This year’s Literary Elements Adult Summer Reading Program starts June 5 and continues through August 17. The focus of this program is on books and programs pertaining to science.
Everyone is invited to sign up at any of ACLD’s 12 locations and two bookmobiles, or sign up online at the Literary Elements homepage www.aclib.us/adults/sr starting June 5. Sign up at a local branch and receive a free gift. It’s easy to participate. Create a user name and password to log in to review what you’ve read and read others’ reviews as well. Links are available to the library’s calendar of events and book-related websites.
Some suggested “Literary Elements” reading includes:
This is a fascinating account of how we experience hallucinations by everyone’s favorite neurologist.
The trials and tribulations of a time machine repairman deliver a funny, touching novel.
The Oxygen Murder by Camille Minichino, MYSTERY MINICHINO
The eighth element is implicated in another murder investigated by retired-physicist-turned private-eye, Gloria Lamerino.
The Florida Gardener’s Handbook by Tom MacCubbin, 635.09759 MAC 2012
University of Florida (UF) horticulturist Tom MacCubbin (formerly of PBS TV’s Florida Home Grown fame) discusses how to cultivate the perfect Florida garden.
Visit your library to learn more about sustainable food, NASA, archaeology and more. These programs highlight Literary Elements Adult Summer Reading -
Elements of Inspiration…an art show: June 1 – August 18 submissions will be accepted at any library branch. Turn your favorite literary quote into art to be displayed September 2 - 30, at Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville.
It’s Not Too Hot to Garden: You think it’s too hot to garden? Well, think again. Wendy Wilber from the University of Florida’s (UF) Extension Office will provide helpful summer gardening tips.
Thurs., June 5, 7 p.m., Meeting Room B, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
African Safari: John Milner, also known as Cyavana das, will show his film and talk about his experiences as a young missionary student in 1970's Africa filming one of the world's greatest philosophers and religious leaders, A.C. Bhaktivendanta Swami Prabhupada.
Saturday, June 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Meeting Room B, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Decorating with Nature, adults and teens: Make candles using natural materials to bring that look of nature into your home. Materials will be provided.
Saturday, June 7, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Foundation Room, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Happy Feet: Relax this summer by learning how to give yourself or a friend a foot massage.
Sat., June 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Gainesville Bonsai Society: Learn how to supplement the appearance of your Bonsai tree by using companion plants.
June 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Learn how to use tropical trees to create a beautiful Bonsai tree. Please bring your own trees.
July 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Exotic Invaders: Come learn how to identify invasive plants that are commonly found locally. You may be surprised to learn that some of these are popular landscaping plants. This presentation will discuss why we should control invasive plants and the detrimental impact they have on Florida’s natural communities.
Sat., June 14, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Audubon: Tracking Birds: Gina Kent from Avian Research & Conservation Institute will present Tracking Birds: The Latest Technology and Amazing Things We Can Learn. Come learn about different ways to track wild birds from color bands to VHF and satellite telemetry. Kent will share her experience from her work on many different species found in the Southeastern US and how telemetry data has answered many questions on the life history of these birds.
Wed., June 18, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Autism and ADHD Awareness: Dr. Melanie Nelson from Sarkis Family Psychiatry will discuss treatment options and optimal well-being for individuals who have autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Sun., June 22, 3 to 4 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Hogtown Homegrown Cooking Demonstration: Come learn how to grow, harvest and create your own meals out of items grown locally. Participation is encouraged. Space is limited to 40 participants. Registration is required.
Tues., June 24, 2 to 3 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2841-A E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Sun., June 29, 3 to 3:45 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
The Science of Home Brewing and Wine Making: Learn the science and craft of home brewing and wine making. Local brewer Hoggetowne Ale Works will explain the process behind home brewed drinks, what type of equipment is needed and answer questions.
Tues., July 1, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., High Springs Branch, 135 NW 1 Avenue, High Springs
Sat., July 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75 St., Gainesville
Sat., July 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Sun., July 27, 2 to 3 p.m., Alachua Branch, 14913 NW 140 Street, Alachua
A Look at the Stars: James C. Albury of Santa Fe College’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium will talk about what’s up in the summer night sky.
Wed., July 9, 7 to 8 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Crafting with Spirals: Observe how math and spiral patterns are reflected in nature while making a crochet craft using an Archimedes' spiral. Materials provided. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Monday, July 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Make Your Own Fizzy Bath Bomb: Fizzy bombs make bath time a relaxing spa treat. Great as a gift or keep them for yourself. Registration is required.
Wed., July 16, 6 to 7 p.m., Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75 St., Gainesville
A NASA Program - Spark a reaction, all ages welcome: We're talking rocket science! NASA expert Peter Chitko will explain the science that makes space travel possible. Come hear NASA's plans for the future too.
Wed., July 16, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Wed., July 16, 3 to 4 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Thurs., July 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cone Park Branch, 2841-A E. University Avenue, Gainesville
Thurs., July 17, 6 to 1 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street, Gainesville
Expeditions of Discovery in the Land of the White Whale – Following Melville: The South Pacific has a rich history of providing inspiration for both visual and literary artists. We will adventure travelogue style into expeditions of two island groups that are featured in Herman Melville's stories: The Pitcairn Islands (Moby Dick) and The Marquesas Islands (Typee). Learn about two expeditions intended to discover and document biological diversity on these islands and how the past remains interwoven with the present in these mysterious islands.
Sat., July 26, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 S.E. 221 Street, Hawthorne
Science Bingo: In celebration of this Summer Reading program, join this Science Bingo party that uses science vocabulary instead of numbers.
Wed., July 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tower Road Branch Library, 3020 SW 75 St., Gainesville
Archaeology Works: How Old Is It?: Archaeologists are detectives of the past who use the scientific method to solve mysteries about people who lived long ago. In this presentation you'll get to explore ancient artifacts from stone tools to pottery under a microscope just like an archaeologist would. You'll get to see what aspects of these materials we, as archaeologists, focus on to get information about past technologies, and what aspects of Native American life we can learn about by studying the materials they left behind. For example, by looking at a piece of pottery under the microscope, we can see what materials it contains and get an idea of how the pot was made and also what it was used for. Looking at shell and stone tools under a microscope shows us use-wear that is not visible to the naked eye.
Wed., August 13, 3 to 4 p.m., Archer Branch, 13266 SW State Rd 45, Archer
Author Visit: Camille Minichino: Join us for a Skype presentation of the author of the Periodic Table Mysteries series. Minichino will talk about what inspires her writing and take questions from the audience.
Sat., August 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, Gainesville
For more information about Adult Summer Reading, please visit the Library District’s eBranch at www.aclib.us or contact your local branch or call the Headquarters Adult Services desk at (352) 334-3939 or Nickie Kortus at (352) 334-3909, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).