Hot Summer Reads

We asked our staff what books they were looking forward to reading this summer. Here are their answers.

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Fiction


Hester
By Lauire Lico Albanese

Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress carrying generations of secrets when she sets sail from Scotland in the early 1800s with her husband, Edward. An apothecary who has fallen under the spell of opium, his pile of debts have forced them to flee Edinburgh for a fresh start in the New World. But only days after they’ve arrived in Salem, Edward abruptly joins a departing ship as a medic––leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange country, forced to make her way by any means possible.

When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are instantly drawn to each other: he is a man haunted by his ancestors, who sent innocent women to the gallows––while she is an unusually gifted needleworker, troubled by her own strange talents. As the weeks pass and Edward’s safe return grows increasingly unlikely, Nathaniel and Isobel grow closer and closer. Together, they are a muse and a dark storyteller; the enchanter and the enchanted. But which is which?

Book


The Guest
By Emma Cline

Summer is coming to a close on the East End of Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome.

A misstep at a dinner party, and the older man she’s been staying with dismisses her with a ride to the train station and a ticket back to the city.

With few resources and a waterlogged phone, but gifted with an ability to navigate the desires of others, Alex stays on Long Island and drifts like a ghost through the hedged lanes, gated driveways, and sun-blasted dunes of a rarified world that is, at first, closed to her. Propelled by desperation and a mutable sense of morality, she spends the week leading up to Labor Day moving from one place to the next, a cipher leaving destruction in her wake.


The Wishing Game
By Meg Shaffer

Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling children’s author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winner’s life in this absorbing and whimsical novel.


The Violin Conspiracy
By Brendan Slocumb

Ray McMillian loves playing the violin more than anything, and nothing will stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a professional musician. Not his mother, who thinks he should get a real job, not the fact that he can’t afford a high-caliber violin, not the racism inherent in the classical music world. And when he makes the startling discovery that his great-grandfather’s fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius, his star begins to rise. Then with the international Tchaikovsky Competition—the Olympics of classical music—fast approaching, his prized family heirloom is stolen. Ray is determined to get it back. But now his family and the descendants of the man who once enslaved Ray’s great-grandfather are each claiming that the violin belongs to them. With the odds stacked against him and the pressure mounting, will Ray ever see his beloved violin again?


In The Lives of Puppets
By TJ Klune

In a strange little home built into the branches of a grove of trees, live three robots–fatherly inventor android Giovanni Lawson, a pleasantly sadistic nurse machine, and a small vacuum desperate for love and attention. Victor Lawson, a human, lives there too. They’re a family, hidden and safe.

The day Vic salvages and repairs an unfamiliar android labelled “HAP,” he learns of a shared dark past between Hap and Gio-a past spent hunting humans.

When Hap unwittingly alerts robots from Gio’s former life to their whereabouts, the family is no longer hidden and safe. Gio is captured and taken back to his old laboratory in the City of Electric Dreams. So together, the rest of Vic’s assembled family must journey across an unforgiving and otherworldly country to rescue Gio from decommission, or worse, reprogramming.


The Dry
By Jane Harper

In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke’s death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones.


The Lie Maker
By Linwood Barclay

In this twisty, fast-paced thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Find You First and Take Your Breath Away, a man desperately tries to track down his father–who was taken into witness protection years ago–before his enemies can get to him.


The benevolent society of ill-mannered ladies
By Alison Goodman

A high society amateur detective at the heart of Regency London uses her wits and invisibility as an ‘old maid’ to protect other women in a new and fiercely feminist historical mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Alison Goodman.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
By Becky Chambers

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.


Nonfiction


The creative act : a way of being
By Rick Rubin

The Creative Act is a beautiful and generous course of study that illuminates the path of the artist as a road we all can follow. It distills the wisdom gleaned from a lifetime’s work into a luminous reading experience that puts the power to create moments–and lifetimes–of exhilaration and transcendence within closer reach for all of us.


