We're back to work bright and early this morning, after a safe and relaxing Independence Day. We also just passed the half-way point in the Adult Summer Reading Program; here is some information about the program thus far:
On June 16th, we hosted Kevin Carson, local author of The Long Journey of the Nez Perce, for an author talk and book signing. Many people purchased copies of Kevin's book, which he signed, and we all enjoyed both the formal presentation and time for chatting afterwards.
We've had 2 book winners per week (here's one with the like-new book she chose from our great stash). A surprise donation of book totes from The Bookie allowed us to pull some extra winners for the tote prize. There are more, and we'll keep pulling names every week for both books and totes.
First thing Monday morning (7/2), our winner was pulled for the fantastic June prize pack. Included were Summer Reading Program t-shirts, book totes, a journal, pen set, lap desk, coffee, and coffee mug, encouraging this reader to go "Between the Covers" and get writing! There were also some great donations from local businesses, such as a gift card from Banyans on the Ridge and Neill's Flowers and Gifts. Competition was fierce: we received 285 submissions, from 66 unique patrons. Lana, pictured here, had the most submissions for the month, but several people were only one or two entries behind.
The drawing box for June has been emptied and submissions for July are already piling in. We are also still collecting entries for the Nook Tablet: the box looks like it has about 75 entries so far. If you want to enter to win, try downloading an eBook or eAudiobook from OverDrive. If it's your first time trying, remember: we're always here to help.
This evening, starting at 5:30, we'll be hearing a presentation by Hans Van Dogen; the presentation is "Sleep and Fatigue in the Workplace" and is informed by the grant-funded research Dr. Van Dogen is doing up at WSU-Spokane. Drop by to hear what promises to be a great presentation. After our late night last night, I know I'm looking forward to learning something I can put to use! This will be followed by our regular meeting of Grand Avenue Book Club.
There will be another presentation, July 19, also at 5:30, by Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Jewett, on Sleep and Body Temperature. Watch for information on another special event following Kathryn's presentation: an open public forum hosted by the library, related to our upcoming budget cut. We want to hear from you.
A big NPL thank you to everyone who has participated so far in the Adult Summer Reading Program, and to donors, including the Friends of Neill Public Library, who made it possible. Good luck in July!