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The Adult SRP theme is "Literary Elements." In line with that theme, we have put special collections materials by some of Beaufort District's finest writers from colonial times to the present on display inside the Research Room. Among the items are the first book published in London (1760) by a Beaufort District author; rare copies of The Hireling and the Slave by William J. Grayson, Shuttered Windows and Great Day in the Morning by Florence Means, Daughter of the Confederacy by Phoebe Hamilton Seabrook; and, contemporary works by Pat Conroy, Lois Battle, Valerie Sayers, Roger Pinckney and Ann Head (pseudonym of Anne Christensen Morse). [Please note: Some of these links are not accessible outside our buildings without DISCUS user name and password.] Come visit the display and you can check off an activity on the Adult SRP program sheet.
Want to know more? Visit the BDC Research Room to read the books and peruse the vertical files we have on some of the books and/or their authors. Check out some of the titles through the branch libraries. Use databases to discover and read articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals about authors and their works inside our buildings or from your home. (BTW: Databases also include auto manuals, encyclopedias, and sample GED and GRE tests. If you need a username and password to access the databases from home, please contact your local branch library.)
In case you really want to know how and why the Summer Reading Program has endured and changed through time, the American Library Association recommends these two online resources:
- Bertin, Stephanie. A History of Youth Summer Reading Programs in Public Libraries. A Master’s Paper for the M.S. in L.S degree. May, 2004. 71 pages. Advisor: Brian Sturm.(Accessed June 11, 2014)
- Fehrman, Craig. "How America learned to love summer reading - Our long, tumultuous affair with light books reveals volumes about our changing relationship to leisure." Boston Globe, Aug. 12, 2012. (Accessed June 11, 2014)