The theme for this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program at the library is The American Civil War! Also known as, depending on your geography, The War Between the States, The War for Southern Independence, The War of Secession, The War of Northern Aggression, or, as we in Maine say, The War of the Rebellion.
Our theme is a tie-in with the great programming we’ve got lined up in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Click here for a full list of events. We’ll also be playing host to a travelling exhibit created by the ALA and NEH, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” from July 25 to Sept. 4. It looks REALLY cool. Here’s a sneak peek:
Speaking of really cool, we’re also going to have an encampment in Harbor Park! It will be the weekend of August 22nd, and Saturday the 23rd will be a day full of activities! Watch out for cannons and gunfire if you had a picnic planned that day, by the by. Actually, you should totally dress up like a Civil War-era congressman, have a picnic and watch the troops! It’s historically accurate!
Anyway, the Reading Program! The rules are the same as every year, but I’m happy to run through them again for those who are new and for those in the back:
Simply pick up a Summer Reading Program punch card at the Circulation Desk — your first card has already been punched once!
For each book you read, fill out a Reader’s Response and get ONE PUNCH.
If you read a book on the Civil War, whether fiction or non-fiction, you get not one but TWO PUNCHES.
Attend any of the events in our CIVIL WAR SERIES for another punch!
When you have filled out a card (five punches) you get a BOOK SALE BUCKS card worth $2 at our book sales.
Easy peasy. You don’t even have to register at the desk or keep a log sheet this year! The grand prizes are gift certificates to local bookstores.
Notice the bit about books about the Civil War getting extra credit. Well, as ever, I’ve been making some suggested reading lists. I have also been shamelessly stealing other people’s suggested reading lists, but then again I gave them full credit so I suppose it’s okay (thank you, Christian Science Monitor!). They’re not very pretty, I admit, but you can find them here: Civil War Reading List.
The first list is one I put together, and it’s got some newer titles on it. The third one is…um, not finished. Sorry. I’ll put out some nice finished ones on my display, though, and keep a few at the desk. I might put together a list of my personal favorites, too.