Hot Reads for Cold Nights

The Sidney North Saanich Library is hosting a new adult reading program this winter

Kelly Fitch and Sharon Walker of the Sidney North Saanich Library show off book grab bags and some of the prizes to be won during the library’s adult reading program.

The Sidney North Saanich Library is hosting a new adult reading program this winter dubbed Hot Reads for Cold Nights.

Library staff created the adult-oriented reading program as a result of the success of the children’s Summer Reading Club program which encourages kids to keep reading during the summer months.

“Adults often comment on the activities and contests associated with the children’s Summer Reading Club, wishing they could get in on the fun,” said Sharon Walker the Sidney North Saanich Library manager.

This Friday, Jan. 17, adults can do just that by joining in on the Hot Reads for Cold Nights kick off celebration.

The event runs from 2 to 3 p.m. and will feature reading suggestions, information on the Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program (including the prizes to be won) and refreshments.

The reading program will include activities like suggestions and chats from library staff and other patrons on reading ideas, customer-written book reviews and, of course, contests. A new feature, added Walker, is the grab bag of books available for borrowing. Each bag contains three books on a certain theme and there is no peeking allowed until after they are checked out.

“It’s a fun way for customers to become familiar with new authors, styles and genres,” Walker said.

Prizes for being involved with reading program include mugs, gift certificates, passes to local attractions and other treats.

Those interested in the program can sign up and start anytime between Jan. 17 and March 1 and they can enter the contests whenever they visit the library. To register for the program or for more information, drop in or call the library at 250-656-0944.

Book Chats at the library

Two book chats are taking place during the Hot Reads for Cold Nights adult reading program.

A chat on Mysteries takes place Tuesday, Jan. 28 and a chat on True Life Adventures takes place Tuesday, Feb. 18. Both chats run from from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

— With files from Sidney North Saanich Library