This July the Library will be hosting our fourth annual Regent Reads, a summer reading program for children ages five to nine. Each Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will feature two illustrated books: one about a Biblical hero and one about a modern-day hero (such as a military veteran or teacher), read by members of the Regent and local communities. There will also be an interactive time with music and movement. Each program will conclude with snacks and coloring activities. For more information and a schedule of books, see the Regent Reads webpage.
In addition to the Regent Reads series for young children, The Library Book Club invites children 10 and up as well as adults to join us on July 31 at 12:00 for a discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . For more information about this event, see our website, or contact Harold Henkel at email@example.com.
All summer literature events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.
This Thursday (June 26) the Library Book Club will discuss To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic tale of racism, justice, and growing up during the 1930s in a small town in Alabama. Professor of Law Lynne Marie Kohm will lead the discussion.
Even though you probably read this work in middle school, it definitely deserves a second read. Among other things, To Kill a Mockingbird is a great American Bildungsroman (coming-of-age story) and has been described as “the rare American novel that can be discovered with excitement in adolescence and reread into adulthood without fear of disappointment. Few novels so appealingly evoke the daily world of childhood in a way that seems convincing whether you are sixteen or sixty-six.”*
The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room at 12:00 and is open to all readers, age 10 and up. Off-campus readers are invited to join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. For more information, please contact Harold Henkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, To Kill a Mockingbird. http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/
Read why Library Dean Sara Baron recommends reading To Kill a Mockingbird and coming to our discussion on June 26.
The Library has just published our second annual list of recommended summer reading by members of the Regent community. The list is divided between fiction and non-fiction, and each book includes a brief explanation on why the recommender thinks you should consider reading it this summer. Click here to view the list.
Read any good books lately? Please share 1-2 tiles that you would like your friends and colleagues to know about. We will continue to accept suggestions for summer reading through the end of August. Click here to learn how to submit your recommendations.
An appeal to the Regent Community:
Summer is reading time! For some readers it means a big and ambitious work; for others it means something easy to digest on vacation. So whether your summer reading tends towards Samuel Richardson or Cheryl Richardson, we want to hear from you! Last year, we published recommendations from Regent faculty, and staff; this year we want to hear from our students and alumni as well.
Simply send titles of works of fiction or nonfiction (only one of each, please) that you think your friends and colleagues really ought to read this summer to Harold Henkel at email@example.com. Please include your position or status at Regent and a few sentences on why you are recommending the book. All suggestions will be added to the Library website as we receive them. For a guide to what we have in mind, see our 2013 Summer Reading Recommendations.
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A future firefighter inspects Capt. Rock’s truck.
The Library’s third annual Regent Reads
summer festival of children’s literature concluded on July 30 with a visit by members of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, complete with fire truck.
This year, 128 children and 195 parents, grandparents, and assorted staff came to five programs to hear stories about Bible and present-day heroes. Readers included Regent faculty and staff as well as a representatives from the heroic occupation featured each week. The programs also included songs & movement, coloring, a book drawing, and of course, a snack.
President Campo conceived Regent Reads in 2011 as an opportunity to invite the surrounding community onto the campus and to introduce young children to the joy of books. Most of the children in attendance this year were between the ages of 4 and 8, and we were particularly happy to receive comments such as:
- “Our first time here, and we loved it; beautiful campus, library, and program.”
- “Fantastic job. Love that it’s Christian-based and that it introduces reading. The program is special needs-friendly (Granddaughter is in a wheelchair).”
Photo galleries of the Regent Reads programs may be viewed on the Library’s Facebook and Flickr sites.