A surgeon, parents, a brother, first responders, the Angels of Bataan — these are some people Comsewogue Public Library readers consider heroes.
Top summer reading titles
• “The Girl on the Train,” by Paula Hawkins
• “The Husband’s Secret,” by Liane Moriarty
• “The Nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah
• “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” by Alice Hoffman
Scores of bookworms shared their own as they participated in the adult summer reading program, which encouraged the library patrons to read about superheroes or try something new through its “escape the ordinary” theme. Trying something new could be discovering an author or joining a library program. To facilitate that, Library Director Debra Engelhardt and adult services head Susan Guerin said, the library steered people toward its resources for finding books or learning online and hosted different programs like an arm-knitting workshop and a drum circle.
“It’s about bringing a lot of different and unique ideas,” Guerin said.
According to Engelhardt, about 350 people signed up for summer reading and, with the program coming to a close this weekend, many of those have completed it — reading at least three books of their choice and submitting recommendations for them. After finishing a book, the participants received a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.
There were also matching superhero-themed summer reading programs for children and teenagers, which hundreds of young people have already completed.