Summer reading for adults—May 27, 2011
Want to travel to some “Novel Destinations” this summer and maybe win a color ebook reader to boot? Then participate in Adult Summer Reading at the Hastings Public Library. All you have to do is read or listen and turn in the titles you read at the library. You will be entered in a weekly drawing for gift certificates and the grand prize drawing for the ebook reader.
During the month of June, three “Travel Talks” will showcase Novel Destinations you can visit just by coming to the library. June 7th you can learn all about Nebraska Forts from Jeff Barnes, while Nancy Langford will take us to Antarctica on June 21st and we can travel to India with Dale Schultz on June 28th. All travel talks will be held in the library auditorium at 7:00 PM and are underwritten by the Friends of the Library.
For the history buff, the stories contained in “The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier” by James Morgans could certainly inspire a tour of these sites in the central United States. If more exotic places appeal, try “Neither Here Nor There” Bill Bryson’s humorous attempt at recreating the European trip of his youth or “Lost on Planet China” Maarten Troost’s story of trying to understand the geographic and cultural giant that is China.
The library book club will travel back in time to the 1960s as we explore the topics of civil rights, the changing role of women and the impact of the Vietnam War in concert with the Hastings Museum’s exhibit “1968: The Summer of Love”. June 16 Kathryn Stockett’s novel about black and white women in the South, “The Help”, will be the center of discussion while on July 21 the Vietnam War experience as told in Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” will be talked about. On August 18, we will bring civil rights issues close to home by reading “The Rhythm Boys of Central High” by Steve Marantz. All book discussions are held at 10:00 AM at the library and multiple copies of the books are made possible by a grant from the Nebraska Humanities Council.
Whether you want to travel far afield or stay close to home, be part of Adult Summer Reading at the Hastings Public Library.