A Trillion Trees
By Fred Pearce

Trees keep our planet cool and breathable. They make the rain and sustain biodiversity. They are essential for nature and for us. And yet, we are cutting and burning them at such a rate that many forests are fast approaching tipping points beyond which they will simply shrivel and die. But there is still time, and there is still hope. If we had a trillion more trees, the damage could be undone. So should we get planting? Not so fast. Fred Pearce argues in this inspiring new book that we can have our forests back, but mass planting should be a last resort. Instead, we should mostly stand back, make room and let nature — and those who dwell in the forests — do the rest.


The Greatness Mindset
by Lewis Howes

Through his New York Times best-selling book and podcast The School of Greatness, Greatness Academy, and inspirational events, entrepreneur Lewis Howes has provided millions worldwide with the tools they need to define their mission, craft specific goals, and develop a game plan to get the results they want. In The Greatness Mindset, Lewis takes his results-driven system one step further by taking a deep dive into the mindset shifts you need to truly see and acknowledge your own greatness and allow it to reach its fullest potential.


The Wager
By David Grann

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth. The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.


Quietly hostile
By Samantha Irby

The success of Irby’s career has taken her to new heights. She fields calls with job offers from Hollywood and walks the red carpet with the iconic ladies of Sex and the City. Finally, she has made it. But, behind all that new-found glam, Irby is just trying to keep her life together as she always had.

Her teeth are poisoning her from inside her mouth, and her diarrhea is back. She gets turned away from a restaurant for wearing ugly clothes, she goes to therapy and tries out Lexapro, gets healed with Reiki, explores the power of crystals, and becomes addicted to QVC. Making light of herself as she takes us on an outrageously funny tour of all the details that make up a true portrait of her life, Irby is once again the relatable, uproarious tonic we all need.


Juvenile


The Swifts : a dictionary of scoundrels
By Beth Lincoln

In her family, Shenanigan Swift has always been synonymous with mischief. As Arch-Aunt Schadenfreude always says, “She can’t help her name.” When a family reunion suddenly turns into a murder mystery, Shenanigan is determined to catch the perpetrator. A celebration of words and individuality, this remarkable debut is both brilliantly contemporary and instantly classic.


Young Adult


Four Found Dead
By Natalie D. Richards

Tonight, Tempest Theaters is closing forever, the last remaining business in a defunct shopping mall. The moviegoers have left, and Jo and her six coworkers have the final shift, cleaning up popcorn and mopping floors for the last time.

But after an unexpected altercation puts everyone on edge, the power goes out. Their manager disappears, along with the keys to the lobby doors and the theater safe, where the crew’s phones are locked each shift. Then, the crew’s tension turns to terror when Jo discovers the dead body of one of her co-workers.

Now their only chance to escape the murderer in their midst is through the dark, shuttered mall. With its boarded-up exits and disabled fire alarms, the complex is filled with hiding places for both pursuer and pursued. In order to survive this night, Jo and her friends must trust one another, navigate the sprawling ruins of the mall, and outwit a killer before he kills again.

Adult Summer Reading Community Partners

Free Passes to the wonderful museum that offers entertaining and engaging ways to understand and appreciate the history and science behind transportation technology.

Two Tickets and Two Drink Vouchers for the upcoming 2023-2024 season. The Civic Theater of Allentown entertains, inspires, and enriches lives by producing high quality theatre, presenting engaging films, and offering exceptional theatre education.

Gift Card, Glass, and Six pack from one of Allentown’s top breweries that strives to bring friends, family, and community together for good times.

Two Tickets to the Crayola Experience, a one-of-a-kind family destination where the magic of Crayola comes to life with dozens of hands-on attractions that help kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity, and experience color in a whole new way.

Free Passes to the Da Vinci Science Center whose mission it is to bring science to life and lives to science.

Two Tickets to this season’s performances. See great productions of Henry IV, In the Heights, The Tempest and More. Visit their website to see all shows and dates.

A Dinner for Two at Urban Table. Their menu captures flavors from a myriad of culinary regions with offerings including prime beef burgers, cauliflower steak, gumbo, and more.

Rock the Walk mugs and gift cards to the Downtown Allentown Market to help you experience all Downtown Allentown has to offer.

A Gift Card to this grocery store that is dedicated to helping people live healthier, better lives through exceptional food

March Madness (with books)!

