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Book Club reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

On Thursday, July 31, the Library Book Club will discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s timeless novel of boyhood set in the 1840s in the author’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, which includes Tom Sawyer on its list of Big Read titles, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know.”*

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 harohen@regent.edu.

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*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. http://www.neabigread.org/books/theadventuresoftomsawyer/

Regent Reads starts July 1

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 harohen@regent.edu.

All summer literature events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

To Kill a Mockingbird discussion this Thursday

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 harohen@regent.edu.

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*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, To Kill a Mockingbird. http://www.neabigread.org/books/mockingbird/

What are your friends reading this summer?

Read why Library Dean Sara Baron recommends reading To Kill a Mockingbird and coming to our discussion on June 26.

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.

Send us your summer reading suggestions!

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 harohen@regent.edu. 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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