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Rock Royalty and Reading This Summer at MidPointe!

They’re both British and referred to as “Sir.”


They’re celebrating birthdays this summer.


They hail from the same seaport town and became known all over the world not only for their music, but also their hair.


And they can be found at MidPointe Library, comfortably tucked amid its extensive “rock collection.”


If you’ve lived on Planet Earth for any significant amount of time, then you know we’re referring to Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Richard Starkey -- aka Ringo Starr -- members of the Beatles, the most famous rock band of all time (author’s perspective, of course).


But you want to know more.


You’re in luck! Now’s the best time to learn about Paul, Ringo and other Rock Royalty during MidPointe Library’s free Summer Reading Program for all ages. This year’s program is themed -- appropriately -- “Libraries Rock!”


The popular program is running now through July 31 at each MidPointe location : Middletown, West Chester, Trenton and Monroe (and the Bookmobile too!). This year’s program is sponsored by the Journal News.


A decades-long tradition, “Summer Reading” encourages everyone from birth to age 18 and adults 18 and older to visit their nearest MidPointe Library, check out books and-or audiobooks of any topic and keep track of their reading or listening on paper or online. Prizes will be awarded for effort. A grand prize drawing will take place. Fun programs are offered at each location and a free, live, family-friendly music concert series is on the agenda.


If rock ‘n’ roll’s your thing, you’re in luck. MidPointe is stocked with books, biographies, audiobooks about so many of your favorites -- not to mention CDs, DVDs, audio downloads, musical and vocal scores featuring many of the world’s top rockers.


Read a biography of Paul on his birthday, June 18, or of Ringo on his, July 7. Download Beatles music through the MidPointe website or check out a Beatles’ DVD of “A Hard Day’s Night” or “Help!”


Individuals can sign up for Summer Reading anytime now through July 31 by obtaining a reading log at any MidPointe location or by logging on to


“All you need is...” a free library card, which can be obtained at any MidPointe location. Hopefully the “love” will follow.


In keeping with Summer Reading’s musical theme, MidPointe has added a free, live and family-friendly music concert series to the traditional mix of activities. Concerts will be presented :


  • Wednesday, June 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m. @ MidPointe Trenton lawn (Community Room if inclement weather). Performers: Paradise Crossing. Genre: classic rock, country.


  • Thursday, June 21, 6-6:45 p.m. @ MidPointe Monroe front lawn.  Tony Hale and Blackwater. Genre: bluegrass.


  • Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8 p.m. @ MidPointe Middletown Community Room.  Performers: HR Nightmare acoustic guitar duo. Genre: 70s, 80s, 90s hits.    


  • Thursday, July 12, 7:30-8:30 p.m. @ MidPointe Trenton lawn. (Community Room if inclement weather). Performer: Samuel Day and band. Genre: Christian rock, dance pop.


  • Wednesday, July 18, 7-8:30 p.m. @ MidPointe Trenton lawn. Performers: Just Friends Jazz Quartet (Jeff Slinker, Roger Bowman and Edgewood band directors Nick Fields and Jon Arnold). Genre: traditional jazz in the styles of swing, bebop, bossa nova, Latin, ballads, blues.


See you at “Summer Reading!”  And don’t forget : “Libraries Rock!”