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Discussion: Adult Summer Reading Program

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Everyone remembers the B&N Summer Reading Program for kids, right? The one where you read six or seven books, fill out the form and get a free book? Libraries usually have something similar with free coupons or little trinkets. But what about adults?

To be honest, I hadn't really considered it. Kids are encouraged to read. Adults are expected to do so without reward. That's how it works. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find my library launching its first ever Adult Summer Reading Program.

Put simply:
  1. Read a book
  2. Fill out the "entry form" with a brief description of why you liked/didn't like it
  3. Get a "Buy 2/get 1 free" coupon for a local water ice place
  4. Get entered in an end of summer raffle for bookish prizes
  5. Repeat
Not a guarantee of a free book, but pretty cool! And the librarians say the turnout is good thus far.

Do you guys have any adult summer reading programs going on at your libraries or bookstores?

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  1. My library has a similar program for adults, except it's the Adult Winter Reading Program. They have some nifty prizes; gift cards to the bookstore I work at, sometimes even a free Kindle Fire. Last year the first time I did it; it was a lot of fun, even if I didn't win anything. ;)

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    1. A winter program, huh? That's a cool idea! (Pun mildly intended.) It sounds like they have some awesome prizes! Do you know if that program resulted in more reading from people who didn't read much? I'd be interested to know the stats of all these things.

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    2. I'm not sure about the stats - I was never involved in the adult programs when I volunteered there, so I never paid much attention - but there's usually a super good turnout. What the ratio is between people who normally read and who don't, I have no idea. It'd be interesting to find out, though.

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  2. I wish my library had this!!! What a great idea, though we never had this as kids either.

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    1. Not even for the kids? That's a shame. Maybe suggest a mini-program startup to your librarians?

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  3. I have never found an adult reading program like this. Usually I can only find book clubs. This would be so fun to participate in!!

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    1. I'd never seen one before either (though a quick Google search assures me there are more out there). Time to flood the library suggestion box? :)

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  4. Agreed! My local library has a YA summer reading program and one for adults as well. And the YA readers get a free YA book - and i"m like I read YA and adult. Instead the adults didn't get a book. But at least they gave me a tote bag. =)

    I like your program at your library better. I'll check into mine again for the summer and see if its still the same

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    1. A tote bag sounds cool! I'm stoked my library is trying an adult program, but my only complaint might be the water ice place; it's good, but it's not close to me, and I don't do a ton of sweets, so I'm loading up on coupons I need to give away. ^^;;

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  5. I absolutely loved the reading program at my local library when I was a kid. My early love of checklists and such was definitely alive at that point ;-) I'll have to check if my local library has it here!

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    1. Checklists are my best friends! Might as well check up on the local library programs since they're usually free, right? :)

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  6. I hadn't even thought to look. Now I will have to. What a great idea!

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    1. I seem to be hearing that from a number of book lovers...which is strange. Oh well, good luck! I hope you find something cool!

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