Why laugh? Well, for starters, it feels good. Laughter is born of positive emotional states like joy, mirth, happiness, and relief. Laughter is contagious, spreading from person to person.
This year the Adult Winter Reading Program is determined to make you laugh.
Also chuckle. Guffaw. Roar. Giggle. And titter.
The books on this year’s list range from ancient Roman comedies to beloved novels, recent memoirs, collections of ethnic humor, and laugh-inducing poetry.
They cover all sorts of subjects, but they have one thing in common: They’re funny.
The Adult Winter Reading Program is an annual initiative of the Kansas City Public Library aimed at encouraging leisure reading among adults. Every year the program advances a different theme (such as Stop Me if You've Read This One) as a means of recommending literary classics and overlooked gems to the reading public.
Kansas City is consistently ranked among the top 10 cities nationwide in terms of Library usage*, and the Adult Winter Reading Program is just one opportunity to celebrate and reward library patrons who are helping build a community of readers!
Read any five books between January 21 and March 21, 2014. The Kansas City Public Library has a diverse collection of fiction and nonfiction titles designed to appeal to all reading interests. While our entire collection is at your disposal, readers should also feel free to browse their own shelves at home for a prized paperback or hardcover classic.
List those five books on a Reading Log, available at your local Library location or online . Return a completed Reading Log (or the printed online confirmation) to any Library location to receive your limited edition 2014 Adult Winter Reading Program bistro mug.
Winter Reading participants will also be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet.
* According to the 2010 Central Connecticut State University Study “America’s Most Literate Cities.”