By Lindsay Carey
With people barbecuing on the grill and experimenting with their gardens this summer, the Southington Library has made the theme of their Adult Summer Reading programs food.
The first two events to kickoff the “Tasteful Reads” programs will fuse culinary talent and literary knowledge.
On Thursday June 26 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a reading and book signing of “Classic Diners of Connecticut” by author Garrison Leykam. The book covers a vast number of diners in Connecticut, their histories and the best diner food to order throughout the state.
Leykam is a diner connoisseur and is well known from hosting and producing the show “Diners” broadcast by Connecticut Public Television, which follows motorcycle bikers and their interest in diners.
The second kickoff event for “Tasteful Reads” is the Edible Books Contest on June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Contestants of the Edible Books Contest will create some edible artwork, which represents a book or literary character.
Amazon gift cards will be given out to the winners of the following categories: Best Representation of a Book, Best Cover or Title, Best Character, Best pun on a title and People’s Choice, which everyone in attendance will vote on.
The event is limited to 24 entries based on first come first serve. There are entry forms for the contest available at the Information desk at the library or emails providing the contestant’s name, phone number, email address and title of their book to Jeanne Chmielewski at email@example.com are also acceptable. Entries are due by Saturday, June 21.
Adult Program Coordinator Chmielewski said that the goal of the Adult Summer Reading Programs are to encourage adults to keep reading throughout the summer, because more people tend to read in the winter since they are always inside.
The Southington Library wants to encourage people to take books or download them on their devices while on vacation.
“There is nothing better than doing some light reading on the beach,” said Library Director Susan Smayda.
Most importantly, the Southington Library supports doing some Adult Summer Reading because studies show it is known to influence children to read actively and independently.
“When children see their parents or grandparents reading, they are more likely to pick up a book,” said Chmielewski.
Chmielewski also said that the other reason for the food theme of the Adult Summer Reading programs is to promote healthy eating.
In July, which is also culinary arts month, the next event is called “Eating for Optimal Health.” The program will teach adults with diabetes and high cholesterol how to maintain their diets.”
There is a drawing every week for a Southington Chamber of Commerce gift card and a drawing for a new Kindle eReader at the end of the summer for all who participate.