See You in the Stacks Adult Newsletter

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Hibernate with a Book: An Adult Winter Reading Program

This winter is shaping up to be one for the record books. As such, your Rio Rancho Public Library has been researching fun things that can be done from home and still bring people together. Our team put together “Hibernate with a Book” as the answer. This virtual program runs from December 1 through January 31 and is filled with a host of different activities that can be done together/alone.

Our first activity is something new for us: a community read. A community read is a great way to bring people together, not only avid readers but also those with busy lives that don’t permit much reading. It provides a platform for discussions and a comfortable way to open up dialogue between neighbors and other avid readers. Our choice for the community read is Peter Heller’s The River (Knopf Publishing 2019). We chose this book because we think it will appeal to a wide variety of readers and non-readers alike. 

The River is the story of two college friends on what they thought would be a leisurely canoe trip down the Maskwa River in Canada. The unexpected challenges they face on this wilderness trip will test their friendship, their survival skills, and their humanity. Free copies of this book are available on a first come, first served basis. These giveaways are not library books, and we encourage people to either share them with others or to bring them back to the library, so that we can give them to other readers. Additional copies will be available to check out, including large print, ebooks, and audiobooks. Should the libraries still be closed to public, or if you are unable to leave your house, send your name and address to and we can mail you a copy of the book (and this book only) during this limited time.

 There will also be three virtual programs about The River in January. There will be two opportunities to connect on Facebook Live: Wednesday, January 6 at 3pm and Monday, January 25 at 10:30am. During these sessions join in with your Rio Rancho Librarians to discuss the book. Don’t forget to bring your questions and thoughts about the book to share in the chat. As you will soon find out, rivers are a huge part of the book and there will be a special Zoom program on Rivers of the World on Friday, January 15 at 2pm.

Another great aspect of the Winter Reading Program is the opportunity to give back to the community. Once you have registered (here) you will have the opportunity to set your own personal reading goal for the program but also work towards the collective community goal of 600 books read. Once that goal has been reached, Rio Rancho Public Libraries will begin donating boxes of gently used books for all ages to local organizations in need. So, if there is an organization that you know of that could use the books just let us know.

This barely scratches the surface of what we have planned for this reading program and we encourage you to look at our calendar and program brochure. We look forward to seeing you and participating with you in Hibernate with a Book this winter. A big thank you to the Corrales Community Library for partnering with us on this program. Working together has never been more important, and we value our neighboring libraries!