Education feature: Clovis library looks to lure adult readers

CNJ Staff Writer: Liliana Castillo

Nadine Maben reads constantly. She sticks mainly to mysteries, which is why the adult summer reading program at the Clovis-Carver Public Library seemed like a perfect summer activity for her.

The adult summer reading program is the first of it’s kind at the library. It focuses on getting adults to read outside what Clovis-Carver Librarian Linda Harrison calls their comfort zone.

The theme of both the children’s and adult summer reading programs is Be Creative at Your Public Library. The adult summer reading program mixes reading and study of the arts.

“We aren’t teaching people how to read. We’re just encouraging them to read different things,” Harrison said.

Harrison said that the library’s staff knows what the economy is like and wants to provide free activities for patrons of all ages.

“There are so many things that people might have done before that they can’t afford anymore,” she said. “Everything at the library is free.”

The program features library bingo where those involved can mark out different genres of literature on a bingo card. Once the participant fills a whole line, they get a prize. The more lines they fill, the bigger the prize, Harrison said.

Tiles on the library bingo card range from trying self-checkout machines at the library to reading a graphic novel or listening to a CD.

“A lot of the adults don’t know why they would read a graphic novel. But it’s important for them to look at different kinds of writing,” Harrison said.

Maben, 73, said she’s excited about reading different genres of books, as well as learning about art.
“I’m not arty at all,” the senior laughed. “But I’m interested.”

The program includes gourd painting, a water color and ceramics demonstration and two movies. It lasts until July 30 and participation is free.

Master the Art of Reading – Adult Summer Reading Program schedule

2 p.m. June 24, — Watercolor demonstration with Doris Wallace, Clovis-Carver Public Library

6:30 p.m. July 7 — Chautauqua presentation with Marilyn Adams as Eleanor Roosevelt, Clovis-Carver Public Library

2:30 p.m. July 15 — Ceramics demonstration with Doris Wallace, Clovis-Carver Public Library

2 p.m. July 21— Musical presentation of organ techniques and musical selections at St. James Church with Brian Ureling

2:30 p.m. July 22 — Calligraphy demonstration with Doris Wallace, Clovis-Carver Public Library

2 p.m. July 25 — Movie The African Queen, Clovis-Carver Public Library

2 p.m. July 30 — Wrap-up party, Clovis-Carver Public Library