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Adult Books for Kids who are Advanced Readers


Parents, do you have a voracious reader at home? A preteen or teen who reads at a high level, but has “read everything already” and thinks everything is “too easy”?
One of my favorite questions is what books would I recommend for a young reader who has already sped through the novels meant for them and needs more books! Bigger books!
Here are some suggestions:

For the kid who has read all of Harry Potter, Narnia, and Percy Jackson…


For the kid who likes mysteries…


For the kid who likes out-of-this-world, funny books…



For the kid who likes history or classics…

Of course the best book for any child is the one they are interested in reading, but these might give you a place to start for those itching to move on to adult books. Even better, these books are ones you may enjoy too!

Hilary Perrino
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth and Family Services
Kenosha Public Library

Graphic Novels/Comics for Kids: To Read or Not to Read?


Is it okay for kids to read comics or graphic novels? The answer is yes! I know some parents are skeptical about that answer, but even the experts agree. Additionally, I know from personal experience that graphic novels and comics are good for kids. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia in 4th grade. It was very difficult to get her to read anything. She said she hated reading and forcing her to read didn’t help. Reading needed to be fun and enjoyable. Graphic novels as we know them now were not readily available at the time. However, she did find one series that she would read--the Garfield comic books by Jim Davis.

If we want our kids to be lifelong readers, we need to make sure that reading is fun. Graphic novels and comics naturally bring fun into the picture (no pun intended). This format helps build vocabulary, inference skills, and reading confidence sharpens visual cues, and inspires creativity. The skills gained from reading comics and graphic novels can benefit all readers, not just reluctant or struggling readers. There are graphic novel versions of classic literature, like Anne of Green Gables and plays from Shakespeare. There are even non-fiction graphic novels about dinosaurs, ocean animals, historical events, and more! So, when your kids ask to read a comic or graphic novel, remember how this genre has grown and diversified, and be confident in the knowledge that these books really can enhance reading skills.

If you’re on board, here are a few recommendations:



Karen Rozzoni
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth and Family Services
Kenosha Public Library



Please join me in OLD WEIRD AMERICA this month for a look at the life of model, photographer, and children’s book author Dare Wright--who leaves us with the impression that she lived entirely in her own visual world. Her mother Edith was a painter and photographer who obsessively primped and posed her pretty daughter in hundreds of portraits, while she isolated her from any other family connections. Dare went on to create her own peculiar world in a series of books using still photography to tell the story of The Lonely Doll—a doll she named for her mother, but whom she made over to look eerily like herself. We will explore how Dare managed to enter and live in this virtual world until cruel reality intervened.    Cathy Polovina

Beach Reads!


It’s officially beach season!  When I pack my giant beach bag, I always make sure I include the three essentials: lots of water, SPF 100, and my latest beach read! (Let’s not kid ourselves, who goes to the beach to swim?)  
So what makes a book a beach read?  Beach reads can be romance, thrillers, classics, or even horror (Jaws, anyone?)

Cover image for Jaws.


The answer, at least in my opinion, is that it has to be "unputdownable"!
Let’s see what myself and other KPL staffers are reading by Lake Michigan!


Cover image for The body lies

The Body Lies by Jo Baker

I read this in one sitting, my heart pounding the entire time.  It’s about a newly minted creative writing professor teaching a small workshop  at an elite private university. Things get scary when one of her students starts turning in disturbingly realistic stories in which she recognizes herself as the main character… Can she stop him before fiction turns into reality? -Emily K.

Trigger/Content warnings: rape, violence, suicide


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Circe by Madeline Miller

My beach read pick is Circe by Madeline Miller,  I love this book because it has a little bit of everything, an awesome, strong female main character, mythology, family drama, sweeping romance, adventure, betrayal, witchcraft, animal friends and yes, turning men into pigs. It is a very compelling, page-turner, the perfect beach read! -Amy K.

Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence, gore, murder, torture, physical abuse, child abuse, thoughts of suicide, brief scene with cutting, graphic childbirth scenes, mention of bestiality, mention of incest, animal sacrifice, death of a sibling, death of a child, death of a loved one, death of an animal, rape, adultery, and war themes.


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Islands in the Stream by Ernest Hemingway

I thought I would send you my favorite beach read, Hemingway's Islands In The Stream.  I should also note my favorite beach is Malaquite Beach on the National Seashore on the Gulf of Mexico.  I read this book yearly on those sands.

