Library: Reading programs aren't just for kids

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It's like a polar opposite -- a reading program set in winter, not summer, and for adults, not tykes.

"Why should kids get to have all the fun?" said Kathleen Schmidtgall, director of the Weston Public Library.

The Friends of Weston Library -- FOWL-- will sponsor "Escape With a Book!" reading program for adults during January and February. For each book read by an adult over the age of 18, the reader can enter into a drawing.

Readers can enter as many books as they are able to read during the two months, although how-to books are not eligible for the program. Books on CD or tape and books from sources other than the library may also be used.

The idea is to promote the joy of reading, especially for adults who may have forgotten the pleasure of a good book, Schmidtgall said.

Mysteries by authors such as Sue Grafton and James Patterson have remained a favorite of adult readers and there is a trend toward biographies, she noted. "Like Edward Kennedy's 'True Compass,' the one from Andre Agassi and Sarah Palin."

At the end of February, four prize winners will be drawn at random during an ice-cream party, a nod toward the traditions of reading programs for children. It's Weston's first try at fitting a reading program to adult size and library staff will be happy to help readers choose material based on their preferences, the librarian said. "There's something in this library to suit everyone."

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