Fun & rewards for adult readers
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 are working hard 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?” Which 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: “Between the Covers” 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. 3) to read, read, read!
It’s simple to participate – just go to www.thebookplace.org and click on the adult summer reading link on the home page (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 customized Night Out (dinner, movie, theater, bowling – whatever they choose.)
The Between the Covers theme ties in with the programs for kids (Dream Big: READ) and teens (Own the Night). The rewards are focused around the theme, too:
For 5 books read, adults will receive a book light – great for nighttime reading! When adults read 10 books, we will give them a “Readers Do It Between the Covers” coffee mug – perfect for that cup of tea or coffee while you read. At the 15-book level, the reward is a fleece travel blanket, ideal for curling up with a good book (and that aforementioned hot drink in the coffee mug you previously earned, while using the book light you also earned).
When you read 20 books, you will get to pick a book or audio book or your choice (up to $25 value).
A new level has been added this year, to highlight BCPL’s new partnership with the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland. When you read 25 books, we will give you a family membership to the museum.
There’s even a way for those not writing reviews to win something this summer! Every adult who checks out (non-children) materials this summer gets entered into a weekly drawing for various reading related goodies.
We have also added a bit of programming for adults this year. The museum, 1620 Winchester Ave., is going to be the location for two of them. On Thursday, Aug, 23, adults can take part in an “Introduction to the Solar System” workshop.
There will also be a month-long photography exhibit, called Nightscapes, at the museum in August. The opening reception will be Friday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. A call for exhibits will be coming soon.
The program will end with a Readers Night Out party on Friday, Sept. 7, at the BCPL Main Branch. That’s when participants will get the rewards they earned throughout the summer, and also a chance at some great door prizes and the grand prize.
As you can see, 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.
For more information on library programs and services, visit www.thebookplace.org