Get Lost this Summer

Get Lost this Summer

Why should kids have all the fun?

Adult readers, there’s good news: This summer, it’s all about you.

Picking up a book and getting lost in its pages is the perfect way to enjoy the sunny days and endless nights that are coming our way. Even better, studies find that reading can decrease blood pressure, sharpen memory recall as we age and may even make us more empathetic.

Health benefits are not the only perks enjoyed by adult readers. Books open doors to new solutions that help us deal with life’s everyday problems.

Collection Development Librarian Paul Duckworth elaborates. “Most overlooked, I think, is the value that comes from seeing life or the world from a different perspective,” Duckworth says. He adds that reading also gives us “a broader and more appreciative view of differences among people.”

Brodart’s Nerissa Moran says it’s all about perspective. According to Moran, “(W)e may see things from a different or deeper perspective because reading has opened our mind to be receptive to different ideas, even when the specific book did not propose solutions to specific problems.”

Good things happen when adults read. As Brodart librarian Fern Hallman points out, “Lin Manuel Miranda read Chernow's biography of Hamilton while he was on vacation, and the rest is history.” Perhaps you’ve recently heard of a certain popular musical…

So whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach, planning for a family vacation, or just looking for an escape that no travel agent can provide, get lost in a good book this summer. There’s no telling where those wondrous words will take you.

Starting an Adult Summer Reading program? Our experts share a few tips:

Paul Duckworth: Avoid incentives or prizes that focus on consumables (food…etc.) and instead offer books as prizes.

Nerissa Moran: Have a New Arrivals shelf arranged by genre, and have the books face out if possible. Talk to patrons or check circ records to see what might be appropriate to suggest for a reading club.

Margaret Wilson: Make it light and fun.  Don’t try to overwhelm patrons.