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Bronxville Reading Programs Not Just for Kids

Summer reading is not just for kids in Bronxville, just ask Nancy Schaefer.

Schaefer, 84, a Bronxville native, is one of 25 adults who signed up for the Novel Destinations Summer Reading program that began at the Bronxville Public Library on May 28 and will end on August 13.

The progam, headed up by adult reference librarian Christine Utchell, is seven weeks long, with prizes and a party at the end just like the one for the kids

The theme of the program is the armchair traveler. Readers are required to read two books each week that relate to one of the seven continents and must read two books about each of the seven continents by August 13.  Prizes are given along the way, including a set of luggage tags, a water bottle, or a photo album which will be given to readers as they complete the requirements.

In addition, readers will get a raffle ticket for each book they read.  At the end of the program the raffle tickets place the participants in the running for one of seven gift baskets, each with a continental theme. The Antartica basket, for example, will feature items such as an ice bucket, whereas the South American basket will feature Brazilian coffee.

“My mom taught me how to read when I was four years old,” said Schaefer, who recently attended her class of 1946 reunion at Vassar College.“Reading has always been one of the great pleasures of my life,” she said.

Schaefer said she encourages people of all ages to visit the library and pick out a book or two.

“Reading is a trip that takes you anywhere you want to go,” Schaefer said. “And the most important thing reading does for a person is make you a life long learner, which is how us older folks get our wisdom."

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