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Adults need inspiration too!

Driftwood Library in Lincoln City has a scheme to get folks reading

DRIFTWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY is excited to be hosting a Summer Reading Program for adults this year.  Like the kids’ Summer Reading Club, this program will invite adults to sign up to track their reading over the months of June and July.  Participants will be given a special book they can use to keep track of what they’ve read and they can earn prizes as they reach certain goals.  For each book read they will also qualify to enter into a drawing to be held at the end of the program (prizes will be gift certificates from local businesses). The more books participants read, the more chances they earn toward one of the grand prizes!

ReadingWhen asked why the library thought a Summer Reading Program for adults was necessary, Circulation Supervisor Ken Hobson answered, “Adults sometimes need a little extra encouragement to read too, especially to read for pleasure.  We hope that with the enticement of silly prizes and the opportunity to attend summer author programs not geared toward kids, adults who have difficulty finding the time to read for pleasure might be encouraged to sit down for an hour with that book they’ve always wanted to read instead of in front of the TV for summer reruns. As the demands of life increase through adulthood, we forget the pleasures books offer as other things distract us. Understandably, even avid readers lose the habit of reading.  We’re hoping we can help adults rediscover the singular pleasure of getting lost in a story. This is just a fun, gentle nudge back in the right direction.” Hobson added that while this year’s program will be a scaled-back affair compared to the spectacular program Children’s Coordinator Teena Nelson puts together for kids each summer, the hope is that the library can gauge interest in the community for such a program. “If the interest is there, and we can consider this year a success, then certainly we will expand it over the coming years.”

The Adult Summer Reading Program will start on Sunday, June 5th at 3pm when Oregon writer Cathy Lamb visits the library to talk about her work.  Cathy is the author of four successful novels, her newest novel, First Day of the Rest of My Life will be released in late July.

Those who wish to take part in the program can come hear Cathy, learn details about the program and sign up to take part in it. Those not wishing too take part in the program are also welcome to come hear Cathy speak. The fun will end in late July with another author visit (details to be announced).

FMI:  Ken Hobson at the library either by phone (541-996-1242) or via email at kenh@lincolncity.org.  801 SW Highway 101, on the 2nd floor of the City Hall building in Lincoln City.