I don’t like to read.
To be honest, we don’t hear this very much in the library. It might come from a reluctant youngster who has been dragged to the library to find a book, but mostly, people come here because they love to read.
But what if you want to enjoy reading, but just can’t seem to get into it? There are a few things you can do to make reading more enjoyable, and less of a chore.
- Find a time to read that doesn’t interfere with anything else. What about reading in the car when you’re waiting for a child at hockey or ballet? Or keep a book in your bag and bring it with you when you’re standing in line at the license bureau or grocery store. Use these little bits of wasted time to read something you enjoy.
- Listen to books. Yes, audiobooks count as reading. Listen in the car on the way to work, during a workout, or on long trips. Make it a family thing by listening to a book you can all enjoy. Or why not listen to a book while you’re grocery shopping? It’ll make the whole experience go by much faster!
- Ask friends to recommend a book they think you’d like. Our friends know us best. Trust them, especially if it’s something you think sounds interesting. (If they are waxing poetic about the latest fantasy novel they just finished, and you can’t stand anything to do with magic or mythical creatures, be honest and let them know it’s probably not for you.)
- Watch the movie, read the book. Sometimes, we can really get into a book if we loved the movie, and usually, the books are better.
- Join a book club that involves food. Okay, let’s be honest….most of us will do almost anything if there is food involved. If the thought of joining a book club sounds like torture, make sure it includes people with similar interests, and those of your own age. Then, suggest a snack or a fun food option that meshes with the book. Reading and chatting about a book is more fun if it seems casual enough to add food.
These are just a few ways to get started reading more. If you have any other suggestions for those who feel it is a chore, leave the ideas in the comments. We’d love to hear them!
This is something we should all download and remember. Start practicing. Get to an ocean, and quick!
Did you know that the Carleton Place Public Library has a number of classes from various schools who visit us on a monthly basis? We invite them to come when the library isn’t open, and it makes the visit fun and easy. They’ll walk down from school, take out books, and we always read something together as a group. It’s a great way to expand on their reading options, and get them outside for some fresh air.
This fall, we’re starting some of the groups off with this magical new read called FURTHERMORE by Tahereh Mafi.
Instagram and Twitter are great for posting small snippets of your day. Whether it is a thought about the world, about someone’s behaviour, or just an expression of something fun you did that day, these social media sites provide a lot of insight into people’s lives.
During the summer, we’ve had fun Instagram Challenges, like a post a day based on something bookish. You can see our last one right here. While a 30-day challenge is a lot of commitment, maybe you’d like to participate in a world-wide Instagram challenge that you can do any day, as often or as little as you prefer. It is called #amreading.
Know what other people are reading can be so fascinating! Working at a library brings this into focus probably more than just your average person asking around to their friends and family, but reading is such a source of pleasure, it’s fun to be able to share. And if the book is especially wonderful, it’s even better!
How can you participate? Just post a photo of the book you’re reading with the hashtag #amreading on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, and use the hashtag to search for others doing the same. You might find a lot of like-minded readers, and open up a great book discussion about your current read. Or you might simply come across a book that everyone seems to be talking about right then, and find a new author to add to your to-be-read pile.
So, start posting today. We want to know what you’re reading!
If you have a young reader in Kindergarten in our community, you might be one of the lucky ones to take part in our first summer of the Lanark Literacy Tutoring Program. All of the surrounding libraries in Lanark County are running some sort of literacy tutoring program throughout the summer (some even run them all school year long as well), so we are excited to jump into the mix.
Over the last month, our literacy tutor, Erica, has taken extensive training to help prepare her for the young people she’ll be working with this summer. She’s put together an exciting and encouraging program for these students who need a little coaching to keep their literacy skills strong over the summer months.
If your family was contacted by your school regarding this program and you filled in the registration papers, Erica will be contacting you over the next few days to arrange your child’s tutoring session this summer. It will be a two-week session, an hour each day, with some fun “homework” to help support your child in his or her reading efforts.
As well, each child will be participating in our TD Summer Reading Club program at the library (although in a slightly different way), so we’re hopeful they’ll have fun, learn some skills…and take home some extras from the library this summer.
Just a reminder, there will be a Parent Information Session on Monday, June 29th from 6-7pm at the Carleton Place Public Library. Parents will receive the starter kit, sign some important forms, and will be able to pay the $15 fee for supplies (fees will be waived if necessary). Please plan to attend. If you can’t make it, please let us know so that we can provide an alternate plan to get your child started with summer reading.
You’ve probably noticed a lot of changes at the library in the past year. It’s been an exciting time for all of us, and one of the newest challenges is going to be a rewarding summer tutoring program for youngsters in our community. We’re pairing up with two local schools this summer to provide a one-on-one reading program for students who face losing reading skills over the summer months. This is part of a County-wide literacy project called the Lanark County Summer Literacy project.
We’d like to welcome Erica to the Carleton Place Public Library as our summer tutor! Erica will be working closely with the schools this month to help them identify children in need of this program, and then with the children over the upcoming weeks to keep their reading skills strong. She’ll implement tactics learned during an extensive training program, and encourage each emergent readers to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club in a variety of ways. She’s a wonderful addition to our summer programming, and we’re delighted to have her with us.
So, if you see Erica and her young readers in the library this summer, rest assured this is one program that is going to make a difference in the lives of our local children. We’ll report on how we did at the end of the summer, so make sure to check back in August!
If you’ve ever read and re-read a book jacket, back cover or inside flap over and over to try to decide if you might like a certain book, one blog has taken this to the next level. It’s called “The Page 69 Test”. The idea is that page 69 is a good point in the story–the characters have been developed a bit, the tension is in mid-stride, and the plot is well underway–to tell a reader exactly what the story is really about. On the blog, they ask authors to open to page 69 of their books, and share that page with readers. Is it always a good choice? No, but more often than not, when you read what each author has written about the page, they seem to be amazed at how much page 69 is indicative of their books.
Let’s give it a try. Picking up HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger (the first book that came across the desk as I was writing this post), I flip to page 69 and find that it’s about the twins, the flat that the story revolves around, and sewing—all things that quite represent the book. (It was a long page….so I didn’t bother typing it out here.)
Give it a try with a book you’re currently reading, or one of your favourites. Flip to page 69. Does it represent the book? Let us know! This is a lot of fun, and a new way I might recommend people choose books, just to see how it works.
Would you try this with a book you were thinking about picking up at the store?