The weather has finally taken a turn for the better and now that we are past Mother’s Day and into graduation season that can only mean one thing — summer reading is just around the corner.

Summer reading is the busiest season for us here at the Grand Island Public Library, but that does not mean that we only have events planned for youth. The 2018 “Libraries Rock” summer reading program for adults was one of our most successful ever and we plan to continue this year for another great program with “A Universe of Stories!”

First off, this year we have a new way to keep track of your summer reading, Beanstack. Beanstack is a great app that will allow you to simply keep track of your reading minutes. Plus there is a mobile app with a built-in timer to make tracking your reading easier. Go to our website at and click on the “Summer Reading” button for a link to the Beanstack reading tracker site.

Summer Reading just would not be summer reading without great books. If you are looking for some great reads and book discussions this summer, consider coming to one of our book clubs. First off, our Book Club for Adults will be discussing the 2019 One Book, One Nebraska selection, “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm” by Nebraska journalist Ted Genoways. “This Blessed Earth” follows a fifth-generation farming family from York County as it struggles to operate a traditional, small farm. The One Book, One Nebraska book discussion is planned for 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, June 4.

This summer we will have Summer Book Club meetings on June 26 and July 24, both starting at 6:30 p.m. The June selection will be the 2018 smash-hit bestseller “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn. July’s selection will be “City of Thieves” by David Benioff. Both are great books and promise to inspire some great discussion.

Of course, we have other programs planned in addition to literary programs. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Jose Garcia with Nebraska Humanities will deliver, “How Chocolate Twice Conquered the American Continent: A Deliciously Historical Perspective.” Come learn about the influence the tiny cocoa bean has had over the New World — and possibly even sample some delicious chocolate!

Film buffs will enjoy our bi-monthly “Box Office Bombs” on June 8 and 20 and July 12 and 20. Some movies are just so bad that you cannot help but laugh. Join us on these dates for films that definitely were not award contenders.

If you are into technology, there will be programs planned for you to try out some of our new Makerspace equipment. Monday, June 10 and Monday, July 8, Elle will host a drop-in Cricut club. Stop by to use the Makerspace Cricut machine for scrapbook pages, iron-on transfers and more. Please bring your own supplies (vinyl, paper, t-shirts, etc.) as we will have limited items for use in the Cricut.

Adult Crafternoons, our weekly “Come, Sit, and Breathe” meditation group, will feature painting with Arts & Drafts owner Jill Canfield on Thursday, July 18, and a chair yoga class on Wednesday, June 19.

These and many more of our Summer Reading programs are listed on the calendar on our website. Some events require registration in advance, so please visit register online or give us a call at (308) 385-5333 to get your name on the list.

We hope to see you enjoy some of our great events this summer and that you have a great time reading and enjoying the library!

Shaun Klee serves as the adult and technical services librarian for the Grand Island Public Library. Email him at

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