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.