Well folks, the results are in, and all of you readers out there helped exceed every goal for The Seattle Public Library’s 2009 Summer Reading Program, both as to books read and number of readers:
|Books Read (overall)||125,000||156,361|
|No. of Readers (overall)||12,029||12,352|
|Books Read by Teens||2,018||4,898|
|No. of Teen Readers||734||871|
|Books Read by Adults||5,220||14,035|
|No. of Adult Readers||2,040||2,380|
|Books Read by Children||112,170||137,428|
|No. of Child Readers||8,505||9,101|
Congratulations and thanks to all those who participated! The Friends of the Seattle Public Library were pleased to join the other entities (The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Bank, the Burke Museum, Parent Map and Sheraton Seattle Hotel) who sponsored this worthwhile program. Check back in spring 2010 to see what the Library has planned for the 2010 Summer Reading Program.
And if you are looking for book recommendations for this fall, here are some suggestions from the Friends’ Board meeting in September. You can click on the links below to get to the SPL site to reserve a copy of these books.
Borkmann’s Point: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery, by Hakan Nesser. This mystery won the Swedish Crime Writers’ Academy Prize for Best Novel in 1994. The Inspector is an irascible and occasionally near intuitive character who is called on to solve a mystery in a small town. The board member who recommended this believes that Borkmann’s point (that in every case a point is reached where enough information is available to solve the crime with “nothing more than some decent thinking”) applies equally to life and the conduct of board meetings. Having said that, our board member admitted that he hadn’t been able to figure out who had done it until it was revealed at the end of the book. Why not read this novel and see how long it takes you to figure it out? Starred review by Booklist.
Fieldwork: A Novel, by Mischa Berlinski. Several board members enjoyed reading this novel with its multiple and overlapping story lines about a young anthropologist living in Thailand, a nomadic hill tribe, and the multigenerational missionary family seeking to convert the tribe members. One member was entranced by the detailed descriptions of the fictional hill tribe and their rituals and culture, calling it a tour de force.