Thank you all for your suggestions! I have to respond to one comment here because it gave me such a chuckle...
As for light, fun reads-- If you don't mind YA (My main reading these days since it's next to the children's room at our library and short enough that I don't neglect the kids!), there are some good ones...
I'm sorry... is there really any other part of the library? I hear tell of a mysterious place called "adult fiction/non-fiction", and even though books that I have requested from that location magically appear on the "ready to be picked up" hold shelf, I've never actually seen it. I can only assume that it really does exist and if it does, maybe, one day, I'll get to see it for myself! : )
So we went to the library and now, I have to add to the "saved for later" pile but not saved for too long because these "saved for laters" now have a due date attached to them. Curse you, New Acquisitions Shelf!
Here are a few that made their way into the library basket...
Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail
Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss by Danica McKellar (It's Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years! How cool is she? These days you have to respect a child actor who doesn't end up weird or dead in a ditch somewhere. I'm curious to see what kind of writer she is. )
a couple to preview for Sunshine:
Kristina, The Girl King by Carolyn Meyer
Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country by Kathryn Lasky
for our year round school science study:
Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Branley
The Reasons for Seasons by Gail Gibbons
Summer by Ann Herriges
The Nature and Science of Summer (Exploring the Science of Nature) by Jane Burton
a little rain...
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn Branley
Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn Branley
Thunder and Lightning by Elizabeth Miles
a lot of rain...
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson
Hurricanes!by Gail Gibbons
Hurricane & Tornado (DK Eyewitness Books) by Jack Challoner
The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane by Joanna Cole
(We are doing a little weather/nature study and reminding ourselves about the dangerous weather we sometimes have to prepare for but hope not to see!)