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Groundbreaking Reads Can Change Your Life

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by Eunice Anderson

Four summers ago we launched a system-wide adult summer reading program. Participants enjoyed a fun, exciting reading experience along with the chance to win terrific prizes. Each year the theme suggests an adventure that only summer reading can offer. Somehow, during the summer we feel less encumbered with the cares of life; leisure time and recreational activities become a top priority. For booklovers, whatever activities are planned with family and friends, a priority is ensuring that you have books and time for reading as part of the itinerary.


Let’s see, our first summer reading theme was the beach summer, next the traveling summer, last year the bedtime summer, now this year I’ll call it the “earthy” summer. The adult summer reading program runs for eight weeks, Saturday, June 1-Saturday, August 3 and the theme presents a wonderful reading opportunity to try something new.


Groundbreaking Reads, a phrase arouses many thoughts. Many of us can think of a groundbreaking book we have read; a book that changed your life!  But what does groundbreaking mean? The dictionary says, characterized by originality and innovation; the act or ceremony of breaking ground to begin a construction project.


Maybe some of the books you have read fit one of these definitions. The Pratt Library collections of movies, books, short stories, CDs, and eBooks offer a smorgasbord of choices on subjects to explore. Here are some suggestions on the many sub-themes of groundbreaking; like gardening--breaking ground to plant. You may be interested in zombies and vampires--the program poster has a hand coming up out of the ground with a book in it. Maybe you’re interested in construction, hiking, exploring geology, archaeology, caves and underground worlds, and the Underground Railroad to name a few. Or you can choose to read books about groundbreaking events, ideas, inventions, like the iPad, clothing trends, feminism, and world headlines, the possibilities go on and on.


You’ll also find on the Adult Summer Reading webpage http://www.prattlibrary.org/home/summerreadingadults.aspx a suggested reading list if you are seeking to find a new genre or author to try something different. Here’s a nice challenge, see how many books you can read in eight weeks from the Boston Public Library list of the 100 Most Influential Books of the Century http://www.bpl.org/research/adultbooklists/influential.htm.


As in the past years of adult summer reading at the Pratt Library, you’ll have the occasion to review the books you have read. Selected reviews will be posted on the Pratt Chat blog to share with other readers. Your review may give another reader insight on a book that will change their opinion on a person or a topic. Your review could open up a stirring conversation through on our blog.


Excavating Book Titles is this year’s online only challenge, sure to be an entertaining activity and another chance to win a prize. For those who want more action, you may be interested in this fun trivia quiz: Groundbreaking Books of the 20th Century http://www.funtrivia.com/newflash/trivia.cfm?qid=295643.


Whichever way your interests and time leads you this summer, we’ll help you find the book(s) of your choice in the format of your choice, we have hardback and paperback copies, books on CD or audiotape, eBooks you can download from our Overdrive Media stations at various library locations. Most of all join the program, make this a Groundbreaking Summer reading books to change your life.



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