Summer reading clubs for all ages

The TNRD Library System has lots of great suggestions for summer reading.

The TNRD Library System is once again running its popular Summer Reading program. This year’s theme is “Build It!”, and there are two clubs: the Read-To-Me Club, for children aged five and under, and the Summer Reading Club, for children aged six to twelve. Registration is free.

Children who take part are encouraged to read (or be read to) for 15 minutes a day, every day, through August 22. Their reading is recorded in a logbook (given to the child when he or she registers), and those who qualify get their name entered in a draw for cool weekly prizes and an amazing grand prize.

The Summer Reading Clubs are designed for children to complete on their own, but the Ashcroft Library is hosting three Reading Club events for program participants this summer, on July 8 and 22 and on August 5.  Each session will be held from 1:30–2:30pm, and features activities and crafts.

During each week of the program, a different theme is used to explore various types of writing. Build the Future looks at science fiction and futuristic technology; Build Your Story examines biography, autobiography, and journals; Build It Yourself encourages children to find out more about crafts and DIY; Built to Last explores the world of architecture and structures; Build Your Imagination is about fantasy and animation; Build For Fun lets children see the world of games, puzzles, Lego, and more; while Build a Mystery is all about the world of mystery and horror. Library staff will be happy to direct children to books about all these subjects and many more.

The TNRD’s Adult Summer Reading Book Club will be looking at two novels by Harper Lee. The author’s debut novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize. Now, 55 years later, a sequel — To Set A Watchman — is being published, and although the novel isn’t published until July 14 it’s already a bestseller, and one of the most talked-about books of the year. The Book Club will give readers a chance to read and discuss these two books: one of which has sold 40 million copies, and one which has already caused a media sensation.

For more information visit your local library, or the TNRD Library System website at

Barbara Roden