Check It Out Category: Summer Reading Programs

Help! How Should I Design My Reading Challenge?

Calling all Adults 18+, this summer you get to design your own reading challenge! Pick from categories provided by the Library, and choose any book that will fulfill that category. Categories include, “Read a book that was made into a movie,” “Read a mystery novel,” “Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for years,” and more.

For every round you complete, enter to win one of the many prizes offered (up to three times). To complete a round you need to read or listen to three books.

Now comes the hard part… choosing what to read! Here are a few Readers’ Advisor tested methods to narrow down what to read this summer.

1. Start with what books you’re interested in.

sUMMER rEADING 2Brainstorm all of the books you want to read this summer and write down every category it would fit in. Then, highlight which category you will count it toward (you can not count a book for more than one category!). Finally, circle the 9 books you want to make a priority to read.

Don’t get rid of the other books on your list yet! You’ll want to keep those as back-ups if you are having time getting into one of your chosen books.

2. Start with what categories you’re interested in.


After choosing the categories you want to read from, make a list of all the books you would be interested in reading. Highlight your first, second, and third picks from each category, or wait until you’re ready to read from the category!

3. Read ALL the books.

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Just keep reading and reading and reading! You’re bound to read a book from at least nine different categories if you read everything, right?

Regardless of what you read and how you choose to read it, share your picks using #MPPLsummer16! For reading suggestions, email us at or tweet at us @MPPLIB.

Sign up for Summer Reading today!

Movies and TV: We Are Together

Cover of We Are TogetherThe children of the Agape Choir don’t have obvious reason to sing. They live in a struggling South African orphanage in packed quarters and with few resources. Most are there after losing parents to AIDS, and some are separated from older siblings because it simply isn’t possible to keep the family together.  You might think that the overall tone would be one of despair, but these young ones regularly lift their voices in song, which in turn raises their spirits — and ours. We Are Together is an inspiring documentary filmed over three years about the plight and promise of these remarkable singers.

Browse our collection of International Documentaries to discover other global films of real-life stories. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. There is still plenty of time to participate and try something new!

Movies and TV: Vincere

Cover of VincereA story of desire, madness, and war, Vincere is a passionate tale centering on fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during the 20th century and Ida Dalser, his mistress. As Mussolini rises in power, scenes of the flurry of war and a nation uprising mark the passage of time causing a sense of growing urgency which is contrasted against the creeping sense of dread for Dalser’s fate. The dark lighting and panicked exchanges between the characters set against a sweeping, grand soundtrack allow the watcher to sink into a world of tarnished grandeur in this 2009 film.

Explore more countries throughout time by watching a Historical Fiction Movie. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up to participate and try something new!

Movies and TV: The Prettiest Ugly Girl / La Fea Más Bella

Cover of La Fea Mas BellaTelenovelas, Latin American soap operas, are among the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. Everything is exaggerated:  high drama, intense emotion, and broad caricature are broken into installments to keep family viewers coming back for more. La Fea Más Bella (The Prettiest Ugly Girl) is a story that aired for 300 episodes in Mexico about an intelligent but comically unattractive young woman who lands her first real job. When the business is in danger, her boss uses her crush on him to secure the company, and both are changed by all that follows. An edited DVD set is available for those curious how one of the 17 versions of Ugly Betty played out in another country.

Browse our collection of International TV Series to discover other programs popular around the globe. Don’t forget: Watching a World Language DVD is a bonus step for the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up to participate and try something new!

Fiction: The Commitments by Roddy Doyle

Commitments book coverJimmy Rabbitte knows his music. He may not have a single note of musical ability, but he has the passion to form a band with guys who do, and the new sound of “Dublin soul” is born. The Commitments by Roddy Doyle is about the world’s hardest working band, one energized by the songs of James Brown, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. The characters are scrappy, rude, and hilarious, and the familiar tale of an underdog group’s rise and fall is reborn as something fresh and real. Steeped in local color, youthful ambition, and the sheer joy of making music, this short novel is a great option for anyone in the mood for something other than the typical beach reads.

Rock-and-roll fiction is one way to turn up the volume on your summer reading. Sign up today for Read to the Rhythm and start earning chances toward fab prizes that will make you want to dance!