Get well this summer start reading—May 30, 2014
Numerous scientific studies have all come to the same conclusion: reading is good for you. It exercises your mind, increases vocabulary, improves writing skills, reduces stress and encourages those around you, like your children, to also read.
So get on the wellness bandwagon and participate in Adult Summer Reading at the Hastings Public Library. The program started May 19 and runs through August 2. All you need to do is pick up a folder and turn in the books you read to be entered into our weekly prize drawings. You can even turn in book titles online from the library catalog or the web page. Books of all kinds count, including audio and ebooks.
The theme for our program is “Literary Elements” which goes along with the themes for the children’s and teens’ reading programs. One way to get involved is to pick up a “bingo card” that encourages you to read books in different categories. One category is “Fiction Published Since 2010” which would certainly cover most titles on the New Fiction shelf at the library or one of these that you might have missed when it came out: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, “Tell the Wolves I’m Home” by Carol Rifka Brunt, “Room” by Emma Donoghue, “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett, or “The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen.
Another category is “Classics” or “Books You Should Have Read in High School”. This might include “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Remarque, “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald or “of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. If you want to really challenge yourself, try a weightier title like “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck or even “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell.
There are lots of good suggestions for the category “Books Made Into Movies” and just a few of those you might have caught in the last couple of years are “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northrup or “Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick.
Exercise your mind this summer at the Hastings Public Library. Complete information about summer reading programs for all ages is available at the library or on our website.