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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh shares top summer reads for Pittsburghers of all ages

CLP’s library staff offers carefully curated book list to kick off beach season

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating this year’s summer reading program with a special list of books for the beachgoers, sunbathers and backyard bookworms all over Pittsburgh. Hand-selected by CLP’s staff, these books are the perfect complement to any summer day.

“The ultimate goal of our summer reading program is to bridge the learning gap for children during summer break, but we encourage reading at any age,” said Shannon Barron, Library Services Manager – Children’s Department at CLP – Main. “Whether you’re 4 or 100, reading helps reduce stress levels, improves general knowledge and analytical skills, and ensures your capacity to learn as you age. We’re pleased to be able to share this year’s top reads with Pittsburghers everywhere.”

These and many other titles are available at the various Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations and libraries throughout Allegheny County. Pittsburghers across the region are also encouraged to register for Summer Reading 2022.


For Adults

Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiaasen

If ex-Miami cop Andrew Yancy can prove a murder took place involving the arm in his freezer and not a boating-accident/shark-luncheon, he might have a second chance with the Monroe County sheriff’s office. A string of wildly unpredictable characters and events takes him from Key West to Miami to the Bahamas. A fiercely pointed and wickedly funny Hiaasen tale.
Available in print, large print, book on CD, ebook, and eaudio formats.


Blush by Jamie Brenner

Long Island, a winery, and a trashy book club…
Sadie discovers that her grandmother once ran a ‘trashy’ book club, and resurrecting the book club might just hold the secrets the family need to save their winery.
Available in print and ebook formats.


The Twilight World by Werner Herzog

This novel tells the story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who defended a small island in the Philippines for 29 years after the end of World War II. Herzog immortalizes and imagines Onoda’s years of struggle in a style that’s part documentary, part poem, and part dream. Described as a sort of modern-day Robinson Crusoe tale.
Available in print.


The Wreckage of My Presence by Casey Wilson

In these laugh-out-loud, deeply insightful, and emotion-filled essays, Casey Wilson, an actress, comedian, podcaster, and writer, shares her thoughts on modern-day womanhood and motherhood.
Available in print, ebook, and eaudio formats.


For Kids

Fish and Sun by Sergio Ruzzier

One day, a bored little fish journeys up to the surface of the ocean, where it meets the sun. A wonderful friendship blooms. This book is part of the I Can Read Comics, a new early reader line that familiarizes children with the world of graphic novel storytelling and encourages visual literacy in emerging readers.
Available in print format.


Guess What!? by Mo Willems

Zoom Squirrel is excited to go to the beach. But what will happen when he and his pals finally get there? Willems new beginning-reader series, Unlimited Squirrels, includes a cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests in funny, furry adventures with bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, and nutty facts.
Available in print format.


Ty’s Travels: Beach Day by Kelly Starling Lyons

With his imaginative adventures, Ty turns an ordinary day in the sandbox into a fun beach day. Part of Ty’s Travel series, My First I Can Read books, which are perfect for shared reading with a child.
Available in print and ebook formats.


Looking for more recommendations? Through the Library’s Materials Match form patrons can receive a tailor-made book list. Or, browse Staff Picks, for books, movies, music, magazines, and more.



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