What are classics?  Some may describe them as books which have held the interest of generations of readers.  Some may label classics as books worth a second reading.  Others may compile their list of classics based upon the authors’ names or the reading list a former English teacher required.  
The Hamburg Public Library has a wide variety of titles that would fall in the realm of classics under any of those qualifications.  
Patrons can begin in the young adult section and quickly recognize familiar titles.  Start with “The Jungle Book” (Kipling), “The Giver” (Lowery), “Where the Red Fern Grows” (Rawls), or “Kidnapped” (Stevenson).  For fantasy, select Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings“ as well as Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels.”
Those searching for books can move across the aisle to the adult fiction section and discover “The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide” (Adams), “A Lantern in Her Hand” (Aldrich), “The Clan of the Cave Bears” (Auel), or “Sense and Sensibility” (Austen). The list continues with “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” (Bellaman), “Fahrenheit 451” (Bradbury), “The Good Earth” (Buck) as well as “The Christmas Box” (Evans).
Based in many different settings, classics can take readers from the South to the plains of the Nebraska then on to the Orient and ancient Rome.  Through books like “God’s Little Acre” (Caldwell), “My Antonia” (Cather), “Shōgun” (Clavell), and “The Robe” (Douglas).   
By reading “Murder on the Orient Express” (Christie), “Miracle on 34th Street” (Davies), and “The Thorn Birds” (McCullough) readers experience an international train ride, Christmas in New York, and a sheep station in Australia.
Your options continue with “The Sound and the Fury” (Faulkner), “Dracula” (Stoker), “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (Stone), “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (Stowe), “Rabbit, Run” (Updike),  and “The Color Purple” (Walker).  
Still browsing?  We have classics which have also become plays and movies like “The Bridges of Madison County” (Waller), “Our Town” (Wilder), “The Shack” (Young), “Rosemary’s Baby” (Levin), and “The Godfather” (Puzo).
Many of the suggested reading books feature struggles like “North and South” (Jakes), “From Here to Eternity” (Jones), “Schindler’s List” (Keneally), “The Caine Mutiny” (Wouk), “The Gift of the Magi” (Henry), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Lee), and “Drums Along the Mohawk” (Edmonds).  In some instances, authors have multiple books that would be considered classics.  Consider Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” and “Farewell to Arms,” George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-four,” or John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” as well as Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights.”
Wondering why there’s not a Shakespeare or Sandburg on the list?  Patrons need to move to the nonfiction section where they will find “The Complete Tales & Poems” (Poe), “Complete Poems” (Sandburg), “The Road Not Taken” (Frost), “The Prophet” (Gibran), and “Collected Sonnets” (St. Vincent Millay).  Choices continue with “The Last of the Mohicans” (Cooper), “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (Hemingway), and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.”
Even if the books were not required reading in your English class, you might want to give these titles a chance.    

Adult Coloring at the Library
If you have been coming to the adult coloring sponsored by the Friends of the Library or if you plan to attend for the first time, mark your calendars.  Adult coloring is held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in the basement of the library.  The next session will be Tuesday, August 1.  You are welcome to enter through the north door of the library as there are fewer steps.  You may bring your own materials or use those provided.

Summer Reading
The Hamburg Public Library will be hosting its Summer Reading Program August 2, 9, and 16.  This is a free program for children 3 years old through 5th grade.  The goal is to keep the kids reading this summer, whether they read to themselves or are read to by someone else.
“Build a Better World” is the theme of the 2017 Collaborative Summer Reading Program.  At Hamburg , the theme on August 2 will be “Build,” on August 9 will be “Discover,” and on August 16 will be “Transform.”
There will be two sessions each Wednesday.  From 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., 2nd grade to 5th grade will meet in the basement of the library at 1301 Main Street.  
From 11:15 a.m. to noon, the 3 year old to 1st graders will gather for reading and fun activities.
For more information, call the library at 382-1395.  Advance registration by Friday, July 28, would be appreciated.