This has been quite the learning experience for me as I was in charge of the Summer Reading Program for adults. Here is what I have done and will be doing.
I set up a reading challenge for patrons 18 years of age and up through Beanstack. The Summer Reading Challenge was to complete 5 out of 13 book reading challenges. Once you registered for the program, you were eligible to come to the library and select a free of your choice from the Reference desk. If you completed 5 challenges, your name will be entered for a drawing at the end of July, and two people will be randomly chosen for a Kindle tablet.
This was also where I hosted the first Book Affair meeting. The APL Book Affair is a book club dedicated to reading romance novels. The first meeting was on June 24th.
The second meeting will be on July 31st. Our first book selection was Alisha Rai’s The Right Swipe. The second book selection will be Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I.
A program I created at the start of Summer Reading was the Dragon Eye Model. This take-home craft was set up to celebrate the Summer Reading Program’s theme of Tails and Tales. People were given supplies to make their dragon eyes from modeling clay. I posted some photographs of how people made their own dragon eyes. The results were gorgeous and creative!
In July, I collaborated with Ardmore’s Parks and Recreation to have an outdoors movie screening for families. We chose the film, Zootopia to go with this year’s theme.
The last event I chose to go for the Tails and Tales theme was the Sketchbook Project. Patrons can check out our sketchbook for a week and fill in the pages with as much animal-related art as they want. Once the sketchbook is filled out, the names of the participants and the sketchbook will be added to Ardmore’s collection for the public to view.