Sign up now for Summer Reading Program


SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

Sign up now — or any time before July 11 — for this year’s six-week Summer Reading Program.

Summer reading activities are open to babies, toddlers, kids, teens and adults spending all or part of their summer in Archuleta County.

You will get a reading record to keep track of every hour you read. Each hour earns you a raffle ticket — and so does three books for adults and teens, and five books for children. Adults can also get raffle tickets by reading a new author. Everyone gets them by attending any of the many summer reading programs going on throughout June and mid-July.

Why should you care about these raffle tickets? Because they’ll reward you for lots of fun reading experiences, and because you’ll become eligible for ongoing prizes including the grand prize, a Nook tablet — one each for kids, teens and adults.

Our baby and toddler program is designed to help parents have fun reading and learning experiences with your child. All the activities build early literacy skills. After you complete seven, you get a prize.

Examples of programs for kids include special storytime sessions throughout the week and films every Friday at 10 a.m. featuring “Peter Pan,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “The Road to El Dorado” and more.

Examples of programs for teens next week include T-Shirt Bags on Monday (June 3), Teen Techies and Teen Gaming on Wednesday (June 5), and “The Big Bang Theory” film and Pokemon Card Battle on Friday (June 7).

Examples of programs for adults include films based on books every Friday at 2:30 p.m. starting with “I Am Legend” on June 7, and a crafts event Monday, June 10, at 11:30 a.m. when you can create envelopes, postcards and light switch plates showing your literary flare.

Detailed schedules are available at the library. We urge you to pick them up and keep them handy so you don’t miss any of these free fun events. Also, note that some events require advance registration.

Summer reading participants will also want to mark your calendars for a free all-ages closing party on Friday, July 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. (after the library closes) that will include refreshments and the grand prize drawing at 6:45 p.m. R.S.V.P.s required.

Free kids’ movie

Bring your youngster to the library to view “Peter Pan” on Friday, June 7. Films chosen for kids will show every Friday at 10 a.m. throughout the Summer Reading Program.

Free teen events

Seventh to12th graders are invited to reuse and make new T-shirt bags on Monday, June 3 from 1:30-2:45 p.m., and to two events on Wednesday, June 5: a Teen Techie session from 11 a.m.-noon and Teen Gaming from 12:30-2 p.m.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. More formal sessions requiring advance registration include Microwave Word Basics on Wednesday, June 5, and downloading Zinio online magazines on Wednesday, June 12, both from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Movies on DVD

“Notes on a Scandal” is a thriller that earned Oscar nominations for Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. We also have “Beetlejuice,” starring Geena Davis and Alex Baldwin; “Into the Cold” about an expedition to the North Pole; “The Guilt Trip,” starring Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen; “The Impossible,” starring Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, and “The Princess Bride.” “Broken Trail” is a western starring Robert Duvall. “Tales from Earthsea” is a PG-13 rated animated adventure from Disney. And from the world of television, we have “The Bible” epic miniseries, season one of “Call the Midwife” and six episodes of “Planet Dinosaur” from the BBC. “While You Were Sleeping” is a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock.

Biographies and memoirs

“The Plantagenets” by Dan Jones is an epic history of the warrior kings and queens who preceded the Tutors. “The Autistic Brain” by Temple Grandin is a memoir and scientific look at this brain condition. “Waiting to be Heard” by Amanda Knox is a memoir of the 20-year-old charged with murder in Italy. “Unsinkable” by Debbie Reynolds is a memoir by this legendary actress and singer. “Obsessed” by Mika Brzezinski is the story of this MSNBC co-hosts struggle with food.

Large print

“Z” by Therese Anne Fowler is a novel about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife Zelda. “Midnight at Marble Arch” by Anne Perry is the latest in the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery series.

“Daddy’s Gone a Hunting” by Mary Higgins Clark exposes a dark secret that threatens the lives of two sisters. “Widow’s Tears” by Susan Wittig Albert is a mystery focusing on a haunted house in Galveston. “Easter Bunny Murder” by Leslie Meier is the latest in the Lucy Stone mystery series. “The Ophelia Cut” by John Lescroart is a legal mystery.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Daddy’s Gone a Hunting” by Mary Higgins Clark exposes a dark secret that threatens the lives of two sisters. “Taking Eve” by Iris Johansen is the first book in a chilling new Eve Duncan trilogy. “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts is a mystery centering on 300-year-old Bluff House. “John Whoever” by Michael Guillebeau follows a soldier involved in a massacre. “12th of Never” by James Patterson and Maxine is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club mystery series.

Other new novels

“Maya’s Notebook” by Isabel Allende is the story of a 19-year-old immigrant from Chile now living in Berkeley. “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer follows six teenagers from a summer camp throughout their lives. “Lover at Last” by J.R. Ward is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood vampire series. “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout follows two brothers and a sister facing a family crisis. “Halo: Silentium” by Greg Bear is book three in the Forerunner Saga science-fiction series.

Thanks to donors

For her generous donation in memory of Erna Soroker, we thank Eleanor Lothman. For a generous donation in support of our children’s programs, we thank Mare Perouty. For books and materials this week, we thank Mercedes Leist, Marilyn Falvey, Megan Riddle, Sally Rothweiler and Laura Simi.


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