Around Aptos

A wonderful new event has surfaced in our Aptos community thanks to Friends of the Library and Denise Ward, a local resident who also loves to read and to bring community together.

The Friends of the Aptos Library just held a reception to select a book for a new program they are calling “Our Community Reads.” The idea for the community reads came from one of the Friend’s members, Denise Ward, who was visiting a friend in the Lake Oswego area, which is a satellite city of Portland, Ore. When she heard about the success of their program, now in its 12th year, she thought about trying to implement a similar program in Aptos. At that time she had no idea how widespread these types of programs are, and how they have grown in popularity over the past 10 years. 

The concept is to provide a shared experience around a single book. Not only will the program offer residents plenty of fun and interesting events to engage in, but it will also promote libraries, local bookstores, and the joy of reading.

The photo with this article shows our fabulous summer visitors to Aptos who have been putting on a show for us for weeks. We want to welcome them and thank them for sharing their summer with us. And no, they are not a part of the terrible traffic on Highway 1.

Thank you for being a part of our community.

Enjoy the last days of summer.


Karen Hibble is the co-executive director of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.