EDITOR’S NOTE – This is part of a series featuring Salina Public Library staff and guest bloggers’ recommendations for summer reading. We hope these lists will help you find your next book!

This quick read, written from the perspective of a dog, carries so many universal themes that anyone will find the book gratifying. According to this novel, when a dog passes away, it will always come back as a different dog until its purpose on earth has been fulfilled. The first in its series, “A Dog’s Purpos”e gives the reader insight into three lives of a dog, working to find its purpose. You will laugh out loud, tear up and most importantly come a little closer to understanding your own purpose on this earth.

I recommend this little gem for anyone who wants a feel-good read. Simple syntax helps this complex theme to be more tangible, and although we have greatly differing opinions on life after death, Todd Burpo’s account is based on the true stories told by his son, who died, went to Heaven, and then came back to share his experience. Be prepared to challenge your own beliefs!

This classic story gained another vote of confidence after being placed on the banned book list. It brings to light such sensitive and controversial issues, amidst playful and sometimes colorful language, all while entertaining the captive reader. If you haven’t read this novel since it was a required read in high school, I recommend revisiting.

This book should be added to your arsenal of professional development resources. The author discusses issues of leadership and various leadership styles, while telling stories of “outliers” in society. You will have the opportunity to examine extraordinary individuals who have made a real impact. Come away with a sense of empowerment and rejuvenation for the work you are on this earth to do.

For several years, I have struggled with what I “should” eat. Not in terms of how much or when, but more so, “where does my food come from?” This book has to be the one I learned the most from, without realizing it. From the history of drive-thrus, to familial monarchies in the food industry, this book provides some great knowledge about our progress with food.

Morgan Davis


Morgan Davis is the library’s Community Learning Coordinator.