'Novel Destinations' surpass 1,550 books—August 5, 2011
Last May I challenged you all to visit some “Novel Destinations” by participating in the Adult Summer Reading program. That program ended July 29 with over 1550 book, audio book or ebook titles turned in. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated, congratulate the 18 individuals who won weekly prize drawings for local business gift certificates and also congratulate the winner of the grand prize, a color ebook reader. I also need to thank the Friends of the Library for underwriting the prizes for Adult Summer Reading and the Nebraska Humanities Council for the grant that was used to purchase books for the book club this summer. So what did people read this summer?
Here is a small selection of titles that were turned in by Adult Summer Reading participants. Our grand prize winner read “Decision Points”, the 2010 autobiography by George W. Bush. Other selections in the non-fiction area were a 1950 copyright book on lesser known world religions titles “Forgotten Religions” by Vergilius Ferm and the trendy title by Matt Paxton, organizing expert on A&E’s “Hoarders”, “The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter.”
Mysteries and thrillers seem to be the fiction of choice for summer readers, with titles ranging from Janet Evanovich’s racy action-adventure “Metro Girl” to the calmer fifth entry in “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency” series by Alexander McCall Smith, “The Full Cupboard of Life.” Elizabeth Peters can take you on a topsy-turvy visit to England in “The Camelot Caper” or you can venture into the realms of the Jedi Knights and a 12 year old Anakin Skywalker in “Rogue Planet” by Greg Bear. Political intrigue of the most current variety is foremost in “One Rough Man” by Brad Taylor as a former secret operative tries to thwart terrorists.
There is still one Adult Summer Reading event remaining. August 18 at 10:00 AM we will bring civil rights issues close to home by discussing “The Rhythm Boys of Central High” by Steve Marantz.
Come see some of the 1554 books that were read by your friends and neighbors this summer. The library is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 9 pm, Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. Find us on the web at www.hastings.lib.ne .us or follow HPL on Facebook or Twitter.