Lynda Citro

Lynda Citro

Our virtual summer programs are taking a break next week for the Fourth of July holiday.

All libraries in Charlotte and Sarasota counties are closed on Saturday in observance of Independence Day, so we can also take a break.

You should take one too and read a book or watch a movie inside, where it’s nice and cool.

“Dead, White and Blue,” by Carolyn Hart, is an easy summer read. Annie Darling owns Death on Demand, a busy mystery bookstore in a tourist town. Annie can’t wait for Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance, and can’t stay out of the gossip around town. Last seen walking into the pine trees at the Fourth of July fireworks display, a town resident has seemingly vanished without a trace, and Annie just has to get involved. Grab this book and a cooler, and head to the beach for a relaxing afternoon.

There is a series of books by July Hyzy called “The White House Chef Mysteries.” The first book in the series is titled “State of the Onion.” Olivia Paras wants nothing more than to be the Executive Chef at the White House, but first she must figure out who is out to get her — besides her boss. So far, there are nine books in the series with fun titles like “Buffalo West Wing,” “Home of the Braised,” “Foreign Eclairs,” and more. Check out this fun series that includes food, mystery and political intrigue.

If you want to go back in time to learn about one of the many battles fought to secure our freedom, you can pick up “The Fort: A Novel of the Revolutionary War,” by Bernard Cornwell. This is a fictionalized version of a true event, the Penobscot Expedition of 1779. Several hundred British soldiers remained hunkered down in a ramshackle fort with ships in the harbor to back them up. State officials in Massachusetts were determined to get the Redcoats out of their new country once and for all, so they sent a contingent of men and ships to battle it out. The American forces misjudged the tenacity of these troops and an epic battle ensued.

It is summer and maybe you are not up for reading, or you just want to stay in the house where it’s cool. You can put a free movie or Blu-ray on hold and pick it up curbside at any of our Charlotte County libraries. There are several great titles to choose from, and our library system has them all at one of our locations.

Here is a short list of movie suggestions for the Fourth: “Jaws,” “The Sandlot,” “American Graffiti,” “Independence Day,” “John Adams,” “Top Gun,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and, last but not least, “Born on the Fourth of July.”

You can access your library account on our website and put any of these movies on hold and pick them up curbside or call us and we can help you. If you don’t want to leave your house, you can access streaming movies with Hoopla, ebooks with Cloud Library and digital magazines with RB Digital on the library website, https://charlottefl.ent.sirsi.net.

If you have any questions about how to access these online services, just give us a call.

I hope you are having a safe, healthy and happy summer.

The Englewood Charlotte Library is at 3450 N Access Road, in the Tringali off Recreation Complex off State Road 776.

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