Adult Summer Reading and You

Summer is upon us. The kids are getting antsy. The pools are getting ready. Plans are being made.

Nowhere is the buzz of summer more apparent than here at the library. As most of you know the library hosts a summer reading program for the kids and young adults. Thanks to the work of our Childrens Librarian Casandra and our Assistant Director Tammy, the young people who participate in this year’s program are sure to have an exciting time. Given that the overall theme this year is “Superheroes” you are correct to assume that we will focus on the superheroes found in comics and movies, but we will also focus on the local heroes in our own community who contribute to our safety and well-being on a daily basis.

Escape the Ordinary_K copyI can hear some of you saying already: “Whoa. Hold up. What about us adults?” Well. Don’t you worry. The library will also be hosting an Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme for this year is built on the theme of “Escape the Ordinary.” We will have plenty of activities for adults.

The Adult Summer Reading Kickoff starts on June 1st at 5:30pm. We will sign people up at this event, but you can also sign up right now by going to or stopping by the library. We have all the information about prizes and how the reading program works this year online and when you stop into the library. At the Adult Kickoff we will have snacks and refreshments and the chance to attend the first program of the Adult Summer Reading Program: “Recipe Swap”. Recipe Swap is a great program and one I hope you will stick around to learn more about on June 1st at 6:30pm immediately following the Kickoff. Basically we swap recipes and sometimes someone even brings a dish in. Each month is based on a theme. Give me a call if you want to know more about this program ahead of time.

Another new program we will be offering during this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is our “Nonfiction Book Club”. This book club will meet once a month and the focus will be on reading nonfiction titles. The first meeting will be on June 2nd at 6:30pm. Our first book is “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer. This tells the story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. There is plenty in the story to get us talking. Stop by that first meeting and pick up a copy of the book. We will meet back together on June 23rd at 6:30pm to talk about the book and watch some clips from the film. I am excited to get a book club like this started. Please stop by and join in the fun. We will set the future dates, books, and time of the regular meetings at the June 23rd meeting.

This year we will be issuing our Adult Summer Readers a library passport. This passport features a variety of ways to get credit for reading and new this year will be the ability to get your library passport stamped by attending library events.

“Whoa. Hold up. Did you mention prizes?”

I did. Each week we will have a prize drawing. Come into the library before noon on Friday each week during summer reading and fill out a drawing slip for all the books you have read that week. We will draw for a weekly prize that includes: Summer Reading T-shirts, Chamber of Commerce Chamber Bucks, and other related library prizes. We have some cool prizes, but if you are a local business owner or manager and would like to donate some prizes to the Adult Summer Reading program that is always welcome.

At the end of the Adult Summer Reading Program on July 2nd we will have our grand prize drawing. Turn in your library passport to the library by July 2nd and we will enter you into that grand prize drawing.  The Friends of the Library has donated a $100 Amazon gift card for our grand prize drawing. You do not have to complete the passport to enter the drawing. Summer is a busy time. For some of us, it is the same schedule as the rest of the year. For some of us, it is even busier than normal. Our goal is to get you thinking about the library and what it has to offer you throughout the year.

If you would like the library to come out to your business to get your employees involved in the program give me a call. If you have a local group that would like to hear more about summer reading at the library, please let me know.

Your local library is an amazing place. I hope to see you here soon.

On your mark. Get Set. Read!

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