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Friday, June 2, 2017

What's all this fuss about Summer Reading...??

"Oh..., that's different....
Never mind."
Dear Circ,

What's all this fuss about summer reading?? I read all year long. Doesn't everyone? Shouldn't everyone?? Why would a library suggest only reading in summer? Don't you want people to read?

And what is this nonsense about Reading by Design?? I always read by design! I certainly never read by mistake! Are you suggesting there is unintentional reading? That's just silly. Whoever heard of such a thing? I thought this was a library. None of you make any sense to me...!

I say everyone should read all the time, all year long!! That's the ticket!

Miss Emily Litella

Dear Miss Emily,

Well, hmmm.... Summer Reading is our program to encourage reading during the summer, not that people should only read in the summer. While people do read all year long, sometimes they read less in the summer because the days are longer and the weather is appropriate to more outside activities than in the winter. And while you can carry a whole library in your pocket these days, it's a little dangerous to drive a boat and read at the same time. Kids who aren't in school may read less, and unfortunately their reading skills may start to slip. So we have a big program to encourage reading in the summer. And just so you know, our reading program is not just for kids who are learning to read, it's for everyone, from babies to grown-ups.

Reading By Design is our theme for this year. Clever you, Miss Emily, you caught on to the second meaning. Our theme also means Intentional Reading or Reading on Purpose -- just because we like reading! But the straight forward interpretation is inspired by the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists, architects, and everyone who makes our world a more interesting, livable, accessible, and beautiful place. In turn, we hope it inspires readers to explore their own creativity and design new worlds for themselves and for all of us.

Our summer reading program starts Monday, June 5th. So come on in, say hello and sign up, or feel free to sign up online (but not until June 5th)!


Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is she a patron of ours. The person above is a famous comedian, actress and author, in this photo playing one of her famous characters, Miss Emily Litella (who while passionate in her world views, was sometimes just a little confused). Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click for an enlargement. For more information about this person, go here. For some classic comedy online  featuring Miss Emily, go here. For things to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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