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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Summer Reading Preview

The theme of this summer's Adult Summer Reading is a nightime theme called Between the Covers.  This is a very broad theme that could encompass many ideas.  We are going to consider several of them, from focusing on the genre's of romance, "Under Cover" detective stories and books that are better read at night such as trillers and true survival.  As a sub-genre of true survival stories, we are going to explore memoirs and have a workshop on memoir writing and discovering "What is Between the Covers of Your Book."
We are also planning to explore some art themes like bedrooms in art, (see, book cover art, film noir and altered books, (see

Some other "night" themes might be bedroom makeovers, sleep science and relaxation and aromatherapy.  If you have any suggestions of something fun that fits the theme, contact Barbara Battles at

The first contest we are announcing, which will go all summer long and tie in with our creative writing and memoir theme and will be featured in this blog and in a display in the library, is called "Book Spine Poetry."  Artist Nina Katchadourian started the Sorted Book Project in 1993 and we are going to create some of our own examples of this fun creative writing exercize.  Look at Nina's website at and the Andree Institute's Creative Writing page at for more information about the Sorted Book Project and Book Spine Poetry respectively.  Arrange your book titles to produce a creative poem or statement, take a photo and send them to for posting.

And starting on June 18, 2012, there will be Entry Forms to complete for every book you read this summer.  Like last year, we are asking for a rating and a short review that we will share with other readers.  There is no registration necessary; just pick up forms at the Check-Out and Information Desk where you will also find a box/jar in which to submit your forms.  There will be drawings for prizes throughout the summer.  More details to follow.

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