Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reading Beyond the Gold

Writing Letters Long Branch
Customers at Long Branch write
to Montgomery County's Olympians
As the 2016 Summer Olympic Games take place in Rio this month, we're just as caught up in the excitement as everyone else. We're especially pleased to support our four Montgomery County Olympians: Jack Conger (swimming), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Helen Maroulis (freestyle wrestling), and Ashley Nee (single slalom kayak). In fact, you can stop by any branch to write letters to the County's Olympians or drop off pre-written letters.

But what if you want to go beyond the events happening right now in Rio? Well, in that case, we've got a few reading suggestions that take you back in time, across the sea, or help you experience a moment in history.

Olympian Mailbox Aspen Hill
Mailbox for letters at Aspen Hill
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown tells the story of the 1936 US rowing team who won Gold in Berlin. It is the story both of men who overcame early obstacles and of the brutal regime that was rising to power in Germany and would soon engulf the world in war.

Flight from Berlin by David John is set during the same Olympic games. This thriller pairs two journalists who find themselves on the run from Nazi forces.

Grace, Gold & Glory My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas is the autobiography of the gymnast who won two Gold medals in London in 2012 and is making her second Olympic appearance in Rio.

Olympic Display Chevy Chase
Olympic Display Chevy Chase
Brazil's Dance with the Devil by Dave Zirin examines the social unrest in Brazil during the preparations to host both the World Cup and the Olympics.

Dream Team by Jack McCallum examines how the US's basketball Dream Team changed the sport.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and the movie based on the book, tell the story of former-Olympian Louis Zamperini who joined the military during World War II and later crashed at sea.

For younger readers, The Original Olympics by Stewart Ross explores the history of the Olympics in Ancient Greece.

I couldn't close this blogpost without mentioning Cool Runnings, the 1998 movie about a team of Jamaican sprinters-turned-bobsledders. It may not be exactly summery, but it's definitely an inspiring story.

See more photos of our Olympic displays:
2016 Olympic Displays

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