It tells the story of a Hemingway type character at 3 distinct times of his life, all set in the islands & at sea.  What makes this an ideal beach read for me is that Hemingway is describing (in his stripped down, concise language) nature & the sea around me.  His writing prompts me to think about my own life & adventures. 

Here is a picture of my well read, probably still has a little sand between the pages beach read book. -Dana


Alright readers, get your books to the beach!  Happy Summer Reading!!!!!!


Emily Kastelic
Research & Technology Guide
Adult and Digital Services
Kenosha Public Library



Exploring STEM with Your Family


Parents do not need to have a science degree to engage their kids in the STEM fields.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and there are many great books available at the library to engage your children in fun and creative ways in the STEM fields.  Listed below are some of my favorite science books that will not only spark curiosity, but provide tons of engaging family fun and entertainment.

Author, scientist, and mom Liz Lee Heinecke has written multiple books with fun projects having to do with science.  Her work includes Kitchen Science Lab for Kids, Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, STEAM Lab for Kids and Star Wars Maker Lab.  My favorite is Kitchen Science Lab for Kids where you can put science to work by making snacks, treats and yummy main dishes.  All of her books are wonderfully laid out and color-coded with instructions. Included are safety tips along with detailed information and explanations about the science behind the experiments. 

Steve Mould is another science expert who has a physics degree from the University of Oxford and he is also a comedian. His most recent book that came out this year- Science is Magic is a how to book of magic tricks and the science behind the illusions of magic. The other two books he has written are:  How to Be A Scientist and The Bacteria Book.  These really awesome books have captivating pictures and information about the science world and how things work. He also has some great YouTube videos that combine both comedy and some very interesting science experiments.

Author Jack Challoner has written over 30 books on science and technology.  His latest book STEM lab : 25 super cool projects : build, invent, create, discover  has sensational activity projects that are worth trying including a making a wind up car, creating a geodesic dome or an indestructible sandcastle, not to mention experiments that involve chemical reactions.  He has other stem lab books like Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects and Maker Lab Outdoors  that explores nature, water power, and weather experiments.

Laura Overdeck is the author of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late, Bedtime Math: This Time It's Personal, and Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out.  These books combine math and cool facts about many topics.  Kids can discover the science behind marshmallows, soda, and ice cream making math interesting and easy. Be sure to check out (linked)  or their free app that provides recreational daily math problems to make math a daily part of your family routine. 

Summer is an excellent time for kids to explore STEM and try something new. So why not try one of these books or check out some of the science programs currently being offered at your Kenosha Public Library.  

Lisa Rivers
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth and Family Services
Kenosha Public Library

Looking for Your Next Great Book Club Read?


Looking for Your Next Great Book Club Read?

Look no further! Kenosha Public Library has got you covered with a variety of titles to choose from with the Book Club in a Bag! These kits are available for a 6-week checkout period and provide your book club with everything you need to get started: 10 copies of a book, plus great discussion questions, all in a convenient tote bag.

KPL has an amazing selection already available for you, but we’ve got even better news-- because KPL is a SHARE library, you have fast access to even more titles from other local libraries!
All you need to do is visit our SHARE Catalog via our KPL website at or connect with any of our reference desks, either by stopping at your favorite neighborhood branch or by giving us a call. We know you’ve all got us on speed dial, but just in case: 262-564-6130. 

Plus, anything you request from other libraries on SHARE is ready for you to pick up in 2-5 business days (assuming it is not checked out). If your title is not available in SHARE, KPL Staff can also check Interlibrary Loan for you, though this will take a few weeks to arrive, once requested.


Not Sure How to Use the SHARE Catalog? 

Below is a quick run-down of the SHARE Catalog for you, focusing on searching Book Club in a Bag, but you can also stop by any reference desk and ask for a tutorial on how to use the catalog in person.

  • Open your preferred web browser and navigate to the Kenosha Public Library website at

    • You can also Google Search “Kenosha Public Library” and we will come right to the top of your search results!

  • On the Catalog Bar, type “Book Club in a Bag” and press enter to search.
    This option is great for browsing what KPL has quick access to.

    • You can also type “Book Club in a Bag” plus the title or author of a specific book to see if we have it!