Thank you all who participated in 2023, check out our winners at our official March Madness website!

The Allentown Library District will be hosting March Madness, a battle of books this year. We would like to invite you and your school to participate!

We will be creating three separate brackets for 3 different genres: picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. Each bracket will feature 16 books from the genre, and each week, participants will be invited to vote on books.

Click here to go to our official March Madness website!

Allentown Public Library presents March Madness Unknown Black

TED Talks

Our Favorite TED Talks

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. We asked our staff to share their favorite TED Talks and paired them a few books that may help you expand your understanding on the topic. This is what they came up with. (Click on the book covers to find the books in our catalog)


Matt Walker: Why Sleep Matters Now More Than Ever


Wim Hof: Standing the Ice with Our Minds


Amy Tan: Where Does Creativity Hide


Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion


Dr. Mark Holder: Three Words That Will Change Your Life


Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar


Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds


Other TED Talks We Like (With Dewey Locations of Books on Similar Topics)

  1. Michael Sandel: What’s the Right Thing to do? / 172.2 and 301.417 and 320
  2. Mariana Atencio: What makes you special? / 155.4 and 158
  3. Simon Sinek : How great leaders inspire action / 303.34 and 658.4
  4. Brené Brown : The power of vulnerability / 158
  5. Tim Urban : Inside the mind of a master procrastinator / 155.2
  6. Julian Treasure : How to speak so that people will listen / 658.45 and 808.51
  7. Robert Waldinger : What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness / 158.1 and 170.44
  8. Chimamanda Adichie : The danger of a single story / 305.8 and 372.21
  9. Angela Lee Duckworth : Grit: The power of passion and perseverance / 179.9, 155.4 and 158.1
  10. Elif Shafak : The revolutionary power of diverse thought / 321.8 and 331.4133

Servicios Actualizados

1 de julio, 2020

Para usar el servicio de recoger materiales de la ventanilla de autoservicio, favor de llamarnos antes de llegar a la biblioteca at 610-820-2400 x2 o usar el catálogo en línea para reservar su libro o material audiovisual.  Trabajaremos bien duro para agarrar sus materiales de los estantes, ponerlos en una bolsa para que estén listos a recoger cuando Ud. llegue a la ventanilla.

La ventanilla de autoservicio está abierta según nuestro horario de verano:

lunes a sábado 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tiene que mostrarnos su tarjeta de la biblioteca válida en la ventanilla para recoger sus materiales.

NO se puede entregar sus materiales de la biblioteca ni pagar sus multas en la ventanilla de autoservicio.  Favor de entregar sus materiales de la biblioteca en el buzón de devoluciones localizado en el estacionamiento detrás del edificio.  La biblioteca va a poner los libros entregados en cuarentena según las presentes directrices antes de colocarlos de nuevo en los estantes.

¡Nuestros Bibliotecarios, el Personal de Circulación y Servicios Técnicos siguen trabajando duro para proveer al público una selección más grande de libros electrónicos y audiolibros electrónicos populares y programas virtuales, “Ask Us 24/7”, videos, críticas de libros, y mucho más!

¡Apreciamos mucho a nuestros clientes y estamos muy contentos de servirles!

Service Update

July 1, 2020

You may now pick up materials either at the library’s drive up window or from inside the library!

For Drive-thru window pickup service, please call ahead or use the online library catalog to reserve your items. We will work diligently to pull and bag your materials so they are ready to go when you arrive at the window.

The pickup window is open 10AM – 4PM Monday through Saturday. You must present your valid library card at the drive-thru window for materials pickup.

Return items and fines will NOT be accepted at the drive thru window. Please use the drop box in the rear parking lot. The library will quarantine returned books according to current guidelines before they are released to the stacks.

No books may be brought into the library. Please drop off any returned materials including CDs and DVDs at the book drop in the rear parking lot or front of the building for quarantine.

Our Librarians, Circulation and Technical Services staff continue to work behind-the-scenes to provide you with a larger selection of popular eBooks and e-Audiobooks, virtual programs, Ask Us 24/7, videos, book reviews, and more!

We appreciate our patrons and are happy to serve you!