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Great Summer Reads

Whether you will be spending time at home or away this summer, the season’s longer days provide plentiful opportunities to get lost in a world other than your own. Here are five great book series to help you pass the time.

Matthew Reilly’s Deadly Wonders

Soldiers from several small countries join together to stop rival groups of global superpowers from achieving world domination. According to Deanna Duffy, who orders books for the Boulder City Library’s adult collection, the series is a “fun blast of action adventure” and ideal for anyone who enjoys over-the-top action movies. She cautions that the books need to be read in order. Some of the books in the series are available in audio versions.

Craig John’s Longmire

These Western-mysteries follow Walt Longmire, a widower and sheriff, as he chases criminals across a large county in Wyoming. “These are perfect summer reads because they’re set in the mountains of Wyoming,” Duffy said, noting readers can picture themselves slogging through the snow along with Walt while they are melting in the desert heat. Although best read in order, “you can drop in anywhere,” she said. The books are available in regular print, large print, audio, downloadable audio and ebooks. And the series was the basis for the Longmire television series; seasons one through three are available on DVD at the library, with season four to be released on Netflix in the fall.

Shelly Laurenston’s Pride

Offering light-hearted fun and tales of paranormal/fantasy romance, this series is best known for its strong female characters and humor.

Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow

This series of mysteries is light-hearted and funny, according to Duffy. They do not need to be read in order, and early books in the series are available in regular print and ebooks, while newer additional can be found in all formats.

Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong

Caitlin Strong is a fifth-generation Texas Ranger. The series of thrillers follows her adventures. Duffy said the series came about after a conversation between the author and his editor, who had been part of a conversation “bemoaning the fact with all the thrillers out there, bought predominantly by women, there wasn’t a single female thriller series hero.” They are best read in order.

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Weekend’s Best Bets, March 19

1 BLOOMIN’ FUN: After winter rains, the desert surrounding Boulder City and throughout Lake Mead National Recreation Area is in bloom. The southern end of the park has seen the most wildflowers. As temperatures warm, the flowers will begin to bloom in the northern parts.

Weekend’s Best Bets, March 12

1 PATRIOTIC PANCAKES: Help raise funds for the local American Legion, Post 31, and veterans by joining members for breakfast Saturday. Scheduled from 7-10:30 a.m. at the post, 508 California Ave., the menu includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Weekend’s Best Bets, March 5

1 ‘MALEFICENT’ MOVIE: Boulder City Library will show “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” at 6 p.m. Friday. The film tells the story of Maleficent, who travels to an old castle for the wedding of Aurora to Prince Phillip. While there she learns of a plot by Aurora’s future mother-in-law to destroy the land’s fairies and she joins a group of outcasts to stop her. Those attending are welcome to bring snacks, comfortable chairs and blankets. The Friends of the Library will have snacks and books available for a donation. The library is at 701 Adams Blvd.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Feb. 27

1 HISTORIC TALE: “Harriet,” the story of Harriet Tubman, who escaped from slavery in 1849 and then helped hundreds of others through the Underground Railroad, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the community room of the Boulder City Library, 701 Adams Blvd. Snacks and drinks, along with comfortable chairs and blankets can be brought to the screening.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Feb. 20

1 RIVER HISTORY: Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum’s Third Thursday educational lecture series resumes tonight with a presentation about the Colorado River by local resident George Rhee. A native of Geneva, Rhee has taught at UNLV in the physics and astronomy department since 1993 and also works on climate, water and energy research. The museum is inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St. Call 702-294-1988 for more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Feb. 13

1 MOVIE TIME: The Dam Short Film Festival returns for its 16th incarnation today, Feb. 13, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 16, at the historic Boulder Theatre, 1225 Arizona St. More than 145 films in a variety of genres will be shown. The festival also includes a meet and greet event, a mixer and an awards party. Special screenings of the award-winning films are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 17. Visit https://damshortfilm.org/ for a full schedule and more information.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Feb. 6

1 STORY ON THE GO: Learn what happens “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” as you stroll through the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum as part of Storywalk, a joint project with Boulder City Library. There is no cost to participate and all children who complete an activity sheet and turn it in at the library, 701 Adams Blvd., will get a prize. The museum is inside the Boulder Dam Hotel, 1305 Arizona St., and is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Jan. 30

1 HEAVENLY GAZING: Rangers from Lake Mead National Recreation Area are joining with members of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society for a star party Saturday at the amphitheater at Boulder Beach. A program to learn about the night sky, as well as how to protect and view it, at 5:30 p.m. will begin the event. A telescope will be available from 6-8 p.m. to view constellations and planets. Those attending should bring water and a flashlight, preferably with a red filter. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 702-293-8990.

Weekend’s Best Bets, Jan. 23

1 FULL STEAM AHEAD: Immerse yourself in a large-scale, outdoor model railroad that you can ride on. The trains, powered by live steam engines or diesel-electric locomotive replicas, run along a 7.5-inch gauge line near the depot at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, 601 Yucca St. The steamers run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Rides are free and no tickets are required. The trains are owned and operated by volunteer members of the Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2R01Vq9.