A Summer Read is a collective multi-county read for adults over the summer months. The event, which runs May through September, brings the local community together with a contemporary book topic about health and wellness. Books will remain available at Berks County Public Libraries after September. This initiative is sponsored by Wellspan: Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and WITF Transforming Health Series.
A Summer Read will kick off on April 30, 2018, with an author talk at the Pullo Center at Penn State York with a panel discussion to follow. This is a free event; tickets required. Register online here, or by calling (717) 851-3500 or (800) 840-5905.
2018 Summer Read
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America—addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.
Written by Sam Quinones, this book weaves together two riveting tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been a catastrophic opiate epidemic.
Introducing a memorable cast of characters—pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents —Quinones shows how these tales fit together.
Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
Check out the print edition of Dreamland at any of the Berks County Public Libraries or read the digital e-book on OverDrive. OverDrive is available on your computer or through the app.
Upcoming Library Events
Time to Talk
June 26, 6:00 PM—Schuylkill Valley Community Library
Presented by COCA, this event is designed to give parents skills needed to start a conversation with children about drugs and alcohol, as well as how to intervene if there is a concern. For adults.There will be activities to keep younger children entertained during the program. Registration requested but not required
NOT in My Mouth! A Lesson in Medication Safety
July 18, 5:45 PM—Reading Public Library–Northeast Branch
Presented by the Council on Chemical Abuse. Library staff will lead a craft after the presentation. For children and their parents.
The Clear and Present Danger: Part 1
July 19, 3:30 PM—Reading Public Library–Northeast Branch
Presented by the Council on Chemical Abuse. This is the first hour of a two-part session about the opioid epidemic. The second part will be on July 26 at 3:30. Appropriate for middle and high school students.
Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery
July 21, 1:00 PM—Reading Public Library–Northeast Branch
Participate in a short discussion about the Summer Read 2018 Selection and a Q&A with a person in long term recovery from substance addictions. For adults.
The Clear and Present Danger: Part 2
July 26, 3:30 PM—Reading Public Library–Northeast Branch
Presented by the Council on Chemical Abuse. This is the first hour of a two-part session about the opioid epidemic. The first part will be on July 17 at 3:30. Appropriate for middle and high school students.
Not in My Mouth
July 27, 10:00 AM—Schuylkill Valley Community Library
Presented by COCA, this program is for elementary and preschool students on healthy choices and what is safe to put in their mouths.
Council On Chemical Abuse Presentation
August 1, 6:00 PM—Muhlenberg Community Library
The Council will be presenting a program on the abuse of opioids, the struggle with addiction, and what we can do as a community.
Council on Chemical Abuse-Opiod Crisis
August 2, 6:30 PM—Robesonia Community Library
A 45 minute presentation will be followed by 15 minute Q & A session. For adults.
Dreamland Book Discussion
August 29, 6:00 PM—Muhlenberg Community Library
Open book discussion on Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, and the readers’ views on the opiate epidemic.
Opiate Panel Discussion
September 12, 6:00 PM—Muhlenberg Community Library
Attend a panel discussion about the opioid epidemic with emergency personnel, medical, addictions and alternative practice professionals.
A Summer Read is a WITF Transforming Health and Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA initiative sponsored by WITF, PennState Health, WellSpan Health, PA Forward, and Aligning Forces for Quality.