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Adult Storytime Readings – Summer 2022

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Adult Storytime Readings at Gere Branch – Summer 2022
Gere Branch Library, June 22nd and July 13th, 2022
presented by various staff from various branch libraries

In the Summer of 2022, the Gere Branch Library launched a new type of literary event — “Storytime” for Adults — in which staff from various library locations read aloud from some of their favorite books — poems, short stories, essays, scenes from plays, even children’s picture books. The following are lists of the titles of books from which these readings were given.


June 22nd, 2022

Fluffy McWhiskers: Cuteness Explosion
by Steven W. Martin and Dan Tavis (jP Martin)

Becky W.C. from the Walt Branch Library read this entire children’s picture book.


Away Words: Wise and Witty Poems for Language Lovers
by Mary Ann Hoberman (j811 Hob)

Becky W.C. from the Walt Branch Library read selections from this children’s poetry book.


This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience and Regrowth
by Sean Rubin (jP Rubin)

Becky W.C. from the Walt Branch Library read this entire children’s picture book.


And Every Morning, the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella
by Fredrik Backman (Backman)

Becky W.C. from the Walt Branch Library read selections from this short novella (by the author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown, among others).


The 20 Best Plays of the Modern American Theatre
“You Can’t Take It With You” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart (812.08 G21t)

Becky W.C. from the Walt Branch Library, and her husband Scott C. from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, performed a two-person scene from this classic 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play, You Can’t Take It With You.


The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman (Gaiman)

Sarah D., from the administrative offices at the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, read the opening chapter of this Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel by Neil Gaiman.


Midpoint Activity: Monica K. led the group through a light stretching exercise that could be done from everyone’s chairs.


The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
by Don Ruiz (299.792 Rui)

Monica K., from the Gere Branch, read a selection from this volume of spiritual psychology.


When Women Were Dragons
by Kelly Regan Barnhill (Barnhill)

Lane G., from the Gere Branch, shared a slideshow and read a selection from this new novel.


The Gallery of Regrettable Foods
by James Lileks (641.5 Lil)

Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, shared a slideshow and read selections from this humorous volume poking fun at the horribly unappetizing illustrations in 1950s and 1960s cookbooks and food pamphlets. Scott recommended Lileks’ other titles, as well: Gastroanomalies: Questionable Culinary Creations From the Golden Age of American Cookery, Interior Desecrations: Hideous Homes From the Horrible 70s, and Mommy Knows Worst: Highlights From the Golden Age of Bad Parenting Advice (this last one isn’t in the libraries’ collection).



July 13th, 2022

Hell of a Book
by Jason Mott (Mott)

Jen J., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, read the opening chapter from this book, one of the three finalists for One Book – One Lincoln in 2022.


The Only Game in Town: Sportswriting from The New Yorker
edited by David Remnick (796 Rem)

Monica K., from the Gere Branch, read the essay “Musher” by Susan Orlean from this collection.


Now I’ll Tell You Everything
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (YA Naylor)

Gere Branch Supervisor Brenda E. read the last chapter from this 25th and final entry in the Alice McKinlay series.


Midpoint Activitiy: A series of mood slides were shared, featuring quotes from a book which host Lane G. recommended, called The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig.


Bradbury Stories: 100 of his Most Celebrated Tales
by Ray Bradbury (Bradbury)

Scott C., from the Bennett Martin Public Library downtown, read the complete short story “The Laurel and Hardy Love Affair”, included in this collection, as well as in the collection The Toynbee Convector.


Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village
by Maureen Johnson with illustrations by Jay Cooper (817 Joh)

Lane G., from the Gere Branch, read the first half of this humorous parody of cozy British mysteries.