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Library tunes up music-themed summer reading program

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 30, 2018

The Sterling Heights Public Library plans to heat up a new series of summer reading for patrons of just about all ages.

According to Jason Groth, library public relations and programs coordinator, the library will kick off its summer reading program June 18. The program will last until Aug. 16 and will end with an Aug. 18 summer reading celebration for kids and families.

Groth said the theme behind the reading program will change this year and thus affects some of the related events and activities, which are designed to draw new patrons into the library.

“This year’s theme is a music theme: ‘Libraries Rock!’” he said. “So we’re going to have some of our programs key into that. There is, for the children, some music and dance programs, playing drums and other musical instruments.”

Groth said adults can attend several concerts over the summer, including the musical trio Belleau Notte June 27, marimba music July 10 and a Celtic world music duo, Derzier, July 24.

Through the different age brackets, reading goals will be defined and then recorded in exchange for prizes or a chance at prizes.

“For all ages it’ll be broken by age group,” Groth said. “It’s minutes read for children. For teens and adults, it’ll be based on books.”

Adult Services Librarian Stephanie Fair gave examples of literature that should be popular among adult readers this summer.  

She said a popular book right now is “The Great Alone,” by Kristin Hannah, which Fair said was on the New York Times best-seller list for multiple weeks in a row.

“Since it came out we have 10 copies on hand, and we can’t even keep them on the shelf,” Fair said. “The author herself just really has an ability to create a nice, rich description of characters. The novel is based off her experiences in Alaska.”

Another book that Fair recommended is “Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate.

“This particular book focuses on family drama,” she said. “While it’s very engaging, it can also shed light on the true story of child exploitation.”

The last adult-oriented book  that Fair recommended is “The Wife Between Us,” by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. The book is a thriller on par with an Agatha Christie novel, she said.

“I was shocked with how everything led up to it,” she said. “It’s definitely a book that keeps the reader wanting more. I know some people who have read it in one sitting — it’s that good.”

Find out more about the Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights, by visiting www.shpl.net or by calling (586) 446-2665.