Adults could win free gas or groceries, just for reading at the Palm Springs Library!

This summer adults can ‘Catch the Reading Bug’ and be a part of the fun at the Palm Spring Public Library’s 2008 Summer Reading Fun Fest. Adults can sign-up for the Reading Fun Fest in person at the Library at any one of the three service desks (Circulation, Information or Youth) or sign-up online via a registration link on the Library’s web site home page at http://www.palmspringslibrary.org. The program started on June 9th and continues through August 15th.

Almost 200 adults have already signed-up to date. After signing-up, adults receive a ‘book bingo’ sheet where they can enjoy various materials, books, and media while trying to make a bingo either vertically, diagonally or horizontally. Once they complete their bingo sheet they turn it in at the Information desk and will receive a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, while supplies last. And in addition to the gift card, all the completed bingo sheets will be put into the grand finale drawing that will be held on Sat. Aug. 16th at 2:00 p.m. for bags of groceries, courtesy of Trader’s Joes, and $25 gas cards. Now that’s an incentive to read!

Plus, the Library will continue to offer special programming this summer for adults, including lectures and a film series. The next lecture is Monday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on “Amazing Desert Insects” with speaker Kurt Leuschner, M.S. Learn about the lives of the largest group of animals in the world. Leuschner will discuss these fascinating creatures through insect anatomy, survival traits, habitats, and behaviors. Listeners will learn to identify and distinguish different interesting insects and arthropods in collections and then practice their skills on there own.

Then on Wednesday, July 23rd at 3:00 p.m. Stefanie Ritter will present “Be Fruitful and Multiply: Insect Lifecycles”. There is more to insect lifecycles than meets the eye; they are as diverse and interesting as the insects are themselves. Carnivorous children turning into vegetarian adults; children bigger than their parents, being orphaned as an egg, living for seventeen years underground, beheaded fathers, perfumed mothers – everything is possible!

Finally we continue our film series examining bug movies through the decades of the 50’s, 70’s and 90’s; looking at the social themes of the day that influenced these films. On Friday, July 18th will we show “The Swarm” from 1978, pairing it with “The Girl Who Swallowed Bees” short film. The program will begin at 3:00 and is scheduled to conclude at 6:00 p.m.

So come learn about nature, enjoy the air conditioning and possibly win free gas or groceries!

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