and we are going to end the year busing out 5 states!
* Oklahoma * New Mexico * Arizona * Alaska * Hawaii *
You can find books about these states on our display rack.
The adult summer reading theme is, “Exercise Your Mind, Read!
We’ve had TWO patrons finish reading about ALL 50 states!! Congratulations!
We are offering this challenge so you can exercise your mind and read beyond your favorite genre.
We have compiled a list of books from each of the 50 United States. There are fiction and non-fiction alike. The book may just be set in a particular state or there may be many locations and facts mentioned. Read as many or as few as you like. Each patron accepting the challenge will be given a U.S. map that can be kept at the library. Each time a book is read we can make a mark on that state. You will have from January 1 through December 31 to finish the challenge. We will be promoting the states in order of their statehood dates. January we will feature Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia. Of course we are throwing Kansas in this month because Kansas will celebrate 155 years as a state on January 29. Each month from then on will have four more states to read about. In December we will promote the last five of the United States. If you want to read about Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico that would be considered bonus work.
Interested? We hope so. Think this sounds just daunting? Relax, you can read as many as you like. There is no test and no grade. We aren’t saying you have to like the book, you just have to read it. At the end you will have exercised your mind and left your reading comfort zone. For those of you who like bragging rights we have established some different reading levels:
The Weekend Traveler – read up to 10 state books.
The Vagabond – read up to 30 books.
The Adventurer – Read up to 49 books.
First Class Passenger -Read all 50 books.
Ask the librarians how to get started. Happy Trails!