Summer Reading 2007 Library Picks

Jackson District Library

Library Picks For June 3rd, 2007

By Jill Marie Mason

Summer Reading is underway at Jackson District Library. This year we have programs not only for children and teens, but also for adults! This is a wonderful way for children to build their reading skills over summer break. Adults can participate as well, setting a positive example. As an incentive to read, prizes will be awarded!! Go to your local branch and register today.

 The library recently began distributing calendars for this year’s Children’s Summer Reading Program--Get a Clue @ JDL. There are many events planned for the summer, including the Library Faire which will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 11-3pm at Cascades Park. Children, when you aren’t attending Summer Reading Events, check out David Adler’s Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries. Follow Cam and her best friend Eric as they solve mysteries at Camp Eagle Lake. Find out who is up to no good in this 3 part puzzler.

We also have calendars for the Teen Summer Reading Program—You Never Know @ JDL. Some events include Teen Jeopardy, Dance Dance Revolution, and a Clue Party. Many teens have trouble getting into books. As a solution, the American Library Association has come up with “2007 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.” Topping the list is Played by Dana Davidson. Another good pick is the interactive mystery, Cathy’s Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233 by Sean Stewart.

This year we are having our first ever Adult Summer Reading Program. In addition to reading books, adults may listen to audiobooks. Sign up and join the fun as well as chances to win prizes!! Start off with the aptly titled, Summer Reading by Hilma Wolitzer, or check out a chilling audiobook like Dean Koontz’s Icebound. If thrillers are your bag, come join us for “An Evening with Parahaunt: Paranormal Researchers” on June 29th.

For more info about these events and others, visit our newly redesigned Web site at


Adults read too!

I'm soooooooooooooo glad that adults can participate in this year's summer reading program too!  I have heard that the average adult in Jackson county can only read at a fourth grade level!  My seven year old son reads better than that!  Maybe programs like this will encourage people to read more and better themselves.


I've been out and about in the community and hear more comments about how great it has been to add adults to this year's summer reading program. This along with the BIG READ has brought reading to the forefront, and we need more of that!

Suggestion for next year's adult reading program

Okay, I'm kind of bummed that I didn't win anything this summer for the summer reading program, even though I read more that 20 books (with 3 young kids and each book being 300+ pages on average, this is no small feat).  I think it would be even more popular next year if there were little prizes for reading X number of hours, maybe something like colorful pencils, stickers (yes, adults like stickers too!), or little coupons for Beaners or something (I happen to know that the wife of the guy that owns the Beaners in town is a serious reader, so I bet they would go for it!).  Even if it was a teeny prize and people only got one for reading 4 hours or something, I think people would still like it.  I know I would!

I stand corrected

Okay, so I did end up being a "lucky winner" (even if I didn't get a car or trip to Cancun....silly Jill!  What would I want with those things anyway?  Just give me more books and I can go farther than I could in a car and places much more exotic than Cancun!), but the point still stands that it would be nice to have a little encouragement going along as well.