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Library Happenings – Summer Reading Program offers something for all ages

By Angie Georgeff

On your mark, get set, read! That may have been the slogan for last year’s Summer Reading Program, but it still applies. Get ready to read–and rock! Our Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults will begin Monday, June 5.

This year’s adult program will be much the same as last year’s. Each time you read a book, listen to an audiobook or watch a movie, you earn an entry in our grand prize drawing for the rocking chair on display in our lobby.

You may earn additional entries by participating in an adult program or by completing a weekly activity sheet. A new sheet will be available at our circulation desk for each week of the program. These bonus activities include word searches, crossword puzzles and quizzes. Quizzes are also available in Spanish.

Most of the activities are fun and easy, but a couple of them require a bit more effort. They aren’t really difficult, but they may involve more time. If you complete those, you will earn my admiration and two entries in the prize drawing!

All activities take their inspiration from this year’s construction theme and the 2017 slogan “Build a Better World.” The goal is to get people of all ages–and abilities–reading, learning and having fun this summer. Tennessee’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is offering call-in programs for all ages. If you know of anyone living in Tennessee who could benefit from this program, or from their regular story times, please call the library at 743-6533, for more information, and ask for Angie.

Spotlight Book

Michael Crichton, the bestselling author of “Jurassic Park” and “The Andromeda Strain,” passed away in 2008, yet his most recently published novel is likely to hit the lists once again.  “Dragon Teeth” was discovered by Crichton’s widow as a manuscript in the author’s archives. It is a novel, but it captures the real-life passion and animosity of the rivalry between early paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. Their “Bone Wars” added another layer of peril to the Wild West of the late 1800s.

Goaded by a bet, Yale student William Johnson pretends to be a photographer and signs on to accompany Marsh on a summer-long expedition to Colorado. The intensity of his rivalry with Cope has made Marsh paranoid, so when Marsh suspects that Johnson is spying for Cope, he abandons him in Wyoming.

When Johnson actually meets Cope, he switches sides and joins Cope’s expedition to the Montana badlands, only to find that he has jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire. The West is just as hostile as Johnson had suspected, but if he can survive it, he may take home a treasure.