Every summer has a story, and this year each location of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is bringing its own unique twist to the Adult Summer Reading Program.
A number of the branches hosted Adult Summer Reading Kick-off events. Southeast Anchor Library's Read-In featured John Waters' Shock Value (specifically, an excerpt from the chapter "Baltimore, Maryland - Hairdo
Capital of the World"), "Recollections of Notable Cops" from The Vintage Mencken, Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels, Pamela Druckerman's Bringing Up Bebe, and David Mamet's Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the
Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business (read by adult
librarian Morgan Stanton). Shanti Dickson read from a favorite book
titled The Untelling by Tayari Jones.
The staff at the Orleans Street Branch read poems from the poetry
collection at the top of each hour. Some of the featured poets were
Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, and Richard Wilbur.
Langston Hughes' "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and "I, Too" (read from
Bryan Collier's I Too, Am America picture book) were well received. At
the beginning of each reading staff talked about the Adult Summer Reading
Program's rules and incentives, and at the end of some of the pieces
library visitors clapped and said thank you. Zandra Campbell, the Manager of the Orleans Street Branch, said, "I think it surprises people to hear us reading
in the open throughout the day and the poems were well received. One
gentleman recited a poem as Ms. Brightful read it. He said that he
learned it while he was in elementary school."
Some of the other branches took the Groundbreaking Reads theme in a green direction. The Brooklyn Branch staff hosted a program to name their chia pet. Stop by and meet "Captain Puff!"
At the Reisterstown Road Branch, we created some book planters as part of the Groundbreaking Reads theme. Check out how to make your own book planters on the Apartment Therapy blog.
We hope you join us and bring your unique story to the Adult Summer Reading program this year!