WASHINGTON — Washington Carnegie Library patrons are invited experience a taste of France in the summer reading program “An Appetite for Life” slated to begin June 10. Registration is taking place now until June 8.
The summer reading program has drastically grown since it began four years ago.
“Adults in our community have undergone a particularly inspiring transformation by engaging in reading and library events from a 20 percent decline prior to 2008 to an impressive 25 percent increase since 2009,” said library Director Teresa Heidenreich.
Heidenreich credits the growth to a progressive administration, the reader’s advisory expertise of the adult services library staff and the quality of year-long programming created by Rick Chambon, the programming manager.
The summer reading program will explore the lives of some of the most popular American personalities from the 20th century and why France became their muse.
Two books have been selected for the book discussions. Copies of “Julia Child My Life in France” and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald” will be available at the circulation desk. “Z” is also available as an audio book on Overdrive and “My Life in France” is also available as an audiobook or an ebook.
“Using the theme, I wanted patrons to see that an appetite for life can be a wonderful thing or like anything else taken to the extreme, can lead to problems,” said Chambon.
“Z” is a historical fiction novel that explores the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and is told from the viewpoint of Zelda. A Skype session with author Theresa Fowler is tenatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 17 at the library. A book discussion will be held on July 9 at 2 p.m.
“My Life in France”, further discusses the life of French chef Julia Child and what inspired her passion for French cooking. The book discussion will be at 2 p.m. on June 20. A Skype session with Alex Prudhomme will take place July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.
Some other events planned for participants include a travelogue of Normandy and the French Riviera on June 10, viewing of the movie “Midnight in Paris” on June 18, viewing of the movie “Julia Child” on June 25, and the invitation-only ending party on July 26.
All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. except the ending party that will be held at 1 p.m. Participants must register for all of the programs and discussions they will be attending. To be invited to the ending party, an afternoon tea with a French flair, participants must read at least one of the selected books and attend two of the programs or discussions.
Passports will be given to each of the participants and the passports must be brought to all the events so they can be stamped. Passports will need to be turned in by July 10 to receive an invitation to the party.
Participants in the summer reading programs can earn chances to win prizes by reading the books, completing two quizzes over the reading, attending the book discussions and programs, keeping a reading log and by becoming a member of Friends of the Library or by referring a friend to Friends of the Library.
“The key to drawing adults to the summer reading program is to focus on classic and cutting edge literature while making it fun,” said Chambon. “The educational, cultural and social components of the adult summer reading program is just what the readers in Washington needed to get further involved in the library. The first stop for many community newcomers is the library and we strive to get them plugged into the community through library offerings.”
A reading program called “Dig Into Reading” for ages 2 through fifth grade will have enrollment beginning May 28 through June 7. This program is designed to encourage reading in the summer. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will be given a reading record to log the time the child spends reading. School-age participants are asked to read for 20 minutes each day.
Children who are not yet in kindergarten and younger will be in the Wee Readers group and may have someone read to them. Wee Readers will need to have 10 books from the library read to them each week.
A calendar of special events will be distributed to participants upon registration.
A library card is required to check out books for the program and only books checked out from the library will count on the reading record.
“This is something fun and easy for children and families to do. The first program we will have will be the “Familytime Entertainment Water Show” in early June,” Lori Osmon, youth librarian, said.
Middle school and high school students can participate in the “Beneath the Surface” summer program. Registration will also be from May 28 through June 7. Those participating can earn prizes for reading. Special program topics include 3D drawings, mummies and pharoah’s curse, and all things beneath the surface.
For more information on the summer reading programs or about the Washington Carnegie Public Library, call 254-4586 or visit www.washingtonpubliclibrary.org.