Oh, those summer evenings in Seattle. Plenty of time to sink into a good book. Sure, we know it isn’t technically summer yet, but mother nature doesn’t seem to have figured that out this June – knock wood – and the nights have been just perfect, with ample light to read by late into the evening, and enough warmth to make you forget this world and become the book. As Wallace Stevens put it, “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”
Yes, it is once again time for the library’s Summer Reading Program, when librarians all around the city turn the tables on their patrons and get you to tell us about some good books to read. (Actually, we always want to know about what you’ve been reading, but this provides us both with an excellent ice breaker).
All summer long, all around the library system, we’ll have lots of great programs for readers of all ages, and opportunities for you to share what you’ve been reading with us and the community of readers, through print review forms, or online via our website or right into the library catalog. (Oh, you didn’t know you could share your thoughts on the books in our catalog? Yep, all year round. Just click “Add a review” from the upper right hand corner of any item in our catalog, and tell your fellow Seattle readers what you think).
The next time you visit your library, pick up our deluxe program of events and reading programs for children, teens and adults. Sign up for the program and let us know what you’ve been reading, or just how much: every neighborhood branch is racing to meet its own reading goal. Become a fan of the Seattle Public Library Summer Reading Program on Facebook. And look for some of our favorite patron reviews and upcoming events right here on Shelf Talk. If you’re looking for some ideas of what to read this summer, ask your librarian, and check out some of your fellow Seattle readers’ recommendations from the past.