I was lucky enough not to face any required summer reading lists until I went to college. So I still think of summer as the best time to read for fun. – Margaret Haddix

Summer reading is nigh! Beginning June 1st, you can sign up online or in any Sacramento library to participate. Think it is just for kids? The grand prize for adults is an iPad. Free iPad just for reading. Any adult who completes a single tic tac toe game card will receive a re-useable tote bag and be entered in the drawing for the iPad. You have until August 15th to complete as many tic tac toes as you like, for repeated entries into the prize drawing. But what to read?

June’s alt+library book club selection is Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis. The opening line, “I opened my eyes to see the rat taking a piss in my coffee mug” pretty well establishes the tone for the sick and seamy ride the novel drags you on. Along the lines of the other twisted fiction alt+library book club has enjoyed (The Gargoyle, Geek Love, Invisible Monsters), graphic novelist Ellis’ first detective novel is a definite cult fiction must-read.

The library offers other activities outside of the book club as well. The alt+fitness series at South Natomas library (May’s Brutal Yoga and June’s Punk Rock Aerobics), the First Fridays at North Sacramento library, and sundry other programs in all the other Sacramento library branches will keep you busy and entertained all summer long.

So pull your library card out of your wallet and come see what the summer has to offer. Check out meetup.com/altlibrary or http://www.facebook.com/saclibrary to stay posted on what is happening in a library near you. Or don’t be so lazy, get to a library far from you.

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