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Valley Libraries will embark on an Adult Summer Reading on Saturday, May 28.
The 2022 Valley-Wide Adult Summer Reading Program is themed “The Place We Live: Reading and Knowing Home.”
It encourages newcomers and longtime residents to explore the valley’s literary, cultural, and natural history by reading a book by an Idaho or Wood River Valley author. You can, for example, dive into Hailey author Julie Weston’s mystery novels set in the Wood River Valley, Stanley and Craters of the Moon, or check out Boise author Anthony Doerr, whose “All the Light we Cannot See” won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
“Summer reading isn’t just for kids…we hope adults will enjoy the opportunity to learn something new too!” said Kristin Marlar-Gearhart, director of the Bellevue Public Library.
Adult Summer Reading will run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. In-person and online registration opens Saturday at the Ketchum Community Library, Hailey Public Library and Bellevue Public Library.
Participants will receive a passport available in English or Spanish. They will then have a stamped page in their personal library for every book they read or every activity they do, like watching a local parade or visiting a nearby nature reserve.
Entrants will receive one ticket per page to participate in the prize draws. Two participants will be selected from each library to dine at the historic home of Ernest and Mary Hemingway next September.
Martha Williams, director of programs and education at the community library, said she hopes the program will help newcomers learn about the valley’s history and help those who have lived here a long time to learn. something new.
“We want the Wood River Valley to be known as a place where everyone reads and learns together about our community and local environment,” added Kristin Fletcher, Hailey Library’s program and engagement manager. “It made sense for the three libraries to work together to promote reading.”