School’s out and books are in! Mid-Continent Public Library’s Summer Reading Program starts this week. Are you ready to read?
This summer our theme is "Dig into Reading,” and we have plenty of ways for you to get your hands dirty. Burrow into books with listeners (0-6 years old) and readers (6-11 years old) to earn incentives as you explore words and pictures buried deep within your favorite pages. Teens (11-18 years old) can also participate by tunneling their way through more advanced books and writing reviews for what they’ve read.
Kids have Christmas morning. Book lovers have author signings. When I got the chance to hear one of my favorite authors speak recently, it was better than Christmas morning for me. Anne Lamott was in Kansas City at Rainy Day Books on April 4, 2013 to promote her book, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son, which has just been issued in paperback.
Have you heard of paying it forward? You know, where you’re the recipient of some sweet unexpected act, and then you pay it forward to the next person instead of paying it back. It’s like when you go to Starbucks and the person in front of you at the drive-through pays for your coffee and then you pay for the person behind you, or when you help an elderly lady carry her groceries to the car and then someone else unexpectedly holds the door.
Have you been caught reading? May is Get Caught Reading month and we want to see you read.
Take your book and read in the car, at the lake, on the couch, or while you walk (no tripping, please). Read wherever and whenever you can during this nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.
May 12th is National Limerick Day! So, get your Edward Lear on (he popularized limericks in the 1800s) and celebrate by reading and writing limericks.
Limericks have five lines. The fifth line rhymes with the first two and the third rhymes with the fourth. All you have to do is follow the structure, and you’ll have a limerick before you know it. Check out this library-inspired limerick below and click here for other limericks to read.
I often find myself wishing that I could bike to work. And no, I’m not talking about hopping on a Harley and buzzing around at 70 miles an hour. I am a librarian after all, and I’d much rather get out my banana-seated, basket-sporting Huffy bicycle and pedal to work. Unfortunately, 12 miles is a little too far for these legs to travel on a bike. Maybe the coffee shop is more doable!
The RT Booklovers Convention is coming to Kansas City May 1st through May 5th! Anyone who enjoys reading or who is involved in the industry is welcome to attend. It’s an experience you will never forget.