If you're like us, you are probably busy enjoying the outdoors and trying to cram a lot of living into the short Alaska summer. Whether you are on a plane, on a train or somewhere on the water waiting for the big one to bite, here are a few fun and easy reads recommended by our staff members.

Feel free to share with us what you're reading, watching or listening to or make a recommendation of your own in the comments section.

Oil and marble : a novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo
By Stephanie Storey

Leonardo despises Michelangelo for his youth and lack of sophistication. Michelangelo both loathes and worships Leonardo’s genius. Oil and Marble is the story of their nearly forgotten rivalry. Storey brings early 16th-century Florence alive, and has entered with extraordinary empathy into the minds and souls of two Renaissance masters. The book is an art history thriller.

"A great story about da Vinci and Michelangelo." - Crystal

In search of Cleo : how I found my pussy and lost my mind
By Gina Gershon
A founding member of the New York City theater group Naked Angels traces her life-long relationship with cats while recounting the loss of and search for a beloved feline companion, a quest through the back streets of Los Angeles that led to encounters with numerous personalities.

"Funny! True story about a famous actress." - Jessie

The Road Home
by Eliza Thomas
In her forties, author Eliza Thomas suddenly realizes it's time to find a new alternative to her drafty Boston apartment. She sets off to slowly rebuild her life and home in an old Boy Scout camp in Vermont.

" Thomas discovers creating a home is as much about creating a life." -  Alisha

Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses the joys and horrors of life with five young children. A sharply observed and explosively funny cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

"An amusing, light read." - Katie

The Apartment
by Danielle Steel
Four young women come together by chance in the heart of New York City at turning points in their lives. A spacious walk-up loft in Hell's Kitchen becomes home as they embark on new, exhilarating adventures.
"Quick, easy summer read." - Deborah

Turbo Twenty-Three
by Janet Evanovich
In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts. Larry Virgil skips out on a court date and flees a crime scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with ice cream and a frozen body covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. For bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, a girl with  "virtually no marketable skills," this is the kind of sweet assignment she does best.

"Funny and refreshing read. It's my annual trip down to the Jersey shore." - Kate

The Palmer Library has teamed up with community volunteers, and the Meals on Wheels program, to encourage senior citizens in our area.  Library patrons write cheerful messages to recipients, and drop them in the collection box at the library.  Volunteers pick up the cards and deliver them to the Meals on Wheels facility where they’re paired with a meal.  Meals on Wheels distributes over 200 meals each month in the valley. 

One sweet lady, who has Alzheimer’s, was elated to receive a young child’s scribble drawing.  She thought her granddaughter had sent her the picture. 

Cards may be homemade or store bought, and are reviewed for inappropriate content before delivery.  Envelopes are not required. Place cards in the Meals on Wheels box near the circulation desk inside the library. Palmer library patrons generously donated over 600 cards in the first 3 months of the program that started in December 2016, and continue to bless our senior population with words of encouragement today.  

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