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Winter is the best time to escape through books! Buckle up for our winter reading program where we challenge you to read for 20 minutes a day during February. Keep track of your progress in the road trip booklet included in your winter reading kits as you travel by reading through different regions of the United States.

How does the Winter Reading Challenge work?

  1. Sign up for the challenge online or in the library. Pick up your reading kits at the Library from January 26 to February 16.
  2. Keep track of every day in February you read for 20 minutes or more in the booklet included in your reading kit. If you are unable to pick up a kit, you can download a digital version.
  3. Check your email for a chance to win a small prize each week. There will be a trivia question related to our road trip theme in each email. If you get the answer correct, you’ll be entered in a raffle for a gift card to a local business. To keep it fair, a person can only win once for a weekly prize. We also encourage you to share feedback or what you’re reading for the reading challenge by emailing readingchallenge@fppl.org.
  4. Turn in your completed reading atlas booklet by March 8 to be entered into a drawing for the grand prizes. You can also send us a photo of your completed atlas to readingchallenge@fppl.org. We hope you enjoy the Winter Reading Challenge!

Follow the Library on Facebook and Instagram for reminders about the Winter Reading Challenge!

Special Event

Mark your calendars for a special winter reading event with Illinois author and librarian Raluca Barbu where she will discuss her travels and book  American Vacation: 12,000 Miles Into the Wild West on Saturday, February 17, 12:30-1:30pm in the Community Room.

Book Lists 

We develop a special theme each year for our reading challenges, but we want to encourage you to read what you can. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out our on-theme book lists above.

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F.A.Q.

Do only books related to the Road Trip theme count?
We develop a special theme each year for our reading challenges, but we want to encourage you to read what you can. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out our on-theme book recommendations below.

Do I have to read for 20 minutes straight?
You can break up the time throughout the day if that’s more convenient.

Do I have to read a physical book?
You can read all types of materials, E-books, audiobooks or magazines all count.

Can I read graphic novels?
Of course! If you like graphic novels, manga or comics, check out the Library’s collection or digital versions on Hoopla.

Does it count if I re-read a book?
Absolutely! Any title you read during February 2024 counts.

Do I have to finish a book?
Not at all. If you start a book and it isn’t working for you, there’s no shame in trying something else.

Does reading to my kids count?
Yes, reading to others counts, however, Youth Services is running their own Winter Reading Program if you would like to sign up for your children up to grade 7. Sign up for Youth Winter Reading online.

Should I log the books or reading I’m doing?
You can use the atlas booklet included in your reading kit to log the titles you’ve read or you can use the day log to keep track of how many days you’ve read for 20 minutes or more.

I’m not sure what to read. Can you help?
Take a look at the book lists below or in your atlas booklet. We also have a reading recommendation service you can sign up for here

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