Thursday, May 28, 2009

Master the Art of Reading

Summer reading isn't just for kids. Adults who read or listen to four qualifying books and fill out an entry form will receive a packet of prizes and coupons from local businesses and the Friends of the Library. You can download an entry form or stop by the library to pick one up.

A qualifying book should either be about or include some kind of art or artist. Visual arts, decorative arts, architecture, music, dance, drama, film, literature, and everything in between. This year's theme is broad enough that nearly any book could fit, but here are some book lists for anyone needing a little extra inspiration.

On Exhibit: Great Reads About Art
Recommended nonfiction about historical art and artists from Library Journal. Art Booklist
Books about art and artists that received a starred reviews in one of the four major review publications.

Artful Reads
Recommended historical fiction about art and artists from NoveList. (library card needed for access)

Artistic Death
Recommended mysteries from NoveList involving art and the art world. (library card needed for access)

Every Picture Tells a Story: Novels on Historical Artists
More recommended historical fiction about art and artists from NoveList. (library card needed for access) The Arts and Entertainment
Almost thirty additional lists from libraries across the country.

The library is hosting several programs that tie into the adult summer reading program, including author talks, a poetry workshop, and a film series. Visit the library's website to learn more about these events and the summer reading programs for children and teens.