Off the Shelf: The Monthly Newsletter of the M.G. Parker Memorial Library

From the Director

The warm weather has set in and soon summer will be here.  I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I like better than sitting on the beach with a book in hand. I tend to read lighter fiction during the summer months.  I want something that entertains but doesn’t take me forever to get through.  Romance and Thrillers fit the bill for me.  I also really enjoy reading Women’s Fiction  over the summer.  I enjoy authors like Lynsay Sands, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Adler, Mary Kay Andrews, Amanda Stevens, and Lisa Jackson.

While I enjoy a quick-read in the summer, I know many folks prefer to pick up those weighty tomes that they don’t have time to read during the rest of the year.  A summer vacation with your family or without might be a great time to pick up a meatier book. Perhaps you have been waiting to revisit Gone with the Wind or the Harry Potter series. Whatever your reading preference, the Dracut Library is here to hook you up; whether you want your book in print, audio, or eBook format.  Do you have a student who has required reading over the summer? We’ve got the lists and books.

Don’t forget to visit us for any of the great programs being offered this summer.  There’s something for everyone!

Looking for something to do with the kids? Why not check out a Museum Pass to an area museum, zoo, or park.  These passes are provided by the Friends of the Dracut Library.  They would love to know what passes you are using, or if there are passes you would like to see offered.  Why not take out a moment to fill out our Museum Pass Survey?

Lastly, I would love to hear from you.  Is there a program that you would like to see offered? A book you would like to have us purchase?  Would your community group like to partner with us on a program?  Drop me a line.

Groundbreaking Reads
Adult Summer Reading Program

Kennedy shot! Amelia Earhart flies solo over the Atlantic Ocean! Lindberg baby kidnapped! Titanic sinks! U.S. sends man to the moon!

These events changed how we think about the world and our place in it.

Join us June 24th through August 30th for a summer of Groundbreaking Reads.  Dig into not only fiction, but also topics such as gardening, philosophy, and current affairs.  What you choose to read is entirely up to you!  You can register to participate any time, beginning June 24th.

Each week, log in to enter your reading.  Each book you read gives you a chance to win one of eight prizes.  You will also receive an entry for each library program that you attend from 6/24/13 – 8/30/13.  On August 30th, we will randomly draw eight winners from all entries received. Prizes will be on display in the lobby throughout the summer.

For a list of recommended titles, visit our Groundbreaking Reads board on Pinterest.

Our summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of Dracut Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Dig Into Reading
Children’s Summer Reading Program

Dig into a summer filled with books, prizes, music, performers, science programs, crafts, Legos and more… with an “Underground” theme!Each summer we reward children for keeping up with their reading skills during their summer vacation.  It’s so important for children to read on a regular basis.  Studies show that children who read a few minutes each day will start school in September ahead of those who don’t.  That’s why we will reward children for reading a minimum of 15 minutes per day.  Starting June 27th, children can earn prizes after five days of reading.  Up to 10 prizes may be earned over the course of the summer.  Check out our list of recommended reads.This program is for children ages 2 through those entering grade 5.   Pre-readers may count books read to them.  Our High School volunteers will be here to hand out prizes at the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Friday – 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Need something to do with the kids? Why not bring them to one of our great summer programs, including musicians, stories and crafts, bingo, a stuffed animal sleepover, and a sensory story time for children who have an autism spectrum disorder or other special needs, to name a few.

Beneath the Surface
Teen Summer Reading Program

Teens entering grades 6-12 are invited to join us for a summer of fun.  Beginning June 27th, visit the library or register online to participate.  The first 25 teens to sign up for the program will receive free summer reading pins and bookmarks.

Complete 5 or more books (only one school required reading book will count toward your total), and receive a prize! Check out our list of recommended reads!

We are also offering a variety of teen programs this summer.  Visit our Calendar of Events to find out more about any of the following programs:

Movie Nights : City of Ember & Tremors
Anime: Vampire Knight
Henna Tattoos
Game Day: Zombie Flux
Altered Book Craft


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