It's time for the Winter Reading Program!

by West Bend Library on 2022-01-17 08:00:00

New year, new you… right?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to read more (or even if it wasn’t), guess what? You can sign up right now for our winter reading program, There’s SNOW Better Time to Read!

The program runs from today, January 17, until Friday, February 18, and it’s open to any independent reader, including adults. Not sure you have the time to read a lot? Don’t worry — in addition to reading, you can earn points for completing activities that you might already be doing, like baking a warm treat, making hot chocolate, going ice skating, and much more.

Here’s what you need to know about There’s Snow Better Time to Read:

  • Youth (under 18) and adult (18+) participants can pick up a paper reading log that corresponds to their age group at the library’s first floor display. Adults have the option of completing the entire program on Beanstack, our online reading and activity log (please only select one of these methods).
  • To complete the challenge, a participant must earn at least 30 points through either reading alone or a combination of reading and activities. Reading for one hour is worth 5 points, while activities are worth 3 points each.
  • Three total hours of reading (or 15 points of reading) is required, but the rest of the points may come from reading, activities, or both. In other words, it is possible to complete the challenge solely by reading, but not solely by completing activities.
  • From February 1–18, you may return your reading log, if you have one, to the Information Desk (youth) or Reference Desk (adults) to be entered into our youth or adult grand prize drawings. Adults may earn extra entries by reaching 40 points (+1 entry) or 50 points (+2 entries). If you're doing the program on Beanstack, earning the Winter Reading Champ badge gets you your initial entry, and the 40 Points and 50 Points badges unlock additional entries.
  • PRIZES: Every youth participant who completes the program gets a free book and will be entered to win one of five grand prizes. Every adult participant who completes the program will be entered to win one of three prizes (one grand prize, two "great" prizes).
  • If you choose to complete the challenge on Beanstack, there are Beanstack-specific instructions on that site. (It’s pretty much the same, but you’ll earn fun badges for milestones over there.)

Activity ideas can be found on the back of the paper reading log, but if you’re here from Beanstack, you can access the same list of activity ideas by clicking here.

Need some book suggestions to get started? Check out our staff’s favorites from December and January, or pick a few from the New York Times best sellers.

We’re very excited to have you join us this winter! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask a library staff member.