You know that feeling when your instructor tells you to go read a book? Or you want to set a good example for the kids in your life by letting them see you reading? Or, maybe you just want to read something new?
Then you get the follow up feeling. Ugh. You are so busy. You are already behind on five other things. Nothing sounds interesting. You only have an hour.
We get you.
We never book-shame in this library. Reading is great, but we don’t want it to be a burden to anyone. Instead, we want to give you options so you can enjoy your reading time!
Our M Readers may be the right choice for you.
These are short, focused books. You can grab one, work through it, and bring it back. They have levels, and you can pick any level that works for you. There is no right or wrong way to pick a book!
Our ESOL students who are working on their English reading often enjoy our level one and two books. Anyone who wants to have a lower-key, less-stress experience may also want to read them. They usually have about 200-ish words – enough to get a story, and not enough to be too hard.
Our levels go all the way up to nine. At that level, the books are longer and have more than 1,000 different words. All of these are real books. All are for adults. All are potentially interesting to you. And we really want to see more people trying the M Readers this semester!
Not sure where to start? Stop by the library and let us help you find a book that is just right for you.
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Dancing with Strangers: Stories from Africa, by West, Clare
'Sometimes I think this search is hopeless. So much has happened since I last saw my friends. Perhaps they have died or the rebels have taken them away. But I know I have to find Laker. I know she needs me.' In a country torn by war, it is easy to stop hoping. All Atita has is an old photograph. She does not even know if she will recognize Laker after all these years.
Star Reporter, by Escott, John.
Steve's father, editor of the "Cado Star" newspaper, asks Steve to find a story for the next day's edition, but Steve is more interested in tracking down the pretty new girl in town.
Death in the Freezer, by Vicary, Tim
Ellen Shore's family is an ordinary American family, and Ellen is six years old when her brother Al is born. Her parents are very pleased to have a son, but Ellen is not pleased, because now baby Al comes first. And when they are adults, Al still comes first. He begins a rock band and makes records. Soon he is rich and famous - very rich, but he gives nothing to his sister Ellen. She has a difficult life, with three young kids and very little money. And she learns to hate her rich, famous, unkind brother.
The Long White Cloud: Stories From New Zealand, by Lindop, Christin
The stories in this book look at life at both ends. First there is Walter, six years old, always asking questions, wanting to find out things that adults don’t want him to know. At the other end of life are Mr. and Mrs. Blackie, looking for ways to show each other what is in their hearts. Then there is Roy, alone and lonely, roaring into the night on his motorbike. And the fourth story is a Māori family, grandson and grandfather, gathering the whakapapa, the long history of their family. For the Māori people go back many centuries, into the misty past, to the time when the first canoes came over the sea to Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.