends.
- ALL THE HARRY POTTER AUDIO BOOKS! Done! Your summer’s planned.
- Beach listening (just don’t get sand in your airpods!): American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (this one’s read by Tom Hanks and let me just say, there were many ‘driveway moments’ where I just couldn’t get out of my car and go into the house), The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin and Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
- Beach reading for days (pack your Kindle or iPad loaded with all the genres: A House is a Body by Shruti Swamy, Bridgerton: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn (the new Netflix movie of this one is soooo good!) and Island Affair by Priscilla Oliveras.
- Looking for mindless poolside magazines? Flipster has People, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and Woman’s Day. Also, kiddos love magazines and Flipster has Cricket, BabyBug, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated Kids and High Five. And Libby has Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vogue, Allure and Bazaar!
- Don’t forget the music. You’ll need a soundtrack this summer (all life needs a soundtrack!) Hoopla’s got you covered. Look for the Hamilton Soundtrack, 80s Mixtape (yes, Word Up from Cameo is included!), Nicki Minaj’s Beam Me Up Scotty, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia, 90s Mixtape (Ice Ice Baby will get you where you need to go) and The Weeknd’s The Highlights.
Kelley, Cooper-Siegel Community Library