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2012 Summer Reading Program for Adults
Everyone should Dream Big! And your dream can be whatever you choose! What book do you dream of reading? A big fat
challenging one? A genre you’ve never read before? Or characters who are larger than life? Take your pick! You may read or listen to any book, fiction or nonfiction. Need help getting started? Check out our display table at the library.
Pick up a reading log at the library, and fill it out this summer with five completed books, add your name and contact information, and turn it in to the second floor Help Desk before Aug. 6. Five winners will be drawn from the completed entries.
Program on Dreams
You are invited to a very special program, “Dreams: A Path to the Soul” by Dennis Merritt, Ph.D., a Jungian psychoanalyst and therapist/psychotherapist. It will be held on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rocca Meeting Room.
Presented by Dennis Merritt, who is in private practice in Madison and Milwaukee.
Dreams turn the events of our lives into an evolving story, and Big Dreams turn our life story into a myth. The Chinese picture word for The Sage is described as "the ear listening to the Inner King" and the Inner King/Queen in Jungian terms is the archetype of the Self, the center and centering element in every psyche and the originator of dreams. The presenter will describe some of the various types of dreams, how dreams are related to the creative process, and how we can use dreams to connect us to the land and establish a sense of place. More information on Dennis Merritt and his work is available here.
Film Series for Adults
You’re also invited to our summer series of films, with big dream themes, to be held in the first floor Rocca Meeting Room.
“Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day”
Tuesday, June 12, 1 p.m.
In this 1939-set film, Miss Guinevere Pettigrew, a middle-aged London governess, finds herself unfairly dismissed from her job. Taking a chance with a new job as a social secretary, she finds herself immediately caught up in the dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer. She tries to help her charge navigate a love life and career, both of which are complicated by the three men in her life in this delightful comedy. With Frances McDormand, Amy Adams, and Shirley Henderson (PG-13, 92 minutes)
Tuesday, June 26, 1 p.m.
Norma Rae finds Sally Field cast in the title role, a minimum-wage worker in a cotton mill. After hearing a speech by New York union organizer Reuben (Ron Leibman), Norma Rae decides to join the effort to unionize her shop. This causes dissension at home with her husband, Sonny (Beau Bridges). Despite the pressure brought to bear by management, Norma Rae attempts to shut down the mill. Based on a true story, Norma Rae is the film for which Sally Field won her first Oscar. (PG, 120 minutes)
Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m.
Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and now in his 78th year he launches his house into the sky via thousands of balloons. Right after liftoff he discovers he has a stowaway in the form of an over optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. This hilarious journey takes you into a lost world with the least likely duo on Earth. Yes, it’s animated, but adults will love the characters and themes. Voices by Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer. (PG, 96 minutes)
Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m.
Against the will of his father young Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) exchanges his boxing gloves for ballet slippers. When he gets the chance to audition for the Royal Ballet School he must decide whether or not he can defy his macho father’s (Gary Lewis) wishes. This historical drama takes place in England during the tumultuous miners’ strike of 1984. (R, 111 minutes)