Adults

Welcome to the official page for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge for 2020!

Our annual summer reading program has gone completely virtual this year. COVID may have changed the way we operate but it won’t take away our fun! This year’s theme is Imagine Your Story. We all have a unique story to share after the experiences of the last few months. Our hope is to get you thinking about fairy tales and far off places to get your mind off the seriousness of today’s world. We’re offering a simple escape and keeping it basic as we all learn this new way of doing things. Use Beanstack to register for the all new summer reading experience!

Imagine Your Story is sponsored by one or more of the following: Agawam Center Library Association, the Boston Bruins, The Massachusetts Library System, the Agawam and Massachusetts Cultural Councils, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

Read, Choose Activities and Win Prizes!

 

 

Register for the 2020 Adult Summer Reading Challenge.
Choose the activities in any order to earn badges!
Each badge is a raffle into an end-of-summer drawing for a $25 gift card to a local business!

Readers who choose not to register online, can click here to get a PDF copy of the reading activities and programming calendar. Offline users can call –in to ensure their raffle entry for each badge.

 

 

Check Our Virtual Programming Schedule!

 

Programs will be held through the Zoom platform or links will be provided right here on this page. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for daily news and activities. Registration for Adult programs is required and begins on June 29. Please sign up for events by calling 789-1550 X 4 or go online at www.agawamlibrary.org.

 

 

Monday, July 6 @ 7:00 p.m.                                Sheryl Faye presents Susan B. Anthony:  Failure is Impossible
In 2020 we celebrate not only 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we’re also celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday!  <Insert link to Sheryl’s program>

Monday, July 13 @ 7:00 p.m.                                                                                    Virtual Non-Fiction Book Club
The group will be reading and discussing One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson. Anyone who has read the book is welcome to join us! Zoom invitations will be sent via email on the day of the event.

Wednesdays, July 15 & August 12 @ 10:00 a.m.                                                  Adult Chair Workouts
Mary Ellen More offers beginner-level ChairFit and ChairYoga classes. <insert link to MaryEllen’s program>


Week of July 20         
                                                                                   Take & Make Craft for Adults
Pick up the materials to make 5 different crafts out of an old book!  Supplies are limited to 50 Make & Take bags.

Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 p.m.                                                ABC’s of DNA with Julie Szczepankiewicz
Professional genealogist, Julie Szczepankiewicz, will explain the different types of DNA tests, and how to understand and use the results. Zoom invitations will be sent via email on the day of the event.

Tuesday, July 28 & August 25 @ 7:00 p.m.                                            Adult Writer’s Workshop
Hosted by award-winning author Katherine Anderson, this workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience.  Opportunities for group and host feedback. Zoom invitations will be sent via email on the day of the event.

Thursday, July 30 @ 7:00 p.m.                                                            AuthorTalk with Judy Cosby
With a story that spans four seasons, Spirit Thread is the follow-on to Cosby’s first book, Threads. Zoom invitations will be sent via emali on the day of the event.

Monday, August 3 @ 7:00 p.m.                                                         Fairy Tale Trivia w/ Wendy & Cher
Wendy & Cher go live with trivia all about your favorite fairy tales. We will use a combination of Zoom and the Kahoot Trivia site. Swag bags are up for grabs! Zoom invitation will be sent via email on the day of the event.

Monday, August 10 @ 7:00 p.m.                                                                            Book Title Bingo 
Library Swag Bags up are for grabs with our virtual Book Title Bingo!  A card will be emailed to you to use for all 3 games.  There will be prizes of course! Zoom invitation will be sent via email on the day of the event.

Friday, August 14 @ 3:00 p.m.                                                    Live Drawing for Adult SRC  Winners
Join us live on Zoom as we draw the Summer Reading Challenge Winners!  There will be 20 lucky winners who will receive a $25 gift certificate to an Agawam or Feeding hills business, along with a surprise bag of treats! Zoom invitation will be sent via email on the day of the event.

 


 

The Adult Services department is committed to providing excellent customer service. The library has books available in multiple formats including Large Print, audio books on CD, and downloadable books in print and audio. Trained staff are always available to help you find information; locate a particular book, CD, or DVD; help download an ebook or magazine; recommend a good book to read; place requests for items that the library does not own; and provide basic assistance in using the library’s computers.

The library offers ESL classes Monday evening during the school year from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

There are two book discussion groups that meet monthly at the library.

Computer classes are available. Call the reference desk to check on dates and availability.

Contact the Reference Desk for more information at 413-789-1550 x8862, or email to reference@agawamlibrary.org