Adult Summer Reading
This time of year, at libraries around the country, preparation is in high gear for the summer reading programs for kids – as a great way to keep their minds engaged while they are out of school for a few months. That’s certainly the case here at BCPL, where we have been working hard (for several months now) getting ready for eight weeks of fun and excitement with kids and teens.
But, a few years ago, we thought, “What about the adults? Shouldn’t we include them in our fun summer plans?” And that is how our adult summer reading program was born.
The adults get to start a week earlier than the kids, and the program runs more than a month longer. We figure adults are busy people – working and taking care of the kids – and finding time to read might be a bit harder for them.
So, get ready adults: “Groundbreaking Reads” starts on Memorial Day!
That’s when you can start counting the books you read, and getting rewarded for telling us what you thought of them. You have until Labor Day (Sept. 2) to read, read, read!
It’s simple to participate – click on the summer reading link on the home page, or click here. (this will be active starting on Memorial Day). Once you get registered, then you write a brief review (25 word minimum) telling us, and other summer reading participants, what you thought of the book. That’s it.
Reviews forms can also be found at any library branch (after Memorial Day). Each review submitted gives the person one entry in the drawing for the grand prize – a tablet computer!
The Groundbreaking Reads theme ties in with this year’s programs for kids (Dig Into Reading) and teens (Beneath the Surface). The rewards are focused around the theme, too:
For 5 books read, adults will get a shovel-shaped packet of mint seeds, which can be planted directly into the ground. When adults read 10 books, we will give them a foldaway “Groundbreaking Reads” bag. At the 20-book level, the reward is a set of headphones. When adults read 25 books, we will reward them by letting them select a book or audio book of their choice (up to a $25 value). BCPL Friends are once again graciously paying for the book rewards!
And finally, at the 30-book level, we will give adults a one-year family membership to the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, so they can go “dig into” all the cool stuff at the museum.
Speaking of the Highlands Museum, it will once again be the site of a month-long photography exhibit connected to our adult summer reading program. The theme this year is “Groundbreaking Images,” and it will be on display at the museum from Aug. 2 through Sept. 3. More information and entry forms will be available soon.
The program will end with a Groundbreaking Party on Friday, Sept. 6, at the Main Branch. That’s when participants will get the rewards they earned throughout the summer. We will also draw for the grand prize, and give away some neat door prizes.
Summertime is here. It’s a great time to get caught up on your reading – and have some fun and get some cool stuff at the same time. We hope many of you will take part.