Summer Reading is one of my favorite times of the year. We always do a big program at my library, and up until last year, I was a major part of it as the Young ADult Specialist. I helped plan all of the programming, and I was also our head of PR so I did all the posters, newsletters, news releases, and more. Last year I had taken position as our Cataloger, but I had still helped plan some of the programming and I was assisting the new YA Specialist as the summer progressed. So this is the first summer where I get to enjoy much of the activities as only a participant, and I’m looking forward to it.
I have always participated in Summer Reading. I use it as an excuse to read even more than I usually do, and to indulge in all of my favorite fun reads. I get all the comics and romances and fizzy delights and watch my book totals rise as I encourage fellow staff and our patrons to join me. I’ve got a nice little pile of stuff waiting for me to dive into this summer, and a couple of great titles waiting on my iPad.
One of my favorite parts of Summer Reading and our Winter Reading programs is that our Reference Librarian who plans the adult portion of the programs creates these neat little bingo sheets of books to read. Last winter I read a couple of titles I might have never gotten to or picked up thanks to that bingo sheet, and I loved them. This year’s bingo sheet is a brightly colored map of the U.S. that encourages all of us to read books set in different states. I should have no problem ticking off Maine immediately (hello Stephen King!), but the others might require some googling of appropriate titles.
As always, I’m constantly on the hunt for new books to add to my ever-growing to-read list, so if anyone has any suggestions for me, I’m all ears. I plan on checking in periodically this summer to see how I’m doing and I’m sure I’ll have some interesting books I’ll tackle. May this summer be filled with fun, sun, and oodles of books.