Get Your Summer Reading List from Local Experts at Book Boost June 9

Wondering what to read this summer? Hear local experts with The Gazette discuss which books should top your summer reading list during Book Boost on Thursday, June 9, at 6 pm at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library.

Join Alison Gowans, Erin Jordan, and Scott Dochterman as they explain which books they are reading this summer and leave with some great recommendations.

We’ll start with a discussion at 6 pm, and follow it with a chance to meet them and chat about our favorite books. Light refreshments will be served. Thanks to The Gazette for making this event possible. We DARE you to be there!

Alison Gowans first job was shelving books at the Cedar Falls Public Library in junior high school. Though she no longer works at the library, she still spends a lot of time there. She writes for the Gazette’s features staff, focusing on the people, places and events that make the Corridor a great place to live.

Erin Jordan is an investigative reporter for The Gazette, but in her free time she likes to investigate a good book. The Des Moines native previously worked for the Des Moines Register’s Iowa City bureau and the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune. Erin is president of the board of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (IowaWatch.org). She is married and has three kids – all of whom are signed up for summer reading programs.

Scott Dochterman has worked as a sports and news reporter covering Iowa athletics and the Big Ten at The Gazette the last 10 years. Scott has won national honors from the Football Writers Association of America, the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors. Scott previously has worked for newspapers in St. Joseph (Mo.), Fort Dodge, Muscatine and Burlington. He is a 1997 Western Illinois University graduate.

About the 2016 Summer Dare

The 2016 Summer Dare is not your average summer reading program. It is an intergenerational summer learning program that challenges the entire community to read it, picture it, move it, celebrate it, explore it, imagine it, make it, and wing it!

The 2016 Summer Dare includes a reading challenge for all ages, weekly themed activities designed to encourage lifelong learning, intergenerational programs, and unexpected experiences at the library and beyond. The program begins June 5 and runs through July 31. Participants can register online at summerdare.crlibrary.org or beginning June 5 at both the Ladd Library and the Downtown Library.

Everyone receives a free Dare Journal and a coupon for a free Friends Book Nook book simply by signing up. All who complete Summer Dare will receive a free book (adults receive another Friends Book Nook Coupon). Additionally, readers will get a free book for every 300 minutes read throughout the Summer Dare.

To complete the Summer Dare, participants must read 300 minutes and complete eight “dares” as listed in the Summer Dare guide by July 31. Dares are based on the theme of each week. Some can be done in the library but many can be done throughout the community or even at home.

Track your minutes read and dares completed throughout the program on the website summerdare.crlibrary.org.

Participants can stop in to either library location throughout the summer and visit the Dare Desk to register, record their progress, turn in their completed reading logs, and get puff-balls to add to the Dare Drop. The Dare Drop is a physical representation of all the reading and dares being done throughout the summer.

Special events for all ages will be held throughout the CRPL Summer Dare. For a complete listing, visit our event calendar on our website at www.crlibrary.org or pick up a CRPL Summer Dare guide at the Library.

Thank you to our Summer Dare Sponsors: Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, Hills Bank and Trust, the Friends of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, and The Gazette.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library is a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. We exist to impact our community and transform its quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts, and entertainment.

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