Adult Summer Reading

Anyone 18 and over can join. Sign up at the Second Floor desk beginning Monday, June 12. Recording begins Monday, June 19. Anything you read between June 12 and July 29 counts for this program. The program will end Saturday July 29.

This year’s theme is Build a Better World. We have a list of reading suggestions but there are no required books. You can read fiction or non-fiction. You can read the books or listen to them. Then bring your sheet each time you come to the Library. We will mark your progress and you will get prizes! Report your reading to the Second Floor desk. You can record your reading anytime the library is open. Each time you report your reading or complete a weekly puzzle you can enter your name in our weekly drawing for one of many fun prizes donated by local businesses.

Reading Prizes will be awarded as follows: Read/listen 5 books: get a library pen; Read/listen 10 books: get a certificate for a FREE bag of books at the Friends of the library book sale July 28 and 29 thanks to the generosity of the Friends. We will also have a grand prize drawing at the end of the program. We will be giving away four $25 Chamber Bucks certificates. Participants will be entered in the grand prize drawing each time they complete one of the following: fill out a recommended book slip, attend any adult programs, complete a program quiz or read 10 books during the course of the program.

Here are the programs we have scheduled:

Saturday, June 17 – Historic Bike Tour of Fort Atkinson
This one hour gentle bike ride will feature a variety of historic locations in Fort Atkinson. It will be led by Merrilee Lee, Hoard Museum Director. Meet at the Farmer’s Market sidewalk at the intersection of Milwaukee and Merchants Avenues. Registration is requested for this program.

June 19 through 24 – Bike to the Library Week
Check in at the circulation desk every time you ride your bike to the library this week. You will be entered in our drawing for bike helmets, bike locks and other fun prizes.

June 21 through July 11 – Exhibit Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968.
This traveling exhibit is presented by the Wisconsin State Historical Society to commemorate the struggle against segregation in the City of Milwaukee 50 years ago. The exhibit will be placed in the Jones Gallery on the 2nd floor.

Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 pm – Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
This 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning book looks at the impact of poverty on housing in the City of Milwaukee. This discussion will be co-lead by Margaret Rozga, a participant in the marches for Fair Housing. Contact the library for a copy of the book.

Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 pm – Home Sweet Homicide film
Join us for this wacky mystery based on the book of the same name written by Craig Rice, famous author with strong Fort Atkinson ties. This movie was released in 1946 and stars Peggy Ann Garner and Randolph Scott in the lead roll.

Thursday, July 28 at 1 pm – Home Sweet Homicide book discussion
This pseudo biographical screwball mystery is one of the best examples of Craig Rice’s writing. This should be a fun discussion with lots of information about the author provided. Contact the library for a copy of the book.