It’s summer reading time again, friends! And we’re doing something a little different this year!
We’re still playing bingo, but we’ve got a new element! This year we’re participating in a state-wide read of two books chosen by Maine author Monica Wood. It’s called “Read ME,” and it’s sponsored and organized by the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library. Learn all about it here!
Our theme this year is “Read Globally, Discuss Locally.” All of the bingo squares reflect the theme, with topics such as “A book set in a country you have never visited” and “A book translated from another language.” There’s some local flavor as well, with “A book by a Maine author” and “A book by an author speaking at the library this summer.” The Read ME titles are good for a bingo square too. For more, check out our website, here.
We’ve got the cards here at the circulation desk, so come on down and pick one up! Fill four rows and get a prize! Complete more than one row or the whole card, and get another prize! You can keep track of the books you read on the back of your bingo card. There’s also space to review your favorite, and that review becomes your ticket for the grand-prize drawing at the end of the summer!
Hi! I’ve been on vacation and my brain hasn’t come back yet so that’s why this is a little late in the day.
I hope you’ve all submitted your reading review sheets for the Summer Reading Program! We have a ton on our bulletin board and they’re awesome–I’m going to share some here on the blog, along with a list of all the books that were read. Those same review sheets will be the raffle tickets for tonight’s drawing. The more you filled out, the better your chance to win!
…probably should have told you that sooner. Again, brain vacation. Or vice versa.
Hi Adults! We’re playing Bingo again for our summer reading program!
Here’s the deal:
You don’t need to register this year. Just pick out a Bingo card, grab some Reader Review sheets, and get reading! When you’ve completed a title, bring your card to the library and we’ll stamp the square for you. Once you’ve completed a row, you get a little prize! When you’ve completed two rows, you get Book Bucks, for use at our library book sales! When you get a blackout, you get a bigger prize!
We post your review sheets on a bulletin board so that everyone can see what others are reading. These sheets also become your raffle tickets for the drawing at the end of the program–the grand prize is a gift certificate to a local bookstore.
If you’re playing Bingo with us this summer, here are a few ideas for your “Forgotten Classic” square!
This is kind of a tough one, isn’t it? After all, a classic is by definition a book that stands the test of time and continues to be read. So I decided to use these guidelines: books not written within the past fifty years, which still influence writers today (on their own or through the work of authors inspired by the book).
Many thanks to Flavorwire and Goodreads and NPR and a dozen other websites for doing all the work of compiling inspiring lists! Click on the cover image to learn more about these “forgotten” classics!
Of course there are PLENTY more where that came from, if you’re inclined to search!
This year we’re changing it up, and we’re going to play a game. A game called BINGO!
It’s Summer Reading Bingo, and we’d love for you to come on down and play. The program begins July 1 and ends August 31, register soon at the library and begin filling in your “Reading Bingo” card! Here’s how it works:
Register at the Circulation Desk and pick up your Bingo Card and book review forms. When you finish a book, fill a box on your card and fill out a book review sheet so we can post it on the big board! (We will stamp your card and keep it in the Reading Program binder at the front desk.)
Each “Bingo” wins a prize – fill out any row, column, diagonal or “four corners.” When you get a Black Out (filling your whole card), you win a Blackout Prize. Each Bingo also gets you an entry into the raffle for the Grand Prize. Bingo Prizes are randomly selected from our whimsical collection of doodads and brand-new books.
If you need ideas for any of the squares, take a look at the suggested reading lists here on the blog, or click a likely looking tag. You can also take a look at Marie’s Goodreads or Shelfari shelves, also linked here on the Readers’ Corner.
Every once in a while I’ll post some square ideas, so check back often! Have fun everybody!
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.