What do you want Summer Reading to be?

While we are still in the final week of our Adult Summer Reading program – and still have some great programs for you this week – we wanted to take a moment to ask you, our patrons, what you would most like a Summer Reading program for adults to look like.   We’re already planning for next year (can you believe it?) and your feedback will help determine what kind of program we create!

This year, we established a theme for each week, and recommended books that tied into that theme.   The books were all immensely popular, and we could hardly keep any on the display!   You responded very enthusiastically to these selections, which was really exciting!    We also asked that you RATE the book you read by flipping over your bookmark, and writing down the title you read and giving it 1-5 stars.   We need those bookmarks back for a few reasons:

1.      To create a list of “patron recommendations” that we can use to help people find books of interest.

2.      To gauge participation in the program

3.      To calculate the amount of the charitable donation the WFPL Building Committee will make to The Watertown Food Pantry on our behalf!   The more bookmarks you submit, the more money we donate!   There’s still time – if you did not turn in your bookmarks, please do so by closing time (5 PM) on Sunday, August 3rd for your entry to be included!   There’s a box for the bookmarks on the summer reading table, or you can hand them to a Reference Librarian at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

We also really want to hear what you want from a summer reading program.  

  • Would you like to simply get a list of suggested titles to read?
  • Do you want programming related to our summer reading theme(s)?
    • If you want programs, do you prefer weekday?  Weekend?  Evening?  Daytime?
    • Do you have any interest in book talks?
  • Would you like to report your number of hours read to achieve a goal?

Please let us know your thoughts!  You can stop by the Reference Desk to tell us in person, or drop us an email at WatRef@watertown-ma.gov.

Don’t forget:

                On Tuesday, 7/29 at 2:30, Louisa May Alcott will be stopping by the library to tell us all about her life in Concord, MA in the 1800s.   This living history presentation will be acted by Jan Turnquist: actress, historian, educator, and Executive Director of Orchard House (the Alcott homestead).     This program is suitable for all ages, and there is no registration required.   Just stop by!

                Finally, on Thursday, 7/31, at 1PM, we will be holding our final Book Talk.   Come talk about any biographies you read this summer, and share the experiences of other readers.   Cookies will be served, and this is a great opportunity to turn in your Summer Reading Bookmarks before the deadline, as well.

Thank you all for participating, and for offering your feedback.

                                                                                                                                Submitted by Reference Librarian Jill

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