If your 2020 was anything like ours, you may have been too preoccupied to catch all of the awesome new releases. We are now over halfway through 2021, but it is not too late to get excited about these books. It’s not even too late to get started on your #RogersReads challenges! To be eligible for the grand prize, all you have to do is complete 12 challenges by December 31, 2021. That’s still plenty of time! Here’s a list of some of our most popular books from 2020. You can click on each image to view the catalog entry for each title.
If you haven’t already, you can join the #RogersReads reading challenge by registering and entering the books you read at rpl.readsquared.com under “missions.” Each month, prizes will be awarded to two readers who complete a mission online by the end of the month. If you complete all twelve missions by December 31, 2021, you will be entered for the grand prize that will be awarded at the end of the challenge. You can finish the challenges in any order over the course of the year with eBooks, audiobooks, or print copies of a title.
#RogersReads Reading Challenges for 2021
1. Read a book that makes you laugh.
2. Read a book that is about food or has food in the title.
3. Read a book set in or about space.
4. Read a book that is about or based on mythology or folklore.
5. Read a book whose author is known for something other than writing.
6. Read a book, fiction or non-fiction, about nature.
7. Read a fictional retelling of a historical event.
8. Read a book you meant to read in 2020.
9. Read a book with an animal on the cover.
10. Read a book from your least favorite genre.
11. Read a book that, for better or worse, you judged by its cover.
12. Read a book with a body of water on the cover or in the title.
Lunch and Learn resumes on September 14, 2021 at noon to 1:00 pm with “The Crescent Hotel: What Follows Is True.” Sean Fitzgibbon discusses the tragic history behind his forthcoming graphic novel What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel. We will meet in the Friends of RPL Community Room. Space is limited, so please register. Bring your lunch if you like; bottled water will be provided.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Rogers Public Library
Here is some info on the book…
What Follows Is True: Crescent Hotel, is a completed, 240-page graphic nonfiction. Channeling classic illustration and art techniques, What Follows Is True uses illustrated panel sequences intertwined with full-page, painted imagery to explore the story of the Crescent Hotel’s strange and tragic two years as the Baker Hospital, a Depression Era cancer hospital.
The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is considered one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S. But the bizarre and tragic story of the years when it operated as a cancer hospital haunts the hotel far more than tales of specters. Norman Baker—inventor, magician, radio announcer, and unlicensed doctor bought the failing hotel in 1937. He promised an outright cure for cancer and earned a fortune by charging exorbitant sums to desperate patients, who were then injected with useless medications. After Baker was imprisoned for fraud, the Crescent reopened as a hotel—but the place has never escaped the dark shadows of those hospital years, and apparitions of nurses, patients and crazed medical practitioners are evoked during the hotel’s nightly ghost tours.
For more information visit www.seanfitzgibbonart.com/work#/what-follows-is-true/