The Howland Public Library’s six-week 2014 Adult Summer Reading Program “Literary Elements” will kick off on Thursday, July 10. Stop by the library between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on July 10 to learn details about this seventh annual program and slated special events. Be sure to pick up a tic-tac-toe board and enjoy free refreshments and giveaways.

As you read your favorite summer novels you’ll get the chance to win weekly prize drawings of gift certificates to local businesses. Participation is fun and easy. Read any book of your choosing and then stop by the Howland Public Library to fill out a short “book review” form to enter. The more books you read, the greater your chances of winning.

Special events are planned for adults. Events follow: Manhattan Lyric Opera singer Anne Tormela at 1 p.m. on July 12; Lighthouses presentation with author Kevin Woyce at 2 p.m. on July 16; Unsolved Crimes, modern forensics applied to old cases program, with attorney Thom Jones and his wife, Linda Jones, a professor, at 2 p.m. on July 23; Home-made Toiletries, a bath fizzy and a lip balm, with Amina Chaudhri at 2 p.m. on July 29 (registration required); and Welcome Back to the Catskills presentation with author Oscar Israelowitz at 2 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Contact Alison Herrero at 845-831-1134. The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St., Beacon, Visit

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