2014 Summer Reading Program for Adults

Summer Reading Program

During the months of July and August, adults will have a chance to relax and read some great books while earning tickets toward a weekly gift card drawing and the end-of-summer Grand Prize - a 7" Samsung Android tablet.  As always, our patrons get a gentle nudge to read outside of their usual comfort zones, with not one but two 'Bingo' cards giving a choice of 25 Fiction or 25 Non-Fiction categories.  Pick up a card today at the library, or download and print your own copy from the links provided here.

Fiction Reading CardNon-Fiction Reading Card5-in-a-row prize

Things to Know:

  • The contest runs from July 1st through August 31st
  • Read a book from any of the categories on the playing cards - ask the staff for recommendations, or check the blue endcaps in the library each week for books in a featured category
  • Get a raffle ticket for each book you read
  • Get a Lane Library tumbler after completing 5 squares in a row on either card
  • A drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card will be held each Saturday in July and August
  • The Grand Prize drawing will be held Monday, September 1st

Above all, have fun!

Summer Reading Prizes

Summer Events

Adam Woodworth

Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography will take you on a night time journey across locations in Northern New England with a couple stops in New Brunswick and Quebec.  Adam will look at landscape photos that feature the galactic center of the Milky Way and discuss the stories and techniques behind the photos.

Woodworth is a landscape photographer, fine art printer, award winning filmmaker, and software engineer.  He is originally from Kittery, Maine, and now resides in Rye, New Hampshire.  He has had a love of photography for over 15 years, and since 2008 he has focused on landscape photography.

J. Dennis Robinson

There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England History. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire's only offshore Islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620's. "King Haley" ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region's first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton's daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.

Ann McClellan

The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the “sources” of Doyle’s works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan’s presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.