Posted May 22nd, 2017 in Uncategorized
It’s one of my favorite times of the year – summer. Why, you may ask? Well . . . it’s summer! Time for barbecues, creeks, the whir of a fan, the first juicy bite of a perfectly sun-kissed tomato, walks in the cool woods. You know … all the things that remind you of how much fun it was when you were young, and summer was a great adventure. A time that was filled with exploration and excitement (and if you were like me – sleeping late).
There was also another part that I loved about summer – reading. If it was too hot to ride my bike or aggravate my brother, it was time to take my book into the shade or up a tree, curl up and see where it would take me.
That’s another thing we love about summer – our Summer Reading Programs. We have two: one for children and one for adults.
Kids and Teens
We’ve planned six weeks of fun programs for kids filled with magic, firetrucks, amazing critters, bingo, programs from the Hands On! Regional Museum and painting. We’ve even got NASA. Our “It’s Rocket Science” program brings in staff from NASA’s Marshall Space Center via video conference to tell us the cool things they’re doing and answer questions.
We’ve got a teddy bear picnic, lots of movies and crafts and special programs for teens.
We have weekly prizes for teens and kids. We’re also giving away bicycles. Kids bring their book logs to the library, and they’re entered. We’re doing the drawing at the end of the six weeks. Maybe you’ll be the winner of a bicycle to take on long summer rides.
Kids just need to visit their local library and register. They’ll get an overdue fine forgiveness card, a tote bag, and we’ll show them how to fill out their book logs. A complete schedule of events can be found here.
We didn’t forget you. We’ve got excitement planned for you too. Instead of picking one signature book this year, we picked a series of books … Sharyn McCrumb’s Ballad novels. You can read any of them or something entirely different. We just want you to remember the joys of reading. Remember spelunking with Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, hunting for treasure with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, solving mysteries with Nancy Drew? It’s time to go on new adventures with a young woman charged with murder and the tabloid-style reporting that accompanies her trial. How about Frankie Silver, a woman hanged for murder in 1832? Then there’s Tom Dooley … a tale of adultery and betrayal, that turns into a modern “Wuthering Heights.”
We’re going to focus on “The Songcatcher” by McCrumb. It’s got a kidnapping, service in two wars, homesteading and a search for a ballad passed down through the family. We picked it because Mountains of Music Homecoming is happening during Summer Reading, and it seemed like a wonderful synergy.
McCrumb is coming to talk about her Ballad novels, and Jack Hinshelwood is going to play the tunes from each book. It should be a great time – words and music. We expect a good crowd, so we’ve moved that event to Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, June 25 at 3 p.m.
We’ve got book discussions scheduled at each library. You can talk about any of the Ballad novels you want.
Oh … we’ve also got prizes. Check out five items at a time, and you’ll be entered to win weekly drawings. The grand prize at the end of the program is the ever-popular Barter Theatre basket.
Join us this summer and share the excitement of a good book.