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Important Messages
**** The 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program" is CLOSED. ***

You can still browse ratings and reviews submitted by our participants. Look for the next Adult Reading Program coming January 2018.


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Reviews = Prizes !!!

TCPL's "Build a Better World" Adult Summer Reading Program runs from Saturday, June 24, 2017 to Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Every time you log a book and write a short review, your name will be entered into a raffle to be drawn at the end of our program.

Reviews will be judged by the Summer Reading librarians. The following criteria and links on the side menu are suggested to help you write your review!

a. Word count: 50-200 words (or slightly more/less)
b. State whether this book was chosen from the Staff Picks lists, or, if it has won an award, provide the name and year of the award.
c. Includes a brief description of the book and author’s writing style
e. Advises who would likely enjoy this book and/or books similar to this one
f. What is your opinion of this book?
g. If you listened to this book on audio, what did you think of the narration?
h. Spelling, grammar, accuracy will be considered in judging reviews.
*Criteria derived in part from “Guidelines for Library Journal Reviews” reviews.libraryjournal.com/about/guidelines-for-library-journal-reviews/ .

If you have any questions about our program please email us at summerread@tcpl.org.

EVENTS

Natural Remedies and Emergency Care
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room West
Jacquelyn Blizzard, Co-Director of Eastman Hill Health and Training Center, Natural Hygiene Coach and Health Instructor instructor will demonstrate how to use everyday items to heal and improve health. Possibilities include using an onion for congestion and using potatoes for pain relief.
This program is for adults and is open to the public. Registration is suggested, but not required, To register, click the 'Sign Up' button on the library’s event calendar. Please e-mail Teresa Vadakin at tvadakin@tcpl.org for more information.


Intergeneration Terrarium Making
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 12:00 to 3:00 PM
BorgWarner Community Room
Build your own terrarium.
In order to ensure there are enough supplies for everyone, registration is required. Please use the form on the library’s event calendar.

Midday Mindfulness
Tuesdays, July and August from 12:00 to 12:30 PM
BorgWarner Community Room West
Facilitated by psychotherapist and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Anna Salamone, RN, LCSW, these sessions will encourage participants to shift out of 'automatic pilot' mode and observe the workings of the mind, body, and emotions.
Mindfulness practice has been touted as a means for reducing stress, improving attention, boosting the immune system, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting a general sense of health and well-being.
Salamone received extensive training from The Center for Mindfulness, Healthcare, and Society founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been leading classes in Ithaca since 2007.


Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading Closing Party
Thursday, August 3 from 6:30-7:30pm
BorgWarner Community Room East
Wrap up the ending of the ‘Build a Better World at TCPL’ summer reading program with a sundae. Enjoy ice cream with your favorite toppings, as you talk about books you have read over the summer. No registration is required.




Reviews
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Title
The Oxford Murders
Author
Gueillermo Martinez, trans. by Sonia Soto
Rating
Review
This is a clever mystery regarding serial murders and mathematical theorems. The author, a mathematician, won the Planeta Prize for literary fiction originally published in Spanish for this book.  Read this book
ISBN
0-14-303796-X
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Title
Room
Author
Emma Dongohue
Rating
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“Room” is a book about a 19-year-old woman who was kidnapped outside of her college campus. She was held captive for 7 years in a small highly secure one room shed on the kidnapper’s property. 2 years in she gave birth alone to a little boy she named Jack. The book is about their survival in “Room” and healing thereafter told in the voice of 5-year-old Jack.

I wouldn't consider what I have included as "spoilers" but reader be advised.

I don’t think “Room” is a book anyone in their right mind can say that they “loved”. It was beautifully written and extremely real feeling. That being said, it was very painful for me to read. I had to take breaks from it for a few days just to leave their world. Having two sons with Autism and reading Jack’s thoughts on what he calls, “Outside” felt very much like what I imagine my children feel and think at times. The interactions between Jack, his mother, and new people were reminiscent to our experiences with others who are not familiar with our children. The rushing, the pushing, the impatience, and the frustration towards this child who is always focused on making the “correct” decisions while trying to experience the world and please people.

I loved Ma in Room. She was everything we can hope to be as parents. Her perseverance and undying love for her son that was born of a horrible series of events is just beautiful. The ways she tried to give him answers to every possible question, which if you have ever spent time with a 4-5-year-old... it can be intense to say the least. The creative ways she educated him, kept him happy, and playful was amazing. Ma outside of Room was very raw and real. I could see myself making most of her choices be them mistakes or not. As the reader, we can always say we would have done better. I'm not sure I would have given the circumstances.

After reflecting on the novel, maybe I did love it. Maybe I’m “not in my right mind” having been so emotionally affected by this stunning portrayal of the base lines that make us parents and people. It is certainly something everyone should read. It will change the way you look at your core human interactions and the world at large. Go hug your children folks and be thankful for the safety of the “Room” you choose.  Read this book
ISBN
9780316098335
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Title
Beth Saulnier
Author
Ectasy
Rating
Review
I love this series of mysteries written by our own local author about a fictionalized version of Ithaca. Alex Bernier is a reporterlike Sulnier herself, but Bernier gets herself into some very dangerous situations as she solves mysteries. In this volume, our fearless reporter reluctantly goes to a several day music festival only to find herself facing a murder. Saulnier's writing is funny and compelling. I think I particularly enjoy these books because they are obviously about this beloved town. And it was interesting to see a very different picture of Grass Roots.   Read this book
ISBN
0892967501
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Title
Reading with Patrick
Author
Michelle Kuo
Rating
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Michelle Kuo's memoir Reading with Patrick is a moving testament to the dedication of a young Teach for America
educator and the special relationship she develops with a former student. Two years in Helena, Arkansas introduce Kuo to an entirely new world of deeply entrenched rural poverty and high needs students.
When her former student Patrick is incarcerated, Kuo finds herself turning away from a new position on the West Coast and returning to the Delta. Her daily sessions with Patrick in jail reading and discussing poetry and prose are the heart of the book. Kuo delves deeply into race and education, the legal system and mass incarceration in this reflective story of transformation.  Read this book
ISBN
978-0-8129-9731-6
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Title
The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us
Author
Bruce Feiler
Rating
Review
I finished this last night and am totally in love with this book! Feiler takes the traditional story of Adam and Eve and presents it in a whole new way. Instead of seeing Eve as the temptress who brought shame to all of mankind, Feiler suggests a different interpretation. He begin with observing the Sistene Chapel with his twin daughters, when he decides to research the history of Adam and Eve. He depicts them as two people and explores their relationship with God. Feiler's writing is compelling; he is meticulous with detail as he presents a whole new way of looking at this first couple and how they have changed our culture's interpretation of the dynamics between our two sexes.  Read this book
ISBN
1594206813