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Adult Summer Reading Program

Take some time out for yourself this summer!

Sign up at the Main Desk from May 23rd through July 13th.

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How It Works

All you have to do is read or listen to at least eight books in six weeks to complete your reading log. Submit it to the Main Desk by July 14th to be eligible for a grand prize giveaway. We also have a weekly raffle you can enter by answering questions based on our theme: Oceans of Possibilities.

Play Beach Bingo for more chances to win! You can enter completed single rows – in any direction – on your Beach Bingo Board each week for the weekly raffle, or complete your board for an additional chance to win the grand prize.

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Upcoming Events

09Jul
July 9, 2022 11:00

Cinema Saturday

11:00am | Library Auditorium
14Jul
July 14, 2022 16:00

Book Club Theme: Movie Night

July 14th @ 4:00 pm | Auditorium
16Jul
July 16, 2022 11:00

Cinema Saturday

11:00am | Library Auditorium

Prize Information

The first 50 entrants will receive a special gift for registering early.

Enter our weekly themed raffles or submit a photo of a bingo row for a chance to win a prize.

Book discussion attendees will also be entered in the drawing for the grand prize.

Submit your completed reading log and your entire bingo board to get two chances to win the grand prize.

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Book Discussion

Kick off our Know the Prose Book Discussion Group on
Thursday, July 14th
4:00pm-5:30pm

Meet us outside in the Plaza for our outdoor book discussion. Let your light shine and learn what those around you are reading while enjoying some light refreshments.

This month’s theme:
Movie Night.

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Recipe of the Week

Shrimp and Mango Summer Rolls
Recipe of the Week
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced chives
  • 1/2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 salmon fillets (4–6 oz each)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Directions
  1. Mix the butter, chives, ginger, lemon juice, and soy sauce. Set aside.
  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan.
  3. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and rub with the oil.
  4. Wipe the grill grates clean and rub with a paper towel dipped in oil.
  5. Add the salmon skin side down and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the skin is lightly charred and crisp.
  6. Flip the fish and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the flesh side, until the flesh flakes with gentle pressure from your finger but is still slightly translucent in the middle. (We believe salmon is best served medium, but if you want yours completely cooked, leave it on for another 2 to 3 minutes.)
  7. Serve the salmon with a generous spoonful of the flavored butter, which should begin to melt on contact.

“Grilled Salmon Recipe with Ginger Soy Butter.” Eat This Not That, 13 Dec. 2019,
https://www.eatthis.com/grilled-salmon-ginger-soy-butter-recipe/.

Weekly Entry Information

To qualify for the weekly raffle, submit your entry each week on the themes below to the Main Desk or email it to CircLib@oakridgetn.gov

Week 1: Be a Beacon for Others

Perform one random act of kindness this week and share it with us.

Entries due Thursday, June 2nd

Winners announced Friday, June 3rd

Week 2: Don't be Shellfish

Tell us about 2 books you recommended to someone this week and why you thought the reader would like them.

Entries due Thursday, June 9th

Winners announced Friday, June 10th

Week 3: Waves of Wonder

Share what you are reading and how it sparks your sense of wonder to explore or imagine oceans of possibilities.

Entries due Thursday, June 16th

Winners announced Friday, June 17th

Week 4: Growing Possibilities

Check out some seeds from our Seed Library for your garden or the garden of someone you know. What did you check out and why?

Entries due Thursday, June 23rd

Winners announced Friday, June 24th

Week 5: Expand Your Sandbox

Consume a book in a format or genre that is new to you and tell us about it.

Entries due Thursday, June 30th

Winners announced Friday, July 1st

Week 6: Coast Through a Staff Pick

Visit our Staff Picks Display. Choose a book loved by library staff and tell us about it.

Entries due Thursday, July 7th

Winners announced Friday, July 8th

Frequently Asked Questions

Signups and Participation

When is the Adult Summer Reading Program?

This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program runs from May 23rd through July 15th.

How do I register for the Adult Summer Reading Program?

Registration begins on May 23rd and is ongoing until July 13th.

Is there an age limit?

There is no age limit for the Adult Summer Reading Program! Anyone is welcomed to sign up. But, the Children’s Room has their own Summer Reading Program that is geared towards a younger audience.

Are there any prizes for participating?

The first 50 patrons who sign up for our program will receive a registration gift. In addition, we will have a weekly raffle for those that choose to participate in our weekly challenge question.And let’s not forget the grand prize drawing for a gift basket that includes the newest Kindle Paper White, accessories, and so much more. Prizes will be on display in the library periodical display after May 23rd.

How will I know who won a prize?

Tune in to our Facebook page every Friday afternoon during the Adult Summer Reading Program for a livestream where we will draw each winner.

Do I have to have a library card to participate?

Of course not! But, you will be able to enjoy more of the Adult Summer Reading Program experience with a library card and access to our many services.

Reading Logs and Activities

Do I have to read books from this library?

No, you can read books on your own shelves or ones from ours! You can also reread books you’ve already read, listen to books on audio, download an ebook, or even read a graphic novel.

Do I have to stop after 8 books?

You can read as many books as you’d like, 8 is just the goal. If you are a fast reader, there’s space for more on your log.

How do I turn in my reading log or full BINGO card?

You can turn in completed materials at any time by bringing them to the front desk.

How do I enter the weekly BINGO raffle?

If you complete a single row of BINGO (any direction) you are eligible to enter the weekly drawing by sending us a photo to CircLib@oakridgetn.gov.  Please only enter each individual row once.

How do I submit my entry for the weekly drawing?

You can bring your weekly challenge response to the library and submit it in the entry basket. Be sure to submit any required photos to CircLib@oakridgetn.gov.

Events

Do I have to be signed up for SRP in order to attend any events?

Our events are available for anyone to join! No need to sign up for our Summer Reading Program – you don’t even need a library card to enjoy them.

Do I have to register to attend one of the speaker presentations?

Not at all. Be sure to mark your calendars to learn more from our local experts and come on in!

Are all the events in-person this summer?

Yes. They will be held in the library auditorium.

Can my child participate in the scavenger hunt?

Of course!  Your entire family is welcome to participate in the scavenger hunt together.

Is the book discussion group going to continue after the Adult Summer Reading Program?

Yes! We will be having our introductory meeting of Know the Prose Book Discussion on June 9th at 4:00pm.  Join us as we share about our favorite summer reads and learn more information about the months to come.  Know the Prose will meet every second Thursday of the month at 4:00pm.

Still have questions? Feel free to call or chat with us, or you can come by the library.