Special to the Press
BRISTOL - Throughout the summer the Bristol Public Library is focusing on building a better Bristol with its adult summer reading program, “Build-A-Better-World.”
The library is providing weekly drawings, events, and grand prizes at the end of August for adults participating in the challenges and reading logs.
“Children are often synonymous with summer reading, but a program for adults is something relatively new,” stated the Library Director, Deborah Prozzo.
Even though the adult summer reading program was initially started around 12 years ago, the program has only recently taken in the community.
“Last year there were over 800 sign-ups for events between the main library and the Manross branch,” said Samantha Partney, the Circulation Clerk.
After the library began updating their technological services within the last few years, its events began gaining better attendance. Now, using the online account service, Wandoo, patrons can update their reading logs and input challenge completions using code words at any time instead of having to go to the circulation desk.
However, old fashion word of mouth from the librarians themselves is what Prozzo thinks is pushing the program forward. “We’ve seen it grow a lot just through telling our library patrons, family and friends about the programs - it all goes back to this staff’s dedication to the library’s mission to providing lifelong learning opportunities.”
The idea of building up the summer reading program for adults came from seeing many parents bringing in their children for the summer reading events. “We wanted something fun for the adults to do as well, because it is important to continue learning even after you think you’re done learning,” Partney said.
Prozzo would agree. “Of course we joke ‘why should the kids have all the fun,’ but what we are providing for people is a community. We’ve got movies, educational programs, book discussions and our coffeehouse series; so whatever a person’s interests are, we can connect with them.”
The staff at the main library and the Manross branch put together movie afternoons with features such as, Hidden Figures, La La Land, and A Dog’s Purpose, as well hosting Open-Mic Night, Bad Art Night, and a read-in for National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. Their events will be held through mid-August, and the exact dates for all events and book discussions are available on their website as well as on flyers at the circulation desk.