The online and print world are filled with book lists, and this time of year the suggested reading often falls under the heading of “Beach Reads:” books to read in the summer when we’ve (supposedly) got all kinds extra of time for reading. But do we really read more (or less) in the summer?
Inquiring minds want to know, so that’s the question for today’s library poll.
If you’re looking for a good book to read, here’s a fun way to get some ideas: NoveList, a great guide to reading recommendations. (From a computer outside the library, use this link.)
Now that summer seems to have finally arrived, do you have vacation plans? We’ve got lots of options that allow you to take your library along with you.
Of course, there’s the old standby—a good book to read on the beach, on the airplane, or where ever you’re heading. Or you can use your vacation time to catch up on important news and information. Check out a stack of back issues of your favorite magazines—Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, People, Sunset—whatever your interests.
We’ve also got audiobooks on CD for road trips. Or there’s the newest option, Netlibrary downloadable audiobooks for your iPod (or other portable listening device).
Do your vacation plans include family nights with a movie and popcorn? Check out our collection of DVD feature films. Or plan a marathon with episodes of your favorite TV series.
There are all kinds of ways you take your library along when you head out this summer.
Salmon River Estuary, by Molly Hashimoto. Used with permission.
As devoted blog readers, you already know that our summer reading programs have water themes. So we thought it’d be fun to add a watercolor painting program, and asked Molly Hashimoto, a great painter and teacher, to lead it for us.
The program ( as always, sponsored by our Friends of the Library, which means we get to offer it to you at no charge) will be July 10: a morning session from 11-12:30, which is repeated from 2:30-4:00. We can take 25 people at each, so the first 50 people to call us get to come, and sign-up starts Monday, June 28.
Of course these fill up really fast.
We’re not advertising very widely, so if you’re a painter, or would like to be, make sure and call on the 28th! No experience is necessary, all materials are provided, and Molly makes every person feel like they’re an artist. (Which we are. But she’s really good.)
Our children’s librarian, Lisa Anderson, has been a bit crazed the past few days. She’s getting everything ready for her annual visits to the local grade schools to promote our Summer Reading program. Lisa’s been preparing her booktalks on fun new kid’s books, copying off hundreds of information sheets, and getting herself primed to get kids excited about reading.
Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss,” and helps keep kids on track when they head back to school in the fall.
If you have kids (or grandkids!) sign them up for Summer Reading at their local library. They’ll have fun “making a splash” and winning prizes.
And don’t let the kids have all the fun; we’ve got programs for teens and adults, too.