Adult Summer Reading 2020


Register for Adult Summer Reading!

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The Adult Summer Reading program runs June 1st-July 31st.

We're doing something a little different with our adult program this year and hopefully you'll find it fun and easy to participate, even from your home. This part of our Summer Reading 2020 is just for those 18 years and older.

The theme for Summer Reading this summer is Imagine Your Story, and we'll be telling our stories through photographs. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all. We'll do some reading, but we'll also be creating artwork.

  • --First, register for the Adult Summer Reading program through our online registration form beginning June 1st.

  • --You don't have to record any of what you read this year, and there are no set number of book read requirements. Instead, spend some time reading (as many as you want) books that tell their stories through photographs. Some have a lot of words and some very few. Here is a list of suggested reading to show you available eBook titles. You can also request a print book from the library, if you'd rather.

  • --To complete this year's program, you will create a photographic artwork that will tell the story of your name. If you look carefully, the world is full of "found" letters. You can find them everywhere! You will take the letters of your name (at least four letters long) and take a photograph of a "found" letter for each letter of your name. Take all photographs in either a horizontal or vertical format, and be sure to only use "found" letters that are part of something larger, not a premade letter. Take a look at the example for the name Kimberly below:

  • Found Letter Art for Adult Summer Reading Project

  • --It doesn't have to be perfect! Just have fun with it! Need more inspiration? Art class project example

  • --When you are finished taking your photos, place them side by side in a program (like Publisher, Word, etc.) to show your photographic name. If you'd rather, you can also just send the individual photos. Then send photos (or file) of your completed artwork to Kim's email or via a Facebook message. Your photos should be turned in no later than July 31st.

  • --If you complete the program, you'll earn a prize, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $35 gift card to Shutterfly to help you continue to share your photographic story. There will be four winners! You can apply your prize towards making prints or designing special projects like a photo book, canvas, calendar, or whatever you decide!

  • Adult Summer Reading Shutterfly Gift Card Prize

Special Programs


We'll also be doing a couple of programs to go along with our Adult Summer Reading program. These are virtual programs, so they'll be easy to attend from home.


Photography 101: free background photos from pngtree.com

Photography 101 (Virtual)
Saturday, July 11th at 12:30 pm

What better way to get started on your Summer Reading "found letter" art project than learning (or improving your) photography skills. You'll learn more about selecting subject matters, creating the composition, and what goes into making a really nice photograph.

Lawrence based photographer Ann Dean will lead us through this photographic journey. She works as a freelance photographer as well as teaches classes for the Lawrence Arts Center. Learn more about Ann and see a gallery of her wonderful photographs on her website.

This will be taking place via Zoom, so you will need an invitation to join us. Send an email to downingk@linwoodlibrary.org for more information.


Virtual Book & Storytelling Discussion with Author Jane Talbot

Virtual Book & Storytelling Discussion with Author Jane Talbot
Thursday, July 23rd at 1:00 pm

This is going to be so much fun! Author and storyteller Jane Talbot will be joining us live from Northern Ireland! She'll read a story or two from the book and have a bit of story discussion. Then she'll also discuss the process of collecting folklore, the oral tradition of storytelling, and how one might translate all of that into the written word.

This will be taking place via Zoom, so you will need an invitation to join us. Send an email to downingk@linwoodlibrary.org for more information.

We will have several physical books you can check out from the library, but this is also available on Hoopla for easy checkout.

Learn more about Jane and the stories.


Library Hours

  • Monday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
  • Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Saturday: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  • Closed Sundays
  • Monday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
  • Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
  • Saturday: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  • Closed Sundays

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