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Wanted: Summer reading heroes

Sue Heskin

The Superior Public Library is looking for a few good heroes! Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to make time for reading all summer long. Why not sign up for the Superior Public Library’s Summer Reading Program? This year’s theme for children in preschool through fifth grade is “Every Hero has a Story,” and the theme for grades 6-12 is “Unmask! Discover the Hero Within.” Starting June 15, pick up a reading log at the service desk in the children’s room to keep track of the books you read throughout the summer. Prizes and free paperback books are awarded to participants.

Summer Storytime kicks off June 16 in the children’s room storyboat. Volunteers from Superior Kiwanis Club read stories at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 25. Bring the kids to the library and enjoy this free event each week, all summer long.

Do you have what it takes to beat a chess expert? You’ll have your chance June 17 when National Chess Master Dane Mattson visits the library to lecture on chess strategy before playing a simultaneous exhibition game against all experienced participants. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and the chess match starts at 3 p.m. Come learn some new chess strategies and test your skills against a local chess champion.

In the evening June 17, the library welcomes Jane Anklam, the horticulture and agriculture educator for University of Wisconsin-Extension. She’ll share her secrets for preparing a successful garden, and for those with limited garden space, she will also demonstrate how to properly plant a tomato for a container garden. Attendees can enter to win their own tomato plant. This free, informative program starts at 7 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

And don’t forget about the Bike Rodeo in the library’s north parking lot June 24. The time for this bike safety event has changed to 3 p.m. The Superior Police Department will be on hand to teach safe bike riding skills, and there will also be information about bike maintenance. Snacks will be available, and kids can also enter the drawing to win T-shirts and bike locks. Bring your bike, helmet and a parent to this fun, free event.

DVD: “The Boy Next Door,” “Cake,” “Ghost Story,” Jamaica Inn,” “Masters of Sex: Season 2,” “The Mentalist: 7th & final season,” “New Tricks: Season 11,” “Wolf Hall,” “Broadchurch: Second Season,” “Dancing on the Edge,” “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Inherent Vice,” “Mr. Selfridge: Season 3,” “Selma,” “Still Alice,” “Cancer: The Emperor of all Maladies” and “Last Days in Vietnam.”

Music CD: “Love Somebody” by Reba McEntire, “Southern Style” by Darius Rucker, “Jekyll + Hyde” by Zac Brown Band,” “Be Still and Know … Hymns & Faith,” by Amy Grant, “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes, “Wilder Mind,” by Mumford & Sons and “Kintsugi” by Death Cab for Cutie.

Nonfiction: “Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending your Rights, and Protecting your Family,” “Snap Strategies for Couples,” “Einstein’s Dice & Schrodinger’s Cat: A Unified Theory of Physics,” “Stepdog: A Memoir,” “Living the Farm Sanctuary Life,” “The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook,” “The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices,” “Floral Elegance: 18 Beautiful Cross Stitch and Needlepoint Designs,” “Decks Complete,” “Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield” and “Mourning Lincoln.”

Fiction: “An Appetite for Violets” by Martine Bailey, “Twelve Days” by Alex Berenson, “The Dream Lover” by Elizabeth Berg, “Endangered” by C. J. Box, “Compulsion” by Allison Brennan, “Solitude Creek” by Jeffery Deaver, “Don’t Go Home” by Carolyn Hart, “The Buried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro, “The Last Word” by Hanif Kureishi, “The Beekeepers Daughter” by Santa Montefiore, “God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison, “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford, “All the Old Knives” by Olen Steinhauer, “In Wilderness” by Diane Thomas and “Above Us Only Sky” by Michele Young-Stone.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Superior; 2-7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Solon Springs; and 2-7 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Nebagamon. Call 715-394-8860 in Superior, 715-378-4452 in Solon Springs, or 715-374-3477 in Lake Nebagamon or visit

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.