  • Once you press enter, your web browser will take you to your results in the full-service SHARE Catalog.
    From here you can scroll through to find a title you are interested in or use the left sidebar to narrow down your search. 

    • Pro Tip: Click “Show all copies” to show all of the information about a title, including a summary, what SHARE  libraries own it, and whether it is available.



  • Once you find a title you are interested in, you can place it on hold for pickup at your favorite KPL branch!
    Just click on the blue “PLACE HOLD” button to the right of the title. 

    • This will prompt a pop-up box to appear, so you can enter your library card number and your PIN. 
    • Your library card number is located on the back of your card, near the barcode. 

    • Your PIN is typically the last four numbers of your phone number.
      ​​​​​​​If you are unsure of your PIN, or the PIN will not work, just give us a call at 262-564-6130.



That’s it!

At this point, the title will be sent over to the hold shelf for you.
Once it is available, you will receive a notification via your preferred means of communication (phone call, email, or text message). 

Still Unsure About Using the SHARE Catalog?

No worries - that is 1000% OK! You can always give us a call at 262-564-6130 or stop at the reference desk of your closest KPL branch.
We are always happy to help place a hold for you or give you a quick tutorial in person.

But I Don’t Have a Book Club! Where Can I Find One to Join?

Believe it or not, Kenosha Public Library has you covered here too! We have a fantastic line-up of book clubs for you to choose from, all facilitated by KPL staff.
We will do the work, so you can focus on the most important part-- the reading!

Looking for something more traditional?
These book clubs pick a specific title to read and discuss each month:

Afternoon Coffee Break Book Club
AUGUST BOOK: Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
Wednesday, August 21
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Northside Library

Novels at Night Book Club
AUGUST BOOK: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Monday, August 19
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Southwest Library

Stuck at home?
This book club for seniors, hosted by KPL and KAFASI uses a party line to bring the book club to your phone!

Call-In Book Club
AUGUST BOOK: Read a Short Story of Your Choice!
Tuesday, August 13
2:00 - 3:00 PM
To join, call KAFASI at 262-658-3508 (ext: 110 or 118)  to get the party line information!

Do you like a bit of choice, but with a focused discussion?
These book clubs have a monthly theme, where you read a title of your choice within that theme!

Classic Novels Book Club
AUGUST THEME: Austen vs. Bronte Smackdown
Wednesday, August 28
3:30 - 5:30 PM
Northside Library

Politics & Military Actions Book Club
AUGUST THEME: Animals in War
Saturday, August 3
9:15 - 11:15 AM
Southwest Library

Social Justice Book Club
Tuesday, August 13
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Northside Library
Tuesday, August 20
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Northside Library

Or maybe you’d like to connect with others to find something new to try?
These book clubs bring together people who like to read and discuss the same genres! No specific titles or themes read are required.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Club
Monday, August 26
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Southwest Library

Mystery Lovers’ Book Club
Monday, August 12
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Northside Library


As your local library, we love to support reading in our community! What are your book clubs reading? What library book clubs are you engaged with? Let us know! Visit us on Facebook at or by Facebook searching for “Kenosha Public Library.” We always love to hear from you!


Technology Help At Kenosha Public Libraries!


We have modified our Technology services! At every branch, you may Walk-In and be assisted for a short duration with a member of our Adult and Digital services staff. At Southwest and Northside library branches with our reference staff. Walk-Ins can be up to 15 minutes. At the Uptown and Simmons branches, Walk-Ins can be up to 30 minutes with our Adult Services staff based on their skill level and availability

Want to meet for longer? We have updated our Technology Appointments! Now,  you may sign up for an appointment online for a 45 minute, 1-on-1 with our designated and trained staff. These appointment will be available at the Northside and Southwest library branches.

Call the Reference Desk for more information on our appointments! (262) 564-6130

Fill out our Appointment form to schedule your Technology Appointment.

Old Weird America

In August 1835, The New York Sun reported the discovery of life on the moon, as seen through the mega-telescope of respected astronomer Sir John Herschel. Why was the public so eager to believe the accounts and images of a moon populated with giant bi-pedal beavers and flying man-bats who built towering temples of sapphire and gold? And what part did author Edgar Allan Poe play in the story? Please join us for the fascinating fake news story that foretold the power of modern media.


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