Adults get clued in on summer reading
Hey, adults out there – get a clue. Summer reading is not just for kids anymore. Over 100 patrons 18 years and older have already signed up for the first-ever adult summer reading program, “Get a Clue @ the Parachute Branch Library,” put on by the Friends of the Parachute Library and Garfield County Public Library District. After registration at the branch, participants keep track of hours read and fill out tickets for a drawing to be held Aug. 4. Some of the prizes participants can win include gift certificates, games, puzzles, and books. The more participants read, the more chances they have to win.Summer adult programming includes a lecture series featuring local police agencies and community leaders discussing current issues such as community policing and identity theft, movie marathons of the original Pink Panther and Alfred Hitchcock, an adult scavenger hunt and weekly contests and activities. One fun and revealing activity has been the community puzzle. Entitled “Mystery at the Fairgrounds,” this mystery puzzle of 1,000 pieces was put together in record time by patrons of all ages. After completing the puzzle, participants will read a story about the image (a crime scene complete with body and agitated witnesses) and solve the mystery. The completed puzzle and story are on display in the adult section of the library until Aug. 4, when the killer will be revealed.The adult scavenger hunt for adventurers ages 18 and over in pairs or individually began on July 2. After coming in and registering as a couple, the groups will scavenge for items and answer tricky trivia questions. The team with the most points earned with answers and items in the shortest time period will receive a one-night’s stay at the Holiday Inn Express, dinner for two from Easy Cuisine and a $25 gift certificate to Old Mountain Gifts. Come into the library and put in your guess for the “mystery shredded book.” Although it almost killed me, I shredded a mystery book and put it in a pickle jar at the end of the circulation desk. Using three clues posted next to the pickle jar, patrons can figure out the title and author of the “mystery book.” Also available weekly are mind-bending codes of the week. Each entrant receives another chance at one of the eight great prizes to be drawn Aug. 4. Beret Brenckman is with the Parachute branch of Garfield County Libraries.
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