Get Amped Up for the 2018 Summer Reading Program

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

“Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” – Keith Richards

The Library is laying down some choice tracks from our bookstacks during the 2018 Summer Reading Program: Rock & Read. Between May 25 and July 31, both youths and adults again have an all-access pass to great books and programming -- all with a music connection.

With this year’s thematic music/book mashup, the Summer Reading song remains essentially the same: Read any five books between May 25 and July 31, log ‘em, and earn a rockin’ reward.

Youth Prize: Tote some titles around town with a stylish book bag.

Adult Prize: Raise a toast to reading with a rockin’ pint glass.

Liner Notes

What do books and music have in common? For starters, both embrace storytelling. Whether reading the classic tale of a young lady chasing rabbits into a Wonderland of weirdness, or hearing the bar-ballad saga of a small-town girl livin’ in a lonely world aimlessly riding late-night public transit, each medium unfurls a story (or dare we say... journey) that explores themes such as love, power, adventure, and wonder.

The Library’s Rock & Read program celebrates the harmony between music and books. Biographies of notable songwriters and performers, fiction with a bookish beat, deep-dive pieces on genres from punk to hip-hop, memoirs of lives well-rocked, essays on music and culture, youth-friendly titles, and other reads all make up a veritable Bookapalooza this summer.

David Bowie Read Poster
Ziggy Stardustjacket
Missy Elliott Read Poster
Get Ur Read On
REM Read Poster
Everybody Reads
LL Cool J Read Poster
Don't Call it a Hardback

Good Citations

To kick things off, our rockstar librarians have put together Suggested Reading playlists of genre-spanning page-turners for kids, teens, and adults that fit the Rock & Read theme. Readers can choose their five books among these highlighted picks, or opt for any other titles to complete their Summer Reading log. Fiction, nonfiction, eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels -- they all count. Check out some lists here:

More Adult Book Lists >

More Youth Book Lists >

Other ways to be A Summer Reading groupie:

Mic (and Fine) Drop

This year, youth and teens can take advantage of some Summer Reading bonus tracks: Upon registration, every youth participant gets a FREE book, and is eligible to read away Library fines and fees and giving his or her account a fresh start. Get registered, visit your neighborhood Library location, and Library staff will make sure the kids are all right by erasing all their fines.

The Library offers many ways to add some rhythm to your reading this summer. For those about to Rock & Read... we salute you.